As our division prepares to receive your submissions for the 2018 AEJMC conference in Washington D.C. August 6-9, 2018, we would like to make you aware of some new opportunities for research with professional implications.

AEJMC Research Prize for Professional Relevance

The 2016-18 AEJMC Presidential Task Force on Bridges to the Professions has established the AEJMC Research Prize for Professional Relevance to foster stronger ties between media professionals and educators. This award will recognize top AEJMC conference papers that bring newfound clarity and insight to emerging media industry practices, cultures and business imperatives. A committee of judges will select winning papers and invite winners to present their papers at the 2018 AEJMC conference in Washington, D.C. First prize will be awarded $1,000 and a certificate, while second and third prizes will be awarded certificates. If the winning paper has multiple authors, the prize will be distributed equally among co-authors.

The award will be administered via the normal AEJMC paper submission process. Divisions, commissions and interest groups will complete their own review process as usual and then forward their most promising accepted papers pertaining to professional relevance to the award committee, which will conduct a separate review process for the prize. All entries will be blind judged. Judges will not have access to any identifying information about authors. The judges reserve the right not to award prizes. Competition results will be announced by June 30, 2018. 

For more information on the AEJMC Research Prize for Professional Relevance and its eligibility criteria please visit:

MMEE Special Topic Competition

In the spirit of supporting the AEJMC Research Prize for Professional Relevance and its wider goal of fostering stronger ties between media practitioners and academics, we at MMEE are proud to announce our first special topics competition. This year when you log into AEJMC All-Academic, researchers submitting to MMEE will be able to choose between our traditional “open competition” and our new “special topic competition”. This year’s special topic competition will be dedicated to media industry research that addresses the topic of: Agencies. For example, appropriate submissions might include scholarship on best practices for creatives at public relations or advertising agencies, applied analytics, message testing, successful campaign results, and other media agency related topics. While all papers submitted to both the “open competition” and “special topic competition” are automatically eligible for the AEJMC Research Prize for Professional Relevance, authors who would like their submissions forwarded to the award committee are encouraged to include the keywords “professional relevance” when submitting papers to the conference.

For more information on both competitions please see the 2018 MMEE Call for Papers located at:

It is our hope that these new initiatives will offer you more choice while simultaneously shining a light on the strong media industry research being conducted by our membership. For questions about submissions, contact MMEE Research Co-Chairs Ronen Shay,, or Kelly Kaufhold,