MC&S Teaching Awards!

Don’t forget to nominate your fellow Graduate Students and New Faculty members for the MC&S award! Details below:

The Mass Communication and Society division of AEJMC is asking you to consider nominating someone (or nominating yourself!) for this year’s Promising Professors and Distinguished Educator Awards. Three Promising Professors Awards are given to graduate students, and three Promising Professors Awards are given to faculty in the job five years or less. The Distinguished Educator award is given to a faculty member whose mentorship and teaching are exemplary. All of these awards include a monetary gift. The deadline for each of our teaching award nominations/applications is extended to May 1st, midnight. Please see our division website ( for details.

Latest News

The graduate student hotel block is now available! Check your email for the latest news from Mich Sineath. And don’t forget toexplore the GEIG blog for the latest news regarding the 2010 Convention, including the roommate matching service, advice for presenters, and the schedule as it develops.

Newspaper Division Competition

Do you have an idea for improving the teaching of newswriting, reporting or editing? If so, you have just under a month to enter it in the 2010 edition of Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century.

TNT21, sponsored by the Newspaper Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, was founded in 2009 to publicly acknowledge good ideas for foundational journalism courses from:

— Full-time faculty members
— Adjunct professors
— Graduate-student instructors

A prize of $100 will be awarded for the best teaching idea from each group. This year, the deadline has been moved to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time May 21 to allow professors to enter ideas they used in courses during spring 2010.

To facilitate participation by adjuncts and others not able to attend AEJMC’s annual convention in Denver, where most other Newspaper Division awards will be given, the competition will be held online. To enter:

— Download the entry form at
— Complete the form
— Return the form as an attachment, along with any supporting materials, to Susan Keith of Rutgers University at by 11:59 p.m. EDT May 21.

Teaching tips should be suitable for use in newswriting, reporting or editing courses, though they may be tailored for specific versions of those courses. For example, tips for teaching newswriting across media would be welcome, as would tips for teaching a specific type of reporting, such as public affairs reporting, business reporting or environmental reporting. Tips can address practical skills or conceptual knowledge, showing, for example, how to teach students to report ethically or edit to avoid libel. Tips that help professors address the challenges of teaching in a world where technologies are rapidly changing are especially welcome.

Ideas will be judged for their originality, innovative nature, ease of application, completeness, writing and whether they would work in more than one course and/or at different types of schools. (The competition welcomes entries from instructors teaching journalism anywhere in the world and in any type of academic departments or units.) All entries should reflect:

— Original teaching ideas that have not been published elsewhere or adapted from another instructor’s work
— Ideas that have not been winners or finalists in other teaching awards competitions
— Ideas that have not been submitted to other 2010 AEJMC division or interest group teaching awards competitions

Winners will be announced on the Newspaper Division Web site and through its e-mail listserv about July 1. If you have questions about the competition or if you are not submitting an idea and would be willing to serve as a judge, please e-mail Susan at or call her at 732-932-7500, ext. 8235

AEJMC 2010 Call for Papers

AEJMC invites submissions of original, non-published research papers to be considered for presentation at the AEJMC conference, August 4 to 7, 2010, in Denver, CO. Deadline for paper submissions is April 1, 2010, at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

The Graduate Education Interest Group (GEIG) invites graduate students to submit research papers for the 2010 AEJMC conference. Because the interest group’s focus is on its student constituency and not a topic area, the group accepts research by graduate students addressing any topic in journalism and mass communication. We are dedicated to providing opportunities for graduate students to present research in the conference setting.

The top-ranked student submission will receive the annual Guido Stempel award and will receive an award check, a commemorative plaque, and conference registration reimbursement. Authors of the top four papers will have the opportunity to present at a special GEIG-sponsored research panel highlighting graduate student research. Authors are not required to be a member of GEIG to submit a paper, but those whose papers are accepted will be asked to join the interest group (annual membership fee: $7) before presenting their research at the conference in August. Papers with any faculty co-author(s) are not eligible.

All entries should follow the guidelines of the AEJMC uniform paper competition. Papers should be no more than 30 pages, not counting references, tables or appendices. All submissions will undergo a blind review process by a panel of independent readers. Papers are accepted on the understanding that they have not been previously published or presented elsewhere (with the exception of the AEJMC Midwinter Conference) and are not under consideration by any scholarly journal or trade organization.

Questions regarding submissions should be directed to Erica Salkin, Research Chair at

Two Lecture Positions in China

Yangtze International Study Abroad (YISA). YISA, in collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Study Abroad Program and the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona (UA), invites applications for two positions as lecturer in Communication. We seek excellent teachers who will deliver, in English, a series of upper division courses on a variety of communication topics.  Areas of interest include, but are not limited to intercultural communication, media and international relations, environmental communication, public relations, crisis communication, international media, media literacy, argumentation, and applied organizational communication. Applicants able and interested in teaching courses with a specific focus on China are particularly encouraged to apply.  The initial course load is three three-credit hour courses per semester.  Salary for this temporary but renewable position is $15-18,000 USD per semester depending on qualifications and experience. In addition to salary, the successful applicants will be provided with housing, health insurance, travel visa fee, and airfare. Courses will be delivered through the joint YISA-UA program (, and will join a program of study already delivered in political science.  Courses will be taught on the campus of Nanjing Normal University in Nanjing, China. Successful candidates will either hold a PhD/ABD in Communication, or will hold an MA and have extensive teaching experience / professional experience in an area of applied communication. The successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the management of the program and the recruiting of students as well as teaching. We are looking for motivated self-starters who are able to work with diverse students and colleagues, and who have experience with a variety of teaching methods and curricular perspectives.

Anticipated start date is September 2010.  Apply: applicants should send a CV, letter of interest, statement of teaching interests and details of teaching experience, and the names and addresses of three referees.  Additional materials, such as a teaching portfolio, may be subsequently requested by the search committee.  The position is open until filled, with applications reviewed on a continual basis. Send applications electronically as ms-word or PDF files to Scott Bird,  Questions may be directed to Scott Bird at his email address or to Chris Segrin, Professor and Head, Department of Communication at

GEIG Fall 2009 Newsletter now available!

To download a copy of our fall 2009 newsletter, please click here.

2010 AEJMC Midwinter Conference Paper Call

The AEJMC Midwinter Conference is an annual forum for the presentation of research and debate in areas relevant to the 12 AEJMC groups (divisions, interest groups and commissions) sponsoring the event. It follows a rather informal structure that allows for presentations and extended discussions in a relaxed setting. The upcoming conference is scheduled for March 5-7, 2010 at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication (University of Oklahoma) in Norman, Oklahoma. The location offers participants many winter diversions outside the conference activities, including world-class museums and art galleries.

Please see complete Paper Abstract and Panel Proposal Call for more details and how to make a submission.

For additional questions about submissions to GEIG, please contact research co-chair, Erica Salkin, University of Wisconsin-Madison,

Win a free AEJMC convention registration!

Attention grad students! AEJMC is starting a conversation about the future of journalism and running a contest in conjunction with UPI for the best assessment of where our field is heading. Check out full details here. Deadline is May 15!

Need help finding a roommate for Boston?

The inaugural version of the GEIG Roommate Matching Service is now up and running. If you are traveling solo to the Annual Convention in August and would like to find someone to split a room with, please check it out! The service will be available through June 20th.

The rebirth of the GEIG Web site

After careful consideration, we are reinventing the manner in which GEIG communicates with its members. In addition, we hope to establish the GEIG Web site as a resource for all graduate students in the field of journalism and mass communication. If you have any suggestions on ways in which we can do this, please let us know by leaving a comment below!