2018 Best Practices Competition

Best Practices in Teaching Diversity in Journalism and Mass Communication

A teaching competition sponsored by the AEJMC Elected Committee on Teaching

Deadline: Entries should be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, March 16, 2018

For the 13th year, the AEJMC Elected Committee on Teaching will honor innovative teaching ideas from our colleagues. Each year, the committee selects three winners in a themed competition highlighting different areas across the journalism and mass communication curriculum.

The 2018 Best Practices competition will focus on diversity in journalism and mass communication; we seek entries that explain how you have used projects or tasks to teach about diversity in the context of journalism and mass communication, with respect to content and/or practice. This area is broad, and ideas are welcomed from all disciplines represented among our membership. Teaching areas appropriate for this competition include, but are not limited to, media and society; print, broadcast, reporting and editing; public relations; advertising; media law; media ethics; visual communication; and photojournalism.

The AEJMC Teaching Committee will select winning entries for publication in our 13th annual AEJMC Best Practices in Teaching competition, which will be published in an e-booklet. Winners are required to share their entries during a teaching session at the AEJMC annual conference in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 6-9, 2018. Winners also will receive certificates and a cash prize: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100. Honorable mentions may also be awarded, but no cash will be provided for those entries.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Your entry must be in one single Word file (.doc or .docx) or Text (.txt) file. PDFs will not be accepted, as we need text files to facilitate publication of the e-booklet containing the winning ideas.
  2. The first page of your entry should be a cover sheet with name, affiliation, contact information, entry title and a 125-word bio (written in third person). To facilitate blind judging, we will delete this cover sheet when we combine entries. Do not include author name or any other identifying information in the description section of your entry.
  3. The description section of your entry should be a TWO-PAGE executive summary and should include:
    a. Title
    b. 100-word abstract
    c. Explanation of the teaching practice or activity
    d. Rationale
    e. Outcomes
    Under no circumstances should the description exceed two pages in 12-point type with one-inch page margins.
  4. You may include up to two additional pages in the Word or Text document with examples of student work or other supporting materials. However, the entire entry should not exceed five pages and must be in a single Word or Text file with no identifying information other than on the title page.
  5. Submit your entry as an attachment by email to Amanda Sturgill at asturgill@elon.edu. (The subject line should be “2018 AEJMC Online Teaching (YOUR NAME).”) Copy the e-mail entry to yourself as proof of submission.
  6. Confirmation of entry receipt will be sent via e-mail within 48 hours of your submission. If you do not receive this, please call Amanda Sturgill at 336 278 5790.

Criteria for Judging

  1. The criteria to evaluate entries are outlined below:
    Relevance of entry to the theme of Teaching Diversity in Journalism and Mass Communication (10 points).
  2. Creativity or innovation (30 points).
  3. Real-world applications of relevant teaching theories, concepts and principles (15 points).
  4. Evidence of impact. For example – how was the work produced, feedback from the audience or sources, etc. (25 points).
  5. Compliance with format in Call for Papers (10 points): (i). Explanation of teaching/methodology, (ii). Rationale, and (iii). Outcomes
  6. Overall impression or assessment (10 points)

The AEJMC Teaching Committee’s panel of judges will decide the winners. All entries will be blind judged. Judges will not have access to any identifying information about entrants. The judges reserve the right not to award prizes. Competition results will be announced by April 30.


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