Conference Terminology

Denise Bortree holds a chip for bartering sessions to be held at the AEJMC annual conference.

Denise Bortree holds a chip used to barter for sessions to be held at the AEJMC annual conference.

Below is a brief list of terms you may hear when wandering around the AEJMC annual conference.

Chipping: This is the system used to determine how sessions are distributed and scheduled among AEJMC groups. Larger groups such as divisions have more “chips” than smaller interest groups. To schedule sessions, division, IG, and commission Heads get together to barter chips and plan the number of sessions they want. Needless to say, it’s a huge process — just know it’s used to plan sessions!

Session types and programming: All research accepted to AEJMC has to be presented. There are a number of session types used to present research at AEJMC, and sessions can be co-hosted by multiple groups and divisions:

  • Research Sessions: Papers are shared in a standard format of three to five speakers presenting their research, followed by insight from a discussant.
  • Panels: Panels are typically organized to present research and practical insight into a special topic or issue. The PRD often invites both scholars and practitioners to discuss an issue in a round-table style.
  • Scholar-to-Scholar: Also known as “poster sessions,” scholar-to-scholar research is presented by participants via posters. Members are encouraged to walk around the display hall to review the work and speak with paper/poster authors one-on-one.
  • High-Density Sessions: Upward of 10 papers may be presented in a shortened format during a single presentation session. After scholars briefly present their findings, attendees are able to ask them questions directly about presented research.

Moderators and Discussants:

  • Moderators are volunteers who guide sessions. They may introduce speakers, establish time limits, and guide general discussion between speakers and audience members.
  • Discussants are volunteers who provide feedback about the research being presented. They thoroughly read each paper being presented and often provide authors feedback about their findings and methods. Additionally, they may also identify themes that exist between papers to help tie together the larger findings for audience members.

PF&R (Professional Freedom and Responsibility): Many new AEJMC members are unfamiliar with the goals of Personal Freedom and Responsibility at AEJMC. PF&R positions are designed to foster ethical approaches to research, teaching, and service within AEJMC. This means promoting a number of key tenets to both AEJMC members and practicing journalism and mass communication professionals. AEJMC champions freedom of speech and expression and encourages the highest ethical standards among its members. AEJMC also supports media criticism, accountability, and inclusiveness in practice, research, and teaching. Public service is a highly valued way to achieve many of these goals. As such, members of PF&R committees are charged with helping each group promote and achieve these goals.