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AEJMC Reporter
NPPA Announces Campaign to Protest Jailed Reporter
The National Press Photographers Association announced a campaign protesting the detention of Joshua Wolf, a freelance journalist who was jailed this week after refusing to turn over to a federal grand jury an unaired video of a demonstration in San Francisco.

Finding Citizen Journalism's Place
Wikipedia’s quick rise as a popular site for research and information has many concerned. The site has become a source of news for many, including students, bothering teachers and sparking a conversation about its role at a panel on Saturday.

Professors Tackle Sensitive Issues in Classroom
Professors and audience members shared personal stories in an intimate discussion about the challenges of teaching courses on race, gender, and sexual orientation in the media.

AEJMC Business Laptop Stolen, Attendees Financial Information Remains Intact
An AEJMC Dell business laptop was stolen Friday night from the convention registration room on the B2 floor of the San Francisco Marriott.

Women Reporters Often Thrive in Danger Zones
Although women have come a long way in the news business, they experience both advantages and costs when reporting in danger zones, according to a panel discussion sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women Saturday morning.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalists Share Success Stories
Convention-goers found themselves in company with winning journalists who narrated stories about their careers, the countries they visited, their remarkable stories that gained them the attention of the Pulitzer, and their opinions about receiving the prize.

Editor's Note
This group of 18 students was hardcore, funny and (most of them) could spell. What a package. We owe them our heartfelt thanks for all the hard work, long hours and nary a complaint. When long days turned into all-nighters because of production issues, they kept going and kept covering stories.

A Note to Say, "Thanks!"
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Chamberlin's Prize-Winning "Screen Culture"
Dennis Chamberlin’s project titled, "Screen Culture,"won the Top Prize from AEJMC’s Visual Communication Division. Dennis is currently an assistant professor at Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University.

An Intimate Look at the Pulitzer-winning Stories
Davidson is one of five 2006 Pulitzer Prize winners who shared behind-the-scenes details about the stories they investigated, lived through and continue to care about during a Friday afternoon AEJMC session.

Beginning with a Bang
The 89th Annual AEJMC Convention kicked off with an opening night reception on Wednesday. There was food, entertainment and a chance for members to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Over 2,300 people were expected to attend the convention in San Francisco. For more on what happened at the gala, click on our online soundslides presentation filled with photos and interviews.

Stewart and TV News Not the Same, According to Study
Jon Stewart’s comments are not the same as the local and network news that is reported to TV viewers each night. That is one of the preliminary findings that Bob Papper, professor of telecommunications at Ball State University, discussed at an AEJMC session Thursday.

Journalism Job Market Improves
The job market for journalism and mass communication graduates continued to improve last year, according to the latest annual survey of graduates conducted by the University of Georgia.

“Everything” in a Name
After decades of being known as the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, the organization, in its Friday business meeting, continued its conversation about changing its name. It also wants to alter its equally tongue-twisting and confusing acronym to one that reflects the organization and its mission

Teaching Sports Journalism Lessons
Historical readings, blogs and gender issues are tools that can be put to use in teaching sports journalism, according to Friday’s journalism panel.

Woods: Facing Difficult Issues is the Path to Truth
Keith Woods, dean of the faculty at the Poynter Institute, said the best thing journalism educators can do to advance diversity in America is to give students the tools to do great journalism.

Diversity, Scholastic Journalism Among New President's Goals
Loren Ghiglione became president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication on Friday, and already he has plans to give diversity in all its various forms a much higher profile.

Press Freedoms, Protections Supported by AEJMC Resolutions
AEJMC members approved several resolutions at their business meeting Friday supporting the First Amendment and the rights of student journalists and endorsed the idea of extending the organization’s support of free press issues to high schools.

Breakfast of Editing Champions
How do you fill a room with copy editors at 8:15 in the morning?

Demanding Gay TV
Top executives from three of the largest gay and lesbian media companies demystified the gay consumer to a sparse but active audience Friday. The panelists revealed that the consumer market for gay and lesbian media is as demanding as the presentation’s title.

Judith Clabes receives the 2006 Gerald Sass Award
Foundation Executive lauded for contribution to collegiate journalism.

Wanta Becomes Next President
Wayne Wanta, a University of Missouri journalism professor, will become AEJMC president Friday.

Foundation Names Award After Longtime Member
Journalism professor Gene Burd has had a long relationship with the AEJMC.

A Legacy Lives On
Lanie Tankard gracefully traversed the room, diplomatically greeting many of her late husband’s colleagues, friends and admirers who poured through the doors to honor James W. Tankard Jr., recipient of the 2006 Eleanor Blum Distinguished Service to Research Award.

