Call for Abstracts Midwinter Conference 2018

AEF Visiting Professor Program


The ANA’s Educational Foundation invites you to apply to the Visiting Professor Program (VPP)
Application Deadline
January 15, 2018

The Visiting Professor Program provides professors from all disciplines with an inside view of the world of marketing and advertising, and is intended to help inform research and teaching back in the classroom. For professor and company testimonials click here!

In 2018 there be three different ways to participate in the VPP:

  1. The Immersion – A four-day Immersion into the latest innovations in current marketing and advertising practice. Participating companies will be agencies, marketers and media companies such as: Facebook, R/GA, Ogilvy, McCann, IBM and NBCUniversal. Topic areas will include social media, global brand building, cultural insight, multicultural marketing, the future of media and diversity in the industry. The Immersion is most suited to professors seeking an overview of the latest developments in the field in order to infuse his or her teaching with real-world examples and industry insights. The program will also include a networking reception for professors to meet with executives from agencies and marketing companies. The Immersion will be limited to 30 professors and will be held in New York City from Tuesday, June 5 to Friday, June 8.
  2. The Immersion + Fellowship – A nine-day program combining the Immersion with a week-long ‘deep dive’ Fellowship hosted by a marketer or agency whose interests align with a professor’s research interest. Given the one-on-one interaction through the Fellowship component, the program is best for faculty who have specific questions about the industry that are best addressed through more in-depth study. Through this intensive program professors can gain ‘on-the-ground’ experience to inform their teaching with the goal of forming a longer term relationship with their host company. The Immersion + Fellowship will be limited to 10 professors and held from Tuesday, June 5 to Friday, June 15.
  3. The Shadow Program – Responding to requests for more flexibility in the VPP experience, professors will be matched with marketers or agency leaders for a day-long shadowing experience. The ‘inaugural class’ for this new and exciting program will begin with 20 professors and it will be conducted in markets outside New York City. Timing for the Shadow Program will be year-round.

Housing and Expenses:
Accommodations for the VPP program in NYC have been made available through a collaboration with Fordham University’s Center for Positive Marketing and will be on-campus. Housing will be at the Lincoln Center campus in the heart of the city and are provided at no cost to professors.  In addition professors will be provided with a stipend of $200 for the Immersion and $450 for the Immersion + Fellowship. There is no cost for the Shadow Program. Professors will cover the expense of their travel.

Click here to apply. Complete the VPP application; upload your CV, statement and two-minute video (see details below).

Statement and supporting items:
Please provide a statement (500 words maximum) explaining why you wish to participate in the program(s) selected. Professors applying for the Immersion + Fellowship will be expected to provide a Lunchtime Talk about how your research and teaching relate to marketing and advertising. Please communicate the topic of your Lunchtime Talk in your statement.

Two-minute video:

All professors are asked to provide a two-minute video shot with a cell phone or a computer webcam. We are not looking for professional videos. Please hold cell phones horizontally when making your video. Topic suggestions include:

  • Most interesting teaching moment or research finding in your career
  • Most interesting or surprising example of advertising that has caught your eye recently and why
  • Discuss something about you that is not on your application
  • Most striking thing you have noticed about student culture today on campus
  • A teaser about your Lunchtime Talk for professors applying for the Immersion + Fellowship program

Notifications: April 1, 2018

Final notes:

  • Professors should not apply if they have already participated in the VPP
  • The VPP is currently only offered to professors teaching in the US

Attn: Sharon Hudson
VP, Program Manager
708 Third Avenue, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10017
Tel:    646-708-8114


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Fifth Mapping the Magazine Conference to be Held in Chicago

The fifth Mapping the Magazine Conference, to be held at Columbia College Chicago July 25-27, 2018, invites submissions on the theme “Magazines as Curated Communities.”

