May 04, 2005

Call for Papers

Community Journalism Interest Group Call for Papers 2005


FOR: AEJMC annual convention, Aug. 10-13, 2005, San Antonio, Texas

Start planning now to submit your exciting research paper(s) in our first-ever national paper competition.

If your research focuses on journalism in rural, suburban or small markets, the newly-formed Community Journalism Interest Group (COMJIG) wants to hear from you. Although our primary interest is in smaller newspapers, online and broadcast media, this brand-new group of like-minded teachers and scholars also is interested in any and all aspects of community journalism, from small-town newspapers to the ethnic press to urban alternative weeklies to niche magazines to rural independent radio to journalistic Web 'zines.
We welcome original, meaningful research that advances the understanding of the role of journalists and news organizations as members of communities, with particular interest in issues that are unique to small-market journalism. Quantitative and qualitative methods are equally welcomed; theoretical groundings are appreciated. We will not consider professional essays, preliminary research (i.e., literature reviews), or incomplete research for the paper competition.

Papers should be about 7,500 words long, or about 25 pages, double-spaced. Include a 75-word abstract. Prepare the manuscripts for blind review, removing any language that identifies the authors or the authors' institutions. Please provide a running title on each page. Please enclose a single title page that includes authors' names, institutions, and full contact information; please do not staple the title page to the manuscripts.

Papers that do not meet the Uniform Paper Call of AEJMC will not be considered.

If you would like more information, contact Bill Reader, COMJIG's research chair, via e-mail or via telephone: 740-593-9808.

Send submissions by April 1, 2005, to Bill Reader, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, 205 Scripps Hall, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 45701.

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