Join us in Chicago – Call for papers now open

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The Newspaper & Online News Division invites you to submit original, unpublished research papers for presentation at the AEJMC Annual Conference, Aug 9-12, 2017, in Chicago, IL.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,

Get your newest issue of LeadTime

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The official newsletter for the Newspaper and Online News Division of AEJMC is LeadTime. The newest issue for Fall 2016 is now available for your reading pleasure!

The latest issue includes a remembrance for Fred Schiff, a message from our new division head, details about the search for a new Newspaper Research Journal editor, and much more.

LeadTime – Fall 2016

LeadTime is edited by Patrick Walters, Assistant Professor of English at Kutztown University (Kutztown, Pennsylvania).

Call for Editor – Newspaper Research Journal

The Newspaper and Online News Division invites applications and nominations for editor of Newspaper Research Journal. The 3.5-year appointment runs September 2017 to February 2021.

The editor’s responsibilities include promptly processing all manuscripts submitted to NRJ and coordinating four issues per year. The editor will also handle correspondence relative to the publication and work with both the AEJMC Central Office on business and budget matters affecting the journal and with the publisher’s production and promotion representatives at SAGE. A professional, collegial approach is expected in all matters related to the journal.

The editor receives an annual honorarium of $5,000 and a $2,000 stipend for graduate student assistance. Specific dollar amounts will be negotiated with the Newspaper and Online News Division’s executive committee. Other uses for this money may be proposed.

The editor is selected by and reports to the Newspaper and Online News Division’s executive committee. To maintain a fair and open process, the Committee seeks both applications from those interested and nominations. All who apply will be considered.

Applicants and nominees must be Newspaper and Online News Division members in good standing or willing to join the Division. They should be able to write and edit clearly and concisely, understand and appreciate a broad range of research methodologies, and have an extensive knowledge of the literature of newspaper and online news research. They should also be able to comply with the design standards established for NRJ.

The editor selected will be housed in a department or school that is able and eager to cooperate with this publishing venture in terms of office space, travel funding, use of equipment, and graduate student or staff assistance.

Transition will begin in June 2017 with the first issue edited by the new editor in Fall 2017.

Nominations must be received by October 20, 2016. Applications must be received by December 1, 2016. A complete application will include a letter outlining the candidate’s qualifications, a letter of support from the applicant’s department head and/or dean, a four-to-five-page outline of the applicant’s vision for the journal, and contact information for five professional references. All application material should be uploaded at this link. Nominations can be made at this link. Please contact Jasmine McNealy, NOND chair, at with any questions.

AEJMC 2017 Panel Proposals – Deadline Sept. 19

I hope you’re having a great start to the academic year. It was great to see so many of you in Minneapolis.

Believe it or not, we’re starting to plan the 2017 AEJMC conference in Chicago! To that end, we’d love to hear your ideas for panel proposals for the Newspaper and Online News Division. If you’d like to submit an idea, please visit our Google form and add your information.

The deadline for submitting your panel proposal idea is Monday, Sept. 19. As the fall moves forward, we’ll be back in touch about the status of each proposal.

Feel free to reach out at any time if you have questions about programming for next year’s conference. We look forward to receiving your superb submissions!

New leadership for NOND!

Jasmine McNealy
Jasmine McNealy

If you missed the excitement in Minneapolis last week, you may have also missed the news of the new leadership team for the Newspaper and Online News Division of AEJMC. We are excited to announce that Jasmine McNealy of the University of Florida will serve as the division head for the 2016-2017 term! Jasmine previously served as vice division head.

We are also pleased to announce that Jan Lauren Boyles of Iowa State University was elected into the position of Vice Division Head. Jan previously served as the research co-chair for the division.

Jan Lauren Boyles
Jan Lauren Boyles

To see the full list of our new officers, please continue to the officers section of our blog.

Fresh issue of LeadTime hits stands!

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The official newsletter for the Newspaper and Online News Division of AEJMC is LeadTime. The Summer 2016 edition is now available for your reading pleasure!

This issue includes stories about our new Division Head, Mitch McKenney, our recent award winners, programming information for AEJMC ’16 in Minneapolis and much more. You can download the new issue below.

LeadTime – Summer 2016

LeadTime is edited by Patrick Walters, Assistant Professor of English at Kutztown University (Kutztown, Pennsylvania).

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


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.

To automatically download an application in Word, click on:

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

Educator of the Year – Jay Shelledy (LSU)

The Newspaper and Online News Division of the nation’s largest organization of journalism professors is pleased to announce that James E. “Jay” Shelledy of Louisiana State University is the recipient of its Educator of the Year Award for 2016.

Shelledy, professional-in-residence and Fred Jones Greer Jr. Endowed Chair at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, will receive the award at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in Minneapolis in August.

The award honors professors for outstanding achievement in preparing journalism students, advancing journalism education and promoting career development.

As Dean Jerry Ceppos put it in his nomination letter, Shelledy “directs a sort of news empire in which LSU students investigate cold civil-rights murders by making FOI requests and helping families turn the page on a scarring chapter in their lives; learn to cover the Louisiana state legislature, or work with news editors around the state in fulfilling requests on a wide range of reporting assignments.”

For six years, students in his Field Experience class have traveled to the rural South and Washington to tell the stories of unsolved murders from more than a half-century ago. The students also investigate cases of Louisiana convicts, usually being held for life without the possibility of parole, who appear to have been convicted unfairly. Shelledy this year expanded the class to include a 10-student statehouse bureau that has already delivered 170 stories to 13 daily newspapers in Louisiana.

In letters supporting his nomination, students described Shelledy’s class as one of their best experiences of their time at LSU, with one describing him as “the type of nurturing, hyper-attentive mentor all students hope to encounter when they head off for college.”

Shelledy was editor of the Salt Lake Tribune for 12 years and has more than 30 years daily newspaper and wire service experience. He has been a Pulitzer Prize juror and an author.

Presentation of the Educator of the Year award will take place near the start of the Newspaper and Online News Division members’ meeting at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. Please plan to join us in celebration there.

His most immediate predecessors in this award are Brian Carroll, Berry; Carrie Brown-Smith, CUNY; Wilson Lowrey, Alabama; and Brian Brooks, Missouri.

Please join us in congratulating Professor Shelledy. His e-mail address is

Last chance to nominate faculty for Educator of the Year Award

Just one more week to get your nominations in for the Educator of the Year Award. The award is open to any journalism instructor who is a full-time faculty member of a bachelor degree-granting institution of higher education in the United States. The nominee should have a demonstrated track record of achievement in preparing journalism students, advancing journalism education and promoting career development. Please attach a nomination package consisting of the following:

  1. A letter of nomination of no more than two single-spaced pages showcasing the nominee’s achievements in teaching. This letter should indicate the nominator’s name, title, school/organization/affiliation, email address and phone number.
  2. A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae.
  3. A maximum of three letters of support from the nominee’s students, former students and industry professionals may also be included. Each of these letters should be no more than one single-spaced page. These letters should be included in the submission, attached to the ONE email, and not sent separately from individual letter writers.

Please e-mail applications and letters by April 22, 2016, to Kris Boyle at and Mitch McKenney at Please note in the subject line of the email that it is a nomination for the NOND Educator of the Year Award.