Organizers seek proposals for individual papers on topics related to magazine research from many disciplines (Media and Communication, Journalism, Critical and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology, Linguistics, English, History, Visual Communication, and others). The 2018 conference seeks to explore questions including but not limited to:

• Redefining magazines: Are podcasts, fashion and lifestyle blogs, Tumblr sites, online fan communities and other collections of content and audiences “magazines”? What are the arguments for and against expanding our notion of magazines?
• Magazine production: What technological or industry trends are influencing changes in production? What business models work or will work in the future?
• History of magazines. What can we learn from the past? What case studies inform our understanding of magazine media then and now?
• Advertising trends: From advertorials to native advertising, how has the tension between editorial and advertising evolved? What are the ethical and commercial considerations? How do readers discern the differences? How well do magazines drive sales? What other revenue streams exist?

“Mapping the Magazine” is a series of conferences established by Tim Holmes of Cardiff University. Four conferences have run so far — in 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2016. The fifth conference will be sponsored by Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University and AEJMC’s Magazine Media Division.

The MtM conferences aim to serve as intimate and meaningful gatherings of magazine scholars from many disciplines who are interested in exploring the current state of magazine research and possibly developing collaborative research projects. MtM5, like all of the preceding conferences, is open to all scholars working in the broad field of magazine research.

Abstracts of 400 words for 20-minute papers are due by Dec. 27. Please submit abstracts via the conference website at For instructions or to confirm receipt of your abstract, contact Successful applicants will be contacted by Feb. 1, 2018, and full papers will be due to the conference organizers by May 1, 2018. As in the past, papers will be delivered sequentially over the three days, not concurrently in separate streams. Conference delegates are asked to commit to attending all papers.

Registration is free for all presenters and keynote speakers. General admission is $50, and discounted to $25 for students and members of the Magazine Media Division.

The organizers are planning to have an edited collection or a special issue of the Journal of Magazine Media based on selected papers from the conference. Please email any questions to the members of the organizing committee: Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin (Columbia College Chicago,; Betsy Edgerton (Columbia College Chicago,; Susan Currie Sivek (Linfield College,; Kevin Lerner (Marist College,; Tim Holmes (Cardiff University,; Miglena Sternadori (Texas Tech University,

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Bliss Award Nominations

Nominations are due Feb. 15, 2018, for AEJMC’s Edward L. Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Education. The award is presented annually by AEJMC’s Electronic News Division and recognizes an electronic journalism educator who has made significant and lasting contributions to the field. Criteria for nomination and selection:

• Teaching: Evidence of long-standing excellent and innovative teaching and student engagement.
• Service: Evidence of leadership in professional or educational organizations such as AEJMC, RTDNA, SPJ, state broadcast news organizations and at the candidate¹s college or university.
• Research: Evidence of enhanced teaching and service through professional and/or academic writing and research including journal articles, articles in professional trade publications and creative work for broadcast.

Nominations are solicited from the broadcast media, professional organizations and associations, and broadcast educators or students. Letters of nomination should contain specific examples of each of the categories listed above.

The successful Bliss nomination packet will include:

• a detailed, thorough letter of nomination.
• a complete curriculum vitae of the nominee.
• supporting letters from students/former students. These letters should be concise and limited to no more than seven.
• supporting letters from colleagues, collaborators or co-authors. These should also be concise and limited to no more than seven.
• supporting materials including news coverage of awards and activities. These materials should be VERY limited in number.

Examples of writing or other work by the nominee should not be included. Do not include a statement by the nominee in support of your nomination. Nominations will remain active with the Bliss selection committee for three years. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee selected by the Electronic News Division officers lead by past division head Bill Silcock, Arizona State. The award will be presented at a special ceremony held by the division at AEJMC’s August 2018 Washington, D.C., Conference. The recipient will receive a recognition plaque and a waiver of conference registration fees. In addition, the recipient’s name will be added to the permanent plaque housed at American University in Washington, D.C, Ed Bliss’ university during his teaching career.

