AEJMC Research Prize for Professional Relevance

AEJMC is seeking submissions for the 2019 AEJMC Research Prize for Professional Relevance.

Description. The 2016-18 AEJMC Presidential Task Force on Bridges to the Professions established the AEJMC Research Prize for Professional Relevance to foster stronger ties between media professionals and educators.

The Research Prize for Professional Relevance recognizes each year’s top AEJMC conference papers that bring newfound clarity and insight to emerging media industry practices, cultures and business imperatives. A committee of academic and professional judges will select the winning papers, to be awarded at the 2019 AEJMC conference in Toronto.

First prize will be awarded $1,000 and a certificate, while second and third prizes will be awarded certificates. If the winning paper has multiple authors, the prize will be distributed equally among co-authors. For a summary of the 2018 winners, visit

Accepted 2019 AEJMC conference papers that have researched themes of timely importance to the media industry are automatically eligible to be reviewed by a judging committee comprising conference peer reviewers and representatives from industry professional organizations.

The award will be administered via the normal AEJMC paper submission process, whose deadline is April 1, 2019. Divisions, commissions and interest groups, after completing their own review process as usual, are encouraged to select their top paper pertaining to professional relevance and forward it to the select committee, which will conduct a separate review process for the prize.

Judging. The AEJMC panel of judges will decide the winners. All entries will be blind judged. Judges will not have access to any identifying information about authors. The judges reserve the right not to award prizes. Competition results will be announced in early July.

The criteria to evaluate papers for the Research Prize for Professional Relevance are outlined below:
1.  Research relevance in fostering ties between the media industry and academia.
2.  Excellence in research insights, theories, concepts and principles.
3.  Creativity or innovation of approach.
4.  Real-world application of research.
5.  Overall impression and anticipated research impact.

Eligibility. All research methods will be considered for this award, but the winning papers ultimately must enunciate accessible conclusions that are meaningful for both academic and professional audiences. Academic jargon should be kept to a minimum. The abstract, introduction and conclusion should clearly describe how the paper’s research and findings apply to the profession and/or the classroom.

To ensure consideration for the prize, authors are encouraged to include the keywords “professional relevance” when submitting papers for the AEJMC conference. For more information, please contact the prize coordinator: Professor Jake Batsell (, Division of Journalism, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 75275-0113. Phone: 214-768-1915.


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