Deadline extended for News Project awards

The goal of this award is to honor news projects compiled as part of a journalism class. All work contained in the projects must be original to the students in the class OR must be credited appropriately with an indication of the project’s right to use it. No aggregation or curation sites will be considered.

Categories (new this year):
A) Collaboration: More than one college/university involved
B) Collaboration: Single or multiple classes, one college/university*
C) Individual or small-team (no more than five people) projects

*By “class,” we’re referring to students enrolled together in a semester-long course or course section. Different sections of the same course may compete against each other.
Recognition will be given in all three categories, assuming qualified entrants.
First, second, third, and honorable mention prizes will be awarded as appropriate.
Projects must have been undertaken after June 2014 and completed by July 2015.
Links to winning projects will be publicized online.

Submit entries via url or pdf copy (if the entry isn’t online). Include a written description of the project, why it deserves special attention, contact information, and name(s) for award. All entries must carry the name of the professor in whose class it was done.

The projects may have been completed for print or Web, or as a combination of both. If print only, a pdf copy of the entire project must be supplied. It is urged, but not required, that those pdfs be put online so that a url may be supplied to the award judges.
Academic organizations are limited to no more than three entries overall.
Deadline: Tuesday, July 8, 2015, midnight Pacific Time.
Send entries to:

2015 Educator of the Year: Brian Carroll

The Newspaper and Online News Division is delighted to award Brian Carroll, professor and chair of the Department of Communication at Berry College, its Educator of the Year Award for 2015 at the national AEJMC convention in San Francisco in August.

The award honors professors for outstanding achievement in preparing journalism students, advancing journalism education, and promoting career development.

Brian Carroll (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has an outstanding record as a journalism teacher. From 2011 to 2015, he was the head of Berry College’s honors program. In addition to a wide range of journalism courses at Berry College, Dr. Carroll taught in 2006 in the IEIMedia program in Italy, a high-quality study-abroad program, and has led a three-member faculty team every other summer since 2006 teaching digital storytelling in international contexts as part of the International Multimedia Reporting Practicum. He has taught with the European Council University System of Georgia since 2011. For the past several years, he has also taught an online journalism course for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his alma mater.  Dr. Carroll works hard to include professionals in his classes and constantly keeps up with changes in the industry, even though he has been out of the business for many years.

His former students and colleagues speak highly of Dr. Carroll’s teaching, advising, and scholarship alike. A media historian, Dr. Carroll has published four books and numerous book chapters and journal articles. His latest book, A Devil’s Bargain: The Black Press and Black Baseball, 1915-1955, will be published next month.

Presentation of the Educator of the Year award will take place during the Newspaper and Online News Division members’ meeting on Friday, Aug. 7, at 6:45 p.m. Please plan to join us in celebration there if at all possible.

His most immediate predecessors in this award are Carrie Brown-Smith, CUNY; Wilson Lowrey, Alabama; and Brian Brooks, Missouri.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Brian Carroll. His e-mail address is

Follow LeadTime to San Francisco

For anyone who missed your email copy, here’s a handy PDF of the Spring 2015 LeadTime, full of August convention information…


NOND seeks Educator of Year nominees

The award is open to any journalism instructor who is a full-time faculty member of a bachelor degree-granting institution of higher education in the United States. The nominee should have a demonstrated track record of achievement in preparing journalism students, advancing journalism education, and promoting career development. Please attach a nomination package consisting of the following:

1. A letter of nomination of no more than two single-spaced pages showcasing the nominee’s achievements in teaching. This letter should indicate the nominator’s name, title, school/organization/affiliation, email address, and phone number.

2. A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae.

3. A maximum of three letters of support from the nominee’s students, former students and industry professionals may also be included. Each of these letters should be no more than one single-spaced page. These letters should be included in the submission, attached to the ONE email, and not sent separately from individual letter writers.

Please e-mail applications and letters by June 1 to: Lisa Romero at and Raluca Cozma at Please note in the subject line of the email that it is a nomination for the NOND Educator of the Year Award.

Convention paper readers wanted

The Division is using an online form to let you sign up to review papers for the August convention.

Please do!

Here it is:

(Thanks for reminder, Jasmine McNealy, University of Kentucky.)

Call for papers for San Francisco 2015

The Newspaper & Online News Division invites original, unpublished research papers for the AEJMC Annual Conference, Aug. 5-8, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif., with the usual amusing but memorable submission deadline of April 1.

The division welcomes all categories of theoretical grounding and methodologies investigating newspaper and online news, broadly defined, including (but not limited to):

  • Social media and information diffusion
  • News analytics
  • News coverage
  • Law
  • Ethics
  • History
  • Effects research
  • Diversity and fairness issues
  • Adoption and creation of technology
  • Economic challenges and opportunities
  • Norms and routines
  • Digital, information, and news literacy, etc.
The top 3 papers are recognized with a monetary award (1st, $100; 2nd, $75; 3rd, $50).
The division is again partnering with the American Copy Editors Society to encourage research related to copy editing. Papers on copy editing topics will be considered for this award, which comes with a $100 prize. To be considered for this award, authors should include “ACES Award” on the top of the submission.
Students may apply for the the MacDougall Student Paper Award. Papers with faculty co-authors are not eligible for this award. It is possible, however, to apply for both the ACES and MacDougall awards. Authors should include “MacDougall Student Paper Award” on the top of the submission. MacDougall winners will be awarded $200 and a certificate of recognition during the conference.
To submit:
Interested authors must submit their papers using the All Academic System; the division does not accept hard copies. All papers must follow the AEJMC uniform paper competition guidelines. Papers should be no more than 7,500 words, including tables, references, and appendices. All submissions undergo a blind review process by a panel of independent reviewers. Papers are accepted on the understanding that they have not been previously published or presented elsewhere and that they have been submitted only to the Newspaper & Online News Division for evaluation. Authors must remove all identifying information from their papers or they will be automatically disqualified from the competition. Authors will be required to submit an abstract of their paper in which they must include: 3-5 keywords and the kind of methodology used (qualitative, quantitative, mixed).
Papers are due by 11:59 p.m. (CDT) April 1, 2015.
Questions? Please contact:
Jasmine McNealy, University of Kentucky, or Frederick Schiff, University of Houston,

Southeast Deadline Arrives — Reviewers Needed

Tonight at midnight is the paper-submission deadline for the March regional  AEJMC colloquium at UTK Knoxville…

But if you don’t have a paper in the queue, maybe that means it’s time to mark your calendar and plan to just go and have a good time… Maybe even live-blog the event for this site!

If you are willing to review papers for the Newspaper and Online News Division, please contact Robert Byrd at the University of Southern Mississippi ( and indicate your areas of expertise and/or interest.

Graduate students are not eligible to serve as reviewers and, in general, reviewers should not have submitted their own research into the competition, Byrd said, in an email to Division members.

History in the making

Journalism historians take selfies, record sessions, post to YouTube!

2014 AJHA Convention Highlights:

James Foley Memorial Scholarship

James Foley Memorial Scholarship In International Photojournalism

James Foley

James Foley

In honor of the courageous men and women who risk their lives in order to report from the world’s most dangerous places ieiMedia has established the James Foley Memorial Scholarship in memory of the photojournalist who was tragically executed while covering the war in Syria.

This $5000 photojournalism scholarship covers tuition, program fees and meals for participation in our Urbino program, jointly sponsored by James Madison University and Iowa State University. The winner will work with two award-winning photojournalists in an experiential program that runs through the month of June 2015. The recipient is responsible for his/her own airfare.

To enter the competition you must submit a link to an online photographic portfolio as well as a short letter explaining why an international reporting experience is important for your education. The portfolio should be well organized and show evidence of curiosity about other groups or cultures. The letter should not exceed 300 words.

The judging will be done by a jury of professional photojournalists including former White House Photographer and Washington Post staff photographer Susan Biddle as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Dennis Chamberlin.

Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2015

Apply on line at

Call for 2015 Panel Proposals

Greetings, division friends:
The AEJMC Newspaper and Online News Division is accepting panel proposals for the 2015 convention in San Francisco, August 5-9, 2015.
The process is earlier than before, so our deadline for the panel submissions is 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Eastern Time. Joint proposals with members of other divisions and interests groups are welcome, as are proposals for off-site events and pre-convention sessions.

Here’s the proposal form at Google Docs

Looking forward to seeing your great ideas.

Mitch McKenney, Kent State
Vice head, NOND

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