[AEJMC Newspaper Division list] name change discussion
bowles at utk.edu
Thu Jul 24 00:20:14 CDT 2008
During the past week or so, discussion has swung from "we need a name
change and here are new name ideas" to "let's not be hasty about moving
away from the name Newspaper Division." I'm torn on the issue and have
enjoyed reading the thoughtful posts.
One reason we've heard for not changing to News or some variation of
News is concern about infringing on the turf of RTV and other divisions
or interest groups. In light of the AEJMC strategic plan that is to be
voted on in Chicago and talk of a "leaner" organization, is there any
sentiment that we consider merging (converging) Newspaper and RTV
divisions? I can think of some advantages in both divisions moving away
from platform-based names, but an obvious disadvantage (other than all
the reasons already stated for retaining Newspaper Division) would be
fewer convention slots for combined programming. That alone might be
reason not to even consider a merger.
Dorothy Bowles, Professor
School of Journalism & Electronic Media, Univ. of Tennessee,
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