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AEJMC Newspaper Division
Convention 2006: Co-Sponsored Panels & Business Sessions
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 1:30 p.m.
Teaching Panel; RTVJ is lead sponsor with Newspaper as co-sponsor
Teaching and Learning in a Converged Media World
Panelists will briefly present different models of how to team teach “convergence” courses in which students produce media in different media platforms. Panelists will discuss how to structure these teams, issues such as administration and evaluation of the teams, creating the syllabus, coordinating lectures and assignments, and grading of students. Some panelists will focus on structuring and evaluating student teams.
Moderator: Judith Cramer, St. John’s. Panelists: Tim Bajkiewicz, South Florida; Ann Auman, Hawaii; Vince Filak, Ball State; James Gentry, Kansas
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 3:15 p.m.
Teaching Mini-plenary; co-sponsored with RTVJ, CCS and MCD
Katrina as Curriculum: Considering Media Coverage of Race and Class in America
This teaching panel will consider the coverage of Hurricane Katrina as a curriculum for a journalistic study of race and class issues in America. Its purpose is twofold: first, to identify from the storm coverage, the knowledge, skills and attitudes learned by journalists relevant to the reporting of race; and second, to assess how these might be applied in everyday coverage of race and class. The content will include photography, electronic and printed news, radio and television news, Web-based news and opinion.
From this discussion, students may acquire a perspective on how race and class have been covered historically, including the recent history of Katrina coverage, and how it might be covered on a daily basis. A possible area of inquiry might be to ask, based on the coverage, what white America learned about black America in the days following the storm. This insight into the layers and levels of American life will provide a rich text for future reporting unrelated to hurricanes.
Moderator: Mark Dolan of the University of Mississippi. Panelists: Marguerite J. Moritz, University of Colorado at Boulder, “Preparing Students for Covering Disasters"; Kirk Johnson, University of Mississippi, “From ‘Sniper Kings’ to ‘New Orleans Thugs’: A Comparative Analysis of New Images of African Americans During Urban Unrest"; Stephanie Houston Grey, Louisiana State University, “Race, Religion and Emotion as Rubrics for Survivor Accounts"; Anita Fleming-Rife, Clark Atlanta University, “The Color of Disaster: Coverage of Hurricane Katrina—Its Language, Its Meanings and Its Implications"; Peggy Bowers, Clemson University, “The Ethics of Disaster: Social problems and Personal Stories"; Federico Subervi, Texas State University, “Before the Next Emergency: Emergency Preparedness for Communicating with non-English Speaking Populations.”
Thursday, Aug. 3, 11:45 a.m.
PF&R Panel; co-sponsored with the Community Journalism Interest Group
What’s next for newspapers?
This session is a continuation of a yearlong online discussion among Newspaper and CJIG division members on challenges facing newspapers and journalism education. Issues from the online discussion will drive the panel discussion. Comments from the year will be presented (anonymously) and discussed, and an effort will be made to reach consensus regarding best practices for industry and journalism academic programs.
Moderator: Wilson Lowery, University of Alabama. Panelists: Jerry Ceppos, former vice president/news, Knight Ridder and former executive editor, San Jose Mercury News; Andrew DeVigal, San Francisco State, co-principal of the interactive firm DeVigal Design; Phil Meyer, Knight Chair in Journalism at North Carolina at Chapel Hill, author of The Vanishing Newspaper; Mary Nesbitt, Northwestern, managing director of the Readership Institute; Jan Schaffer, Maryland, director of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism
Thursday, Aug. 3 3:15 p.m.
Law and Newspaper Divisions PF&R Panel
FOIA Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary: A Promise Fulfilled or a Bureaucratic Roadblock?
Moderating/Presiding: Jeanni Atkins, Mississippi. Panelists: Paul McMasters, First Amendment Center, Arlington, Va.; Sandra F. Chance, Florida; Charles Davis, Missouri; Jane Kirtley, Minnesota; Seth Rosenfeld, San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, Aug. 3 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Newspaper Division Business Session:
Moderating/Presiding, Wilson Lowery, Alabama
Friday, Aug. 4 7 am to 8 a.m.
Newspaper Division Business Session:
Moderating/Presiding, Wilson Lowery, Alabama
Friday, Aug. 4, 1:30 p.m.
PF&R Panel; CCJIG is lead with Newspaper as co-sponsor
Citizen Media: Promises and pitfalls for citizen-created content
Experiments in citizen journalism are exploding, from grassroots groups setting up community news sites, such as MyMissourian, to mainstream media trying to incorporate public contributions, such as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s virtual editorial board, where readers get a voice in what the newspaper publishes as opinion -- even before an editorial is published.
This panel will attempt to answer the following questions: Is it in a news organization's self-interest to encourage members of the public to participate in writing the news? Does citizen content and enhanced interaction with mainstream media complement professional journalism? Or are there dangers to traditional journalism when anyone can be a journalist whether or not they’ve been steeped in the principles and values that are the traditional foundations of journalistic practice?
Moderating/Presiding: Jan Schaffer, executive director, J-lab Institute for Interactive Journalism, Maryland. Panelists: Jeremy Iggers, founder, The Daily Planet, author, Good News, Bad News; Mark Trahant, editor editorial page, Seattle Post-Intelligencer; Doug Fisher, project leader, HartsvilleToday.com, South Carolina; Steve Outing, interactive media columnist, Editor & Publisher Online, founder, Enthusiast Group; Jan Schaffer, executive director, J-lab Institute for Interactive Journalism, Maryland. Discussant: Cecilia Friend, Utica.
Friday, Aug. 4, 5 p.m.
PF&R panel; co-sponsored with MED
No Laughing Matter: Editorial Cartoons and Disasters
Moderator: Bill Reader, Ohio. Panelists: Steve Kelly, New Orleans Times-Picayune; Rex Babin, Sacramento Bee; Don Asmussen, San Francisco Chronicle.
Saturday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m.
PF&R Panel; co-sponsored with VisCom
Classroom on Wheels: UMABJ Visual Communication Project in New Orleans and Coastal Mississippi
This panel will feature the work of African-American journalism students from the University of Mississippi, who participated in a three-day “Classroom on Wheels” special topics reporting and photography project in New Orleans and coastal Mississippi. The students wrote stories on topics only scantily covered or ignored by the mainstream press.
The students examined the plight of the three major black colleges in New Orleans (Xavier, Dillard and Southern University New Orleans). All three were heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina and remain closed. The students also did reporting in many of the neighborhoods (Wards) throughout New Orleans, covering and photographing a variety of venues in these underserved, marginalized and often neglected communities.
The students’ eight-page tabloid, “Our Voice,” and a documentary short video that showcases their still photography and video documentary skills will be presented.
Moderator: Loret Steinberg, Rochester Inst. Tech. Panelists: Michael Cheers, University of Mississippi, and panelists, Deborah Willis, New York University; and Jasmine Cole, University of Mississippi.
Saturday, Aug. 5, 5 p.m.
Teaching panel; Public Relations is lead sponsor with Newspaper as co-sponsor
Roads Scholars: Secrets of Successful Field Trips
This panel examines the pluses and minuses of student field trips and offers instructors tips on how to maximize the experience for students while reducing wear and tear on themselves.
Moderator: Frank Fee, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Panelists: Bill Cassidy, Northern Illinois University; Beth Evans, California State University, Fullerton; Leslie Steeves, University of Oregon; Andi Stein, California State University, Fullerton.
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