Nominations should be sent to (electronic submissions preferred): Bill Silcock, Assistant Dean for Research and Global Programs, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University, 555 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004,, 602-319-2818. Silcock may also be contacted for questions and more information.

AEJMC Awards

Lionel Barrow Award Nominations

Nominations are now being sought for the Lionel C. Barrow Jr. Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research and Education.

This award, jointly supported by AEJMC’s Minorities & Communication (MAC) Division and Commission on the Status of Minorities (CSM), recognizes outstanding individual accomplishment and leadership in diversity efforts for underrepresented groups by race and ethnicity, in journalism and mass communication.

The late Dr. Lionel (Lee) C. Barrow, Jr. was a long-time AEJMC member who provided leadership and guidance during his many years of service. In 1968, he pioneered and founded the Ad Hoc Committee on Minority Education in an effort to recruit, train and place minorities in communications, and in 1970, he founded and became the acting head of the MAC Division.

The nominee should be a JMC educator with a long record of diversity-related work, but does not have to be an AEJMC member at the time of application; self-nominations are welcome. A monetary award accompanies this prize, and the winner will receive a complimentary, one-year membership to AEJMC.

The award will be presented during the AEJMC Business Meeting by the chairs of the two sponsoring groups.

Nominees will be judged by their outstanding contributions in ONE of the three following areas: (1) a sustained record over time of publication on racial and ethnic minorities in journalism and mass communication; and/or (2) a sustained record over time of contribution to teaching and service of racial and ethnic minorities in journalism and mass communication; and/or (3) the publication of an impactful book on racial and ethnic minorities in journalism and mass communication.

Nomination packets should contain the following:

• a letter from an AEJMC member on letterhead naming the specific area of the contribution (see above) and then describing in detail the candidate’s contributions to diversity in that area, and one additional letter of support from a colleague (on or off campus) who is also an AEJMC member. All nominees, including those who are self-nominated, will provide a total of two (2) letters;
• the nominee’s personal statement (350 words);
• a three-page CV outlining information pertinent to the nomination;
• additional materials might include (but are not limited to) abstracts of research findings, professional papers and published articles (no more than five total), text of a speech delivered or prepared for delivery, course outlines, innovative teaching tools, teaching evaluations and citations or other recognition pertaining to the nominee.

The entire nomination packet should be combined into one file and be no longer than 13 pages (including additional materials). Applications exceeding this length will be disqualified. Entries should be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, March 1, 2018, via email to The recipient will be announced by mid-April and recognized in the 2018 AEJMC Washington, D.C., Conference program.

AEJMC Awards

History Book Award Nominations

AEJMC’s History Division is soliciting entries for its annual award for the best journalism and mass communication history book of 2017.

The winning author will receive a plaque and a $500 prize at the August 2018 AEJMC conference at the Renaissance in Washington, D.C., where the author will give a short talk about the experience of research and discovery during the book’s composition.

The competition is open to any author of a media history book regardless of whether he or she belongs to AEJMC or the History Division.

Only first editions with a 2017 copyright date will be accepted. Edited volumes, articles and monographs will be excluded because they qualify for the Covert Award, another AEJMC History Division competition.

Entries must be received by Feb. 2, 2018. Submit four copies of each book — along with the author’s mailing address, telephone number and email address — to John P. Ferré, AEJMC History Book Award Chair, Department of Communication, 310 Strickler Hall, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292.

Please contact John Ferré at 502-852-8167 or with any questions.

AEJMC Awards

Deutschmann Research Award Nominations

The Paul J. Deutschmann Award for Excellence in Research recognizes a body of significant research over the course of an individual’s career. The award is named in honor of Paul J. Deutschmann, who developed the College of Communication Arts at Michigan State University. It serves as the AEJMC Research Award, recognizing the top scholars in the association who have made a major impact on the research of the field during their career.

The Deutschmann Award is based on demonstrable influence on the field and is therefore not necessarily awarded every year. To be considered for the 2018 award, nominations must be received by Dec. 1, 2017.

