2017-2018 Executive Committee

Division Head
Geoffrey Graybeal
Georgia State University

Vice Head/Convention Program Chair
Sabine Baumann
Jade University

Research Chairs (Paper Competitions, MidWinter)
Ronen Shay
St. John Fisher College

Kelly Kaufhold
Texas State University

Immediate Past Head/Named Awards Chair
Axel Roepnack
Fordham University

Allie Kosterich
Pace University

Communications Chair
Angela Lee

PF&R Committee Chair
Amber Hinsley
Saint Louis University

Teaching Committee Chair
Todd Holmes
California State University-Northridge

International Service/Outreach Chair
Dhiman Chattopadhyay
Bowling Green State

Bibliographer/ Community Outreach
Anthony Palomba

Membership / Division Recruitment
Dam Hee Kim
University of Michigan

Xiaochen Angela Zhang
Kansas State University


Graduate Student Liaison
Jonathan Borden
Syracuse University


Call For MMEE Panel Proposals: AEJMC 2018 National Convention

The Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship Division welcomes panel proposals for the 2018 AEJMC convention in Washington, D.C.

Panel proposals can be on any topic relevant to media management, economics and entrepreneurship (with an emphasis on media topics). Proposals can also be for mini-plenary and off-site sessions, or for pre-convention workshops (Scheduled for SUNDAY, August 5). All MMEE members are encouraged to submit proposals in any area of expertise and interest.

The deadline for submitting all proposals is Saturday, September 30. Proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the division’s executive board. Please follow these guidelines when submitting a proposal:

• Identify your convention panel as addressing one of three areas: research, professional freedom and responsibility, or teaching.
• Panels and other sessions can be co-sponsored with other divisions. Co-sponsorship increases MMEE’s ability to schedule sessions during the best available times, which broadens the appeal of the sessions. So be sure to identify divisions or interest groups that might be interested in co-sponsoring your proposals. It would be preferable if you have spoken with someone from the division about your proposal, but not necessary.
• Panels can include members who work at media companies, universities, and other organizations near the Washington D.C. area. Potential panelists who work in the area should be identified in the proposal.
• The convention will be at the Renaissance, Washington D.C., August 6-9, 2018.


All proposal submissions should be made using the Google form:


This template includes sections for all the information required by AEJMC. The standardization ensures each proposal receives the same consideration.


Please try to provide a complete a list of potential panelists. If changes are necessary, they can be made later. Try to bring together the best speakers for your topic by drawing from a broad and inclusive list of possibilities. We strongly urge you to embrace the diversity of AEJMC’s growing membership and of other organizations where you may find panelists. Remember to include the diversity information in the space provided.


The MMEE Executive Board will review panel proposals and rank them. A final slate of the division’s proposals will be submitted to AEJMC in mid-October. You will be notified of the results.


Please submit your panel proposals using the Google form link by September 30, 2018. Again, the URL is https://goo.gl/forms/mHBu6FTekvOgFc7o2

If you have any questions about preparing your panel proposal, please email Sabine Baumann, 2018 MMEE Conference Program Chair at sabine.baumann@jade-hs.de.

The International Journal on Media Management needs more reviewers

From Dr. George Sylvie at UT Austin:

“The International Journal on Media Management needs more reviewers.

For instance, we’re searching for a reviewer for “Writing Hollywood: The Work and the Professional Culture of Television Writers”.

If you’re interested in this or other books, please contact George Sylvie at g.sylvie@utexas.edu today or as soon as possible.”

Photos from AEJMC-Chicago


Amy Jo Coffey (University of Florida) with Eli Noam (Columbia Institute for Tele-Information), as Eli Noam from Columbia receives this year’s Robert Picard Award for Book and Monographs


MMEE members’ meeting


Sabine Baumann (Jade University) presenting Peter Gade (University of Oklahoma) with the second place faculty paper.


Sabine Baumann (Jade University) presenting the best faculty paper, and the third place faculty paper award (tied) to Allie Kosterich (Rutgers University) and Matthew Weber (Rutgers University).


Sabine Baumann (Jade University) presenting Dam Hee Kim (University of Michigan) with her second place student paper award.

