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 www.ieiMedia.com

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

Newspaper/Online: Incoming board

Below is an email from NOND Head Raluca Cozma, Ph.D.


Dear friends of the Newspaper and Online News Division,

Thank you for making AEJMC 2014 a success. I am happy to announce the new roster of officers voted at our members’ meeting in Montreal. I thank them for graciously stepping up to ensure the continued success of the largest division of AEJMC. Special thanks go to our outgoing head, Leslie-Jean Thornton, for her two consecutive years of nurturing service, and to our online gurus Bob Stepno and Randy Reddick for maintaining our web presence over the past several years.

The incoming board:

Head: Raluca Cozma, Iowa State

Program/Vice-chair: Mitch McKenney, Kent State

Secretary: Howard Schlossberg, Columbia College Chicago

Research co-chairs: Jasmine McNealy, Kentucky; Frederick Schiff, University of Houston

PF&R: Chris Birks, Benedictine

Membership: Michael Cavanaugh, Illinois Springfield

Web editor: Chris Birks, Benedictine

Teaching: Susan Keith, Rutgers; Lisa Romero, Illinois at Urbana; Leslie-Jean Thornton, Arizona State

Newsletter: Patrick Walters, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Southeast Colloquium Research: Robert Byrd, Southern Mississippi

Oral History Diversity Project/AEJMC: George Daniels, Alabama; June Nicholson, Virginia Commonwealth

Immediate past head: Leslie-Jean Thornton, Arizona State


Very soon, Mitch McKenney will send out a call for panels for next year’s convention in San Francisco. The deadline – September 1 – is fast approaching!


For updates, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/newspaperandonlinenews and on Twitter – https://twitter.com/@aejmc_nond.


Best wishes for a productive new academic year,


Raluca Cozma, Ph.D.

Head, Newspaper and Online News Division, AEJMC


Carol Schwalbe takes TNT21 2014 top prize

Carol B. Schwalbe of Arizona led the winners of the 2014 edition of Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century, who were honored at the NOND business meeting Aug. 7 at the AEJMC convention in Montreal. Carol will receive $100 from the division for her teaching idea, “Keeping Current: Talking up the News,” which explained how to replace news quizzes with more interactive discussions of the news by students assigned to beats.

Other award winners were:

  • Second place: Patrick Walters, Kutztown State, “Breaking News Story Assignment”
  • Third place: Nicole Kraft, Ohio State, “Pin the Tail on the Campus”
  • Honorable mentions: Kim Fox, The American University of Cairo, “The Details are in the Data”; Michelle Hassler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “Getting Real About Verification”; Rachele Kanigel, San Francisco State, “The Networking Game.”

The Newspaper and Online News Division started TNT21 in 2009 in an effort to:

  • Encourage instructors teaching the foundational journalism courses of newswriting, reporting and editing to think about how to best do that in a transforming media world
  • Honor the work of adjunct professors and graduate students, who often teach basic journalism courses but don’t always get a lot of recognition within AEJMC for their teaching work.

The competition, organized by Susan Keith of Rutgers, typically awards $100 prizes for the best idea in three categories: full-time faculty member, adjunct professor and graduate-student instructor. This year, for the first time, however, no entries were received from graduate students or adjuncts. Please consider pointing out the competition to adjunct instructors and graduate students next year. The June deadline will be announced on the division’s website, the AEJMC website and the division’s Facebook page.

The winning ideas will be published in a PDF booklet that will be posted to this site soon.


Call for website (co-) editors

Best wishes, Newspaper & Online News Division members planning to attend the AEJMC annual conference next month in Montreal.

As usual, the division’s Web editor will not be there in person, a lamentable state of affairs given the opportunity this blog-style WordPress site provides for on-the-spot “digital-first” reporting.

For example, last year we used a tag-team approach to create photo pages for the conference and an “Events” menu at the top of the page. It worked — but it would have been much less time consuming for someone on-site with WordPress experience.

(Adding photo captions and identification in real time would be one major improvement of doing photo pages “live” from an event. HTML/CSS experience can make for more varied page layouts, but is not essential.)

If you have interest or experience in such things and want to help the division live up to the “and online” we added to its name a few years ago, please contact division head Leslie-Jean Thornton, add a comment to this post, or send me a note at stepno.com

Among other things, we have postponed choosing a new more mobile-device friendly site design in hopes of getting more folks involved in that decision and the operation of the site. Our aejmc.us site administrator, Randy Reddick, can explain how easy that redesign process is, choosing from a variety of more modern page “themes” or layouts.

WordPress tools have evolved rapidly. For example, this item was composed and posted with the Android WordPress app on a two year old smartphone.

When the time comes, I will be happy to explain, help, coach, advise, or bow out completely, but I do hope someone more active in AEJMC events steps forward to add to the division’s online presence.