Nomination packets should include a letter describing the ways that the nominee’s contributions shaped the mass communication field, focusing on how the nominee has impacted the specific area of his/her research and the broad field of mass communication. The AEJMC Standing Committee on Research encourages the consideration and nomination of diverse candidates for this award.

In addition, the nomination packet should include the nominee’s C.V. and 8-10 letters of support from colleagues who can attest to the candidate’s qualifications for the award. Nominators should represent a range of institutions and perspectives on the nominee’s accomplishments and influence.

Recent recipients include 2017 Stephen Reese, Texas at Austin; 2015 Pamela Shoemaker, Syracuse; 2013 Lee Becker, Georgia; 2011 Sharon Dunwoody, Wisconsin-Madison; 2010 Stephen Lacy, Michigan State; 2009 David Weaver, Indiana; and 2007 Guido H. Stempel, III, Ohio.

Nomination letters and packets for the Deutschmann Award should be submitted electronically in a single PDF file to Jisu Huh at Please direct any questions to Jisu Huh at or 612-626-5527 or María E. Len-Ríos at or 706-542-2409.

AEJMC Awards

Call for Chapters: Alternative Media & Mainstream Politics

Past research concerning alternative media and activist media has thoroughly explored the role of both in social movements and activist organizations. However, there has been little attention paid to the role of such media in mainstream political communication. The rise of the modern Internet and social media platforms has allowed for the proliferation of these forms of media across society in ways that were not possible twenty years ago.

Today, alternative media have become more intertwined with mainstream media, and have even become increasingly relevant in mainstream political communication. In order to address the growing role of alternative and activist media in mainstream political communication, editors seek to build an edited volume based on the contribution of scholarship that addresses one of four topics related to these issues. Overall, editors are asking for research contributions that provide insights concerning the following topics:

Topic I: The Role of Alternative & Activist Media in Political Campaigns
This topic explores how alternative media and activist media influence political campaigns, and how political campaigns utilize those media. This could include issues such as: alternative media content integrated directly into campaign materials; linkages between alternative media and campaign materials; and the use of alternative/activist media content by political operatives to connect campaigns to political issues.

Topic II: Candidates, Government Officials, and Alternative Media
This topic examines how candidates or government officials take part in alternative media, through production and other forms of participation. This can cover issues like: political candidates or government officials participating in interviews conducted by alternative media titles; alternative media production by candidates or government officials; and quotations of alternative media content by candidates on the campaign trail, or government officials locked in policy debates.

Topic III: Relationships between Alternative/Activist Media, and Mainstream Political News
This topic investigates the role of alternative/activist media in mainstream reporting on political stories, and how those media might shape mainstream political news content. This can involve issues like: differences between political reporting in alternative media and mainstream news media; the ways in which alternative/activist media are utilized in mainstream news about politics; and fake news as alternative or activist media, and how such news impacts mainstream political news.

Topic IV: Alternative Media, Activist Media, & Political Participation
This topic focuses on the ways in which alternative/activist media have changed notions of political participation, and how they currently shape the ways people become politically involved at different levels. This could encompass issues like: descriptions of political participation or democracy in alternative media content; the ways in which alternative/activist media might spur political participation; the role of alternative/activist media in local politics; and the role of alternative/activist media in generating national-level political interest for citizens.

To be considered for this edited volume, potential authors should submit a proposal of 700-1000 words to Joshua Atkinson by Dec. 15. All submissions should indicate for which of the four topics the author(s) would like their submission to be considered. The editors of the volume will engage in a masked review of the proposals; authors will be notified of acceptance by mid-January.

After acceptance, the authors will have eight months to complete initial drafts of the paper and submit to Atkinson. Final revisions will be due by December of 2018. For more information regarding the topics of interest or key concepts, contact Atkinson.

