10@OU AEJMC Midwinter reminder – abstracts due online Dec. 22

imagesThe MMEE Division invites student and faculty submissions to a special edition of the AEJMC Midwinter Conference: This will be the 10th anniversary of Midwinter to be hosted by the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma 10@OU!

This year’s conference will be Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3. Submit abstracts online at http://bit.do/MIDWINTER18 (REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, even if you’ve registered with Midwinter before).

Authors should upload abstracts of 600 to 800 words (excluding author information and references) by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 22. Authors will be notified of their submission’s status by mid-January. Authors of accepted abstracts must submit complete papers (not exceeding 30 pages) to the discussant of their conference session at least two weeks before the Midwinter conference and papers cannot be under review at other outlets (e.g., ICA). You may, though, resubmit accepted Midwinter papers to the national conference paper call April 1. Panel proposals are also welcome.

We are also in need of volunteers for three tasks:

  1. To review abstract submissions online in December and January;
  2. To serve as moderators on-site at OU for the conference in March, and;
  3. To serve as discussants (NOT on-site), reviewing the final papers and offering feedback to the authors and moderator. Ph.D. students who are ABD/post-exams are encouraged to serve as reviewers, which is a nice service opportunity for your C.V. If you can help review abstracts, please sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/kqjnSUb2YiE7r49o2.

If you can help as a moderator (at the conference) or a discussant (online), or if you have questions, please contact MMEE Research Co-Chairs Ronen Shay, rshay@sjfc.edu, or Kelly Kaufhold, kellykaufhold@txstate.edu. Hope to see you there!


CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of the Journal of Media Business Studies on “Strategic Management in the Media Industries” (Deadline: April 15, 2018)

Special Issues Editor:
Sabine Baumann – Jade University, Germany


The media industries are going through a period of accelerating change, transformation and disruption driven by rapid technology developments. Obviously, these developments have profound effects on management strategies and industry development. Articles from media management and media economics scholars have studied the phenomenon mostly from empirical angles, while general and strategic management scholars have used media abundantly as a field of investigation for theory-building, but not for advancing insights about the functioning of the industries per se. What seems to be missing is a stronger scholarly exchange in order to tap into the mutual synergies by introducing advanced theories of strategic management to studies of media sectors.

The aim of this special issue on Strategic Management in the Media Industries is (1) to advance our understanding of the media industry by examining specificities of strategic management and strategy work in the media context, and (2) to shed light on the strategic approaches of media firms to manage the challenges and threats of a high-velocity business environment, in order to (3) advance strategic media management theory.

Specific topics of relevance to this special issue and upon which submissions are invited include, but are not limited to:
• How do ecosystems in the media industries differ from other industry sectors in terms of their strategic management?
• How does research on the specificities of the media industries challenge or expand theories in strategic management?
• How can media firms build and maintain competitive advantage in a changing world characterized by increasing uncertainty, complexity and competition?
• How can strategic management research in the areas of platform markets, networks, multi-sided markets, ambidexterity, sharing, and crowdfunding be applied to the media industries?
• How can theories from strategic management explain particular strategic leadership challenges faced by media companies?
• How can the strategic drivers of family firms and other ownership forms in the media industries be explained?
• What can other technology-driven industries affected by vertical unbundling and industry convergence learn from strategic management of media organizations?

The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2018. Please mark your submission as special issue submission. Questions regarding the special issue can be directed to the guest editor sabine.baumann@jade-hs.de.

Full details about the journal and the prescribed format for manuscript submissions can be found at: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/romb.

Message from MMEE Research Chairs

We hope the fall semester is treating you well! The Media Management, Economics, and Entrepreneurship Division (MMEE) invites abstract submissions to be considered for presentation at the 2018 AEJMC Midwinter Conference. We are also starting to recruit reviewers for both midwinter and the national convention. Finally, we’re proud to announce the introduction of a new award to our division, the top reviewer award.

MMEE @ Midwinter

The University of Oklahoma will again host the 2018 AEJMC Midwinter Conference in the beautiful Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, 2018. Look for something special this year – it will the 10th consecutive year for the Gaylord College at OU to host Midwinter!

This conference is a great opportunity for students and faculty to get initial feedback on their studies before the submission deadline for the national conference, and to get to present their research in an intimate, welcoming environment.

