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The Newspaper & Online News Division invites you to submit original, unpublished research papers for presentation at the AEJMC Annual Conference, Aug 9-12, 2017, in Chicago, IL. Submissions will be due April 1. The division welcomes all theoretical orientations and methodologies that investigate newspaper and online news, broadly defined, including (but not limited to):

  • Agenda-setting
  • Bias, credibility and partisan perception
  • Blogging
  • Business models of news production and dissemination
  • Communication inequalities, digital divide and news illiteracy
  • Convergent newsrooms, production and distribution
  • Cross-media and digital regulation, and whistle-blower prosecutions
  • Digital, mobile, streaming and social news – platforms, technology and models
  • Diversity and fairness issues
  • Effects research
  • Framing
  • Gatekeeping
  • Global journalism and foreign news
  • Market-driven journalism and public relations subsidies
  • Native advertising, infomercials, advertorials and PR subsidies
  • Network analysis
  • News content and coverage
  • Newsroom practices, routines, professional norms and “sacred cows”
  • Non-profit and community news outlets
  • Ownership, management and corporate consolidation of news media
  • Participatory communication and citizen journalism
  • Policy issues
  • Readership and audience analytics
  • Sourcing
  • Usability and access issues and concerns
  • User-generated content, audience agenda building and grassroots journalism
  • Uses and gratifications

The top three papers will be recognized with a monetary award (1st, $100; 2nd, $75; 3rd, $50).

Students may apply for 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.

Interested authors must submit their papers using the All Academic System. All Academic requires that authors re-register each year. 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, which is no more than 75 words and which must include 3-5 keywords and the kind of methodology used (qualitative, quantitative or mixed).  Papers are due by 11:59 p.m. (CDT), Saturday, April 1, 2017.

If you have questions, please contact: Edson C. Tandoc Jr., Nanyang Technological University,, or Kris Boyle, Brigham Young University,

I am an assistant professor of communication at Waynesburg University in southwest Pennsylvania. I teach graphic design, web design and photography.

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