Joshua D. Atkinson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Media & Communication
Bowling Green State University

Linda Jean Kenix, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Media & Communication Department
Head of the School of Language, Social & Political Sciences
University of Canterbury

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Tips from the AEJMC Teaching Committee

Strategies for Leading Discussions of Race and Diversity in the Classroom

By Karen M. Turner
AEJMC Standing Committee on Teaching
Associate Professor
Department of Journalism
Temple University


(Article courtesy of AEJMC News, November 2017 issue)

My original idea for this month’s column was to focus on recapping and providing advice from a robust teaching panel discussion I participated in at the 2017 Chicago AEJMC Conference entitled, “Your Candidate Is a Loser – Strategies for Leading Discussions of Race and Diversity in the Classroom.” And then Hurricane Maria slammed into the Caribbean and I got another idea.

Since both are important, this column will address two issues.

Strategies for Leading Discussions of Race and Diversity in the Classroom

The idea for the AEJMC panel came from Iona’s Mitchell Bard. He said the spark was watching the now president make racist comments during the presidential campaign and emboldening people with similar views to speak so openly.  He questioned what he would do if a student said something offensive or insensitive in his class.  As teaching chair of the Political Communication Interest Group, Bard said he approached the Minorities and Communication Division’s Melody Fischer about co-sponsoring and the panel collaboration was born.

All four panelists provided tips from their well-worn teaching toolboxes and strategized with audience participants about specific classroom challenges.  I shared many of the teaching strategies I wrote about in my March 2017 column:

What made the panel so valuable was the diversity of the panelists and their institutional environments.

Here are some words of wisdom from panelist Katy Culver, Wisconsin-Madison (

• Pay attention to your course materials. I realized my readings in a technology class tilted almost entirely male. One of my lectures on visual communication included only one example featuring a person of color and that was in a negative context. Things like the names you include in assignments or quizzes matter. Diversify across the board.

• Recognize that group projects can be a problem. Students’ implicit — or explicit — biases can make these projects thorny, yet problems are often invisible to you. I set up surveys at different mile markers in a project and ask students about the dynamics in the group. I don’t make it explicitly about race, gender, class or other variables that can raise bias concerns. Instead, I ask things like, “Is there anything I can do to help you be successful within your group?”

One time, an adult returning student used this opportunity to tell me she felt shunned by her group members because she worked two jobs to put herself through school, which made meeting times tough to coordinate. I was able to both advise her on how to respond directly and alter my schedule, so class time could be used for meeting.

• Talk about bias early and openly. I have students take a survey at the start of the semester about the kinds of qualities they think they have and the kinds they value in other people. I talk about how we may think we value others regardless of our differences, but what we think and how we act can be at odds.

I have them do a reading on unconscious bias, and we talk about it in class. I haven’t had much luck with readings that are academic in nature. Instead, I use more popular ones, like this Fast Company article:

I also use current examples, saying things like, “I watched CBS News this morning and got ticked off because they went 21 minutes before I saw a female source used in a story. Do you guys ever notice that? Why do you think that happens?”

The Importance of Leading Discussions about News Coverage

I always teach a media literacy module focusing on what stories are missing from the news; or perhaps were covered in depth just weeks ago and have disappeared from the headlines; or those stories covered but perhaps not completely.

A day or so following Hurricane Maria’s destruction in the Caribbean, I was scheduled to begin this literacy module.  We talked about the top stories in the news including the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and the devastating conditions reported on the ground in Puerto Rico.

I pressed them to tell me about the condition of the other islands that were in Maria’s path.  Then I asked them to check their various mainstream media sources for hurricane reports.  What we found were numerous stories about the worsening situation in Puerto Rico.  At this point I shared with my class a friend’s personal story to illustrate the reality of stories not covered.

The weekend following the storm, a colleague was desperately trying to get her daughter and fiancé off the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. That group of islands had suffered devastating damage, too, resulting in no electricity, lack of water and limited access to medical care – just to name a few of their challenges. However, the story of the U.S. Virgin Islands was missing from U.S. mainstream media reports.

