Apologies for this Morning’s Disruption & Thank You for your Perseverance!

I wanted to take a moment on behalf of the MMEE division to apologize for the Zoom hacking experienced in the first half of this morning’s session, “Getting Your Research Published: A Conversation with Editors and Authors.” Your feedback and comments regarding the experience have been shared with AEJMC leadership and passed along to vFairs.

I would also like to thank all of our panelists, moderator, and participants for their perseverance and commitment in continuing with the session and ensuring a meaningful exchange. The dedication of our division membership is limitless!

Ronen Shay
MMEE Division Head

Start Your Conference Right: Two FREE Preconferences, Reminders, & Important Links

With #AEJMC2020 less than 24 hours away MMEE is getting excited for Wednesday’s two FREE preconferences. Both sessions are open to all conference registrants, so bring a friend to introduce them to our division and everything we have to offer – including free division membership for graduate students!

FREE Morning Preconference

First, join us at 10:30am PT for, “Getting Your Research Published: A Conversation with Editors and Authors.” Journal editors and established scholars with extensive publishing experience will discuss best practices in selecting a journal, surviving the peer-review process, and tips for increasing research productivity.

Panelists

  • Bozena Mierzejewska (International Journal on Media Management; Fordham)
  • Louisa Ha (Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; Bowling Green State)
  • Sylvia Chan-Olmsted (Florida)
  • Ann Hollifield (Georgia)

Moderator

  • Kelly Kaufhold (Texas State)

FREE Afternoon Preconference

Second, join us at 1:00pm PT for, “Big Data, Content Development, and Media Branding: Practices, Challenges, and Ethics.” Attendees will learn how big data can be used to better understand audiences and how to enhance viewers’ personal experiences to achieve superior engagement. Challenges and ethical issues of big data use in media industries will also be discussed.

Panelists

  • Timothy Park (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
  • David Boyle (Audience Strategies)
  • Robert Berkman (The New School)

Moderator

  • Jiyoung Cha (San Francisco State)

Virtual Platform Reminders

You should have already received a stand-alone email with your unique login information. The virtual conference site will open for all registered attendees on Wednesday at 7am PT. We recommend logging in on Wednesday to familiarize yourself with the site – and of course to attend our preconferences!

  • Sessions can be joined 3 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
  • Chats are archived, and not fully private.
  • If you register during the conference, there can be a time delay before you receive your login credentials.
  • For technical difficulties please use the “technical assistance button” at the top of the conference site page. In addition, you may email Amanda at amanda@aejmc.org

Important Links to Keep Handy

Please contact Ronen Shay at roshay@fordham.edu or Jiyoung Cha at jycha@sfsu.edu with any questions. We wish everyone good health and a rewarding conference!

Sincerely,

Ronen, Jiyoung, Miao, Anthony, Allie, Jenna, Todd, Arien, Mohammad, Sohana, and Sabine – The AEJMC MMEE Division 2019-2020 Executive Committee

The 2020 AEJMC Conference is Almost Here: List of Pre-Conference Workshops and Panels

Dear MMEE members,

I hope you are doing well. This year’s AEJMC conference is just around the corner, and although the conference will be virtual this year, I know that we can still take this opportunity to network with each other and learn something new.

The MMEE division has two pre-conference workshops and several panel sessions. Offering a mix of academics and industry professionals, these workshops and panels deal with a variety of topics including new technology, big data, career development, gender issues in the workplace, cross-platform media programming, media entrepreneurship and magazine industry issues. They will provide a great opportunity for you to close the gap between academia and practice.

If you have any questions about the panels or conference, please contact Ronen Shay (roshay@fordham.edu) or Jiyoung Cha (jycha@sfsu.edu). I look forward to seeing you soon.

