AEJMC’s Participatory Journalism Interest Group (PJIG) seeks applications for a dissertation award

The award recognizes the best Ph.D. dissertation in the field of participatory journalism research and includes a monetary prize. Dissertations are eligible if successfully defended between Sept. 1, 2018, and Aug. 31, 2019. The committee reserves the right not to grant the award in any given year.

How to nominate: 

  1. Self-nominations are accepted as well as nominations by the dissertation chair/advisor. The nomination package includes four items: (1) the nominator’s cover letter, (2) an eight- to ten-page abstract summarizing the dissertation, (3) a PDF of the dissertation, and (4) the nominee’s CV.
  2. If the dissertation is nominated by the dissertation advisor, the nomination letter should be submitted electronically by the nominator. All other materials should be submitted by the nominee.
  3. The nomination letters, abstracts, dissertations and CVs must be submitted electronically as email attachments on or before 11:59 p.m. (Central), Feb. 29, 2020.  All four (4) items must be delivered electronically by the deadline to qualify for consideration.
  4. Acknowledgements and other information that might identify the author, the adviser or the university must be removed from the dissertation PDF and the abstract. This includes references to the university where the dissertation was written that may appear in the text. Submissions containing identifying information in these files may be disqualified.
  5. The full dissertation must be submitted in ONE single PDF  file.
  6. A separate file comprising an extended (blind) eight- to ten-page abstract summarizing the dissertation must be submitted in ONE file (PDF, DOC, or DOCX). The abstract should be organized as follows with subheadings: (1) Introduction and problem statement; (2) Theoretical framework and key elements of previous research; (3) Method; (4) Findings; (5) Conclusion and discussion; (6) Statement of importance to the field.
    Nominees may wish to refer to AEJMC Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award and the judging criteria when writing their abstracts.
  7. The nomination letter must include the nominee’s name, dissertation title and university affiliation.
  8. “PJIG Dissertation Award [insert nominee’s last name]” must be used as the subject header for any and all correspondence in relation to the award.
  9. Submissions will be acknowledged by email within 24 hours.
  10. Non-electronic methods of submission (facsimile, standard mail, courier) are not available or acceptable.

Suggested dissertation topics include: Participatory journalism in political campaigns, independent/citizen media, civic mapping, community conversations, user comments, newsroom projects involving user content, entrepreneurial journalism with collaborative elements, legal and ethical issues in participatory journalism, crowdsourcing versus traditional “gatekeeping” models of journalism practice, news sharing and social media distribution, participatory journalism in a multicultural and/or multinational environment, participatory journalism and mobile/wearable/immersive technologies, history/philosophy of participatory media, economic elements of traditional media and their relationship to participatory journalism movements, the mission and meaning of “participatory” media, teaching journalism and media production in participatory contexts, and the use of polls, focus groups and other methods to report the news.

Send nominations and direct questions to Participatory Journalism Interest Group Research Co-Chair Rosie Jahng at Wayne State University,

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