When I personalized a situation where reporting was lacking, the students seemed to grasp how the gatekeeping function of journalism can fall short.  I admitted that my personal connection to the Virgin Islands made me more aware of the reportorial shortcomings. We then identified other stories that had disappeared from the headlines such as the latest about ISIS, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

What’s encouraging is we then looked at several reputable social media sources where we found stories that were outside the reporting of mainstream outlets.  With so much media attention to low-hanging fruit and shiny objects, it’s always good to remind ourselves and this generation of news consumers to be aware of those important issues that are under-covered or not covered at all.

Teaching Corner

From the President

From the November 2017 issue of AEJMC News

“Strengthening the AEJMC Community”


I’m picking up where Paul Voakes left off (something I’ve been doing my whole career at AEJMC, by the way).  In his final presidential column, Paul quoted a new member who attended her first business meeting in Chicago, where we changed up the format and inserted a boisterous, fun and extremely productive brainstorming session about the future of AEJMC.

That new member told Paul, “This is what community-building feels like.”

Evoking that feeling was very much the goal when the officers and AEJMC staff brainstormed about turning the traditional business meeting into a town hall. We wanted to engage our members and together envision the organization’s future.

Community building also is my key initiative as 2017-18 AEJMC president. Our association is strong, vital and financially stable, something not many 105-year-old organizations can boast. But, as always, there is room to grow, improve and reimagine. To remain vital, we must collectively provide our members value so that they continue to see AEJMC as their preferred community of scholars.

My initiative, and the theme of the AEJMC 2018 Conference in Washington, D.C., is titled “Strengthening Our Community: Working Together to Build Scholars, Educators, and Engaged Academic Citizens.”

This initiative complements the work of the past two presidents, Lori Bergen and Paul Voakes, who focused on our role in building a strong democracy and building bridges to the profession. Those platforms looked outward; my platform looks inward. The beauty of having a new president each year is that we can focus on different components of our mission at different times.

At our town hall in Chicago, we asked those in attendance to work in groups to examine the greatest needs of our individual members and detail how AEJMC could meet those needs.

Some of the emergent themes relevant to internal community building include increasing resources for individual professional development, making our work more relevant to educators in a fast-changing environment, enhancing the brand of AEJMC, improving internal communication, helping scholars increase the productivity and impact of research, and nurturing graduate students, faculty members from underrepresented groups and international scholars.

The Board of Directors will discuss these themes at our Winter Meeting in December.

In addition, I’ve appointed a presidential task force, to be headed by Jan Slater, to examine how to increase the value AEJMC provides to its members and how to strengthen membership and participation in our divisions and interest groups.

One of the key concerns I have as a 24-year member of the organization is the drop-off in the percentage of our members who belong to divisions and interest groups. When the AEJMC central office pulled data for me last year, about 52% of our members did not belong to any subgroup of AEJMC. That means a majority of members are missing out on key benefits offered by divisions and interest groups.

I know how valuable those divisions and interest groups can be in a young scholar’s life. My leadership role in a division provided me with co-authors, research mentors, tenure reviewers, job recommendations and on-the-job training for my career in administration. Further, divisions and interest groups offer many of the things discussed at the town hall: Research funding, mentoring, travel assistance, professional development, links to the professions and more. Improving communication about what these groups have to offer and getting more members to take advantage of them is an easy first step in enhancing the value of an AEJMC membership.

The membership presidential task force will present a report to the Board in D.C. next year and likely will carry its work into Marie Hardin’s term as president in 2018-19. Marie also has started a task force on graduate education, which should help us better serve – and better attract – graduate students. This initiative also will help us be more relevant to members teaching in graduate programs.

I’m honored to serve as your president this year, and will be even more honored if some of my efforts make a small difference as we work together to strengthen our AEJMC community.

By Jennifer Greer
University of Alabama
2017-18 AEJMC President

“From the President” is courtesy of AEJMC News.