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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

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It’s 2013 GIFT entry time!

27 Feb

The Community College Journalism Association and the Small Programs Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) are proud to announce the 2012 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.  MaryJean Land (George College) is again heading up our judging panel in 2013.

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 from a panel of judges from these three groupings within AEJMC, will be selected to present at a poster session at AEJMC’s Conference in Washington, DC,  on August 8, 2013.

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

Here is the 2013 GIFT Timeline:

March 1 – Call for GIFTs; begin accepting GIFT submissions

April 18 – Uniform deadline for GIFT submissions (email to John.Kerezy@tri-c.edu)

April 20 – May 10 – Judging of GIFT submissions; top papers chosen

May 13 – 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. 9 – GIFT poster session at the AEJMC conference in Washington; grand prize winner announced

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

Here is the GIFT Entry Form: Please download, complete, and return to John Kerezy with your entry anytime between now and April 19, 2013:

2013 entry form

Email your entry to:  john.kerezy@tri-c.edu

For information about the Community College Journalism Association, click here:

http://ccjaonline.com/join-ccja/