Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professor Grants in Social Media

AEJMC members are invited to apply for 2019-20 Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professor Grants in Social Media.

The grants, funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation and administered by AEJMC, fund two weeks of summer study for six AEJMC members at various media outlets in order for them to learn first-hand how news and information delivery is being transformed by digital media. The goal is for them to take that knowledge into their classrooms when they return to their campuses in the fall.

A second phase of the program provides funds for professionals from participating media outlets to travel to visiting professors’ schools for three to five days during the 2019-20 academic year. These professionals can be involved in a variety of activities while on these campuses, depending on the needs of the six different journalism/mass communication programs.

This is the ninth annual Visiting Professors in Social Media Program that the Scripps Howard Foundation has funded for AEJMC members.

The Scripps Howard Foundation has $4,250 total available for each application selected for the program. The first phase of the program provides $3,000 to each visiting professor for travel, housing and other expenses for the two-week visit to the media outlet. The second phase provides $1,250 for the reciprocal visit of the media outlet professional. No additional money is available if expenses are more than these amounts.

Applicants must be fulltime faculty and current AEJMC members. Graduate students are not eligible for the program.

The expectation for the selected visiting professors is that each is contributing his/her time to go on the media visit, and for planning and implementing the professional’s visit to campus (with that person’s input).

The media outlets that will be hosts for 2019-20 visiting professors include the following:
C-SPAN (Washington, D.C.)
KNXV-TV, ABC15 (Phoenix, AZ)
The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina)
Scripps Washington Bureau (Washington, D.C.)
WCPO-TV and (Cincinnati, Ohio)
WEWS-TV, News 5 (Cleveland, Ohio)

Application packets should include the following:

  1. Explain what courses you are teaching in fall 2019 and winter/spring 2020 that would be improved by this experience.
  2. Explain briefly why you would like to participate in the program.
  3. Select the outlet you would like to visit and explain why (list one specific outlet from the possibilities above – this outlet should not be in your same city or nearby).
  4. Provide some ideas about what a professional who visited your campus might do.
  5. Include full contact information (email address and telephone number).
  6. Include a three-page vita.
  7. Include a statement that if you are selected for the program, you agree to spend two weeks at the selected media outlet prior to the start of fall 2019 classes, that you will use the experience to enhance your teaching, and that you will plan and execute a reciprocal visit by the media outlet representative during either the 2019 fall or 2020 spring semester.

Deadline to apply for the program is 5 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, April 10.

Send the above information in one file as a PDF via email to Lillian Coleman at

An AEJMC committee will select the recipients, and the process is expected to be very competitive. Successful applicants will be notified in early May. Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professors from previous years are not eligible to apply again. Direct questions to Lillian Coleman, AEJMC project manager, at

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