2016 GIFT Finalists announced

2 Jun

For the past five competitions, I’ve been privileged to be a small part of one of the Association of Educators in Journalism & Mass Communications’ most important annual activities, GIFT, an acrostic for Great Ideas For Teachers.  This is the college/university journalism profession’s only “peer to peer” sharing of best tips and advice about classroom teaching, the primary purpose of our careers and professions.

For the past several years, I’ve been privileged to be a small part of one of the Association of Educators in Journalism & Mass Communications’ most important annual activities, GIFT, an acronym for Great Ideas For Teachers.  This is the college/university journalism profession’s only “peer to peer” sharing of best tips and advice about classroom teaching, the primary purpose of our careers and professions.

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Dr. Edna Bautista began and headed up the first GIFT competition in 2000. The Community College Journalism Association (CCJA) division of AEJMC has been the sole continuous GIFT “sponsor” since it began. The Small Programs Interest Group, (SPIG)  has been a partner with CCJA for just about the entire 16-year history of GIFT.  The Scholastic Division has also been a frequent partner as well.

This year, Professors Mary Jean Land of Georgia College and  Nicole Kraft of The Ohio State University have been the primary movers and shakers behind GIFT. Nicole coordinated entries, and Mary Jean judging.  THANK YOU. There were more than 30 GIFT entries submitted. Congratulations to these 15 winning “GIFTers” whose great ideas will be unveiled via poster session and peer-to-peer sharing on Thursday, August 4, at the AEJMC Conference in Minneapolis.

At least four of this year’s “Final 15” are repeat GIFT finalists.  Having read many of these (and some of the non-finalists as well) myself, I can say without hesitation that this is the best group of GIFT submissions I have seen in my six-year association with Great Ideas For Teachers.

THE 2016 GIFT FINALISTS AND THEIR Great Ideas for Teachers are:

Dianne Bragg, Univ. of Alabama, “Making the First Amendment Real.”

Susan Bullard & Andrew Bechtel, Univ. of Nebraska, “Skimming the News.”

Kay Colley, Texas Wesleyan Univ., “Crisis! Zombie Apocalypse Descends on Campus.”

Shugota Dastgeer,  Univ. of Oklahoma, “Visualizing research methods.”

John Freeman, Univ. of Florida, “The lives of others.”

Nicole Kraft, The Ohio State Univ., “You be the justice.”

Adam Kuban, Ball State Univ., “Privilege.”

Kathleen McElroy, Oklahoma State Univ., “Vote for Journalism.”

Chad Painter, Eastern New Mexico Univ., “Teaching across through a public records project.”

Donnalynn Pompper, Temple Univ., “Overcoming time zone barriers when teaching students about crisis in a social media age.”

Carol Schwalbe, Univ. of Arizona, “Pairs and squares: engaging all students in class discussions.”

Rachel Somerstein, SUNY New Platz, “Picturing Diversity: Using Theory and Content Analysis to Drive Journalism Practice”

Darren Sweeney, Central Connecticut State Univ., “Going Live: owning the breaking news story”

Lisa Waananen Jones, Washington State Univ., “Making data personal.”

Tamara Weltner, Biola Univ., “Learning a tool to teach a tool.”

Susan Kirkman Zake & John Bowen, Kent State Univ., “The People vs. the Simpsons.”

The GIFT Committee also expresses its appreciation to our panel of judges for this year.  They are:

Kelly Bruhn – Drake University

Lori Dann – Eastfield College

Patricia Dobson – Eastern New Mexico University

Tamara Gillis – Elizabethtown College

Mary Jean Land – Georgia College

Jeremy Sarachan- St. John Fisher College

Christina Smith – Georgia College

Cindy Simoneau – Southern CT State University

Carol Zuegner – Creighton University

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2016 GIFT time is here!

8 Mar

The AEJMC favorite Great Ideas for Teaching (GIFT), will be a featured part of the 2016
Annual Conference, held this year in Minneapolis.

Sponsored by the SPIG and CCJA divisions, GIFT is a refereed panel presentation of the
best teaching tips and techniques. Any member of AEJMC is eligible to submit their GIFT
idea to the panel, which will narrow all submissions to a list of the Top 25 tips for the
presentation at the Conference. One of these 25 will also earn the title of Top GIFTER for
2016.

