A division represents a specific area of JMC study or concern. Any member may join.  The division is created by a majority vote of the membership following approval by AEJMC’s Board of Directors, and elects its own officers. Current AEJMC Divisions are listed below.

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As a bridge between academia and the professional community, Advertising division serves the advertising industry today and tomorrow. The division hosts five paper competitions (research, teaching, PF&R, special topics, and student) and presents three awards (for the top faculty paper, top student paper, and outstanding professional service) at AEJMC annual conventions. It runs a pre-conference workshop annually on advertising teaching, and publishes the Journal of Advertising Education and AdNews, a divisional newsletter. The Division is currently striving for three major goals: to increase its membership, particularly among graduate students and ethnic minorities; to find more ways to better demonstrate its appreciation for high-quality research activities; and continue to build and maintain good relationships with other divisions. A full list of current officers is available. Click on the division name above to visit the division’s website.

Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk (ComSHER)

Communicating Science, Health, Environment & Risk division (ComSHER) was approved as a division in 2010. The mission of the CommSHER division is to provide a forum for the advancement of the field of science communication and the professional development of its members. Current objectives of the division include: (1) Providing a community for those interested in science communication and to facilitate ethical and responsible practices; (2) Encouraging acceptance of “science” to include the environment, health and technology, not just science in the narrowest sense, and (3) Supporting a diversity of research methodologies and approaches in an ongoing effort to facilitate robust research in the area. (The group was initially established as the Science Communication Interest Group in 1991 and officially changed it’s name to Communicating Science, Health, Environment, Risk Interest Group in Fall 2009 to more accurately reflect the depth of what the field of science communication currently covers.) A full list of current officers is available. Click on name above to visit the ComSHER Division website.

Communication Technology (CTEC)

The Communication Technology division brings together researchers, teachers and professionals who are interested in how new communication technologies are changing media and society. The division has attracted scholarship pertaining to innovative uses of new media technologies such as blogging and podcasting, and to technology adoption and digital divide issues. A full list of current officers is available. Click on the division name above to visit the division’s website.

Communication Theory & Methodology

The Communication Theory & Methodology (CT&M) division was created in the mid-1960s. The division’s goal is to advance the study of communication through theory-based, methodologically sound research across subdisciplines. As part of its focus on quality research, CT&M was the first AEJMC division to use discussants at the AEJMC convention. While other divisions of AEJMC are now also involved in communication research, no other division focuses so clearly on or devotes as much of its convention programming space to research. A full list of current officers is available.

Cultural & Critical Studies

The Cultural and Critical Studies division encourages humanistic, interdisciplinary research into communication. Perspectives with a range from literary, and cultural and critical analysis to creative and philosophical essays. It sponsors research-paper sessions, theme presentations, and other scholarly activity at the yearly convention of AEJMC. A full list of current officers is available. Click on the division name above to visit the division’s website.

Electronic News

The Electronic News division (formerly named the Radio-Television Journalism (RTVJ) Division) focuses on the teaching, practice, and research of electronic news. The division maintains close ties with the industry through the major professional organization for broadcast and online journalists, the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA). Goals of the Electronic News Division include enhancing engaged learning of radio, television and online journalism at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Division also fosters research and scholarly inquiry into broadcast and online journalism through publication of the journal, Electronic News. And the Electronic News division promotes a sense of public service, professional responsibility and freedom among practitioners and academics in radio, television and online journalism. A full list of current officers is available.


The History division focuses on all aspects of journalism and mass communication history. Its members work in a variety of areas and methods, but their primary goal is the same: to illuminate the historical functions and contexts of mass media and associated fields. The division strives to maintain strong communications between members by publishing a quarterly newsletter and maintaining a web site and list serve. We offer several annual awards, including a Book Award, the Covert Award for the best journal article on journalism history, and Best Convention Papers awards for the top three student papers presented at the annual conference. A full list of current officers is available.

International Communication

The International Communication division was launched in 1965. The division’s main focus has been the study of processes and effects of mass communication in the international arena. With increasing globalization and rapid technological convergence, and shifting geopolitical realities, the division has expanded its interests that now span the discourses of international and global as they pertain to journalism and media. The division publishes “International Communication Research Journal.” A full list of current officers is available.

Law and Policy

The Law and Policy division is dedicated to exploring the wide range of legal and policy issues that surround mass communication and free expression by supporting members’ research and teaching efforts in those areas. Law and Policy division members conduct research on topics as diverse as first amendment issues, defamation, privacy invasion, copyright law, broadcast regulation and legal protections for newsgathering, among others. The division also plays a prominent role in AEJMC’s efforts to promote professional freedom and responsibility by serving as a bridge between academic discourse and public understanding on topics of free expression through its Speakers Bureau. A full list of current officers is available. Click on the division name above to visit the division’s website.