Best regards,
Jiyoung Cha
Vice Head, MMEE

2020 AEJMC Conference

MMEE AEJMC Pre-Conference Workshops and Panels

(August 5- August 9, 2020)

August 5, Wednesday

1) MMEE Pre-conference workshop I

Title: Getting Your Research Published: A Conversation with Editors and Authors
Date: August 5, Wednesday
Time: 10:30 am – Noon (PDT)

Panelists
Bozena Mierzejewska, International Journal on Media Management; Fordham
Louisa Ha, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; Bowling Green State
Sylvia Chan-Olmsted, Florida
Ann Hollifield, Georgia

Moderating/Presiding
Kelly Kaufhold, Texas State

2) MMEE Pre-conference workshop II

Title: Big Data, Content Development, and Media Branding: Practices, Challenges, and Ethics
Date: August 5, Wednesday
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 pm (PDT)

Panelists
Timothy Park, Sony Pictures Entertainment
David Boyle, Audience Strategies
Robert Berkman, The New School

August 6, Thursday

1) Teaching Panel Session

Title: 2020 Vision: Preparing Students for the Changing Business of Magazines
Date: August 6, Thursday
Time: 10:00- 11:30 am (PDT)

Panelists
Thom Lieb, Towson
Rachele Kanigel, San Francisco State
Mohammad Yousuf, New Mexico

Moderating/Presiding
Thom Lieb, Towson

2) PF&R Panel Session

Title: Career Potential and Growth Opportunities Within the Newsroom for Those with Innovative Skills
Date: August 6, Thursday
Time: 11:45 – 1:15 pm (PDT)

Panelists
Stephanie Bluestein, California State, Northridge
Rich Gordon, Northwestern
Connie Guglielmo, Editor in Chief, CNET; VP, CBS Interactive
Pamela Morris, Loyola Chicago
Cindy Royal, Texas State

Moderating/Presiding
Allie Kosterich, Fordham

3) Teaching Panel Session

Title: Media Entrepreneurs Meet Media Educators: How to Better Prepare the Next Generation of Media Entrepreneurs
Date: August 6, Thursday
Time: 1:30 to 3 pm (PDT)

Panelists
Amy Jo Coffey, Florida
Kun Gao, Crunchyroll
Retha Hill, Arizona State
Jieho Lee, Knighted Ventures
Amy Schmitz Weiss, San Diego State
Danielle Wiley, Sway Group
Zach Wise, Northwestern

Moderating/Presiding
Jiyoung Cha, San Francisco State University

4) Research Panel Session

Title: Innovative Audience and Consumer Research: Behaviors, Emotions and Moments
Date: August 6, Thursday
Time: 3:15 to 4:45 pm (PDT)

Panelists
Robin Blom, Ball State
Jessica Collins, Virginia Commonwealth
Juan Mundel, DePaul
Taylor Jing Wen, South Carolina
Miao Guo, Ball State

Moderating/Presiding
Miao Guo, Ball State

August 7, Friday

1) PF&R Panel Session

Title: Making Sense of Technology Buzz Words: Automation, Robotics, AI
Date: August 7, Friday
Time: 1:30-3:00 pm (PDT)

Panelists
Sabine Baumann, Jade
John Bohannon, Primer
Sylvia Chan-Olmsted, Florida
Kaiping Chen, Wisconsin-Madison
Alex Hanna, Google

Moderating/Presiding
Todd Holmes, California State Northridge

2) Research Panel Session

Title: Why I Subscribed to The Athletic: The Evolution of Business Models in Online Journalism
Date: August 7, Friday
Time: 3:15 – 4:45 pm (PDT)

Panelists
TBA, The Athletic
Anthony Palomba, Virginia
Ronen Shay, Fordham
Molly Yanity, Quinnipiac

Moderating/Presiding
Brian Moritz, SUNY Oswego

August 8, Saturday

1) PF&R Panel Session

Title: Television Content Strategy and Programming in a Ubiquitous Content and Multiplatform Era
Date: August 8, Saturday
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (PDT)

Panelists
Marianne Barrett, Arizona State University
Sylvia Chan-Olmsted, University of Florida
Dennis Goggin, Freeform, Disney Television
Laura Osur, Quinnipiac University
Jim Pasquarella, HISTORY
Alec Tefertiller, Baylor University

Moderating/Presiding
Jiyoung Cha, San Francisco State University

August 9, Sunday

1)Teaching Panel Session

Title: Discussing Harassment and Assault: Tools for Preparing Students for the Workplace
Date: August 9
Time: 9:15 – 10:45 am (PDT)

Panelists
Arien Rozelle, St. John Fisher
Ginger Blackstone, Harding
Charisse L’Pree, Syracuse
Maria Maron, Nebraska-Lincoln

Moderating/Presiding
Dorothy Bland, North Texas

2020 MMEE Conference Preview & Early Bird Reminder

I hope everyone is keeping safe! As we approach the “early bird” registration deadline for this year’s convention I’m happy to share that the decision to go virtual was seized as an opportunity by the MMEE community, and instead of scaling back, our division has put together an incredible program that showcases everything MMEE has to offer. With over 15 different events planned, including 2 free pre-conferences, this year’s convention will be an incredible opportunity to see some amazing research, teaching, and PF&R presentations from MMEE alumni and newcomers alike.

