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:


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