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  • Member updates, convention preview in spring newsletter

    Posted on March 23rd, 2017 Teresa White, SJD secretary No comments

    Catch up with Scholastic Journalism Division news in the spring newsletter, designed and compiled by editor Leslie Dennis (South Carolina).

  • Accepting nominations for Robert P. Knight Multicultural Recruitment Award

    Posted on March 22nd, 2017 Teresa White, SJD secretary No comments

    By Joe Dennis • Piedmont College

    Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 ROBERT P. KNIGHT MULTICULTURAL RECRUITMENT AWARD. The Knight Multicultural Recruitment Award is presented to any individual or media organization that has made significant contributions to promoting diversity in scholastic media programs. The award is named for Robert P. Knight, a professor in the University of Missouri School of Journalism who served as director of the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association from 1965 to 1992. Knight received the award in 1990.

    Kimetris Baltrip, an assistant professor at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University, received the award in 2016.

    To nominate a person or an organization for the 2017 award, please do the following:

    Mail or e-mail a nomination letter of 1 to 2 pages to Joe Dennis, the award chair. The mail and e-mail addresses are listed below. In addition to information about the nominee, please include the nominator’s name, title, school or organization, e-mail address and phone number. Multiple nomination letters are acceptable and recommended.

    In addition, send a document or a link to a document that lists nominee’s achievements with regard to promoting diversity in scholastic media programs. (i.e. A CV or résumé, a Web site link, or other appropriate information). The deadline is April 21, 2017.

    Please send nomination materials to:

    Joe Dennis

    Piedmont College

    P.O. Box 10

    Demorest, GA 30535


    The award recipient will be chosen by an independent selection committee of AEJMC Scholastic Journalism Division Members and will be notified within two months of the award deadline by e-mail. The award will be presented at the 2017 AEJMC Conference, which will be held in Chicago on Aug. 9-12.


    Past recipients

    2015 – George L. Daniels,  University of Alabama

    2014 – Steve O’Donoghue

    2013 – Linda Florence Callahan, North Carolina A&T State

    2012 – Sally Renaud, Eastern Illinois University

    2010 – University of Arizona School of Journalism

    2009 – Philadelphia Daily News, Editor Michael Days, and Philadelphia
    Urban Journalism Workshop

    2008 – June O. Nicholson, School of Mass Communications, Virginia
    Commonwealth University

    2007 – Ed Mullins, former Alabama dean and director of multicultural workshops

    2006 – Ted Stanton, University of Houston

    2005 – Chris Strudwick-Turner, Director of the Student Journalism Program for the Los Angeles Times

    2004 – Diana Mitsu Klos , AEJMC High School Journalism Senior Project Director

    2003 – Vanessa Shelton, University of Iowa

    2002 – Walt Swanston, Senior Project Director for Diversity and Education Programs, Radio and Television News Directors Foundation

    2001 – Doris J. Giago, South Dakota State University

    2000 – Linda Waller, Dow Jones Newpaper Fund

    1999 – Marie Parsons, University of Alabama

    1998 – Lucy Ganje, University of North Dakota

    1997 – San Diego Chapter, California Chicano News Media Association

    1996 – Barbara B. Hines, Howard University

    1995 – Diane Hall, Florida A&M University

    1994 – Mary Arnold, The University of Iowa

    1993 – Alice Bonner, The Freedom Forum

    1992 – Richard Lee, South Dakota State University

    1991 – Thomas E. Engleman, Dow Jones Newspaper Fund

    1990 – Robert P. Knight, University of Missouri- Columbia

    1989 – George Curry, Chicago Tribune

    1988 – Craig Trystad, Youth Communication

    1987 – Pittsburgh (Pa.) Black Media Federation

  • SJD line-up finalized for AEJMC Chicago convention

    Posted on March 20th, 2017 Teresa White, SJD secretary No comments

    By Jeff Browne • University of Colorado Boulder

    The Scholastic Journalism Division will continue its focuses on research diversity, media literacy and press freedom at this year’s annual AEJMC conference in Chicago.

    The division’s Honors Lecture this year will be delivered by Linda Jones, long-time division member and the Dean for Undergraduate Studies at Roosevelt University. The Honors Lecture will follow the SCHJ members’ meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11.

    SCHJ kicks off the week on Tuesday, Aug. 8 with the off-site Teach-In, where Vice Head Karla Kennedy will lead a series of sessions designed for area journalism instructors and advisers. That pre-conference session is an all-morning and all-afternoon affair that usually draws up to two dozen guests. SCHJ members are invited to present sessions.

