Best Practices in Service Learning in
Journalism and Mass Communication Teaching

A teaching competition sponsored by the AEJMC Elected Committee on Teaching

Deadline: EntAEJMC-Logo-smallries should be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, March 19, 2017

For the 12th year, the AEJMC Elected Committee on Teaching will honor innovative teaching ideas from our colleagues. Each year, the committee selects three winners in a themed competition highlighting different areas across the journalism and mass communication curriculum.

The 2017 Best Practices competition will focus on service learning in journalism and mass communication; we seek entries that explain how you have used service learning projects or tasks to teach journalism and mass communication. This area is broad, and ideas are welcomed from all disciplines represented among our membership. Teaching areas appropriate for this competition include, but are not limited to, media and society; print, broadcast, reporting and editing; public relations; advertising; media law; media ethics; visual communication; and photojournalism.

The AEJMC Teaching Committee will select winning entries for publication in our 12th annual AEJMC Best Practices in Teaching competition that will be published in an e-booklet. Winners are required to share their entries during a teaching session at the AEJMC annual conference in Chicago on Aug. 9-12, 2017. Winners also will receive certificates and a cash prize: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100. Honorable mentions may also be awarded, but no cash will be provided for those entries.

Submission Guidelines
1. Your entry must be in one single Word file (.doc or .docx) or Text (.txt) file. PDFs will not be accepted as we need text files to facilitate publication of the e-booklet containing the winning ideas.
2. The first page of your entry should be a cover sheet with name, affiliation, contact information, entry title and a 125-word bio (written in third person). We will delete this cover sheet when we combine entries to facilitate blind judging. Do not include author name or any other identifying information in the description section of your entry.
3. The description section of your entry should be a TWO-PAGE executive summary and should include:
a. Title
b. 100-word abstract
c. Explanation of the teaching practice or activity
d. Rationale
e. Outcomes
Under no circumstances should the description exceed two pages in 12-point type with one-inch page margins.
4. You may include up to two additional pages in the Word or Text document with examples of student work or other supporting materials. However, the entire entry should not exceed five pages and must be in a single Word file with no identifying information other than on the title page.
5. Submit your entry as an attachment by email to Chris Roush at (The subject line should be “2017 AEJMC Online Teaching (YOUR NAME).”) Copy the e-mail entry to yourself as proof of submission.
6. Confirmation of entry receipt will be sent via e-mail within 48 hours of your submission. If you do not receive this, please call Chris Roush at 919.962.4092.

Criteria for Judging
The criteria to evaluate entries are outlined below:
1. Relevance of entry to the theme of Service Learning in Journalism and Mass Communication (10 points).
2. Creativity or innovation (30 points).
3. Real-world applications of relevant teaching theories, concepts and principles (15 points).
4. Evidence of impact. For example – how were the “products” used, feedback from the clients. (25 points).
5. Compliance with format in Call for Papers (10 points): (i). Explanation of teaching/methodology, (ii). Rationale, and (iii). Outcomes
6. Overall impression or assessment (10 points)

The AEJMC Teaching Committee’s panel of judges will decide the winners. All entries will be blind judged. Judges will not have access to any identifying information about entrants. The judges reserve the right not to award prizes. Competition results will be announced by April 28.