NICOLE KRAFT at The Ohio State University will head up the entry process. MARY JEAN
LAND of Georgia College will lead the judging. JOHN KEREZY of Cuyahoga Community
College will spearhead the panel presentation and announcement of the top GIFTer at the
Conference in Minneapolis, which will take place Aug. 4.

To submit a GIFT idea, download and fill out this form

(https://nicolekraftosu.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/gift-form.pdf), and submit to Nicole
at kraft.42@osu.edu.

All submissions must be received by Sunday, April 17, 2016.

2015 GIFT Finalists selected

20 May

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FINALISTS!

One of the best program activities at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference is the Great Ideas For Teacher (GIFT) competition.  A refereed activity, professors submit their best teaching tips to a judging panel comprised of fellow faculty members.  The judging panel then selects the “best of” the bunch, and those selected get to display their teaching tips in a panel presentation at the AEJMC’s Conference.  This year’s GIFT will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, at the Marriott Marquis in downtown San Francisco.

The Scholastic Journalism Division and the Community College Journalism Association have collaborated to make this year’s GIFT possible.  Nicole Kraft of The Ohio State University handled the entries, and Susan Zake of Kent State University directed the judging process. Without their hard work, this year’s AEJMC GIFT would not have happened. Judges received “blind” applications, meaning they did not know the names or colleges/universities of the submitting professor(s) as they evaluated the GIFT entries.

The finalists are:

FINALIST(S)                            COLLEGE(S)                                       ENTRY NAME

Phillip Motley                             Elon                                                 Modular & Symbolic Typography

Desiree Hill                                Central Oklahoma                           Producing producers: Teaching breaking news methods

Sue Burzynski Bullard               University of Nebraska-Lincoln        Taking Sides: A Debate

Cindy Royal                               Texas State University                     Jumpin’ With JavaScript

Carolyn Kim                               Biola University                                #Competition

Lisa Lyon Payne                        Virginia Wesleyan College                Extra, Extra, Tweet All About It

Catherine Strong/Grant Hannis  Massey University (New Zealand)           Developing Drone-enabled journalism students

Jessica Smith/Peter Bobkowski    Abilene Christian, Univ. of Kansas         Throwback Thursday

Kelly Bruhn/Jennifer Glover Konfrst, David Remund    Drake, Oregon        Discovering the Next PR Star

Brooke Weberling McKeever               University of South Carolina            Personal and Professional Branding

Cheryl L. Nicholas/Heidi A. Mau          Penn. State Univ., Berks               Expressions of Identity: Working with Performance

Susan Currie Sivek                              Linfield College                               Interdisciplinary Ink: A Collaborative Project …

Jeff South                                            Virginia Commonwealth University         Periscoping the News

Carolyn Kim                                          Biola University                                     Worth A Thousand Words

Nick Geidner                                         The University of Tennessee                Data Journalism: It’s all in the Name

Jan Lauren Boyles                                Iowa State Univ.                          Understanding the Data-Driven News Environment

Tim Bajkiewicz                                           Virginia Commonwealth University         Media Mentoring

Angel Riggs                                                 Oklahoma State University                      AP Style Review – Dirty Santa Style

John Freeman                                              University of Florida                               How to use Instagram as a motivator

Sharon Stringer                                            Lock Haven                                             CSI (Crime Scene Investigation)

Michael Levin/Lori T. Peterson/Hillary Warren    Otterbein, Cleveland State          Sales Sandbox:  Faculty & Student Media

Hillary Warren                                            Otterbein                         News Values and Industry Expectations: An Ice-Breaker

Adam Saffer./Maureen Taylor             Univ. of N. Carolina, Univ. of Tenn., Knoxville      Helping Students Help Themselves

Nicole Kraft/Jeremy Littau                          Ohio State and Lehigh University            Reporting on the Move: Streaming News

Susan Currie Sivek                  Linfield College         Six-Word Stories into Sequences: Visual Thinking for Video Beginners

Special thanks to our nine GIFT judges this year:
Jan Leach, Kent State University
Candace Perkins Bowen, Kent State
John Bowen, Kent State
Sally Renaud, Eastern Illinois University
Aileen Gallagher, Syracuse University
Patrick Merle, Florida State University
Mary Alice Basconi, East Tennessee State University
Patricia Dobson, Eastern New Mexico University
Jonathan Peters, University of Kansas

Additionally, many thanks to my predecessor, Dr. Edna Bautista, who was the founder and coordinator of GIFT from 2000 to 2009. Hope to see many of my fellow journalism faculty members in San Francisco in August.
 — John Kerezy, 2015 GIFT co-coordinator

2015 AEJMC GIFT entry details

21 Mar

The Community College Journalism Association and the Communication Technology (CTEC) and Scholastic Journalism divisions of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) are proud to announce the 2015 GREAT IDEAS FOR TEACHERS (GIFT) competition.

