2011-12 AEJMC President Installed

Linda Steiner just installed as 2011-12 AEJMC President.

Commission on the Status of Women Awards

Below are the recipients for awards from the Commission on the Status of Women:

1. Donna Allen Award: Young Women Leader Program, Univ. of Florida
2. Mary Gardner Award: Christen R.S. Johnson, Oklahoma
3. Mary Ann Yodelis Smith Award: Marilyn Greenwald, Ohio
4. Outstanding Woman in Journalism and Mass Communication Education: Linda Steiner, Maryland

2011 Gene Burd Urban Journalism Award

2011 Gene Burd Urban Journalism Award just presented to Susan Szenasy, editor at Metropolis Magazine.

Lionel Barrow, Jr. Award Presentation

AEJMC presents the Lionel C. Barrow, Jr. Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research and Education to Felix Gutierrez.

Paul J. Deutschmann Award Presented

The Paul J. Deutschmann Award was just presented to Sharon Dunwoody, Wisconsin-Madison.

Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award

Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award presented to Matthew W. Ragas, DePaul

Baskett Mosse Award for Faculty Development Presented

The Baskett Mosse Award for Faculty Development was just presented to Murgur Geana, Kansas.

AEJMC Presents Under 40 Award

AEJMC presents the Hillier Krieghbaum Under-40 Award to Sri Kalyanaraman from North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

News21 Transportation Safety Series Published as e-Book

From ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication:

An investigative series on the dangers of traveling in America is now available in e-book form.

The series, “Breakdown: Traveling Dangerously in America,” was produced by Carnegie-Knight News21 fellows working at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

The students from 11 universities produced dozens of stories, graphics, photos and videos that detail the shortcomings of the government safety system designed to protect people who travel by air, boat, rail or car.

The project was reported in collaboration with the Washington-based Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization, and major portions were published by The Washington Post and

Eleven student journalists traveled to nine states, the District of Columbia, Mexico and Canada, talked to hundreds of officials, industry leaders, safety experts and victims and analyzed thousands of pages of documents, reports and accident and investigation data from the National Transportation Safety Board and federal regulatory agencies. Their project won several awards, including the 2011 Investigative Reporters and Editors student national computer-assisted reporting contest.

The e-book version of the project, published in e-pub and Amazon format, is optimized for long-form reading and viewing on a tablet or e-reader device, said Cronkite Associate Dean Kristin Gilger, who led the News21 project. Readers can annotate and bookmark the publication for their convenience and reference.

Read the full press release here:

Keynote Speaker Suggestions

AEJMC was honored to have Rishad Tobacowala as our 2011 AEJMC keynote speaker. Tobaccowala provided insights on technology, communication and a number of other topics.

Here are four suggestions he gave to everyone studying and teaching journalism and mass communication:

1. Start a personal blog: Even if you don’t know what to blog about and you don’t do it that often. It will teach you about blogging and about the blog platforms.

2. Get on Twitter: Tobaccowala said that even if you don’t have anything to say on Twitter you still need to be on it and following people. Learn how to use it and why people are on there.

3. Have a presence on Facebook or Google+: Put yourslelf onto these social networks to understand how to share information.

4. Sign up for a location-based service: He recommended signing up for a location-based service like Foursquare to understand how it works and how it can be effective.

Among many other points, Tobaccowla stressed that everyone should be life long learners. He said that in order to stay relevant people need to continue to learn new things, adapt to new technologies and never stop studying their field.

You can follow Rishad Tobaccowala on Twitter here.

You can also view his blog here: