PJIG Call for Papers: New Orleans 2021

AEJMC 2020: PJIG Call for Panels 

The Participatory Journalism Interest Group (PJIG) is now accepting panel proposals for the 2021 Convention August 4-7 in New Orleans.

Deadline to submit Friday, September 25, 2020.

Panel Proposal Types: PJIG is accepting teaching, professional freedom and responsibility (PF&R), or research panel proposals. Please review guidelines for each type of proposal carefully and use the provided sample panel proposal to complete your submission. ​

IMPORTANT: Diversity matters! Please keep this in mind when you’re thinking about potential panelists. Race, ethnicity and gender identity are key factors to consider, of course, but so is geography. Think about how you might be able to pull together people from different regions or continents to talk about an issue. See if you can get a diversity of scholars plus people from the industry, where relevant.

Please be sure, though, to leave a spot for someone from a co-sponsoring division or interest group.

Teaching panels: To discuss teaching ideas, challenges, innovations, technologies, etc. that are relevant to participatory journalism, community media and/or considerations of media, race, gender and participation in and out of the classroom.

  • Teaching panels must address:

One of the following FOUR general areas identified by the AEJMC Standing Committee on Teaching Standards:

  1. Curriculum development including the philosophy, design, and examination of issues, developments, and trends in journalism or global communication.
  2. Leadership issues, especially the administrative and organizational efforts formulated to address the changes in the field of journalism and mass communication.
  3. Course content and methods showcasing innovative teaching techniques and strategies.
  4. Assessment reports highlighting diverse range of activities measuring the effectiveness of journalism education.

Professional Freedom and Responsibility panels should focus on one or more of the following areas: freedom of expression; ethics; media criticism & accountability; racial, gender and cultural inclusiveness; or public service.

Research panels should focus on original, innovative and trending research by a panel of experts on a topic related to communication. PJIG welcomes research panel submissions on all topics related to national and international communication, but PJIG will give special consideration to proposed research panels that focus on the core interest of the group.

You should submit your proposal to only one division, and we invite you to submit it to the PJIG. Considering that there are a limited number of conference slots available for our interest group, priority will be given to proposals that are relevant to the mission of PJIG. This includes proposals with institutional, regional, gender, and methodological diversity, which have confirmed co-sponsor(s) and adhere to submission guidelines. 

Send research panel proposals to:

Paromita Pain (paromita.pain@gmail.com) (Vice Chair PJIG)

Proposal Format: (I have attached a form at the end of this call.)

All proposals should be one-page in length (single-spaced) and include the following:

  1. Panel title: Be creative and broad with your title – keep in mind current trending issues and the potential for attracting co-sponsors.
  2. Panel type: A statement of whether the panel would be a Teaching, Research or Professional Freedom and Responsibility panel.
  3. Panel Description: Describe clearly in one paragraph the key issues or subject matter to be addressed by the panelists.
  4. Rationale for the Panel: Describe briefly why the panel’s topic is important.
  5. Panel Co-sponsorship: Suggestions for divisions or interest groups that might be interested in co-sponsoring the panel. Please indicate whether you have been in touch with the potential co-sponsoring division, interest group, or commission. Panels including co-sponsoring divisions/interest groups/commissions have a better chance of being accepted, because they are likely to be of wider interest at the conference and give the interest group a chance to take part in more sessions.
  6. Possible Panelists [about 3]: Names of proposed panelists, affiliation, demographic data (race, gender, ethnicity) and contact information for each (please indicate whether they have committed to participate). AEJMC tracks diversity among panelists, moderators and discussants, so please keep that in mind when planning. Limited funds for travel reimbursement are available for panel participants who are not AEJMC members. The deadline for those requests is late January. Whenever possible, please try to find local panelists or AEJMC members whom you expect will be attending the convention anyway.
  7. Panel Moderator: Provide the name of the person who will moderate the panel (remember this can be you or someone you nominate).
  8. Contact Person: Provide the name, affiliation, email, and phone number for the person proposing the panel.

Thank you, and we look forward to your submissions!

Paromita Pain (paromita.pain@gmail.com) & Magda Konieczna {Chair} (magda@temple.edu)


(1)      Tentative Panel Title:

(2)    Panel Type (Research, Teaching, or PF & R):

(3)    Panel Sponsorship:  Indicate other AEJMC Divisions or Interest Groups for which this proposal might prove relevant.  (Please note:  Sole-sponsored panel proposals will be considered.  However, the majority of AEJMC panels tend to be co-sponsored across Divisions and Interest Groups.)

(4)    Description of Panel:  Provide a succinct description in paragraph form of the key issues or subject matter to be addressed by the panelists.

(5)    Possible Panelists:  Indicate individuals (or types of individuals) who would be appropriate participants for this panel and their D/IG/Commission affiliations. You may leave this area blank. Note that it is very important that panels show diversity and balance across co-sponsored groups.

(6)    Moderator:  This can be you or someone you nominate to moderate the panel. It can be TBD.

(7)    Contact Person:  Include your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number as the contact person for this panel proposal.




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