    Contact Karla Kennedy at Florida International University ( if you would like to help with the Teach-In.

    Wednesday of conference week is research-heavy with three 90-minute sessions dedicated to research by division members. SCHJ Research Chair Peter Bobkowski from the University of Kansas is conducting the initial reviews of research.

    On Thursday, SCHJ teams with the Minorities and Communication division twice — first on a panel about Muslim-American Youth and later in the day for our annual event with MAC. In the past, we’ve co-sponsored with MAC a luncheon, during which we’ve honored our Knight Multicultural Award winner. That will take place Thursday evening during a mixer in Chicago.

    Other Thursday panels will partner with the Community College Journalism Association and the Media Ethics Division. An SCHJ-led research panel about led by Peter Bobkowski will also take place on Thursday.

    Friday opens with our annual partnership with the Newspaper and Online News Division, the Breakfast of Editing Champions. This year’s Breakfast speaker is Lisa McLendon from the Bremner Editing Center at the University of Kansas.

    Saturday’s schedule is highlighted by a panel on the high school journalism censorship gender gap. The Commission on the Status of Women will co-sponsor the panel.


    Wednesday, Aug. 9

    11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

    3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

    5 to 6:30 p.m.

    Refereed Research Paper Panels


    Thursday, Aug. 10

    8:15 to 9:45 a.m.

    “Muslim American Youth: News Innovation and Participatory Storytelling in the Shadow of Terrorism”

    Research Panel with Minorities and Communication Division


    11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

    “10 Cool Tech Tools in 10 Minutes”

    Teaching Panel with the Community College Journalism Association


    3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

    “Solutions Journalism — Ethics, Advocacy and Community”

    Teaching Panel with the Media Ethics Division


    6:45 to 8:15 p.m.

    “Demystifying research with children and adolescents: How to successfully include minors as research participants”

    Research Panel led by Peter Bobkowski


    8:30 to 10 p.m.

    Mixer with Minorities and Communication Division and Commission on the Status of Women

    SCHJ will honor winner of Knight Multicultural Award


    Friday, Aug. 11

    8:15 to 9:45 a.m.

    “Breakfast of Editing Champions”

    Teaching Panel with Newspaper and Online News Division


    7 to 8:30 p.m.

    Members’ meeting at which we honor David Adams Teacher of the Year and Innovative Outreach to Scholastic Journalism winners

    Meeting followed by Honors Lecture delivered by Dr. Linda Jones, Roosevelt University


    Saturday, Aug. 12

    9:15 to 10:45 a.m.

    Refereed Research Paper Panel


    11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    “Active Voice: Supporting Press Freedom for High School Journalists”

    Research Panel with Commission on the Status of Women

  • Call for nominations: David Adams Educator of the Year

    Posted on February 10th, 2017 Teresa White, SJD secretary No comments

    For Immediate Release February 1, 2017

    Nicole Kraft

    The David Adams SJD Educator of the Year Award

    Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 edition of the prestigious David Adams Scholastic Journalism Division Educator of the Year Award.

    This award, given annually during the association’s summer convention, recognizes a deserving division member for his/her outstanding performance in the college/university classroom, and in scholastic journalism workshops and conferences.

    Nominations shall consist of the following: • a letter of recommendation
    • two letters (maximum) of support
    • curriculum vitae

    Nominating letters should identify in a single page the various ways the nominee has made significant contributions to journalism in the secondary schools through his/her work in journalism and mass communication in higher education.

    Nominees must have been members of the Scholastic Division for the previous three years.

    Nominating letters and letters of support should be sent to Nicole Kraft at The deadline is April 15.

    PAST recipients

    • 2016 Nicole Kraft, The Ohio State University
    • 2015 Mary Arnold, South Dakota State University
    • 2014 John Bowen, Kent State University
    • 2013 Monica Hill, The University of North Carolina
    • 2012 Bruce Konkle, University of South Carolina
    • 2011 Judy Robinson, University of Florida
    • 2010 Barbara Hines, Howard University
    • 2009 L yle Olson, South Dakota State University
    • 2008 James Tidwell, Eastern Illinois University
    • 2007 John Hudnall, University of Kansas
    • 2006 Cheryl M. Pell, Michigan State University
    • 2005 Candace Perkins-Bowen. Kent State University
    • 2004 David Adams, Indiana University
    • 2003 Thomas Eveslage, Temple University
    • 2002 Richard Johns, University of Iowa
    • 2001 Jack Dvorak, Indiana University
    • 2000 Marilyn Weaver, Ball State University
    • 1999 Linda Putney, Kansas State University
    • 1998 Julie E. Dodd, University of Florida
  • Midwinter Meeting Details

