July 21, 2008

COMJIG program in Chicago

COMJIG members:

The AEJMC convention in Chicago is fast approaching. As you plan your convention activities, I want to call to your attention the programming COMJIG is co-sponsoring.
We are the lead sponsor or co-sponsor for five panels and one of four sponsors of a mini-plenary session. These events are listed below:

Wednesday, 10 am to 11:30 am, Media Ethics Division and Community Journalism Interest Group
PF&R Panel Session: Anonymity and Identity in the News
Moderating/Presiding: Denise Dowling, Montana
David S. Allen, Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Janice Marie Collins, Eastern Illinois
Patrick Lee Plaisance, Colorado State
Anon Y. Mous, Large Public University-Midwest

Wednesday, 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Community Journalism and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Interest Groups
PF&R Panel Session:
Beyond Geographic Community: Culturally Defined Community Newspapers
in the Chicago Area
Moderating/Presiding: Elizabeth Hansen, Eastern Kentucky
Tracy Baim, publisher and executive editor, Windy City Times
Steven V. Bonica, executive director, Romanian Tribune
Elena Ferrarin, reporter, Reflejos Bilingual Newspaper
Michael A. House, president, Chicago Defender
Mary C. Johns, editor-in-chief, Residents’ Journal
Helen Karakoudas, managing editor, Wednesday Journal/Chicago Journal
Yasmin Nair, reporter, book reviewer, columnist, Windy City Times,
independent journalist

Wednesday, 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm
Newspaper Division, Community Journalism and Civic and Citizen Journalism Interest Groups and Media Management and Economics Division
Mini-plenary PF&R Panel Session: The Transformation of Print Journalism
Moderating/Presiding: Jack Rosenberry, St. John Fisher
Randy Jessee, editor, Special Projects/Multimedia and News Technology, Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch
Carl Sessions Stepp, Maryland
Bill Reader, Ohio
Jan Schaffer, executive director, J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, American
Hugh Martin, Georgia

Thursday, 5 pm to 6:30 pm, Community Journalism and Civic and Citizen Journalism Interest Groups
PF&R Panel Session: What the F**?!! Dealing with Offensive Postings on News Web Sites
Moderating/Presiding: Jeff South, Virginia Commonwealth
Geoff Dougherty, founding editor, ChiTownDailyNews.org
Suzanne McBride, Columbia-Chicago
Nikhil Moro, Central Michigan
Alissa Swango, producer, chicagotribune.com
Rick Wade, editor, Pekin, Ill. Daily Times

Friday, 1:45 pm to 3:15 pm, Community Journalism Interest Group and Newspaper Division
PF&R Panel Session: Case Studies of Courage in Community Journalism
Moderating/Presiding: Al Cross, Kentucky
Laurie Ezzell Brown, editor and publisher, The Canadian Record, Canadian, TX
Tom and Pat Gish, publishers, The Mountain Eagle, Whitesburg, KY
Homer F. Marcum, Holston United Methodist Home for Children, Greenville, TN, and former editor and publisher, The Martin Countian, Inez, KY
Bernard Stein, co-publisher, The Riverdale Press, Bronx, NY; professor, CUNY-Hunter

Friday, 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Civic and Citizen Journalism and Community Journalism Interest Groups
Teaching Panel Session: Whose Learning Curve Is It? How Technological Advances Have Changed How We Teach Journalism
Moderating/Presiding: Andrea Breemer Frantz, Wilkes
Evene Estwick, Wilkes
Kandace Harris, Johnson C. Smith
Lindsey Wotanis, Maryland
Merrilee Cox, Maryland
Les Anderson, Wichita State

COMJIG will also have two research paper sessions, one of them a part of Friday’s Scholar-to-Scholar session:

Friday, 8:15 am to 9:45 am
Community Journalism Interest Group
Refereed Paper Research Session: Community Involvement in Community Journalism
Moderating/Presiding: Andris Straumanis, Wisconsin-River Falls
Finding It, Storing It, Discussing It: A Content Analysis of Weekly
Newspaper Web Sites
Kelly Mitchell, Erik Collins and Anna Saunders, South Carolina
Collaborator or Competitor? Community News Editors’ Perceived Roles
of Professional and Citizen Journalists
Seungahn Nah and Deborah Chung, Kentucky
Evaluating Reader Feedback Importance to Newspapers: A Look
at Community Structure and Economic Influences
Carly McKenzie, Hal Hays, Jee Young Chung, Chang Wan Woo
and Wilson Lowrey, Alabama
Discussant: Stephen R. Lacy, Michigan State

Friday, 12:15-1:30, Scholar-to-Scholar
Community Journalism Interest Group
37. Using a Newspaper to Stabilize a Community
Lindsey Wotanis, Maryland
38. Beyond Standard Professionalism: Journalism and Language Roles Among
European Minority Language Journalists
Iñaki Zabaleta, Nicolás Xamardo, Arantza Gutierrez, Santi Urrutia,
and Itxaso Fernández, University of the Basque Country
and Carme Ferré, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Discussant: Bill Cassidy, Northern Illinois

As we did last year, the Community Journalism and Civic and Citizen Journalism Interest Groups will hold a joint members’ meeting. We’ve reserved two time slots on Thursday evening for it (see below).

Thursday, 6:45 pm to 8:15 pm and 8:30-10 p.m.
Community Journalism and Civic and Citizen Journalism Interest Groups
Business Session: Joint Members’ Meeting
Moderating/Presiding: Bill Reader, Ohio and Jack Rosenberry, St. John Fisher

The COMJIG and CCJIG Executive Committees will meet at 10: 15 p.m. Thursday following the members’ meeting.

I hope to see you in Chicago.

Liz Hansen
Vice Chair and Program Chair

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