MMEE Division’s last five-year performance

Name of Group: Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship Division

2020-2021 Assessment Committee members:
Council of Divisions: Katie Foss (Middle Tennessee State University) and Jan Lauren Boyles (Iowa State University)
Standing Committee on Teaching: Raluca Cozma (Kansas State University)
Standing Committee on Research: Linda Aldoory (University of Maryland)
Standing Committee on Professional Freedom and Responsibility: Jeannine Reilly (University of Arizona)

1. Overview of Work in past 5 years:

Caveat: The committee’s documentation to review only encompassed the AY20-21 annual report submitted by the current leadership. Any information on preceding years was shared verbally by the current head and vice head in the assessment meeting on Aug. 3, 2021.

AEJMC’s Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship division (hereafter referred to as MMEE) has embraced a culture of innovation in its conference programming and in its approach to scholar-practitioner engagement. In terms of the division’s mission, recent panels and research sessions have reflected an enhanced focus upon computation, including sessions on coding, artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics and big data. When asked about this trend, the division’s current leadership indicated that these sessions reflected the interdisciplinary nature of media management as a subfield. We commend MMEE’s leadership for identifying this thematic niche, which enhances cutting-edge topics for the broader Association membership. As demonstrated through its off-site programming in host cities (when AEJMC is face-to- face), the division also builds connections between MMEE scholars and the industries they study. The division also exhibits stable leadership, which will perpetuate institutional memory in the years to come.

2. Research Evaluation:

  • MMEE is populated by a diverse, international set of scholars who demonstrate long-standing commitments to the division and its research programming.
  • The division is active in the Midwinter regional conference, which has yielded revised submissions to the annual conference’s research competition. We would encourage MMEE to continue its engagement in the Association’s regional conferences in the years ahead.
  • In the annual report provided, MMEE leaders indicate that the number of research submissions were largely similar between the 2020 and 2021 conferences. It is noted, however, that the number of student submissions was low. Thinking about the next generation of MMEE members, we would advise the division to engage in more targeted efforts to engage with graduate students and early career faculty. The outreach conducted in A Y20-21 to graduate directors is an excellent starting point. We would also encourage MMEE leaders to more clearly articulate the duties/tasks for its graduate student liaison position, as well as to develop ties with AEJMC’s Graduate Student Interest Group (GSIG).

3. Teaching Evaluation:

  • The annual report highlighted extensive preconference/conference programming around pandemic-era teaching. These sessions, in particular, spotlight the division’s ability to organize timely and engaging sessions that interest a large number of AEJMC members.
  • Beyond the conference, the division could provide more resources for those teaching courses in media management. Leaders could adopt best practices from other DIGs, including syllabi exchanges, speakers’ bureaus and other digital ways to exchange pedagogical materials. 

4. Professional Freedom and Responsibility Evaluation:

  • MMEE has a respected history of organizing successful off-site events that connect scholars with practitioners in conference host cities. Current MMEE leaders note in their annual report that the transition to the virtual conference has limited their abilities to sustain this level of engagement. We look forward to MMEE’s off-site tours and events returning in future years.
  • As illustrated by content in the annual report, the division could expand targeted diversity, equity and inclusion activities that extend beyond conference programming. In future years, MMEE leaders may wish to partner with other divisions, who have successful DEI initiatives already in place – extending or replicating these programs for MMEE members.

5. General Comments and Suggestions for Future:

  • While conference programming appears balanced (for the A Y20-21 content reviewed), future MMEE leaders may wish to consider additional out-of- conference programming throughout the calendar year to keep members engaged. These activities could include, but are not limited to: podcasts, virtual panels or book talks.
  • We thank MMEE’s leadership for their time and talents.

MMEE Award Nomination Deadline Extended to April 20th

The deadline for nominations for the Barry Sherman Teaching Award, Robert Picard Book Award, and the PF&R Award has been extended until April 20th. The MMEE division is currently accepting nominations for the following awards: 

Barry Sherman Teaching Award
The Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship (MMEE) division of AEJMC is now seeking nominations for the Barry Sherman Teaching Award. This award recognizes excellence and innovation in the teaching of media management, economics, or entrepreneurship. Any division member is eligible for the award, but may not nominate himself or herself. Please send nominations to Immediate Past Chair Jiyoung Cha by April 20, 2022.