GIFT is a REFEREED PANEL that many college professors seeking tenure and/or additions to the curriculum vita use as a way of demonstrating professional excellence.  Susan Kirkman Zake (Kent State University) is heading up our judging panel in 2015.

Those teaching journalism/mass communication classes at the college level are invited to submit their best classroom teaching examples in this competition.

The TOP 25 GIFT ideas, as selected by a panel of judges from within AEJMC, will be presented at a poster session at AEJMC’s Conference in San Francisco,CA,  on August 6, 2015.

The very best GIFT, designated the grand prize winner, will also receive a cash award at the August 9 poster session.

Here is the 2015 GIFT Timeline:

March 1 – Call for GIFTs; begin accepting GIFT submissions

April 19 – Uniform deadline for GIFT submissions (email to kraft.42@osu.edu)

April 22 – May 10 – Judging of GIFT submissions; top papers chosen

May 13  to 15– Notification sent to GIFT finalists only

May 13 – List of GIFTs due to AEJMC for program copy

May 14 to June 1 –  Ranking of top GIFTs; grand prize winner chosen

June/July – Production of GIFTs for publication; collection of door prizes

Aug. 5 – GIFT poster session at the AEJMC conference in San Francisco; grand prize winner announced

September – Highlights/photos of poster session and winning GIFT featured in section media

Here is the GIFT Entry Form: Please download, complete, and return to Nicole Kraft with your entry anytime between now and April 19, 2015:2015-entry-form

AEJMC GIFT 2015 Entry Form and details

21 Mar

The Community College Journalism Association and the Communication Technology (CTEC) and Scholastic Journalism divisions of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) are proud to announce the 2015 GREAT IDEAS FOR TEACHERS (GIFT) competition.

GIFT is a REFEREED PANEL that many college professors seeking tenure and/or additions to the curriculum vita use as a way of demonstrating professional excellence.  Susan Kirkman Zake (Kent State University) is heading up our judging panel in 2015.

Those teaching journalism/mass communication classes at the college level are invited to submit their best classroom teaching examples in this competition.

The TOP 25 GIFT ideas, as selected by a panel of judges from within AEJMC, will be presented at a poster session at AEJMC’s Conference in San Francisco,CA,  on August 8, 2015.

The very best GIFT, designated the grand prize winner, will also receive a cash award at the August 9 poster session.

Here is the 2015 GIFT Timeline:

March 1 – Call for GIFTs; begin accepting GIFT submissions

April 19 – Uniform deadline for GIFT submissions (email to kraft.42@osu.edu)

April 22 – May 10 – Judging of GIFT submissions; top papers chosen

May 13  to 15– Notification sent to GIFT finalists only

May 13 – List of GIFTs due to AEJMC for program copy

May 14 to June 1 –  Ranking of top GIFTs; grand prize winner chosen

June/July – Production of GIFTs for publication; collection of door prizes

Aug. 8 – GIFT poster session at the AEJMC conference in San Fransicso grand prize winner announced

September – Highlights/photos of poster session and winning GIFT featured on the website

Below is the GIFT Entry Form: Please download, complete, and return to Nicole Kraft with your entry anytime between now and April 19, 2015:

 https://ccjournalist.wordpress.com/2015-entry-form

GIFT is back in 2015!

17 Jan

Scholastic, C-Tech, and CCJA are pleased to announce that Great Ideas for Teachers – GIFT – will be back at the 2015 AEJMC Conference in San Francisco.

GIFT is a refereed panel presentation of the best teaching tips and techniques. Any member of AEJMC is eligible to submit their GIFT idea to the panel, which will narrow all submissions to a list of the Top 25 tips for the presentation at the Conference.  One of these 25 will also earn the title of Top GIFTER for 2015.