2 Free Pre-conferences

Given the virtual nature of this year’s conference, MMEE is proud to share that its morning and afternoon pre-conferences will be available to all conference registrants, free of charge.

  • Our morning pre-conference will kick off our conference program with a panel on, “Getting Your Research Published: A Conversation with Editors and Authors.” Journal editors and established scholars with extensive publishing experience will discuss best practices in selecting a journal, surviving the peer-review process, and tips for increasing research productivity. Panelists will include Bozena Mierzejewska (International Journal on Media Management; Fordham), Louisa Ha (Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; Bowling Green State), Sylvia Chan-Olmsted (Florida), Ann Hollifield (Georgia), and moderator Kelly Kaufhold (Texas State).
  • Our afternoon pre-conference, “Big Data, Content Development, and Media Branding: Practices, Challenges, and Ethics,” will bring together Timothy Park (Sony Pictures Entertainment), David Boyle (Audience Strategies), Robert Berkman (The New School), and moderator Jiyoung Cha (San Francisco State) to discuss how industry practitioners use big data to tell meaningful stories. Attendees will learn how big data can be used to better understand audiences and how to enhance viewers’ personal experiences to achieve superior engagement. Challenges and ethical issues of big data use in media industries will also be discussed.

Research Sessions

  • This year’s refereed paper sessions will feature an array of impressive research that address topics ranging from the management of news media outlets, contemporary media consumption behaviors, new approaches for managing media enterprises, and more. The program will feature top faculty papers from Ying Cheng and Yongseok Jang (California State, San Bernardino), Krishna Jayakar et al. (Pennsylvania State), and Peter Gade et al. (Oklahoma), as well as top student papers from Weijia Li (Tsinghuga/Purdue) and Ashley Spiker (Kent State).
  • Other highlights from our research sessions include co-sponsored panels on, “Innovative Audience and Consumer Research: Behaviors, Emotions and Moments,” and “Why I Subscribed to The Athletic: The Evolution of Business Models in Online Journalism.”

Teaching Sessions

  • Co-sponsored by MMEE and CSWM, “Discussing Harassment and Assault: Tools for Preparing Students for the Workplace,” is a panel that explores how to prepare students for internships and careers in media by acknowledging that harassment and assault are issues present across industries. This session is an opportunity for faculty to share units, activities, and discussions they have utilized in and outside the classroom to explore both broad workplace challenges, and those that are specific to harassment and assault.
  • Other highlights from our teaching panels include co-sponsored sessions on, “Preparing Students for the Changing Business of Magazines,” and “Media Entrepreneurs Meet Media Educators: How to Better Prepare the Next Generation of Media Entrepreneurs.

PF&R Sessions

  • Co-sponsored by MMEE and ICIG, “Career Potential and Growth Opportunities Within the Newsroom for those with Innovative Skills,” focuses on journalists with a nontraditional mix of skills, who are essential for the future of news. Panelists will be discussing innovative roles, how we can train future journalists, and what managers can do to retain them. This panel brings together academics and practitioners including Stephanie Bluestein (California State, Northridge), Rich Gordon (Northwestern), Connie Guglielmo, (Editor in Chief, CNET; VP, CBS Interactive), Pamela Morris (Loyola Chicago), Cindy Royal (Texas State), and moderator Allie Kosterich (Fordham).
  • Other highlights from our PF&R panels include co-sponsored sessions on, “Making Sense of Technology Buzz Words: Automation, Robotics, AI,” and “Television Content Strategy and Programming in a Ubiquitous Content and Multiplatform Era.”