Nominees will be contacted and asked to submit supporting material. Supporting materials will include:

  • Syllabi from one or two courses (graduate or undergraduate) devoted primarily to media management, media economics, or media entrepreneurship.
  • Up to three examples of supporting instructional materials in media management, economics, or entrepreneurship. The supporting materials should demonstrate evidence of teaching excellence or innovation.

The award honors the memory of Barry Sherman, who was Lambdin Kay Professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia at the time of his death in 2000. He served as director of the prestigious Peabody Awards from 1991-2000. During his 19 years at Georgia, the university honored Sherman twice for teaching excellence. In 1995, the International Radio and Television Society Foundation named him a Stanton Fellow for his “outstanding contribution to electronic media education.” The winner of the award will be notified before the AEJMC annual convention in August 2022, and the award will be presented at the Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship Division’s annual members’ meeting. Please send nominations by e-mail to jycha@sfsu.edu.

Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award
The Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship (MMEE) division of AEJMC is seeking nominations for the division’s Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award (PF&R).

The PF&R award recognizes excellence in the promotion of free expression; ethics; media criticism and accountability; racial, gender, and cultural inclusiveness; and public service, as it pertains to media management, economics, and entrepreneurship. The award is open to any person or institution–professional or academic–that makes significant contributions to public advocacy or has by their actions encouraged management practices that promote excellence in any of these five areas. The award recognizes actions by working management professionals, research, teaching or service activities, or any other relevant work.

The award may be granted to significant contributions made in the preceding year or over a lifetime, at the discretion of the Named Awards Committee. If the nominee is not a member of the MMEE Division, preference will be given to nominees from the region of each year’s annual convention. At its discretion, the Named Awards Committee may choose not to make a PF&R award in any year, if no suitable nominee is put forward. Self-nominations are not accepted for the PF&R award. Past recipients include TrollBusters, The Cable Center, and Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz, then CEO and President of Freedom Communications.

Please pass along nominations, along with any available supporting material, to the Division’s Immediate Past Head, Jiyoung Cha, by the deadline of April 20, 2022. In addition to materials supplied by nominators, nominees might also be contacted and asked to submit supporting material as quickly as possible after that date. Supporting materials may include, but are not limited to documents and texts pertaining to research, media advocacy or expert testimony, media coverage, and peer acknowledgment. The winner of the award will be notified well before this year’s AEJMC annual conference, and the award will be presented at MMEE Division’s Members’ Meeting during the conference.

Please send nominations by e-mail to jycha@sfsu.edu

Questions about either award may be directed to Jiyoung Cha via email at jycha@sfsu.edu

2022 Robert Picard Book Award 

The Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship (MMEE) division of AEJMC is seeking nominations for the 2022 Robert Picard Book Award. The award honors the author(s) of a book or a monograph published during the previous year (2021) that makes a significant contribution to the field of media management, economics, or entrepreneurship.

Please submit nominations by April 20, 2022, to Immediate Past Head Jiyoung Cha.  Each nomination must specify why the book or work is outstanding (outside reviewer statements will be considered along with nominator statements). The award is named in honor of MMEE division member and senior scholar Robert Picard of Oxford University.

The award’s most recent recipient was the “Handbook of Media Management and Economics” (2nd ed.), edited by Alan B. Albarran, Bozena I. Mierzejewska, & Jaemin Jung. Previous recipients include “Managing Media Businesses: a game plan to navigate disruption and uncertainty,” by Mike Rosenberg and Philip H. Seager, and “Who Owns the World’s Media? Media Concentration and Ownership around the World” by Eli Noam and the International Media Concentration Collaboration.

AEJMC members are invited to nominate books or monographs for the award. Self-nominations are acceptable. To nominate a work, provide the following:

  • A written nomination with a complete citation (title, author, publisher, and year of publication of the book) and a short statement on the book’s contribution to the field of media management, economics, or entrepreneurship.
  • Three review copies of the book or monograph will need to be provided via a contact from the publisher. When providing a contact please ensure they are prepared to send the review copies via post.

The winners of the award will be notified before the AEJMC annual convention in August 2022. The award will be presented at the Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship Division’s annual members’ meeting.

Please submit nominations via e-mail to Jiyoung Cha at jycha@sfsu.edu by April 20, 2022.

MMEE Award Nomination Reminder

Know an outstanding teacher in Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship? How about an individual or organization promoting professional freedom and responsibility? 

Know of a book or monograph published in the last year that has contributed to the field of media management, economics, or entrepreneurship? Nominate it for the 2022 Robert Picard Award!

