Journal of Media Education – Call for Creative Submissions

Journal of Media Education – Call for Creative Submissions The Journal of Media Education announces a call for creative submissions for the October 2017 issue. As part of our commitment to making JoME the premier online publication for media educators, all creative submissions will now be peer-reviewed. We will accept creative work in Narrative and Documentary film/video, Audio, Interactive Multimedia, News, Sports, and Script Writing. The process for consideration is as follows: Step One Submit an abstract only (no media files) of 500 – 600 words addressing the following: • The nature and purpose of the piece • When it was created • The research and production process • The pedagogical applications of the production (classroom applications) • Student involvement (if any) • The role this played in your formative/professional development • The role this played in your tenure/promotion process (if any) Step Two If your submission is accepted for review, you will be notified and provided with instruction for uploading you work for JoME. Once the peer- review process is complete you will be notified of the results. Step Three If your work is selected for publication you will be expected to provide an article of 1500-3000 words to accompany it. The article will address in more detail the same bullet points listed above. All submission abstracts are due no later than April 15, 2017. Please send abstract submission as a Word document to David Byland at...

BEA joined over 60 journalism organizations to request a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence to discuss government access

BEA joined over 60 journalism organizations to request a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence to discuss government access.  The letter below was sent earlier today. January, 18, 2017 Dear Mr. President-elect and Mr. Vice President-elect, In December 2015, a delegation representing more than 50 journalism and open government organizations met with Josh Earnest, President Obama’s press  secretary, urging greater openness and transparency from the federal government. The group shared its concerns to Earnest and his staff regarding the  administration’s communications policies, including: • officials blocking reporters’ requests to talk to specific staff people; • excessive delays in answering interview requests that stretch past reporters’ deadlines; • officials conveying information “on background,” refusing to give reporters what should be public information unless they agree not to say who is speaking; • federal agencies blackballing reporters who write critically of them; • and other policies that prevent information from flowing to the public. Since that meeting, however, little has been done to improve these issues. Our Founding Fathers knew the importance of a press that is free to report on the activities of our government and elected officials. “Our liberty depends on  the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost,” said Thomas Jefferson in a January 28, 1786, letter. Yet here we are, almost exactly  231 years after Jefferson wrote those words, and attempts to stifle the flow of information to citizens of the United States continue. But 2017 is a new year, and you are at the helm of a new administration. We would like to pick up where we...

President’s Corner January 2017

President’s Corner January 2017 About a month ago, South Carolina Broadcasters Association members were guests at a reception in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina. I had the opportunity to speak with more than a dozen executives, and almost all of them communicated the same message: they are not seeing enough graduates trained in advertising sales, and they wanted our program to make sure students are aware of the number of opportunities (and the related compensation) in sales as they are aware of careers in journalism, production, writing, and management. In response, I am working with local broadcasters to create a one-day sales seminar that is designed to get students excited about careers in advertising sales, explore the basics of sales (including the sales process, compensation, and legal issues), and introduce them to the sales managers who will be hiring entry-level sales staff. Those of you who already have fully developed sales courses already know the importance of sales training to our broadcast colleagues. If you don’t have such a program, I encourage you to consider a few options that will serve both your students and the media community. First, you could consider a one- or two-day seminar, led by local broadcasters, that provides the type of introduction to sales discussed above. The second is to consider hiring a local broadcaster as an adjunct to teach a course or two a year in media sales, again introducing new opportunities to your students. Either way, your students will benefit from a greater understanding of the field they are preparing to enter. And your...

President’s Corner December 2016

President’s Corner December 2016 Two weeks ago, the BEA Board of Directors voted to add BEA to the list of signatories to a letter to the Trump Administration drafted and signed by more than a dozen organizations representing professional journalists. The letter, with all of the signees (including BEA) is available here. As the issue develops, we might find the need as an organization to address the importance of the role of the press in our society. Please let me or a member of the Board of Directors know if you have specific ideas on actions or activities that BEA can be involved in to further this cause. It’s also the end of the year. While that means relaxation and a break for most of us in academia, it also brings a few other opportunities. The most important one for BEA is making sure you renew your BEA membership before December 31. And if you’re looking for a last minute gift for a colleague, introduce them to BEA and all that BEA can do for them to support their teaching, research, and service. (Okay, I’m stretching a little. But I do want you to make sure your colleagues know how much becoming involved in BEA can help them, and the start of a new year is a good time to start a new membership.) With the end of the tax year coming, don’t forget that you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Peter Orlik Scholarship Endowment or the Kenneth Harwood Dissertation Endowment. Finally, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the work of the BEA staff over...

Journal of Media Education Call for Papers

The Journal of Media Education is calling for papers addressing the Best Practices in media education for consideration for the April 2017 issue. Submissions should focus on new and innovative teaching methods across the spectrum of media education, paying particular attention to the uses of various types of media (traditional and new, including social media) to achieve course and curricular objectives. Submissions should be limited to 3000 words, excluding references, and include links to relevant media (photos, audio, video, multimedia, etc). Email submissions to David Byland, Editor, at: dbyland@beajome.org. Submissions must be received no later than January 15, 2017 to be...

President’s Corner November 2016

President’s Corner November 2016 There is so much to report to you this month, some of which you’ve heard (or read elsewhere in this newsletter) but some that might come as a pleasant surprise to you. I can state for certain that I’ve never had more good news about BEA to share at one time, so here goes: At its meeting earlier this month, the BEA Board of Directors approved creation of a “Religion and Media” division, dedicated to advancing understandings of the intersection of religion and media and explore the roles that diverse religions and faith play in media and culture. In the petition to establish the new division, the 132 signees of the petition stated: “These purposes will be achieved through 1) promotion of high quality scholarship about faith and electronic media; 2) providing a forum for the discussion of critical issues involving religion, faith and media, and 3) promotion of creative work that investigates the confluence of religion and media.” The new division is already gearing up for the 2017 BEA Annual convention, which will feature a business meeting for the election of officers and discussion of bylaws, as well as a couple of sessions devoted to the Religion and Media. Starting on 2018, the Division will have the same opportunities for competitions for research and creative works that other divisions have. If you’re interested in helping to build the division, please make sure you attend the 2017 Annual Convention in Las Vegas—there will be plenty of opportunity for you to get involved as the division puts down roots and starts to grow. (And watch for...