Early Bird Deadline, vFairs Demo, and Members’ Meeting

  • “Early Bird” registration rates for AEJMC 2020 are available until this Thurs. July 9th
  • A link to a demo of vFairs is included below to ensure everyone has the opportunity to become familiar with AEJ’s virtual platform in advance of the convention:
    https://player.vimeo.com/video/400196699
  • Our annual member’s meeting will be held via the vFairs platform on Fri. Aug 7th @ 6:45pm (PT)

Thank you to all of our members for the amazing work that you do! Your dedication, time, and effort has ensured that MMEE’s first virtual convention will be an event to remember. I look forward to seeing you in August!

Ronen Shay
MMEE Division Head

emma Research Grant “Innovations in Journalism” Presented in Third #emmatalk

On Monday the 22nd of June the third #emmatalk takes place at 5pm CEST. Ana Nunes and John Mills will discuss the progress of their research project on “Innovations in Journalism” that was funded with the first time ever emma Research Grant. Ana and John are part of a research group that further includes Eduardo Campos Pellanda (PUCRS-Brazil) and Jaäo Canavilhas (University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal). Last year, Ana presented their winning research proposal “Innovating Journalism Structures and Processes: Media Labs, Innovation Teams, methods and beyond at #emmaCyprus. Now they will bring an update about their project and present the most important insights and contributions.


About the presenters:
John Mills is reader in Emergent Technologies and Journalism Innovation. Based at the Media Innovation Studio at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), John’s research interests span journalism, the Internet of Things (IoT), augmented paper, mobile journalism, wearables, human-centred design, drone journalism and innovation theory. In recent years, John’s research has focussed on IoT and journalism, and how news organisations could utilise physical-digital platforms and experiences. This work includes the Google-funded NewsThings and SenseMaker projects, creating an IoT content management system and exploring how conductive ink and web-connected print could be used in editorial contexts. John is also a member of UCLan’s Civic Drone Centre team, which is exploring how next generation unmanned aerial vehicles can be used in a variety of contexts, including the media. Its most recent project is the Aerial Uptake project, funded by Interreg.Dr Ana Cecilia Bisso Nunes: is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Journalism, Digital Media and Innovation at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS / Brazil), where she also plays a role as academic head of IDEAR, an interdisciplinary entrepreneurship lab she helped to found in 2016. Her research interests span media and journalism innovation, entrepreneurship and digital media. For the past four years, she had been dedicated to her PhD: a research on processes and characteristics of media and journalism innovation in experimental contexts known as media labs. That work counted with a partnership with WAN-IFRA and has just been approved with honours on March 2020. Her PhD was a joint degree between PUCRS (Brazil) and University of Beira Interior (Portugal).

Register here for this #emmatalk!

Invitation to Webinar on News Media Viability in the Context of the Coronavirus Pandemic

DW Akademie, Germany’s largest media development organization, would like to invite you to attend a webinar on news media viability and its particular importance in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic. The live event will present and discuss the new Media Viability Indicators (MVIs), exchange ideas and experiences on how to tackle the most pressing viability issues today, and identify ways to improve collaboration. Registration is free.

The Webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 10 at 10 a.m. EST, in English. Former MMEE Division Chair and long-time member Dr. Ann Hollifield, who has been a consultant with DW Akademie on the News Media Viability project since 2015, will be a panelist. The Webinar will be held in English.

Now, more than ever, we need a clear understanding of how news media outlets can stay – or become – viable. DW Akademie recently published the Media Viability Indicators (MVIs), a practical tool that allows media professionals, media development experts, donors and academics to gather data sorely needed for more effective strategies: https://dw.com/akademie/mvi

The live discussion will take place on June 10th at 16:00 (CEST) (10 a.m., US EST). To register, please click the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_anz6j_LmTFaGPrYE7HFTeQ

We are very happy that the MVIs have already sparked relevant discussions and that several organizations have decided to use and consider the framework for their work. Please join us with your own insights and questions.

We look forward to debating this important issue with all of you. See you in the webinar.

The First #emmatalks: “Media Business Before and After the Coronavirus Pandemic”

In June, #emmaSweden would have taken place. Unfortunately, COVID-19 made it necessary to postpone the event to 2021. Alternatively, emma decided to organize a series of emma talks via ZOOM. In these talks, scholars and industry experts will discuss timely topics that are relevant to the management of media. The talks are open for everyone, but we request registration on the zoom website. After registration you will receive the weblink to the events.

