A University of Oregon Ph.D. candidate and a University of Arizona professor won the division’s inaugural research and teaching awards. Arthur D. Santana of Oregon, a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post and Seattle Times, took home the research award, which provides $500 for his project on online comments, titled Civility, Anonymity and the Breakdown of a New Public Sphere. Jeannine E. Relly of Arizona will receive $200 for a student reporting trip to Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Ariz.
Leslie-Jean Thornton, an assistant professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State, received the division’s Educator of the Year award from teaching tri-chair Brian Carroll.
At the Newspaper Division business meeting Aug. 11, Research Chair Jin Yang reported that the division received 85 student and faculty research paper submissions for the 2011 national meeting in St. Louis. Of those, 50 papers were accepted, for a 59 percent acceptance rate. The division was sixth in paper submissions in AEJMC, behind Mass Communication and Society (141 submissions), Communication Technology (122), COMSHER (120), Advertising (117) and Cultural and Critical Studies (89).
During the Newspaper Division business meeting Thursday, Aug. 11, at the AEJMC convention in St. Louis, division Head John Carvalho reported that the Newspaper Division has 488 members, keeping it as the largest division in AEJMC, a few members ahead of Mass Communication and Society.
At many colleges and universities, expectations for research and innovative teaching are increasing just as opportunities for external funding to support such work are declining. The Newspaper Division of AEJMC is stepping into that breach with a new program of small grants.
The program will offer two grants for the 2011-2012 academic year:
- A $500 grant to support research on newspapers or their online units
- A $200 grant to support innovative teaching in courses related to newspapers or their online units
Click here to download the grant applications. Deadline for applying is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on July 1, 2011. Applications should be submitted by email to email@example.com
The research grant could be used to cover some or all of the cost of such scholarly expenses as a research assistant, a subscription to an online survey program, travel to an archive, copying, mailing or transcription. 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.
To qualify for consideration for a grant, applicants must be members of the Newspaper Division of AEJMC as of July 1, 2011. You can check your membership status by contacting AEJMC Membership Manager Pamella Price at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-772-3507.
To apply for a teaching grant, applicants must, in addition, plan to be involved in teaching journalism or mass communication at the post-secondary level, as a full-time faculty member or instructor, adjunct professor, graduate-student teacher of record or teaching assistant between Sept. 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012.
Full-time faculty members, adjunct professors, graduate students and independent scholars are eligible to apply for the research grant. Members of the Newspaper Division’s executive board for 2010-2011 are not eligible to apply for either grant.
Grant recipients will be asked to provide a report on how they used grant funds to the head of the Newspaper Division by July 1, 2012.
If you have questions about the grant program, please contact Newspaper Division co-teaching chair Susan Keith of Rutgers University at email@example.com
Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century — plus five weeks
The deadline for TNT21, the Newspaper Division’s teaching ideas competition, has been extended to July 1. That means you have five more weeks to put together a submission that might earn a cash award.
Entries should be about teaching newswriting, reporting or editing.
A prize of $100 will be awarded for the best teaching idea from each of three groups of teachers:
- full-time faculty,
- adjunct professors, and
- graduate students.
Ideas will be judged for their originality, innovative nature, ease of application, completeness, writing and whether they would work in more than one course and/or at different types of schools. All entries should reflect:
- Original teaching ideas that have not been published elsewhere or adapted from another instructor’s work
- Ideas that have not been winners or finalists in other teaching awards competitions
- Ideas that have not been simultaneously submitted to other 2011 AEJMC division or interest group teaching awards competitions. Ideas that have been submitted, for example, to the 2011 Great Ideas for Teachers competition sponsored by the Community College Journalism Association and AEJMC’s Small Programs Interest Group, Scholastic Journalism Division and Graduate Education Interest Group are not eligible.
The new deadline is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time July 1. Attendance at the AEJMC convention in August is NOT required to receive the award.
For an application and full information, go to