The deadline to submit to Midwinter is noon, Friday, December 1. Submit your abstracts of 600 to 800 words, excluding author information and references, to the AEJMC Midwinter conference via the new content management system. You’ll have to click the Sign Up Here link first, then select MMEE as your division when you submit. If you have any questions, please email MMEE Research Chairs, Ronen Shay rshay@sjfc.edu or Kelly Kaufhold kellykaufhold@txstate.edu

Abstracts should give a clear sense of relevant literature, research objectives, methods employed, the stage of the research project and initial or expected findings and conclusions. Papers cannot be under review at other outlets (e.g., ICA). However, Midwinter submissions, even accepted papers, are eligible to be resubmitted to the national AEJMC conference April 1. The division will also honor the top paper at Midwinter.

Panel proposals are also welcome and we always need division members willing to serve as reviewers in December, and discussants and moderators in March. Please contact MMEE Research Chairs, Ronen Shay rshay@sjfc.edu or Kelly Kaufhold kellykaufhold@txstate.edu if you’ll be available and are willing to help – thanks!

Review for MMEE!

We are on the lookout for reviewers for both midwinter and our national convention. If you are interested please fill out the form located at: https://goo.gl/forms/kqjnSUb2YiE7r49o2

We would also appreciate if you considered sharing this form with colleagues who you feel can judge papers on media management, economics, or entrepreneurship. They do not need to be a member of the division to review. Please note that individuals who submit papers to the division will not be eligible to review.

If you are not sure whether you will be submitting a paper this year, please consider volunteering anyway, as we can always remove your name later. As always, being a reviewer for MMEE does not prevent you from submitting or reviewing for other divisions.

Time for a new plaque…

We understand that completing a good review takes time, effort, and dedication. As a division, we are proud of the detailed feedback our submissions receive each and every year and want to encourage that level of quality on every review. It is with this in mind that we are happy to announce that we will be acknowledging the hard work of our dedicated reviewers by presenting a top reviewer award.

If you have any questions about midwinter, the new award, or volunteering to review, please reach out via email, or any of the official MMEE social media platforms using the hashtag #AskAboutMMEE

We love questions!

Ronen Shay & Kelly Kaufhold

MMEE Research Chairs

rshay@sjfc.edu or kellykaufhold@txstate.edu

NATPE 2018 Faculty Fellowships: Deadline 10/23

Dear all,

Please see below for an funded faculty development opportunity (Deadline: 10/23):


The Educational Foundation of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) offers two funded faculty development opportunities.  We hope you will distribute this information to your faculty. A flyer is attached.

Our immediate deadline (October 23) is for the 2018 Faculty Fellowship; it allows faculty to attend the annual NATPE Conference and Market in Miami Beach, FL. Faculty with interests in media content, including news and entertainment programming and program development, advertising and promotion, social media developments, marketing or licensing content, implementing technology and content rights issues should consider applying for a fellowship.

NATPE provides hotel accommodation, most meals, registration, NATPE membership and a special faculty-only educational seminar. The online application is available here:  https://www.natpe.com/education/programs
Also, encourage your faculty to plan ahead for a Summer 2018 Faculty Development Grant placement at a TV station, ad agency, production firm or other outlet to sharpen teaching skills. Summer grant recipients receive at least $500 per week during a summer placement at a media firm and travel funding, registration, meals and housing to attend the 2019 NATPE Conference.



Greg Pitts, Ph.D.
Director of Faculty and Student Programs
NATPE Educational Foundation
MTSU Box 64              NEW ADDRESS
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132-0001
gpitts@natpe.org or gpitts.phd@gmail.com

For more info: 2018 Fac Fellowship flyer

Your help needed: Survey on university-industry collaboration in media management


Apologies for cross postings. Several email lists are being used to reach media management and economics scholars.

Dear colleague,

We are writing to ask you to complete a survey helping us understand university-industry collaborations in media management and economics.

We understand that you are busy, but would like your help in mapping the UIC situation in the field to develop an empirical basis for a general understanding of our community and to support development of strategies and practices that advance our collective interests. It should take 5-10 minutes of your time.

The results of this survey will be reported in the 2018 World Media Economics and Management Conference next May in Cape Town, South Africa.

Please click here to go to the survey:


Thank you for your valuable time and vital contribution!