We would like to honor and recognize three awards at our annual convention. The division is currently accepting nominations for the following awards:

Barry Sherman Teaching Award
The Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship (MMEE) division of AEJMC is now seeking nominations for the Barry Sherman Teaching Award. This award recognizes excellence and innovation in the teaching of media management, economics, or entrepreneurship. Any division member is eligible for the award, but may not nominate himself or herself. Please send nominations to Immediate Past Chair Jiyoung Cha by April 1, 2022.

Nominees will be contacted and asked to submit supporting material. Supporting materials will include:

  • Syllabi from one or two courses (graduate or undergraduate) devoted primarily to media management, media economics, or media entrepreneurship.
  • Up to three examples of supporting instructional materials in media management, economics, or entrepreneurship. The supporting materials should demonstrate evidence of teaching excellence or innovation.

The award honors the memory of Barry Sherman, who was Lambdin Kay Professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia at the time of his death in 2000. He served as director of the prestigious Peabody Awards from 1991-2000. During his 19 years at Georgia, the university honored Sherman twice for teaching excellence. In 1995, the International Radio and Television Society Foundation named him a Stanton Fellow for his “outstanding contribution to electronic media education.” The winner of the award will be notified before the AEJMC annual convention in August 2022, and the award will be presented at the Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship Division’s annual members’ meeting. 

Please send nominations by e-mail to jycha@sfsu.edu.

Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award
The Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship (MMEE) division of AEJMC is seeking nominations for the division’s Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award (PF&R).

The PF&R award recognizes excellence in the promotion of free expression; ethics; media criticism and accountability; racial, gender, and cultural inclusiveness; and public service, as it pertains to media management, economics, and entrepreneurship. The award is open to any person or institution–professional or academic–that makes significant contributions to public advocacy or has by their actions encouraged management practices that promote excellence in any of these five areas. The award recognizes actions by working management professionals, research, teaching or service activities, or any other relevant work.

The award may be granted to significant contributions made in the preceding year or over a lifetime, at the discretion of the Named Awards Committee. If the nominee is not a member of the MMEE Division, preference will be given to nominees from the region of each year’s annual convention. At its discretion, the Named Awards Committee may choose not to make a PF&R award in any year, if no suitable nominee is put forward. Self-nominations are not accepted for the PF&R award. Past recipients include TrollBusters, The Cable Center, and Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz, then CEO and President of Freedom Communications.

Please pass along nominations, along with any available supporting material, to the Division’s Immediate Past Head, Jiyoung Cha, by the deadline of April 1, 2022. In addition to materials supplied by nominators, nominees might also be contacted and asked to submit supporting material as quickly as possible after that date. Supporting materials may include, but are not limited to documents and texts pertaining to research, media advocacy or expert testimony, media coverage, and peer acknowledgment. The winner of the award will be notified well before this year’s AEJMC annual conference, and the award will be presented at MMEE Division’s Members’ Meeting during the conference.

Please send nominations by e-mail to jycha@sfsu.edu

Questions about either award may be directed to Jiyoung Cha via email at jycha@sfsu.edu

2022 Robert Picard Book Award 

The Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship (MMEE) division of AEJMC is seeking nominations for the 2022 Robert Picard Book Award. The award honors the author(s) of a book or a monograph published during the previous year (2021) that makes a significant contribution to the field of media management, economics, or entrepreneurship.

Please submit nominations by April 1, 2022, to Immediate Past Head Jiyoung Cha.  Each nomination must specify why the book or work is outstanding (outside reviewer statements will be considered along with nominator statements). The award is named in honor of MMEE division member and senior scholar Robert Picard of Oxford University.

The award’s most recent recipient was the “Handbook of Media Management and Economics” (2nd ed.), edited by Alan B. Albarran, Bozena I. Mierzejewska, & Jaemin Jung. Previous recipients include “Managing Media Businesses: a game plan to navigate disruption and uncertainty,” by Mike Rosenberg and Philip H. Seager, and “Who Owns the World’s Media? Media Concentration and Ownership around the World” by Eli Noam and the International Media Concentration Collaboration.

AEJMC members are invited to nominate books or monographs for the award. Self-nominations are acceptable. To nominate a work, provide the following:

  • A written nomination with a complete citation (title, author, publisher, and year of publication of the book) and a short statement on the book’s contribution to the field of media management, economics, or entrepreneurship.
  • Three review copies of the book or monograph will need to be provided via a contact from the publisher. When providing a contact please ensure they are prepared to send the review copies via post.

