Setting New Year's Course
After Ambitious 2004-05
Wilson Lowrey, division head
This past year was a busy
one for the Newspaper Division thanks to the ambitious agenda staked out by
Division Head Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez. Under her guidance the division published
the AEJMC Reporter, the first
daily news publication devoted to coverage of the national AEJMC convention.
The Reporter was a big success thanks to Maggie and co-publisher PF&R
Chairwoman Lorraine Branham, and thanks to the hard work of numerous students,
and volunteering professors. New PF&R Chairwoman Erna Smith of San Francisco
State University will serve as the publisher for the 2006 AEJMC Reporter.
division also started a "Newspaper Project Award," to honor the
hard work that professors and students put into publications that are part
of a course. These awards were presented at the 2005 members' meeting, and
will continue in 2006. (See instructions for 2006 Newspaper Project Award submissions,
or download the same page as a more printable PDF
were also presented for outstanding teaching, service to the ideals of professional
freedom and responsibility, and for top faculty and student papers. In addition,
Guido Stempel of Ohio University received an award for lifetime service to
the division. (See: 2005 award winners.)
division embarked on a two-year experiment in electronic paper submission.
Research Chair Frank Fee led this effort, and he reports the experiment was
largely successful, with a few bumps to iron out. (See: Electronic paper submissions report from Frank
panels at the 2005 convention were very well-attended. Even the Saturday
lunchtime panel on newspaper ombudsmen filled more than half the room, a
testament to the importance of that issue. Thanks to all the panel leaders
for their hard work.