Thursday, January 22, 2009

Teaching ideas competition: Newspaper Division invites entries by March 1

Dr. Andrea Frantz of the Department of Communication Studies at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, would like to make this announcement:

AEJMC's Newspaper Division is sponsoring Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century, or TNT21, a competition rewarding good ideas for teaching newswriting, reporting and editing.

Three $100 prizes will be offered for the best idea from each of the following entrants’ categories:

* full-time faculty;
* adjunct professors; and
* graduate students.

The entry form may be had via this page or by email from competition coordinators 
Susan Keith or Andrea Frantz.

The completed form and any supporting materials should be e-mailed back to the coordinators at this email address.

The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time March 1, 2009. Winners will be announced on the Newspaper Division's site about April 15.

If you have questions or would like to serve as a judge, please email Dr. Susan Keith or call her at 732-932-7500, ext. 8235.

Teaching tips should be suitable for use in newswriting, reporting or editing courses, though they might be tailored for specific versions of those courses. For example, tips for teaching ewswriting across media would be welcome, as would tips for teaching a specific type of reporting, such as public affairs reporting, business reporting or environmental reporting. Tips can address teaching practical skills, such as tracking down public information in online records or editing to improve the organization of a story. Entries also can focus on conceptual knowledge, showing, for example, how to teach students to report ethically or edit to avoid libel.

Tips that help professors address the challenges of teaching in a world where technologies are rapidly changing are especially welcome.

Teaching ideas will be judged for their originality, innovative nature, ease of application, completeness, writing and whether they would work in more than one course and/or at different types of schools.

All entries should reflect original teaching ideas that have not been published elsewhere and have not been finalists on display in other teaching awards competitions.

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