The first #emmatalks will be the following:

“Media business before and after the coronavirus pandemic”, June 8, 5pm CET
Join Ken Doctor, Lucy Küng and James Savage in their discussion on the timeliest topic: How the pandemic affects the media business. We can already see that the pandemic is affecting and disrupting media business in diverse ways. The pandemic has essentially increased the societal importance of media as the source of trustworthy information to help us cope with the uncertain situation. On the other hand, during the pandemic the advertising revenues have collapsed dramatically – even more than during the last recession.


About the speakers:

Ken Doctor’s work centers on the transformation of consumer media in the digital age, from the New York Times to Netflix and from Comcast to Conde Nast. He draws connections among the news, information and entertainment we all get and the fast-changing business of media. He is the author of “Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape the News You Get,” which has been translated into Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Russian. Ken writes the popular “Newsonomics” column for the Nieman Journalism Lab and writes regularly for POLITICO Media as well. Most of his work can be found at www.newsonomics.com.

Lucy Küng is Google Digital News Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute, the University of Oxford. She is an advisor, professor and writer on strategy, innovation and leadership with particular emphasis on mastering technological disruption. In addition, she is Non-Executive Board Member of SRG SSR, Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the NZZ Media Group, and Visiting Professor of Media Innovation at the University of Oslo. She holds a PhD and Habilitation from the University of St Gallen, Switzerland, and an MBA from City University London/Ashridge. She is author of numerous books in the field of media management and she holds the emma Award 2017.

James Savage is founder and Publisher of The Local, which publishes news from nine European countries for a worldwide audience of 7 million users. As the founding editor of The Local Sweden, James has been reporting on Sweden for fourteen years, and under his leadership, The Local has taken a leading role in debunking false stories about Sweden and the other countries it reports from. James has also led The Local’s push towards a digital subscriptions model. During the coronavirus crisis, The Local has focused on providing vital information to communities of foreign residents living across Europe and on further developing digital subscriptions.

emma welcomes everyone to listen to the panel and join the discussion!

Register here to receive the weblink and updates about the emma talks!

You can also follow emma’s Facebook page and Twitter account for more updates on #emmatalks.

Extended Deadline: Nominations for the 2020 Barry Sherman Teaching Award and the MMEE Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award

Nominations for the 2020 Barry Sherman Teaching Award and the MMEE Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award have been extended to May 15.

If you know of an outstanding teacher in Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship or an individual or organization promoting professional freedom and responsibility, do not forget to nominate them for the 2020 Barry Sherman Teaching Award or the MMEE Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award!

Information on how to nominate:
https://mmedivision.wordpress.com/2020/02/18/mmee-accepting-awards-nominations-for-the-barry-sherman-teaching-award/

2020 Conference Paper Submission Reminder

We hope that everyone is staying safe. Below, please find several reminders:

– AEJMC will accept extended abstracts as well as full papers in all divisions and interest groups for the 2020 conference. Content and formatting guidelines for extended abstract submissions can be found here.

– The deadline for submitting research papers and extended abstracts to the 2020 conference is April 9th at 11:59PM Central Time in USA. The paper submission site link can be found here. It is strongly recommended to submit before this deadline to ensure that we properly receive your paper submission.

We appreciate your membership and wish everyone good health. Please don’t hesitate to contact MMEE’s division officers with any questions.

2020 Conference Update

We hope that everyone is staying safe. In an effort to keep you up to date on AEJMC’s plans for the 2020 annual convention we wanted to share the following information:

– AEJMC President, David Perlmutter, shared that a final decision regarding the logistics of the 2020 annual convention will be made around the first week of May, and that a 2020 conference will occur in some format.

– AEJMC will accept extended abstracts as well as full papers in all divisions and interest groups for the 2020 conference. Content and formatting guidelines for extended abstract submissions can be found here.

– The deadline for submitting research papers and extended abstracts to the 2020 conference has been extended to April 9th. The paper submission site link can be found here.

– If you are available to serve as a reviewer, please be sure to complete the Google Form linked here.

We appreciate your membership and wish everyone good health. Please don’t hesitate to contact MMEE’s division officers with any questions.