JMC Educator Contributors

Journalism & Mass Communication Educator seeks contributions that support a community of faculty and student discovery, the acquisition of knowledge and skills, and their creative application to issues of import, both within and beyond classroom and web site. The journal focuses on learning and teaching, curriculum, educational leadership, and related exploration of higher education within a context of journalism and mass communication. Articles draw from a variety of theoretical approaches and methodological perspectives and should introduce readers to new questions, new evidence, and effective educational practices. Scholarship is encouraged that is grounded in knowledge about the complexity of learning and respectful of student needs for multiple paths toward understanding; rooted in the disciplinary content of the professional and academic specialties we ask our students to master; and cognizant of the discipline’s long-standing commitment to the arts of liberty, not through vague aphorisms, but as solutions to educational, civic, and public needs.

  1. Submissions. Submit your manuscript, which should be no more than 4,000 words long (excluding tables, charts, graphs, and endnotes), at:
  2. Abstract and Author. An abstract of no more than 100 words must accompany each submission. Author identification should appear only on the title page and should include academic rank or professional title and applicable university and departmental affiliation.
  3. Style. For final acceptance, use Chicago Manual of Style guidelines. For law manuscripts, Chicago refers you elsewhere for certain citations. Do not use in-text references, i.e., (Weston, 1972). Do not use op. cit., ibid., or bc. cit. In ordinary text, whole numbers from one through ninety-nine are spelled out. However, when normally spelled numbers cluster in a sentence or paragraph, use figures. Use % instead of percent in reference to statistics; for rounded percentages write the word. Underline or italicize names of cities when using newspaper names, i.e., New York Times. In endnotes and in book review headings, use postal code abbreviations for states; in regular copy, use traditional abbreviations.
  4. Heading Styles. First-level headings are typed in bold italic and justified left. Second-level headings are indented and typed in bold italic. Third-level headings are indented and typed in italic. Note this example:
    Sample. A random sample…
    Sampling Techniques. These techniques are useful when…
  5. Tables. When creating tables, use the WordPerfect table feature, MacIntosh Word using the “Insert Table” command, or PageMaker with tabs. Do not duplicate material in text and tables. Tables and figures should be used only when they substantially aid the reader, not merely because computers make tables easy to create.

Basic Endnote Style:

  1. Todd Gitlin, Inside Prime Time (NY: Pantheon, 1985), 82. [Note that page numbers do not carry the pp. or p. prefix.]
  2. Joseph R. Dominick, “Children’s Viewing of Crime Shows and Attitudes on Law Enforcement,” Journalism Quarterly 51 (spring 1974): 5-12.
  3. Robert K. Manoff and Michael Schudson, eds., Reading the News (NY: Pantheon Books, 1986), 8.
  4. Leon V. Sigal, “Sources Make the News,” in Reading the News, ed. Robert Karl Manoff and Michael Schudson (NY: Pantheon Books, 1986), 9-37.
  5. “Nicaragua’s Bitter Harvest: War in Coffee Fields,” New York Times, 23 December 1983, sec. A, p. 2, col. 4.

World Wide Web Citations:

Citations to the Web must include: author’s name, title of document in quotation marks, title of complete work or journal (if relevant), in italics, date of publication or last revision, URL in angle brackets, date of access in parentheses.
Article in an online/electronic journal:

Rachael Smolkin, “Binded by History,” American Journalism Review, January/February 2003, <> (19 January 2003).
Professional site:
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, AEJMC Online, January 2003, <> (22 January 2003).

For a complete guide to Chicago style for online documents, see <>.

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