See us at the AEJMC Conference in Minneapolis!


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It’s that time again when thousands of media professionals, academics, researchers and all around great people gather to share ideas and present workshops and sessions at the annual AEJMC conference, this year in Minneapolis.

CCJA will be sponsoring and co-sponsoring several sessions, workshops and panels that will offer cutting edge information to attendees served up by top media professors, advisers and professionals.

For those arriving on Wednesday, CCJA and CJIG will be co-sponsoring a pre-conference learning session from 1-5 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel conference site. The session, “Hyper-local: Teaching the Value of Community Journalism in the Classroom and Startup” will feature speakers Bill Reader from Ohio University, Al Cross from the University of Kentucky, John Hatcher from the University of Minnesota Duluth, Toni Albertson from Mt. San Antonio College in Los Angeles, Barbara Selvin from Stony Brook, and Timothy Waltner from the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.

The days of the regional newspaper are numbered, and when local newspapers lay off reporters, there is a hole that needs to be filled in community reporting. For journalism educators, the question remains how to prepare students to fill this role. This workshop examines the different approaches to preparing students for careers in community and hyperlocal journalism.

Come and share your ideas about guiding students and their parents to see that journalism is thriving and remains a viable career in communities across the United States and all over the world in this half-day pre-conference session. The fee is only $10 and includes snacks.

CCJA will also again be presenting the Great Ideas for Teachers GIFT on Thurs., Aug. 4 from 10-11:30 a.m. Come and see the incredible 16 winners as they present their projects in this poster session. A winner will be named at the session.

Beginning on Friday, CCJA hits the ground running with sessions starting at 11:45 a.m. Take a look at what we have to offer!


11:45 a.m.- 1:15 p.m.

Balancing Broadcast: Teaching Video Storytelling as the Form Evolves

Co-sponsored by the Electronic News Division and CCJA

This panel would explore the challenge of teaching video journalism as the industry changes. Journalism programs have long taught broadcast-style storytelling, but as more news organizations invest in video and audio, do we need to re-think how we teach “broadcast.” Should we focus on reinventing video and audio storytelling or focus on the reality that stations, particularly TV, are hiring and want broadcast-style stories and journalists who they feel can produce them.

Aaron Chimbel, Texas Christian
Simon Perez, Syracuse University
Lynda Kraxberger, Missouri
Toni Albertson, Mt. San Antonio College
Mary Bock, Texas at Austin

Medium as a Publishing Platform for College Media

Co-Sponsored by CCJA and the Magazine Division

1:30 – 3 p.m.

Medium has become one of the fastest growing publishing platforms for independent publishers, writers, and established publications. This session will look at colleges that have moved their publications over to Medium as well as faculty media advisers who have used Medium in the classroom. We will discuss ways that Medium can help college publications gain an audience and if the platform is works or college news sites.

Elizabeth Tobey, Medium
Pamela Nettleton, Marquette
Carrie Brown-Smith, CUNY
Aileen Gallagher, Syracuse

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Building Your College Media as a Brand

Sponsored by CCJA

College media is evolving with student newsrooms launching innovative projects, using multimedia and the latest apps to tell stories, and engaging audiences through social media platforms. This session will show journalism and media advisers how to teach students to build their college media as a brand while protecting the student media in the process.

Carrie Brown-Smith, CUNY
Toni Albertson, Mt. San Antonio College
Jim Sernoe, Midwestern State
Mitzi Lewis, Midwestern State


1:45-3:15 p.m.


Sponsored by CCJA and SPIG

There are so many innovative free tools that can be used to add visuals, video and audio to your student media to report news and tell stories. In this session, each panelist will present his or her favorite apps that can be taught how to use in 10 minutes or less!


Nicole Kraft, Ohio State
Toni Albertson, Mt. San Antonio College
Pamela Perry, Eastern Kentucky
Brian Steffan, Simpson College
Mike Horning, Virginia Tech

3:30-5 p.m.

Journalism for Non-Journalists in a Digital Age

Co-sponsored by PJIG and CCJA

Participatory Journalism journalism in which professionals work with
nonprofessionals has become a feature of both commercial and nonprofit media outlets. In addition, there is a growing body of scholarship on this field, some of which detail the added responsibilities for professional journalists in participatory settings that involve educating amateur contributors in everything from sourcing and interview-ing to news writing and editing.


Mary Lou Nemanic, Pennsylvania State University-Altoona
Jeremy Iggers, Twin Cities Media Alliance
John Hatcher, Minnesota-Duluth
Jennifer Moore, Minnesota-Duluth
Jeff Achen, The Uptake
Toni Albertson, Mt. San Antonio College
Mike McIntee, The Uptake

5:15 – 6:45 p.m.

Teaching Empathy in Reporting

Co-sponsored by CCJA and Scholastic

As journalism educators, we are faced with students who are finding it harder to incorporate empathy in reporting while still being objective. Social media has made this even more challenging. This session will look at ways to teach journalism students to be more empathetic and responsible when they release their work into the world.

Jeffrey Browne, Colorado State
Mary Spillman, Ball State
Laura Castenada, USC Annenberg
Jenn Burleson McKay, Virginia Tech
Crystal McMorris, Delta


9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

College Newspapers Under Assault – How to Fight Back

Sponsored by CCJA


Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center
Toni Albertson, Mt San Antonio College
Crystal McMorris, Delta College