TNT21 teaching ideas competition entries due July 19

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Do you have an innovative idea for improving the teaching of newswriting, reporting or editing in the digital era? If so, enter it in Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century, the teaching-ideas competition sponsored by the Newspaper and Online News Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

TNT21 was founded in 2009 to publicly acknowledge good ideas for teaching three types of foundational journalism courses – newswriting, reporting and editing – by three types of instructors:

  • Full-time faculty members
  • Adjunct professors
  • Graduate-student instructors

A prize of $100 will be awarded for the best teaching idea from each group of instructors. The summer deadline gives you time to enter the ideas you used in classes in fall 2015 and spring 2016.

To enter:

  • Download the entry form at (The form will download to your computer as a Word document.)
  • Complete the form.
  • Return the form as an attachment, along with any supporting materials, to by 11:59 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 19.

Teaching ideas should be tailored for use in teaching newswriting, reporting or editing courses in a world where technologies for creating and delivering journalism are rapidly changing. For example, the competition would welcome tips for teaching newswriting across media, using social media in editing courses or exploring the ethical implications of reporting under-verified information online. Teaching ideas may be tailored for specific versions of newswriting, reporting or editing courses, such as sports reporting, business reporting or environmental reporting. All ideas, however, should help professors address the challenges of the 21st century classroom.

Ideas will be judged for their originality, innovative nature, ease of application, completeness and writing. In addition, judges will take into account whether the ideas would work in more than one course and/or at different types of schools. All ideas submitted should be:

  • Original. Please do not submit work that has been published or presented elsewhere or that is borrowed from another instructor’s work. Please do not submit work that has been a winner or a finalist in another AEJMC or journalism and mass communication teaching ideas competition. Submitting such work may be the basis of disqualification.
  • Classroom-tested. Please do not submit ideas that you have not yet used.

Winners will be announced at the Newspaper and Online News business meeting at the AEJMC convention in Minneapolis and on the division’s website and social media. Entrants do not have to attend the convention to win.

If you have questions about the competition, please e-mail Susan Keith of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University at


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