Faculty Members Represent Journalism School at National Conference

By Nicole Gennarelli

Many faculty members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) attended the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Washington, D.C., in August to learn and share best practices in journalism education.

According to AEJMC’s website, the conference, which took place Aug. 8-11, is “regularly attended by journalism and mass communication administrators, educators and researchers; well-known authors and publishers of communication texts; companies and organizations tracking emerging trends in higher education; social media professionals and internet and technology professionals; and practitioners. The AEJMC conference features sessions and panels on the latest research, teaching methods and public service in the various components of journalism and mass communication.”

JMC faculty members who attended the conference included: Danielle Coombs, Ph.D.; Jeff Fruit; Gary Hanson; LuEtt Hanson, Ph.D.; Jan Leach; Jacqueline Marino; Mitchell McKenney; Tim Roberts; Federico Subervi, Ph.D.; and Thor Wasbotten.

Leach was elected Research Chair for the Media Ethics Division. Her activities during the conference included being the discussion leader for the Media Ethics Division during the pre-conference teaching ethics workshop titled “The Ethics of Trauma: Teaching What Trauma Means.” This half-day workshop was sponsored by the Media Ethics Division and the national Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. She also was a moderator and facilitator for the Sports Communication Interest Group panel discussion titled “Sports and PR: The Good, the Bad and the Very, Very Ugly.” Coombs organized and participated in this panel discussion.

Coombs also was elected Research Chair for the Sports Communication Interest Group.

Marino finished her term as head of the Magazine Division at this year’s conference. She served on the panel titled “The Longform Renaissance,” which discussed the longform-writing renaissance among college students. Other panelists included editors from Slate and The New Republic.

Subervi was a moderator for “Truth and Accuracy in Terminology: Toward Improving Journalism about Immigrants and Immigration,” a pre-conference panel sponsored by the International Communication Division, and “Threatening people or threatening news? ‘Foreigners’ threat in the political news framing,” a research panel sponsored by the Minorities and Communication Division and the Political Communication Interest Group. Subervi also participated in the meeting of the Task Force on AEJMC in the Global Century and met individually with colleagues and mentored them on their professional advancement in academia.

Roberts operated the CCI booth at the graduate fair.

McKenney moderated a panel titled “Dancing With Trolls,” where representatives of NPR and Disqus talked about strategies for dealing with ugly story comments. McKenney also accepted a leadership position in the Newspaper and Online News Division and will be co-research chair next year. Previously, he was the division’s Newsletter Editor and Membership Chair.


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