Donald Shaw Wins Research Award
The Paul J. Deutschmann Award for Excellence in Research was awarded Thursday to longtime University of North Carolina professor Donald L. Shaw, who accepted the prize surrounded by his colleagues, students and family members at a standing-room only session.

Educators Discuss Future of Journalism Education
The future of journalism education is so important that dozens of people were willing to sit on the floor and stand for 90 minutes for a lively discussion on the topic Thursday.

An “Accidental” Success
Thomas Kunkel has had a distinguished career in journalism, but by his own account, it has been mainly by accident. As a reporter, editor, author and educator, Kunkel has received numerous honors. His latest will be bestowed Friday with the 2005 Journalism Administrator of the Year Award.

Women Still Lagging Behind Men in Tenure
Women are four times more likely than men to believe they will be evaluated negatively for tenure, according to a survey of AEJMC members released Thursday.

Dr. Molly Carnes Pushes for Women’s Rights
When Dr. Molly Carnes received tenure in 1990 as a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, it didn’t take long for her to realize that she was the only woman with tenure in her department.

Employers Seek Applicants Who Have Done Their Homework
The days of homework do not end when students leave the classroom in pursuit of professional occupations. A panel of experts from various mass communication recruiting fields told a crowd of 30 that preparation is vital when applying for internships.

A Falling Wall of Church and State
With writers facing tough ethical choices in a world of blurring editorial and advertorial content, media professionals presented a variety of viewpoints on product placement at a magazine and advertising session Thursday morning.

Newspapers a Step Behind
While newspapers have responded to technology by posting breaking news on the Web and using it to present large volumes of data in engaging, interactive ways, the newspaper industry has been unsuccessful or slow in applying new technology to the business side of their operations.

AEJMC Best of the Web
A list of this year's AEJMC "Best of the Web" winners.

Perspectives on the Katrina Disaster
Coverage of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans was a disquieting reminder of the need to better prepare tomorrow’s journalists to report on catastrophic events – particularly those that raise issues of race and class. The “Katrina as Curriculum:...

Protecting Creativity in the Digital Age
Stanford University law professor Lawrence Lessig showed up to deliver his keynote speech Wednesday night unshaven and fresh from a family vacation in Costa Rica. He wanted to address a problem journalism educators cannot ignore: the potential chill existing laws may have on Internet creativity.

Lessons from Niche Media
While ethnic and alternative news media are growing in popularity, mainstream news media seems to be on the decline. Five editors from ethnic and alternative media outlets tried to answer the question why.

Professor Wins GIFT Award
Despite tough competition among a record 85 entries, David Cuillier, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, claimed the grand prize at this year’s Great Ideas for Teachers poster fair Wednesday. Cuillier designed a poster with colorful graphics, calling...

Earthquake Rocks Bay Area
The magnitude-4.4 earthquake that shook the San Francisco bay area Wednesday evening seemed to go unnoticed on the ground floor of the Marriott Hotel during the AEJMC opening reception, but convention-goers on upper floors felt the jolt. "I was just...

Facebook Presents Challenges on Campus
More and more students who use Facebook continue to push the envelope of acceptable free speech, according to panelists who discussed the popular social networking Web site at a Wednesday session.

First Amendment Lessons Made Real
Award winners of the AEJMC “Best Practices in Teaching the First Amendment” competition shared ideas Wednesday on how to make the five freedoms of speech, press, religion, petition and assembly stick in their students’ minds. The ideas were diverse but all stressed the importance of student engagement.

Carey: Scholar, Author and Dean
Columbia University professor James W. Carey was remembered Wednesday as a scholar, author and former dean who injected intellectual rigor in the study of communication and journalism, and as a man whose influence was felt beyond the institutions at which he taught.

NewsU Introduces Resources for Educators
News University, one of the fastest-growing sites for journalism electronic learning, is offering new resources to educators, including course guides with quizzes and assignments.

Molly Ivins Wins AEJMC Award
Her liberal Texan humor has been splashed on the pages of more than 250 newspapers across America every day. But even when she is off duty, her wit will make a room erupt with laughter. Meet Molly Ivins – a nationally syndicated political columnist and winner of this year’s AEJMC First Amendment Award.

The Image of Broadcast
The Nob Hill D conference room turned into a darkened movie theater Wednesday complete with a screen, projector and a discussion filled with comedy, drama and romance.

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The AEJMC Reporter is a daily student newspaper serving the 2006 annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in San Francisco, Calif.


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