Bob Stepno

Mild-mannered Newspaper (etc.) Division Web editor since…
was it really 2003?!
Division archives: aejmc.net/newspaper including
the 2004 Toronto convention.
and more.

Did we have a blog back then? Yes, as an “aej” category in my personal blog — on a private company server that “went away” a few years ago: Peek into my 2004 archive

Computer ate our homework: Call for project re-submissions

For anyone who missed the mail or newsletter announcements, the 2014 Newspaper & Online News student project awards competition has a new deadline: Oct. 15.

A computer storing contest entries and notes crashed, and materials could not be fully recovered,  according to Bernie Ankney, chair of the team overseeing the awards.

As a result, everyone who submitted entries to this year’s award competition will have to resubmit.

The team will arrange for re-judging. It plans to announce the results early in 2015, according to the email from decision head Leslie Jean Thornton, who said this won’t affect next year’s submissions or judging.

“We’re very sorry for the imposition, but feel that this is the fairest way to go about awarding recognition for this year’s entries,” she said.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Ankney, at  rnankney@samford.edu.

LeadTime, Summer 2014

The latest issue is out! Link is below the image.

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Teacher of the year: Carrie Brown Smith

From L J. Thornton’s email:

Congratulations to Carrie Brown-Smith, associate professor at the University of Memphis, for becoming the 2014 division Educator of the Year! The award will be presented at the general membership meeting beginning at 6:45 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, in Montreal. Please plan to join us in celebration there if at all possible.

There are many qualities that contributed to Dr. Brown-Smith garnering this award, but chief among them are her evident and contagious enthusiasm for journalism education and research, innovative approaches, generous contributions through social media, talent and skill.

Coincidentally,  I was following her & colleagues at a CUNY entrepreneurial journalism conference via streaming video and as twitter.com/brizzyc when L.J.’s email arrived. Congratulations!

Want to know more about her? See her CarrieBrown.info portfolio, with course websites and blog.


Newspaper Research Journal June Update

The Spring 2014 edition of Newspaper Research Journal should be in division members’ mailboxes by now, with articles on online news, print newspapers, community news sites and more.

Submission information, a history of the journal and more are on the journal’s website:


Spring 2014 Contents:

  • “Analysis Finds U.S. Newspapers Use Six Frames for ‘Made in China,'” by Gang (Kevin) Han and Xiuli (Charlene) Wang
  • “Independent Websites Not So Different from Group-Owned,” by Linda Jean Kenix
  • “Medical Reporters Say ‘No’ to ‘Pack’ Journalism,” by Vincent Kiernan
  • “East Africans Find Radio More Credible Than Newspapers,” by Yusuf Kalyango, Jr.
  • “Newspaper Tobacco Advertising Focuses on Cessation,” by Erin Willis, Erin Schauster, Shelly Rodgers and Kevin Everett
  • “Larger U.S. Newspapers Update Their Websites More Often,” by Jin Xu
  • “Newspapers, TV News Offer More Online Innovation,” by Amy Schmitz Weiss and Tim Wulfemeyer
  • “Facebook Interactivity Rare on Community News Sites,” by Michael Clay Carey
  • “Exemplars Can Affect Readers’ Judgement about News Story,” by William Kinnally, Ryan P. Burkett, Curry Chandler and Brenton Burkett
  • Book Review by Marc Edge: The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism

Get abstract! Read up before Montreal trip

The AEJMC.org mothership has posted the abstracts of papers scheduled for presentation at the August conference in Montreal, including more than 60 Newspaper & Online News Division contributions. Here they are:

For the complete list of divisions and links to their faculty and student paper entries, go here:

Where is Newspaper & Online News Division research happening? Missouri, Florida and North Carolina institutions show up frequently in a quick scan of the abstract list. (Anyone willing to do a more quantitative or qualitative analysis of campus-by-campus research productivity, feel free to contact the division officers for an editorial position with this blog or Leadtime.)

The 47 institutions with students or faculty presenting at least one paper this year — in alphabetical order as named on the abstract list — include:

Bradley University, Bridgewater State University, California Lutheran University, College of Charleston, Colorado State University, Curry College, Elizabethtown College, Elon University, Florida International University, Florida State University, Fudan University, Indiana University, Iowa State University, Kennesaw State University, Kent State University, Nanyang Technological University, Ohio University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Pennsylvania State University, Rowan University, Seton Hall University, Syracuse University, Tennessee-Chattanooga, The George Washington University, Université de Montréal, University of Alabama, University of Arizona, University of Arkansas, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Hawaii, University of Houston, University of Indianapolis, University of Iowa, University of Kentucky, University of Macau, University of Memphis, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of NV – Reno, University of Oklahoma, University of Scranton, University of Texas at Austin, University of Utah, University of Vienna, and University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Research related to “newspapers and online news” also takes place in many other divisions, of course. A cross-referenced guide could be another project for a future co-editor of this website. See the “About” tab above for contact information.

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