    Posted on December 31st, 2016 Teresa White, SJD secretary No comments
    The 2017 Midwinter Meeting of the Scholastic Journalism Division of AEJMC will take place at Hotel Indigo, 234 Third Ave. North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701, 727-822-4814. Participants will meet downstairs in the conference room to the left of the front entrance.
    Sessions will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 and continue through Friday, Jan. 6. Scheduled highlights include a presentation on New Voices Florida by Frank LoMonte and Steve Listopad.
    Registered attendees (those who paid a fee) will receive a receipt at the meeting. See the conference schedule for full details.
  • Division’s Newsletter Available

    Posted on November 4th, 2016 Teresa White, SJD secretary No comments

    SJD’s Fall 2017 newly designed newsletter, edited by Leslie Dennis (South Carolina)

    Read the latest Scholastic Journalism Division news in this fall’s newsletter, designed and compiled by editor Leslie Dennis (South Carolina).

  • Registration Open for 2017 Midwinter Meeting

    Posted on October 22nd, 2016 Teresa White, SJD secretary No comments

    SJD members will return to St. Petersburg, Fla., again this January for the annual Midwinter Meeting. The meeting will begin Thursday, Jan. 4 and wrap up late afternoon Friday, Jan. 5, 2017.

    Dan Evans, Instructor and News Director, Florida International University

    Dan Evans, News Director and content chief of the South Florida News Service housed at Florida International University, will be a featured speaker. The SFNS is an experienced based learning program. 

    To reserve a room in the SJD block at Hotel Indigo (Booking Code: AEJ), members should contact the hotel by Dec. 4, 2016.

    Registration deadline: Dec. 17. Mail completed form and payment to SJD Vice Head Karla Kennedy.

  • Call for Papers, Midwinter Meeting

    Posted on September 25th, 2016 Teresa White, SJD secretary No comments

    November 1 is the deadline for submissions for this year’s Midwinter Meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla. The meeting will take place Jan. 5-6, 2017.

    Members are encouraged to share this Call with others who may be interested in submitting their research.


  • Hendricks, Vos Receive Division’s Research Awards

    Posted on August 8th, 2016 Teresa White, SJD secretary No comments

    Marina Hendricks (Missouri) accepts the award for SJD’s top student research paper. Photo by Jeff Browne (Colorado)


    Tim Vos (Missouri) accepts the prize for Laurence Campbell Research Award. Photo by Jeff Browne (Colorado)

  • Schedule for SJD Teach-­In Wednesday, Aug. 3

    Posted on July 8th, 2016 Teresa White, SJD secretary No comments

    University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication  • Murphy Hall Room: 228

    Download a PDF of the schedule.

    8 a.m.
    Check-­‐in and Chat Get to know your fellow advisers, your hosts and some of the presenters.
    (Continental Breakfast provided by the University of Minnesota)

    8:30 a.m.
    Jeff Browne, Head, AEJMC Scholastic Journalism Division Instructor, University of Colorado Boulder
    Karla Kennedy, Vice Head, AEJMC Scholastic Journalism Division
    Lori Keekley, JEA Curriculum Leader, Law and Ethics, Student Media Adviser Louis Park High School

    8:45 a.m.
    Documentary Film and Discussion: “Taking the Lede”
    Facilitator: Jeffrey Browne, University of Colorado
    This 45-­‐minute documentary tells the story of courageous high school journalists who, over the past 20 years have published stories that created waves when they were published. Profiled are a young editor who in the mid-­‐1990s took on Focus on the Family — and won; an investigative journalist who forced the Pentagon to shut down its recruiting; a trio of student-­‐journalists who had to report on tragic event happening in real time at their school; and two students who felt the sting of censorship in a state where their First Amendment rights are supposed to be protected. Stay for a discussion with the producer, writer, director and editor.

    Jeff Browne (Producer) is a journalism instructor in the University of Colorado’s College of Media, Communication and Information. He is the director of CU News Corps, an explanatory/investigative news project staffed by advanced undergraduates and graduate students, who produce multimedia content for professional media partners. In his 25 years as a journalism educator, Browne has also served as the executive director of both the Colorado High School Press Association and the Kansas Scholastic Press Association, and was the director of Student Media at Colorado State University.