NICOLE KRAFT at Ohio State University will head up the entry process.  SUSAN ZAKE of Kent State University will lead the judging.  JOHN KEREZY of Cuyahoga Community College will spearhead the panel presentation and announcement of the top GIFTer at the Conference in San Francisco

If you wish to submit a GIFT idea, you can contact Nicole at kraft.42@osu.edu and she’ll put you on the list when the Call for Entries goes out.

Also, watch for news/updates at this blog site:  https://aejmcgift.wordpress.com

John Kerezy, GIFT coordinator

Congratulations to AEJMC GIFT Finalists!

16 Jun

Below are the names and colleges of the 25 finalists in the 2013 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Great Ideas For Teachers (GIFT) competition.

Sponsored by the Community College Journalism Association (CCJA) and Small Programs Interest Group (SPIG) of AEJMC, GIFT has chronicled the best strategies in the teaching of collegiate journalism since 2000.

These 25 finalists will be presenting their winning strategies and techniques in a Poster Session at the 2013 AEJMC Conference in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, August 8, beginning at 10 a.m.  (Note the time.) One of these 25 will also be honored as the “top GIFTer” in all of AEJMC at this session.  There will also be door prizes and a lot of faculty-to-faculty discussions and interaction at the GIFT session.

Congratulations to all of the 25 finalists. They are:

NAME AND TITLE                                                                COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY

Cheryl Ann Lambert, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Tears, Boston University
Jeff South,Free Adan                                                                  Virginia Comm. Univ.
Daniel Reimold, Brainstorm Something                              University of Tampa
Joel Campbell, Backgrounding Individuals                       Brigham Young Univ.
Madeline McCullough, Ad Copywriting Best Practices, Wichita State Univ.

Christine Hirsch, A Meme a Day                                             State Univ. NY Oswego
Leigh Wright, Technological Twist on Current Events, Murray State Univ.
Lindsey Wotanis, Teach a Theory                                           Marywood University
Jessica Gresko, Death in the Classroom                               Catholic Univ. America
Carol Schwalbe, Natural Sound, Naturally                          Univ. of Arizona

Amy DeVault, Grab a Team, Mob Report                             Wichita State Univ.
Kristen Alley Swain, Use Printerest to Explore Third Places, Univ. of Mississippi
Jolliffe/Crowe/Davidson, A Memorable Moment, Drake Univ. & Univ. of Missouri
Roseanne School, 21st Century Essays                               Louisiana State Univ.
Scott Winter, Strategic Biographies                                     Univ. of Nebraska Lincoln

Carla Kimbrough, Real Life Media Ethics                           Univ. of Nebraska Lincoln
Doug Cumming, What’s the Big Idea                                     Washington & Lee Univ.
Charlene Simmons, Oh No! Quinn’s in Trouble Again    Univ. of Tenn Chattanooga
Amanda Sturgill, The Current Events Journal                  Elon University
Susan Sivek, Build Idea/Media Company                           Linfield College

Cathy Strong, Grant Hannis,Immersing Students in Other Cultures, Massey Univ. (NZ)
Cathy Strong, Grant Hannis, Converged Media Skills       Massey Univ. (NZ)
Jack Rosenberry, Talk It Out                                                      St. John Fisher College
Cindy Royal, Look at Me – I’m Coding!                                   Texas State Univ.
Aaron Chimbel, Set-up and Elevator Pitch                            Texas Christian Univ.

THANKS TO – MaryJean Land of Georgia College, who assembled and coordinated a nine-person panel of judges whose expertise vetted 54 GIFT entries down to this year’s “Top 25″ finalists.  Thanks also to the leadership of AEJMC and specifically the Scholastic, Small Programs, and Community College sections and interest groups, which have been behind the GIFT program for much of the past 14 years.  Thanks also to Dr. Edna Bautista, who was the GIFT coordinator for the first 10 years of GIFT’s existence and who provided me with excellent advice and counsel as I’ve handled coordination duties for the past four years.

If you wish, you can purchase a CD ROM containing these top 25 GIFT ideas at the AEJMC Conference in Washington. Cost is just $5.  Below are links to AEJMC (and conference information) and also to the Community College Journalism Association.  If you teach journalism at the community college level, PLEASE DO connect with me or with Toni Albertson, our section president, at this year’s conference.  Toni can be reached at: talbertson@mtsac.edu

LINKS:

http://www.aejmc.org

http://ccjournalist.wordpress.com/