Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professors in Media Ad Sales Program

AEJMC members are invited to apply for 2019-20 Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professor Grants in Media Ad Sales. The grants will be administered by AEJMC.

Two members will be selected to receive grants, funding two weeks of summer studies at either WEWS, News 5, in Cleveland, Ohio, or E. W. Scripps Company Headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Award recipients will be introduced to numerous aspects of advertising sales that support social media and/or digital marketing while at these venues. The goal is for them to apply this new knowledge to their classroom instruction in the fall.

A second phase of the program provides funds for a professional from each of these venues to travel to the professors’ schools for three to five days during the 2019-20 academic year. These media ad sales specialists will be involved in a variety of activities while on campus, depending on the needs of the participating professors and the schools.

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 venue. The second phase provides $1,250 for the reciprocal visit by the media venue professional. No additional money is available if expenses exceed these amounts.

Applicants must be fulltime faculty and current AEJMC members. Graduate students are not eligible for the Visiting Professors in Media Ad Sales Program.

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

Application packets should include the following:

  1. Explain what courses you are teaching in fall 2019 and winter/spring 2020 that would be enhanced by this experience.
  2. Explain briefly why you would like to participate in the program.
    Select the venue you would like to visit and why – either WEWS or E. W. Scripps Company Headquarters (this venue should not be in your same city or nearby).
  3. Provide some ideas regarding what a media ad sales specialist might do while visiting your campus.
  4. Include full contact information (email address and telephone number).
  5. Include a three-page vita.
  6. Include a statement that if you are selected for the program,
    • you agree to spend two weeks at the selected media venue prior to the start of fall 2019 classes;
    • you will use the experience to enhance your teaching; and
    • you will plan and execute a reciprocal visit by the media venue representative during either the 2019 fall or 2020 spring semester.

The 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 award recipients, and the process is expected to be very competitive.

Awardees will be notified in early May. Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professors from previous years are not eligible to apply again. Please direct questions to Lillian Coleman, AEJMC project manager, at

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