PJIG’s conference schedule

The AEJMC conference is fast approaching! The conference officially runs August 4-8, and PJIG has a pre-conference August 3. There’s a lot going on this year, so we’ve collected all the PJIG sessions into this email for you. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Please remember that the conference schedule is in central time. If you’re registered for the conference, you’ll receive details about the virtual platform soon.

Tuesday August 3, 1:30-3 CST

Preconference Workshop Session

Engaged Journalism Exchange: Toward an Antiracist Journalism Education


  • Daniela Gerson, California State-Northridge
  • Jacob Nelson, Arizona State
  • Andrea Wenzel, Temple


  • Diamond Hardiman, Media 2070/Free Press News Voices
  • Alissa Richardson, Southern California
  • Sue Robinson, Wisconsin
  • Fernanda Santos, Arizona State

Around  the  U.S.,  news  organizations  have  been  reckoning  with  the  structural  racism  that  undergirds  their newsrooms and the larger industry. At the same time, a number of scholars have been researching how racism and whiteness influence the field’s norms and  practices.  In  this  Engaged  Journalism  Exchange  preconference,  we  will explore  where  efforts  seeking  to  push  toward  antiracist  journalism  have  the  potential  to  collide—in  journalism education classrooms and beyond.

In a series of lightning presentations and breakout discussions, we will explore how journalism educators have been bringing best practices for inclusive and antiracist journalism into the classroom, and discuss how curricula may be adapted to question harmful norms and practices, and to build competencies needed for more inclusive journalism.

This Engaged Journalism Exchange (https://medium.com/engaged-journalism-bridging-research-and-practice) preconference aims to connect journalism educators, researchers and practicing journalists. It is supported by the Agora  Journalism  Center/Gather,  the  Walter  Cronkite  School  of  Journalism  and  Mass  Communication  at  Arizona State University, Temple University’s Klein College, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, and AEJMC’s Participatory Journalism Interest Group.

Please RSVP here: https://bit.ly/EJE-preconference-RSVP

Wednesday August 4, 1 to 2:30 p.m. CST

Refereed Paper Session

Engaging Publics via Participatory Journalism on Social Media


  • Mark Coddington, Washington and Lee

Understanding Social Media in Journalism Practice: A Typology (Top Paper Award)

  • Muhammad Fahad Humayun
  • Patrick Ferrucci, Colorado-Boulder

Working Together? Contributing and Adopting Citizen Visuals from the Lens of Social Media Usage, Perception, and Visual Attributes (Second Place Paper Award)

  • Deborah Chung, Kentucky
  • Hyun Ju Jeong, Kentucky
  • Yung Soo Kim, Kentucky

Reacting to Black Lives Matter: Facebook Engagement with News Coverage During the Summer 2020 Protests

  • Jennifer Cox, Salisbury


  • Mark Coddington, Washington and Lee

Wednesday August 4, 5-6:30 p.m. CST

Internships and Careers and Participatory Journalism Interest Groups

PF&R Panel Session

Winners and Losers: Teaching Business and Economics Reporting to Student Reporters Covering Sports, Entertainment and Any Other Beat


  • Jennifer Brannock Cox, Salisbury


  • Tony DeMars, Texas A&M Commerce
  • Melissa Wall, California State, Northridge
  • Chris Roush, Quinnipiac
  • Connie Ford Mitchell, Maryland

How do we attract diverse talent to journalism and help them learn valuable reporting skills –that help them land an internship or job -while guiding them  to report on  topics  they care about? This panel looks  at unique ways to engage  these  students. Community  journalism  works  best  when  reporters  and  residents  work  together  to  better understand  local  issues  and  their  impact  on  the  people  who  live  with  them.  College  students  can  benefit  from building a relationship with community members by engaging them in the reporting process. Panelists will describe their  experiences  incorporating  participatory  journalism  practices  into  their  classes,  offering  helpful  hints  and guidance for others who want to do the same. Business and economics reporting pays well and offers many jobs while other parts of journalism are seeing declines. Yet too many students still prefer to write about sports, fashion or entertainment  while  viewing  business  reporting  as  either  daunting  or  boring. This  panel will explore  teaching methods to make business reporting interesting and exciting to students studying and reporting in other genres. And the business reporting skillsets are vital to the sports and entertainment beats and are a way to expand diversity and inclusion  in  business  and  economics  reporting –a  sector of journalism that is influential and  pays well but lacks diversity.

Thursday August 5, 11-12:30 a.m. CST

Research Panel Session

For vs. About: Challenging Journalists’ Perceptions of Audiences and Communities


  • Jacob Nelson, Arizona State


  • Candis Callison, British Columbia
  • Anita Varma, Texas at Austin
  • Andrea Wenzel, Temple
  • Miya Williams Fayne, California State-Fullerton

As journalists seek to build trust with historically marginalized communities, a common stumbling block is the refrain from residents that previous coverage has been about their communities (and predominantly negative), but not with or for their communities. This panel will highlight a range of perspectives on how journalists’ view their perceived audiences and communities and how these perceptions shape their efforts to build relationships with them. It will highlight recent research on perceptions of audiences, and explore models for redefining relationships such as community-centered journalism, solidarity journalism, and systems journalism.

Thursday, August 5, 7-8:30 p.m. CST

Refereed Paper Session

Constructing Journalism with Audiences: Challenges and Opportunities in Participatory Journalism


  • Antoine Haywood, Pennsylvania

I Did My Best to Show Their Pain: Participatory Genres of Photojournalistic Witnessing

  • Kenzie Burchell, Toronto Scarborough
  • Stephanie Fielding, Toronto Scarborough

“I Think We Are Truly Ignored” –An Assessment of How Small Town Media Serves the Information Needs of BIPOC Residents

  • Letrell Crittenden, Thomas Jefferson
  • Andrea Wenzel, Temple

“When You’re Out Here On Your Own”: Journalists, Harassment and News Organization Responses

  • Avery Holton, Utah
  • Valérie Bélair-Gagnon, Minnesota
  • Diana Bossio, Swinburne University
  • Logan Molyneux, Temple


  • Antoine Haywood, Pennsylvania

Thursday, August 5, 8:45 to 10:15 p.m. CST

Members meeting

We’ll hand out first- and second-place paper awards, as well as our dissertation award. We’ll also choose officers for next year, and discuss strategy for increasing interest and submissions going forward. Please join us!

Friday August 6, 5-6:30 p.m. CST

Participatory Journalism Interest Group and Scholastic Journalism Division

Research Panel Session

Community Media, Engaged Journalism, and the Future of Local Information Access


  • Antoine Haywood, Pennsylvania


  • Mike Wassenaar, President & CEO, Alliance for Community
  • Alicia Bell, Media 2070 Director, Free Press
  • Ernesto Aguilar, Executive Director, National Federation of Community Broadcasters

This panel discusses the contemporary contours of community media advocacy work in the U.S. The panelists leading this conversation are experienced community organizers who have extensive backgrounds in community radio, local access television, participatory journalism, and public interest media policy advocacy. This discussion promotes ongoing conversations and future research collaborations that help reimagine, build, and sustain local storytelling networks.


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