The winners of the award will be notified before the AEJMC annual convention in August 2022. The award will be presented at the Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship Division’s annual members’ meeting.

Please submit nominations via e-mail to Jiyoung Cha at jycha@sfsu.edu by April 1, 2022.

MMEE & ME–Dr. Geoffrey Graybeal

In our new online communication project–MMEE&ME, we will continually invite well-known scholars, emerging scholars, or graduate students to share their experiences with MMEE.

This time is emerging scholar Dr. Geoffrey Graybeal. Please visit his interview video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etZAxiWLi_o

Dr. Graybeal is a clinical assistant professor at Georgia State University. He is a media management scholar and entrepreneur who uses management theory to explore issues of media sustainability.

Paper Call for 2022 AEJMC Conference

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

August 3-6, 2022

Detroit, MI

The programming groups within the Council of Divisions of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) invite submission of original, non-published, research papers to be considered for presentation at the AEJMC Conference, August 3 to 6, 2022, in Detroit, MI.  All peer-reviewed research must be submitted via this site.  The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CDT. 

The AEJMC Board of Directors have decided to proceed with the in-person conference we are contractually obligated for, which will take place in Detroit Michigan, at the Detroit Marriott.  We are so excited to reunite face-to-face with our members, after having a virtual conference for two years, but we also understand and hear the concerns of attendees regarding travel, in-person meetings, health & safety, etc. surrounding COVID variants. Our top priority is to have the safest in-person conference possible.   
However, if you are uncertain about attending in-person or will possibly be under travel restrictions at the time of the meeting, there are options. We encourage you to go ahead and submit to the paper competition, if you are interested in doing so. You may withdraw at any time if needed. If your paper is accepted, you may withdraw by June 15, with no penalty, or have a proxy present your paper on your behalf.  

More information about 2022 AEJMC Online Paper Submission, please visit: https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/aejmc/aejmc22/

2022 AEJMC Midwinter Conference Schedule

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Midwinter Conference is an annual forum for the presentation of research and debate in areas relevant to the AEJMC groups (divisions, interest groups and commissions) sponsoring the event.

March 4-5, 2022 

Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication
The University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK

Please visit the final conference schedule:

MMEE & ME–Dr. Ronen Shay

In our new online communication project–MMEE&ME, we will continually invite well-known scholars, emerging scholars, or graduate students to share their experiences with MMEE.

This time is emerging scholar Dr. Ronen Shay. Please visit his interview video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fft63wSIsiQ

Dr. Ronen Shay is an Assistant Professor of Communications & Media Management at the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University. Dr. Shay’s research is focused on contemporary challenges in the fields of media management, strategic communication, and technology diffusion.

WMEMC 2022 Will be postponed to 2023 in Seoul, South Korea

With the emergence of Omicron at the end of 2021 and the seriousness of the global situation again, many countries have readjusted their entry and exit polices, making the offline conference a challenging event.

15TH WORLD MEDIA ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE (WMEMC 2022) has been monitoring the situation closely and finally made the difficult decision to postpone it for a year to 2023.

For detail information and notification, please visit: http://wmemc2022.com

MMEE & ME–Dr. Mierzejewska

In our new online communication project–MMEE&ME, we will continually invite well-known scholars, emerging scholars, or graduate students to share their experiences with MMEE.

This time is well-known scholar Dr. Bozena I. Mierzejewska. Please visit her full interview video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsdJ3pAR1Ug

Dr. Bozena I. Mierzejewska is an associate professor of communications and media management at the Gabelli School of Business in Fordham University. Her research and teaching focuses on media management and digitization, and its impact on media organizations and media workers.

Her academic works please visit: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=-eZE5SUAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

MMEE Accepting Awards Nominations by April 1, 2022

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Know an outstanding teacher in Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship? How about an individual or organization promoting professional freedom and responsibility? 

Know of a book or monograph published in the last year that has contributed to the field of media management, economics, or entrepreneurship? Nominate it for the 2022 Robert Picard Award!

We would like to honor and recognize three awards at our annual convention. The division is currently accepting nominations for the following awards:

Barry Sherman Teaching Award
The Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship (MMEE) division of AEJMC is now seeking nominations for the Barry Sherman Teaching Award. This award recognizes excellence and innovation in the teaching of media management, economics, or entrepreneurship. Any division member is eligible for the award, but may not nominate himself or herself. Please send nominations to Immediate Past Chair Jiyoung Cha by April 1, 2022.