Magazine Media

The Magazine Media division is a dynamic group of journalism educators and scholars who teach courses on the production and business of magazines—broadly re-defined to include many new forms in the current digital world—and study their cultural roles and effects on society and audiences. The division’s members are professors and students at higher-learning institutions who share a continued interest and/or professional experience in magazine writing, editing, design, and management, along with a passion for longform and lifestyle journalism. The division publishes Magazine Matter, a biannual newsletter, and the peer-reviewed Journal of Magazine Media. A full list of current officers is available. Click on the division name above to visit the division’s website.

Mass Communication and Society

The Mass Communication and Society division (MC&S) spans both traditional disciplines, such as advertising, public relations and journalism, and newer, convergent areas of study. We also encourage a variety of methodological approaches to the study of media and its many societal influences. One of the largest and most active of the AEJMC divisions, MC&S promotes research, teaching, and professional freedom and responsibility, as well as typically co-sponsoring AEJMC’s annual midwinter conference. Our division is also known for the generous recognition it provides to both faculty and graduate students, such as research grants, top teaching awards, dissertation award, and our service award. The division also publishes Mass Communication and Society, a well-known research journal published by Taylor and Francis Group. A full list of current officers is available. Click on the division name above to visit the division’s website.

Media Ethics

The Media Ethics division includes more than 300 scholars research and teaching in the fields of mass communication ethics. Since its inception in 1999, the division has been committed to favorably impacting the media professions by promoting academic/professional partnerships, ethical analysis, and ethics education. A full list of current officers is available. Click on the division name above to visit the division’s website.

Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship

The Media Managements, Economics & Entrepreneurship division promotes teaching, research, and public service activities in mass media management and economics. We seek to provide an international platform for an exchange of minds to share experiences, ideas and visions in Media Managements, Economics & Entrepreneurship. We thereby focus on five main goals: research, teaching, internationality, promotion of young academics, and professional freedom and responsibility. The mission of this organization is to serve its members and AEJMC by research, publishing and discussing issues related to media management and economics. Excellent research papers in our field take part in our Best Paper Award at AEJMC’s annual conference. A full list of current officers is available. Click on the division name above to visit the division’s blogsite.

Minorities and Communication

The Minorities and Communication division (MAC) is committed to advancing research, teaching and professional freedom and responsibility scholarship and initiatives that explore the relationship between racial and ethnic minorities and mass communication. Our programming and service center on critical economic, political, legal, ethical, and social issues that define the role racial and ethnic minorities have played, and are playing, in media and mass communication education. As such, MAC also has a pragmatic aim to promote cultural literacy and diversity among academics, professionals, and students, and to heighten knowledge and strengthen skill sets to manage the complexities and respond to the disparities that manifest in a multicultural media landscape. A full list of current officers is available. Click on the division name above to visit the division’s website.

Newspaper & Online News

The Newspaper & Online News division (formerly named the Newspaper Division) examines key concerns facing journalism education, the newspaper industry and society; topics include ethics, new technology, readership, minority recruitment and the media’s role in society. Publishes Newspaper Research Journal and a newsletter. Visit the Newspaper Research Journal Website: http://www.newspaperresearchjournal.org/. See Newspaper Research Journal – Research You Can Use. The division maintains a blog-style home page at http://aejmc.us/news (with RSS feed) and an archival home page at http://aejmc.net/newspaperA full list of current officers is available. Click on the division name above to visit the division’s website.

Public Relations

AEJMC’s Public Relations division is the largest organization of public relations educators in the world. Its 500+ members represent institutions of higher learning in the United States and about two dozen countries around the world. The Public Relations Division advances public relations teaching, research, and professional freedom and responsibility through: research paper competitions for faculty and graduate students at its annual convention; sponsorship of Journal of Public Relations Research; discussions, faculty paper competitions, and a monograph series related to teaching public relations; a quarterly membership newsletter; special programs to promote international research by graduate students and diversity among prospective educators; and liaison with professionals in the field. A full list of current officers is available. Click on the division name above to visit the division’s website. Also see the PR Division GUIDE TO MEMBERSHIP.

Scholastic Journalism

The Scholastic Journalism division provides a liaison between secondary school journalism teachers/media advisers and college-level journalism educators. Members are often student press association directors who run summer workshops, press days and conferences. Some primary concerns include journalism education standards, teacher training and student free expression rights. Through programming at the summer convention and at its midwinter meeting at The Poynter Institute, the Division works to support its members and stimulate interest among others in regarding issues and trends in scholastic journalism. A full list of current officers is available.

Visual Communication

The Visual Communication division of AEJMC is devoted to the study of visual communication and issues concerning the professional practice of visual media production for presentation. The division members represent a broad spectrum of methodology and application on all types of visual media—advertising, broadcast, digital imaging, film, graphic design, multimedia, Web design, photojournalism, propaganda images, visual images and culture, visual literacy, and visual aspects of political campaigns, etc. The division publishes Visual Communication Quarterly and hosts the annual Best of the Web competition with the Communication Technology Division, the AEJMC logo competition, the Creative Projects competition, and student and faculty paper competitions. A full list of current officers is available.

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