    9:45 a.m.
    “More than Marshmallow Fluff”
    Facilitators: Candace Perkins Bowen and John Bowen, Kent State University
    It’s not necessarily a bad thing to print or broadcast lighthearted, fluffy stories, BUT if that’s all your students suggest when signing up for the next publication’s topics, they may need some suggestions on why and how to cover stories that make a difference. Learn about how to help your students so they can and will report on issues that can change your school and your community for the better.

    Candace Perkins Bowen is an associate professor in Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and director of both the Center for Scholastic Journalism and the Ohio Scholastic Media Association. Bowen advised high school newspapers and yearbooks in Illinois and suburban Washington, D.C., for more than 20 years. A former Dow Jones News Fund Journalism Teacher of the Year, she has served as the president of the Journalism Education

    John Bowen is currently JEA Scholastic Press Rights Director and at adjunct professor at Kent State University where he teaches undergraduate Newswriting Across Platforms, Storytelling Across Platforms and ethics, and Social Role and Responsibility and Ethics in the online educators graduate program. He advised scholastic media for 30+ years. He is a former Dow Jones Newspaper Adviser of the Year and Carl Towley Award winner.

    10:45 a.m.
    “Another Few Reasons for Taking Journalism”
    Facilitator: Peter Bobkowski, University of Kansas
    This session presents national data say about how high school journalists compare to their peers who aren’t in journalism. Hint: high school journalists are better citizens than their non-­‐journalism friends. Peter Bobkowski teaches in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. From 1999 to 2006 he advised high school publications at St. Thomas High School in Houston.

    11:45 a.m.
    “Lunch with Mitch: It’s All About the Culture”
    Keynote Address: Mitch Eden, Kirkwood High School (Mo.)
    Dow Jones News Fund 2015 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year

    One key to building a successful media program is creating a classroom culture of empowerment and empathy. Journalism classrooms should be like no other on campus, engaging students in high energy, innovative and fun activities.

    Mitch Eden, MJE is a journalism teacher at Kirkwood High School in Missouri and the Dow Jones News Fund 2015 Journalism Teacher of the Year. He advises The Kirkwood Call newspaper, Pioneer yearbook and website at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Mo. He has been teaching scholastic journalism for 20 years and loves working with passionate young people to help them become better people and better journalists while creating the best publications possible. Eden and his young journalists produced a Suicide Awareness Press Kit.

    (Lunch provided by AEJMC Scholastic Journalism Division)

    1 p.m.
    PANEL: “Youth, Media, and Citizenship: The View From the Classroom”
    Facilitator: Peter Bobkowski, University of Kansas
    Panel: Lori Keekley, Mitch Eden, and TBA.

    Expert high school journalism advisers will share their observations about how young people today use media to effect change in their communities.

    This panel is part of a Symposium on Youth Media and Citizenship (hosted by National Scholastic Press Association and the School of Journalism at University of Minnesota), which will start with lunch and go until 4:30. Teach-­‐In attendees are welcome to sit in on these afternoon sessions. We will feature three education researchers who study how young people use media for civic purposes.

    2:30 p.m.
    “Managing Press-­‐Freedom Controversies”
    Facilitator: Frank LoMonte, Esq., Executive Director, Student Press Law Center
    Students want, and need, to talk about sensitive social issues that can be lighting rods for administrative censorship. We’ll review some recent case studies of teachers who’ve successfully navigated school and community blowback over controversial topics, and deal with some of the most common myths and misconceptions about student press rights.

    Frank LoMonte joined SPLC in January 2008 after practicing law with Atlanta-based Sutherland LLP and clerking for federal judges on the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Before law school, LoMonte was an award-winning investigative journalist and political columnist for daily newspapers in Florida and Georgia. LoMonte graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a senior editor of the Georgia Law Review. His articles about the First Amendment and other media law topics have been widely published in Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The American University Law Review, the University of North Carolina First Amendment Law Review, and in many other outlets.

    4 p.m.
    Closing Remarks and Thank Yous
    This concludes the 2016 AEJMC/SJD Teach-­‐In. Thanks to all participants and organizers who helped in any way to make this program a success. Please keep in touch and if you need any further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to call on the Scholastic Journalism Division of AEJMC