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Congrats to the 2017 Top GIFT professors!

7 Jun

Congratulations to the professors and their 25 Great Ideas for Teachers which have been selected as finalists in AEJMC’s  2017 GIFT Program. More than 40 entries from across the U.S. were submitted this year for consideration. The Small Programs Interest Group and Community College Journalism Association of AEJMC collaborated to present GIFT this year, which (with one exception) has been an annual feature of AEJMC Conferences since 2000.

These 25 finalists will present their GIFTS in a poster presentation at the 2017 AEJMC Conference in Chicago on Wednesday, August 9, from 10 am to 11:30 am CDT. John Kerezy of CCJA and Cuyahoga Community College will be back for this one, and will be coordinating door prizes, making announcements, and – of course – announcing the TOP GIFTER of 2017.

Many thanks to the following panel of judges and especially to Kris Boyle, Ph.D., of SPIG and Brigham Young University who coordinated the submissions and vetting process. Judges are:

Mary Liz Brooks – West Texas A&M
Pamela Brubaker – Brigham Young University
Brigitta Brunner – Auburn University
Patricia Hernandez – Cleveland State University
Rich Johnson – Creighton University
Katie Place – Quinnipiac University
Jim Sernoe – Midwestern State University
Kathleen Stansberry – Cleveland State University
Edson Tandoc, Jr. – Nanyang Technological University
Chris Wilson – Brigham Young University
Carol Zuegner – Creighton University

And here are the 2017 “Top 25” GIFT entries and submitting professors:

TITLE (may be abbrev.)                   SUBMITTER(S)                             INSTITUTION

Embedding for Empathy            Michelle Carr Hassler                Nebraska-Lincoln
Personalized learning to            Peggy Rupprecht,                       Creighton Univ.
engage students …
Inherent Bias                                C. Cunningham, P. Walck          Duquesne Univ.
Managing the Masses                  Chandler Harriss                        Tenn.-Chattanooga
Invisible Messages                       Jennifer B. Cox                            Salisbury Univ.
Audience Analytics Consulting…      Miao Guo                              Ball State Univ.
Stop, Look and Listen                  Carol B. Schwalbe                      Univ. of Arizona
Inviting Students to Grade…       Qun Wang                                   Rutgers Univ.
Bringing the Election Home …   Kathleen Wickham                    Mississippi
Scavenger Hunt Challenge         C. Brown, J. Caplan                     CUNY
Bolstering Understanding…        Kelly Bruhn                                 Drake Univ.
Ethics in 140 Characters              Dhiman Chattopadhyay            Bowling Green
Check that Tune!                            Susan Keith                                 Rutgers Univ.
Amplifying Voices Project             Susan Robinson                       Wisc. – Madison
Twitter prompt!                               Jennifer Hoewe                       Univ. of Alabama
Music to my Ears                           Lovette Chinwah-Adegbola     Central State Univ.
Jeopardy! Teaching through …    Ngozi Akinro                     Texas Wesleyan Univ.
Making it Real …                              Robert Bergland                 Missouri-Western
Snapshot: A Day in…                        Jennifer Billinson            Christopher Newport
Grading the Audience …                 Serena Carpenter               Michigan State Univ.
Fight for Rights                                 Marsha Ducey                     Brockport – SUNY
From “Colored’ to …                          Lillie M. Fears                   Arkansas State
Effectively Teaching …                     Y. Ah Lee, R. Blom             Ball State Univ.
15 Steps to Group …                            Robin Spring                    Grand Valley State
Google Analytics Workshop            Melissa Adams                   N. Carolina State

Congratulations again! AEJMC is looking forward to seeing your posters and learning more about yout GIFTs in Chicago this August.

 

2017 AEJMC GIFT call for entries

28 Mar

Great Ideas for Teaching (GIFT) will once again be a part of AEJMC’s annual conference, scheduled this year in Chicago from Aug. 8 to Aug. 12. GIFT is always one of the most popular sessions at the conference.

Sponsored by the Small Programs Interest Group, the Community College Journalism Association and the Communication Technology Division, GIFT is a refereed panel presentation of the best teaching tips and techniques.

The Top 25 GIFT ideas, as selected by a panel of judges from within AEJMC, will be presented at a poster session, with the top idea winning the Grand Prize Award for 2017.

Rules

  • Anyone teaching journalism/mass communication classes at the college level is eligible to submit outstanding and innovative classroom teaching examples. Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • Entries must be submitted using the form at https://aejmcgift.wordpress.com/.
  • In addition to providing contact info., each entrant must submit a title of the assignment/project.
  • Each entrant must write a short description (1000 words, maximum) that includes the idea, how it is implemented, where it is used (e.g., specific class, student media, etc.), goals and student reactions/results.
  • Completed forms should be e-mailed to Kay Colley, kcolley@txwes.edu. Entries that do not follow format will be disqualified.
  • All entries must be received via email by Sunday, April 30, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • Submissions will be acknowledged but not returned.
  • Those selected for the GIFT session in Chicago will be notified by May 31. Presenters are expected to attend the session for its duration.
  • Each presenter will have a personal bulletin board measuring approximately 4-feet by 3-feet and will be required to create a poster that illustrates the project. Presenters are not required to prepare a formal presentation but should be prepared to discuss their projects with those who are interested.

Here is the form: gift-form

— Kay Colley, Ph.D., for AEJMC GREAT IDEAS FOR TEACHERS (GIFT)

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

This is also one of the best judge panels in my memory. Several of the judges are former GIFT finalists themselves.  Thank you for your service to AEJMC and GIFT. As in years past, the top GIFTer for 2016 will be announced at the AEJMC Conference.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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