Professors from the University of Nebraska took home four of the seven awards in the full-time faculty category in the 2013 edition of Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century, the teaching ideas competition of the Newspaper and Online News Division of the Association of Education for Journalism and Mass Communication. Awards were announced Aug. 9 at the NOND business meeting at the AEJMC meeting in Washington, D.C.
The 2013 competition also featured the highest evaluation score recorded by a graduate student.
TNT21 was founded in 2009 by the Newspaper and Online News Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication to honor instructors for good ideas for teaching three types of foundational courses: newswriting, reporting and editing. To honor a variety of types of instructors who teach these courses, awards are given in three divisions:
- full-time faculty
- adjunct instructors
- graduate students teaching their own course
Sue Burzynski Bullard of the University of Nebraska won the full-time faculty division with a teaching idea titled, “Short and Tweet.” Her colleague Carla J. Kimbrough took second place with “ProWatch: Critically Thinking about Reporters’ Work.”
Michelle Carr Hassler, also of Nebraska, tied for third place with Mike Reilley of DePaul University. Hassler’s article was titled “The Amazing Twitter List Race.” Reilley’s was titled “The Red Line Project: Teaching in the 21st Century.”
Three full-time faculty members received honorable mentions: Michael Fuhlhage of Auburn University for “Storify and Twitter for Reporting and Curating a Meeting Story”; Bullard of Nebraska for her second submission, “Editors as Curators: Using New Tools to Deliver the News”; and Jennifer Brannock Cox of Salisbury University for “Talking All at Once: Managing Simultaneous Face-to-Face and Online Discussions in the Classroom.”
The graduate student division winner was Ph.D. student Ioana Coman of the University of Tennessee. Her submission, “Today’s Journalist Challenge: Write Better, Adapt Faster, Promote Smarter,” received the highest score recorded by a graduate student in the competition’s four years, equaling that earned by the top full-time faculty submission.
Second place in the graduate student division went to Robin Blom, who earned his Ph.D. at Michigan State University. He starts a faculty position at Ball State University in fall 2013.
In the adjunct professor division, the award went to Roy Harris, who has taught at Emerson College, for “Impact Journalism: Learning from Real-World Public Service Reporting Cases.”
Each TNT21 entry is judged by three judges on seven criteria:
- Suitability for use in teaching newswriting, reporting or editing
- Ease of application
- Adaptability to other courses and different types of departments and schools
- Completeness of the submission
- Writing quality of the submission
Judges for the 2013 competition were Erin Coyle of Louisiana State University, Joel Campbell of Brigham Young University, Patricia Dobson of Eastern New Mexico University, Pamela B. Fine of the University of Kansas, Kyle Heim of Seton Hall University, Kevin Lerner of Marist College, David Loomis of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Mitchell McKenney of Kent State University, John Oudens of The New York Times, Craig Paddock of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Bill Reader of Ohio University, Scott Reinardy of the University of Kansas, Chris Roberts of the University of Alabama, Lisa A. Romero of the University of Illinois, Carol Schlagheck of Eastern Michigan University, Rob Spicer of Millersville University and Leslie-Jean Thornton of Arizona State University.
A call for entries for the 2014 competition will go out on the email list of the AEJMC Newspaper and Online News Division and JOURNET in spring 2014.