Nominees will be contacted and asked to submit supporting material. Supporting materials will include:

  • Syllabi from one or two courses (graduate or undergraduate) devoted primarily to media management, media economics, or media entrepreneurship.
  • Up to three examples of supporting instructional materials in media management, economics, or entrepreneurship. The supporting materials should demonstrate evidence of teaching excellence or innovation.

The award honors the memory of Barry Sherman, who was Lambdin Kay Professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia at the time of his death in 2000. He served as director of the prestigious Peabody Awards from 1991-2000. During his 19 years at Georgia, the university honored Sherman twice for teaching excellence. In 1995, the International Radio and Television Society Foundation named him a Stanton Fellow for his “outstanding contribution to electronic media education.” The winner of the award will be notified before the AEJMC annual convention in August 2022, and the award will be presented at the Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship Division’s annual members’ meeting.

Please send nominations by e-mail to jycha@sfsu.edu.

Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award
The Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship (MMEE) division of AEJMC is seeking nominations for the division’s Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award (PF&R).

The PF&R award recognizes excellence in the promotion of free expression; ethics; media criticism and accountability; racial, gender, and cultural inclusiveness; and public service, as it pertains to media management, economics, and entrepreneurship. The award is open to any person or institution–professional or academic–that makes significant contributions to public advocacy or has by their actions encouraged management practices that promote excellence in any of these five areas. The award recognizes actions by working management professionals, research, teaching or service activities, or any other relevant work.

The award may be granted to significant contributions made in the preceding year or over a lifetime, at the discretion of the Named Awards Committee. If the nominee is not a member of the MMEE Division, preference will be given to nominees from the region of each year’s annual convention. At its discretion, the Named Awards Committee may choose not to make a PF&R award in any year, if no suitable nominee is put forward. Self-nominations are not accepted for the PF&R award. Past recipients include TrollBusters, The Cable Center, and Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz, then CEO and President of Freedom Communications.

Please pass along nominations, along with any available supporting material, to the Division’s Immediate Past Head, Jiyoung Cha, by the deadline of April 1, 2022. In addition to materials supplied by nominators, nominees might also be contacted and asked to submit supporting material as quickly as possible after that date. Supporting materials may include, but are not limited to documents and texts pertaining to research, media advocacy or expert testimony, media coverage, and peer acknowledgment. The winner of the award will be notified well before this year’s AEJMC annual conference, and the award will be presented at MMEE Division’s Members’ Meeting during the conference.

Please send nominations by e-mail to jycha@sfsu.edu

Questions about either award may be directed to Jiyoung Cha via email at jycha@sfsu.edu

2022 Robert Picard Book Award 

The Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship (MMEE) division of AEJMC is seeking nominations for the 2022 Robert Picard Book Award. The award honors the author(s) of a book or a monograph published during the previous year (2021) that makes a significant contribution to the field of media management, economics, or entrepreneurship.

Please submit nominations by April 1, 2022, to Immediate Past Head Jiyoung Cha.  Each nomination must specify why the book or work is outstanding (outside reviewer statements will be considered along with nominator statements). The award is named in honor of MMEE division member and senior scholar Robert Picard of Oxford University.

The award’s most recent recipient was the “Handbook of Media Management and Economics” (2nd ed.), edited by Alan B. Albarran, Bozena I. Mierzejewska, & Jaemin Jung. Previous recipients include “Managing Media Businesses: a game plan to navigate disruption and uncertainty,” by Mike Rosenberg and Philip H. Seager, and “Who Owns the World’s Media? Media Concentration and Ownership around the World” by Eli Noam and the International Media Concentration Collaboration.

AEJMC members are invited to nominate books or monographs for the award. Self-nominations are acceptable. To nominate a work, provide the following:

  • A written nomination with a complete citation (title, author, publisher, and year of publication of the book) and a short statement on the book’s contribution to the field of media management, economics, or entrepreneurship.
  • Three review copies of the book or monograph will need to be provided via a contact from the publisher. When providing a contact please ensure they are prepared to send the review copies via post.

The winners of the award will be notified before the AEJMC annual convention in August 2022. The award will be presented at the Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship Division’s annual members’ meeting.

Please submit nominations via e-mail to Jiyoung Cha at jycha@sfsu.edu by April 1, 2022.