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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s