August 31, 2016

AEJMC 2017: Call for community journalism panel proposals

The Community Journalism Interest Group is accepting panel proposals for the 2017 AEJMC conference in Chicago, and we would love to hear your programming ideas.

Members may submit three types of panel proposals: Professional Freedom & Responsibility (PF&R), Teaching, or Research. All division members must submit their panel proposals by September 26. Proposals may be sent to Programming Chair Clay Carey at

Proposals should include the following information (think of the list as a template for your proposal):

Panel Title

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

Description of Panel (Generally 150-250 words)

Possible Panelists (List up to five, including affiliations and contact information. If you have already contacted the potential panelists about your panel, please say so)

Possible Moderator

Your Contact Information (name, affiliation, phone number, and email address)

Some tips for preparing a panel proposal:

  • Ideally, panels will be joint submissions with another AEJMC division or interest group. Therefore, you might try to develop a joint proposal with someone from another division or interest group. You are not required to develop a joint proposal - group officers can help you find someone from another division who might be willing to assist with your proposal.
  • Joint panel proposals should include members representing both divisions/interest groups submitting. For example, if COMJ is the lead sponsor on the panel, include three COMJ members and two members from the other division/interest group.
  • Collaborate with other COMJ members to hone your ideas. The COMJ Facebook page is a great place to start a discussion about a panel idea. 
  • Suggest important findings that attendees may take from your panel. For example, will the panel help attendees integrate some aspects of community journalism research into their classrooms? Try to explain the impact your panel will have on the interest group as well as AEJMC as a whole. 

Authors of accepted panel proposals will be notified in December. Feel free to reach out to Clay if you have any questions about proposals or programming for next year's conference.

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