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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

    E-mail: jdennis@piedmont.edu

    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 (kkennedy@fiu.edu) 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