Gregory Ferrell Lowe and Robert G. Picard

IJMM welcomes submissions for a special issue on “understanding, developing, and managing media engagement”



“Potential topics will include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • How can media engagement be conceptualized and measured?
  • What are the scope and dimensionality of media engagement?
  • What are the managerial challenges and opportunities of media engagement?
  • How can media engagement be cultivated and managed?
  • What are the KPIs of media engagement and how do they relate to managerial outcomes?
  • How are digital and linear media engagement different?
  • What is the dynamic of engagement and its practical value for media firms?
  • How do media firms manage engagement across various channels and touch points?
  • What is the role of content and platform in media engagement?
  • What is the relationship between media engagement and branding?”

For more information, see: http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/ah/hijm-si-engagement-3q2017

Deadline: Feb 15, 2018

Greetings from Geoffrey Graybeal, new MMEE division head

As the new head of the Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship division, I wanted to take a moment to share with you our executive committee’s goals and vision for the division for the 2017-18 year. 
On Friday morning, August 11th, newly elected division officers (see list of officers on blog and in previous post) gathered at Eataly’s coffee shop across the street from the conference hotel to perform a SWOT analysis identifying our division’s strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats.
Some of the areas we collectively identified:
-We are in the middle of the pack in terms of size. Out of 18 divisions we are the 9th largest. Because of our size, being smaller than some massive divisions we can employ a “startup mentality” in terms of being flexible, can pivot quicker and make changes.
-No fee for grad students
-We cast a wide net in terms of interests across the division 
-Strong journals associated with our division 
-Friendly; work well together
-Declining participation in big national meetings (not just our division)
– Could communicate the VALUE of the division more effectively
– Push communication needed instead of just pull
– Industry-oriented research; some lacking theoretical grounding
-52% of AEJMC members do not belong to a single DIG (division or interest group)
Tremendous recruiting opportunity. Division should get out in front of these 52% and communicate the VALUE we offer.
-Continue to capitalize on entrepreneurship as a recent addition to our division name
-Expand a focus on “business of media” 
-Additional research specialties, such as special call on agency
-Fractured niches, perspectives
-Declining graduate student numbers, programs
-So many other conferences vying for our attention (WMEMC, ICA, EMMA, BEA, etc.)
-Obsolescence (need to promote “best practice” research to remain relevant and combat this threat)
-spread across disparate media industries/changing industries

Based on this analysis, we’ve outlined the following goals for the year ahead, with some tangible action items.

1) Increase visibility of the division across AEJMC.

  1.  Promotional division stickers at D.C. conference
  2.  Participate in/lead AEJMC initiatives (e.g. be competitive in new “professional research relevance” awards)
  3.  Encourage and foster MMEE member participation in AEJMC leadership positions outside the division (e.g. follow the leads of Amy Jo Coffey, George Sylvie, others serving on Standing Committees.)

2) Make a concerted effort to focus on membership promotion, recruitment and RETENTION

  1. Proactive outreach to expiring members
  2. Business school outreach
  3. 52% without a DIG- opportunity for recruitment
  4. Continued international expansion, new membership initiatives (agency focus), and entrepreneurship focus

3) Renewed communication focus

  1.  Officer blog posts/greater population of division blog content
  2.  Greater external visibility 

Those are the three primary goals for the division for the year. Some of the organizational changes we made to the executive committee to help achieve these goals are we have two outstanding membership co-chairs this year since a lot of our efforts are aimed at membership (in the past we’ve had a single chair).  We also have two research co-chairs this year instead of a research chair that oversees the main paper competition and a separate MidWinter conference chair. The goal is to better integrate the MidWinter and main conference research efforts, and allow for the addition of a separate paper call from our annual main paper call.  As this is a trial run in this endeavor, the research chairs have been tasked with reporting back and making recommendations on this structure at the annual conference in Washington, D.C.

In recent years, we’ve added Facebook and Twitter pages and made the division blog our primary source of communication, with the Communications Chair tasked with the continual upkeep of these sites.  The job is bigger than one person, however. Officers will be populating the blog with content, and of course, we welcome contributions from our members. Look for additional improvements in the way we communicate from our Communications Chair.

If you have any questions, issues, concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. You can reach me by email at ggraybeal@gsu.edu or by phone at 404-413-7913.  I look forward to a productive year ahead and building on the work we have all accomplished together in the past.