PJIG Program at 2014 AEJMC Conference

If you’re attending the 2014 conference in Montreal, check out our great co-sponsored panels and research sessions. We have a diverse lineup of interesting sessions covering topics from teaching participatory journalism, including using Google Glass in the classroom, to negative consequences of participatory journalism. If you’re interested in learning more about PJIG, come to our members’ meeting Thursday, Aug. 7, at 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 6

11:45 am to 1:15 pm: Best Practices in Participatory Journalism

Moderating/Presiding: Anne Hoag, Penn State – University Park


  • Peggy Dillon, Salem State
  • Tim McSorley, Media Co-op, Montreal
  • Mary Lou Nemanic, Penn State – Altoona
  • Jane Singer, City University – London/ Iowa

5 pm to 6:30 pm: Defining Emergent Journalistic Behaviors

Moderating/Presiding: Magda Konieczna, Wisconsin


  • Serena Carpenter, Michigan State
  • Al Cross, Kentucky
  • Paula Ellis, Paula Ellis and Associates

Thursday, Aug. 7

11:45 am to 1:15 pm: Teaching, Engaging and Protecting Acts of Journalism

Moderating/Presiding: Josh Stearns, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation


  • Morgan Weiland, Stanford
  • Lisa Lynch, Concordia
  • Madeleine Bair, Human Rights Channel, Witness

 1:30 pm to 3 pm: Scholar-to-Scholar Refereed Research Paper Session

  • Gender, Social Cue and Interactivity in Social Media: Investigation of Journalists’ Social Media Use and Credibility, Rosie Jahng, Hope College & Jeremy Littau, Lehigh
  • Clarifying Journalism’s Quantitative Turn: A Typology for Evaluating Data Journalism, Computational Journalism, and Computer-Assisted Reporting, Mark Coddington, Texas
  • Exploring the Role of Political Discussion in Political Participation: Online vs. Offline, Soo Yun Kim, Wisconsin
  • Hyperlocal with a Mission; Motivation, Strategy, and Civic Function, Marco Van Kerkhoven, Utrecht, Klaus Schoenbach, Northwestern, & Piet Bakker, Utrecht

8:30 pm to 10 pm: Members’ Meeting

Moderating/Presiding: Melissa Tully, Iowa

Friday, Aug. 8

3:30 pm to 5 pm: A Year Through Glass: How We Used Google’s Newest Gadget in the Classroom

 Moderating/Presiding: Mark Poepsel, Southern Illinois, Edwardsville


  • Jeremy Littau, Lehigh
  • Jennifer Ware, Michigan State
  • Daxton (Chip) Stewart, Texas Christian
  • Dan Pacheco, Syracuse

5:15 pm to 6:45 pm: Reciprocity, Community and Collaboration in News

Moderating/Presiding: Kirsten Johnson, Elizabethtown

  • Reciprocity and the News: The role of personal and social media reciprocity in news creation and consumption, Avery Holton, Utah, Mark Coddington, Texas, Seth Lewis, Minnesota, & Homero Gil de Zuniga, Vienna [Top faculty paper]
  • The Social News System: Examining the Relationship between Psychological Sense of Community, Social Network Site Use, and News Sharing Behaviors, Natalie Olsen, Minnesota [Second place, student paper]
  • Working together: Sharing as an emergent newsroom norm, Magda Konieczna, Wisconsin [Top student paper]
  • What’s in a Name? Making a Case for Collaborative Journalism, Shawn McIntosh, Columbia

Discussant: Lona Cobb, Winston-Salem State

Saturday, Aug. 9

9:15 am to 10:45 am: Participation in the News: Positive and Negative Outcomes

Moderating/Presiding: Buck Ryan, Kentucky

  • Democratic Mobilization through #Gosnell: Twitter as Public Sphere and Realm of the Fifth Estate, Michael Jezewak, Loyola Marymount, & Gwyneth Mellinger, Xavier
  • Framing Citizen Activism: A Comparative Study of the CGNET Swara and Mobile Voices Projects, Paromita Pain, Texas
  • Reddit and the Boston Bombings: The Entextualization of a Witch-Hunt, Noah Springer, Colorado
  • Self-Governance on Trial: A Public Sphere Analysis of News Website Forum Comments, David Wolfgang, Missouri

Discussant: Brian Ekdale, Iowa

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