[AEJMC Newspaper Division list] Beyond the name change
Jean Ann Colbert
colbert at ipfw.edu
Tue Jul 22 18:50:05 CDT 2008
Yes! We need to talk with other divisions. Wally's idea and Jack's comments below are sensible and thought-provoking. This issue affects many divisions and I'm not comfortable with the idea of just grabbing the online connection.
>>> "JOHN B ZIBLUK" <JZIBLUK at astate.edu> 7/22/2008 8:52 AM >>>
Not only do Kathleen's associates in RTV face the same issues, folks in Viscomm and othe divisions face it too.
I think it's important to be pro-active here rather than reactive. The name-change discussion is really just the first layer of the onion here. There are a lot of layers we need to peel back in order to get to the core..and as with an onion, there will be some tears along the way.
I love wally's idea of putting together a study group or commission to come up with a plan of action. The name change would be part of a larger picture.
We need to look at the direction of our scholarship and of our teaching. I have a master's in public admin and I co-authored the strategic plan for the National Press Photographers recently. I would love to really work on something for our group. The AEJMC strategic plan is coming out and we can integrate/articulate with that plan. Or do something deeper.
I have done a lot of interdisciplinary work of late and I find a lot of other constituencies are doing media/news/communications work. But they hate journalism and journalists. As newspapers shrink, shed and morph, their role is being taken up by many forms of communications on-line and off including niche publications, webpages blogs, wikis and more stuff than I can name.
In the face of these changes,niche scholarship broadens and atomizes. We study entertainment, social networks, religion, business and PR..all of which are straying further from newspapers and the traditional early 20th Century "objective" news paradigm. Are students are lookign for jobs? where are they? Wil they be information officers for niche organizations, pubnlications, non profits and businesses? independent entrepreneurs?
How do we engage with the non-journalism journalists who need our help and expertise?
But what I do know is that we need to prepare our students for the new world; we need to focus our scholarship on understanding it.
We don't need to re-trench within our old boxes......
Let's take this on as a profession. A commission, study group or whatever is warranted and needed.
John B. (Jack) Zibluk, Ph.D.
Arkansas State University
Department of Journalism
P.O. Box 1930
State University, AR 72467
From: news-list-bounces at aejmc.net on behalf of Kathleen Wickham
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Susan: Thank you for posting the name change issue on the list-serv.
I've enjoyed reading the robust discussion.
I am torn. As a former newspaper reporter (10 years in New Jersey) my
heart is in the newsroom and in the term Newspaper Division. I know
newspaper are facing stiff economic times. But I also know that the
online version originates in that print newsroom. And I know that what
we do: reporting, writing and editing contributes to the community and
has an important role in a democracy. I am also aware that broadcast
outlets also use the online world as part of its mission and
connections with the community. Their goals mirror newspaper goals.
And, of course then there are all those forms of what I call
independent news sources that may or may to meet the same journalistic
standards. Bloggers, citizen journalists, virtual worlds and other
forms developed and still not even conceived.
As a former Newspaper Division head (2006-2007) I recognize that
problem Susan is trying to countered with the name change--decreased
membership and decreased paper submissions. The issue is not just about
recognizing our heritage but about positioning ourselves for the
future. And certainly expanded editions in our paper calls and on our
list-serv would help to educate researchers seeking a home.
I also recognize the importance, value and wonderful diversity of
AEJMC's many divisions and interest groups. It would be inappropriate
to rename our division the Journalism Division for all members of AEJMC
are committed to journalism.
In fact, as I was preparing this post I had a conversation with an
officer with RTVJ re: this very issue. Their list-serv has also been
busy this week discussing our conversation. What they object to most,
according to my friend, is that Newspaper would lay claim to Journalism
as its title. That suggestion is viewed as arrogant and insulting.
As I pondered this issue during a long drive this weekend, I came
up with two titles for consideration: News Media Division or
Newspaper/Online News Division. I prefer the latter as it recognizes
that "newspaper" can be viewed as a generic definition of what we do
(producing an independent source of news important in a democracy) yet
encompasses online realities.
I would reject some of the other suggestions as too banal: New media
(its been around for over a decade so it is hardly new--I wrote a book
on Online Journalism in 1997) and News-Editorial reads like a course
Dr. Kathleen Woodruff Wickham
Graduate program director
P.O. Box 1848
131 Farley Hall
The University of Mississippi
University, Miss. 38677
e-mail: kwickham at olemiss.edu
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