Call for Panels for AEJMC 2019 in Toronto

The Participatory Journalism Interest Group is now accepting panel proposals for the 2019 AEJMC Convention in Toronto from August 7-10.

The deadline for submission of panel proposals to PJIG is September 17, 2018.

Proposals must include:

  • A working title and brief (300-400 words) and descriptive abstract for the panel. Please explain the problem you intend to explore on the panel and suggest possible avenues for discussion. Please also explain how you’ll involve the audience in the discussion.
  • A statement of whether the panel would be a Teaching, Research or Professional Freedom and Responsibility (PF&R) panel. PF&R panels focus on free expression, ethics, media criticism and accountability, racial/gender/cultural inclusiveness or public service.
  • Suggestions for divisions or interest groups that might be interested in co-sponsoring the panel
  • Names of proposed panelists. Tell us also whether they’ve agreed to participate if the panel is chosen. Include an explanation of what each might offer the panel. Our goal this year is to have more coordination between panelists before the conference so that we can offer more coherent panels. Please explain how you’ll work to coordinate with panelists.
  • Your name and e-mail address.
  • Please send proposals as attached Word documents (.doc or .docx) or PDFs.

Submit to:

Magda Konieczna, Vice Head and Program Chair:

Tips for a successful proposal:

  • Panels that include a strong suggestion of co-sponsoring divisions/interest groups/commissions have a better chance of being accepted because they are likely to be of wider interest at the convention.
  • If your panel is chosen for presentation with a co-sponsoring division, interest group or commission you will work with a representative from the co-sponsor to make sure that the interests of both divisions/interest groups are represented.
  • You should submit your proposal to only one division.
  • AEJMC tracks diversity among panelists, moderators, and discussants, so please keep that in mind when planning.
  • AEJMC can pay registration for non-members who will speak on a panel. Whenever possible, please try to find local panelists or AEJMC members whom you expect will be attending the convention anyway
  • Our aim this year is to have more cohesive panels. A good strategy to make sure panelists have good preparation going into the panel will help your proposal.

The interest group’s main area of focus is participatory journalism broadly defined as journalistic work done in collaboration with “citizen journalists,” done on social media platforms, done via crowdsourcing, and/or relating to user/reader comments and how they may influence news work and news content. The interest group has antecedents in the study of the public journalism/civic journalism movement.

Selection of panel proposals for 2019 will be made based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the proposal to PJIG
  • Diversity of the proposal including race, ethnicity, institution, region, gender, method, etc.
  • Originality and creativity of the proposal
  • Potential for co-sponsorship with other AEJMC divisions or interest groups
  • Number of panel proposals that the fit into the conference program

Recent panels have included:

  • Taming the Trolls: Preparing Students to Deal with Harassment and Abuse Online (Teaching Panel with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Interest Group)
  • The Proof is in the Picture: Verification Techniques for User-Generated Content (PF&R Panel with Media Ethics Divison)
  • Defining Community and Participatory Journalism in the Social Media Era (Research Panel with Community Journalism Interest Group)
  • Curious Chicago: Engaging Non-Professionals in the News Process (PF&R Panel with Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship Division)
  • NativeMediaandWeb0—AreWeInteractiveYet? (PF&R Panel with Minorities and Communication Division)
  • Media Literacy and Context: Breaking Through the Noise (Teaching Panel with Scholastic Journalism Division)

Thank you, and we look forward to your submissions!

Mark Coddington – PJIG Head

Magda Konieczna – Vice Head and Program Chair,

Paro Pain — Vice Head and Program Chair,



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