AEJMC Newspaper and Online News Division research grant and teaching grant program

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EDT Friday, July 15, 2016

The Newspaper and Online News Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication is accepting applications for small grants for research and teaching activities.

The program will offer two grants for the 2016-2017 academic year:

  • A $1,000 grant to support research related to online news or newspapers.
  • A $200 grant to support innovative teaching in courses related to newspapers or online news

The research grant could be used to cover some or all of the cost of such scholarly expenses as paying a research assistant or a transcriptionist, traveling to an archive, paying for an online survey service or photocopying documents.

The teaching grant could be used to cover such expenses as part of the cost of a piece of equipment or software, a student reporting trip or an honorarium for a professional who can teach students specific skills.

Last year’s principal research grant went to Serena Carpenter of Michigan State University for a project titled “A Qualitative and Quantitative Study Examining the State of Journalistic Interviewing,” which aimed to identify links between journalism students’ personal communication styles and their ability to interview sources. The division was also able to make a $200 award to Karen McIntyre of Virginia Commonwealth University for a project titled “Constructive Journalism,” which analyzed the effects of what she described as “an emerging form of news that applies techniques from positive psychology to journalism in an effort to create more productive, engaging news stories while remaining committed to journalism’s core functions.”

Last year’s teaching grant was awarded to Carol Schwalbe of the University of Arizona to help cover expenses for a course reporting trip to Saguaro National Park East. In previous years, the teaching grant has been used to pay part of the costs for another reporting trip and to hire a professional photographer to teach basic camera skills to students producing a publication in a course.

Full-time faculty members, adjunct professors, graduate students and independent scholars are eligible to apply for the research grant. Full-time professors or instructors, adjunct faculty members and graduate students teaching their own courses are eligible to apply for the teaching grant. Members of the Newspaper and Online News Division’s executive board for 2015-2016 are not eligible to apply for either grant.

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The application forms will download as Word documents, which you can fill in and return.

Applications must be submitted by email to by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Friday, July 15, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted.

The results of the grants competition will be announced at the Newspaper and Online News Division business meeting at the AEJMC annual convention in Minneapolis.

To qualify for consideration for a grant, applicants must be members of the Newspaper and Online News Division of AEJMC as of Friday, July 15, 2016. You can check your membership status by contacting AEJMC Membership Director Pamella Price at

To apply for a teaching grant, applicants must, in addition, be involved in teaching journalism or mass communication at the post-secondary level, as a full-time or part-time faculty member or instructor, adjunct professor, graduate-student teacher of record or teaching assistant for at least one semester, quarter or other term between Aug. 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017.

Grant recipients will be asked to provide a report on how they used grant funds by July 1, 2017.

If you have questions about the grant program, please contact Susan Keith of Rutgers University, one of the Newspaper and Online News Division’s teaching chairs, at

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