Journalism educators’ conference roundup
I spent last week at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), where hundreds of journalism professors and graduate students get together and share ideas. There are p.r. and advertising people there too. (At dinner one night, a local journalist asked me about that. “Is it advertising in its relationship to journalism?” No. It’s just advertising, often with no connection at all to journalism. We are all lumped together in one professional organization — just as we are all lumped together in universities.)*
I have a few things I hope to post about in the next week or two, but I’m under a big time crunch because of the Multimedia News Production Workshop in Minneapolis this coming weekend (and I just got home from San Francisco last night) and the fall semester (classes start Aug. 23).
Leonard Witt and Ryan Sholin have already posted nice summaries of what were highlights of AEJMC for them. Both are worth a read if you’re interested in journalism education.
* The year that AEJMC met in Miami, Dave Barry was our keynote speaker, and he couldn’t resist taking a jab at our strange bedfellows. A paraphrase of what he said: Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication … “journalism” I understand, but what’s this “mass communication”? What is that? Isn’t that newspapers, TV and radio? Then I found out it really means “advertising.” (Big laugh from the audience.)
Update: Students from San Francisco State University reported on the AEJMC conference.
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