Members’ Meeting: Thurs. Aug. 10, 2017

Welcome to Chicago, MMEE!  We hope you can take in everything the Media Management, Economics, and Entrepreneurship division has to offer. We look forward to seeing you at the MMEE members’ meeting Thursday night, Aug. 10, at 8:30pm in Chicago H (social to follow). Here’s our agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Chair’s Report
  • Awards Presentation
    • Research Competition Award Presentations
    • Robert Picard Award for Book and Monographs
    • Barry Sherman Teaching Award
  • Division Leadership
    • Thank you to 2016-2017 officers
    • Handover to Geoffrey Graybeal, incoming division chair
    • Election of vice-chair and secretary
    • Appointment of other 2017-2018 officer roles
    • Officer training sessions and e-board meeting
  • New Business
  • Adjourn
    • Social follows @ 10:15pm – Social sponsored by The International Journal on Media Management. Complimentary wine and snacks provided.

AEJMC 2017 MMEE Schedule

The media management, economics, and entrepreneurship division is proud to present their AEJMC 2017 conference schedule:

10 to 11:30 a.m.

Community Journalism Interest Group and Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship Divisions

Teaching Panel Session
Teaching the Business of Community Journalism in the 21st Century

Christina C. Smith, Georgia College and State

Jonathan Groves, Drury
Geoffrey Graybeal, Texas Tech
Magda Konieczna, Temple
Joe Marren, SUNY Buffalo State
Eric Meyer, Illinois
Gary Sosniecki, TownNews.com (retired)

1:30 to 3 p.m.

Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship and Newspaper and Online News Divisions

Research Panel Session
What is the ROI on News?

Sabine Baumann, Jade

Ann Hollifield, Georgia
Richard Ganahal, Bloomsburg-Pennsylvania
Rachel Davis Mersey, Northwestern
Jesse Holcomb, Calvin College
Mike Fourcher, Daily Line

8:15 to 9:45 a.m.

Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship Division

Refereed Paper Research Session
From Offline Media to Online, Mobile and Cross-Media: Consumer Engagement, Competition and Technologies

Allie Kosterich, Rutgers

Facebook and Newspapers Online: Competing Beings or Complimentary Entities*
Victoria Chen and Paromita Pain; Texas at Austin
Exploring Cross-Platform Engagement in an Online-Offline Video Market
Lisa Charlotte Wolter, Hamburg Media School and Sylvia Chan-Olmsted, Florida
Consumer Choice of Mobile Service Bundles: An Application of the Technological Readiness Index
Miao Miao, Xi Zhu, Southwest Jiaotong and Krishna Jayakar, Pennsylvania State

Michael O. Wirth, Tennessee-Knoxville
* First Place Student Paper

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Communication Theory and Methodology and Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship Divisions

PF&R Panel Session
Issues and Best Practices for Conducting Online and Mobile Research

Todd Holmes, SUNY-New Paltz

Jason Cain, Mississippi
Yunmi Choi, Indiana Southeast
Toby Hopp, Colorado Boulder
Frank Waddell, Florida

3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship Division and Participatory Journalism Interest Group

Teaching Panel Session
Teaching Audience Analytics

Jiyoung Cha, San Francisco State

Sylvia Chan-Olmsted, Florida
Patricia Phalen, George Washington
Jessica Pucci, Arizona State
Dana Chinn, Southern California
Dale Blasingame, Texas State

8:30 to 10:15 p.m.

Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship Division

Business Session
Members’ Meeting

Axel Roepnack, Fordham
*Social sponsored by The International Journal on Media Management immediately to follow. Complimentary wine and snacks provided.*

8:15 to 9:45 a.m.

Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship Division

Refereed Paper Research Session
Content Marketing and Media Branding

Cindy J. Price Schultz, Wyoming

Do Similar Brands “Like” Each Other? An Investigation of Homophily Among Brands’ Social Networks on Facebook
Mohammad Abuljadail, Bowling Green State and Gi Woong Yun, Nevada, Reno

Content Marketing Strategy on Branded YouTube Channels
Rang Wang and Sylvia Chan-Olmsted, Florida

High Brand Loyalty Video Game Play and Achieving Relationships with Virtual Worlds and Its Elements through Presence
Anthony Palomba, City University of New York, La Guardia

George Sylvie, Texas at Austin

12:15 to 1:45 p.m.

Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship Division

Refereed Paper Research Session
Top Faculty Papers, Professional Challenges in Media Organizations

Sylvia Chan-Olmsted, Florida

Transformation of the Professional Newsroom Workforce: An Analysis of Newsworker Roles and Skill Sets, 2010-2015*
Allie Kosterich and Matthew Weber, Rutgers
Management of Journalism Transparency: Journalists’ Perceptions of Organizational Leaders’ Management of an Emerging Professional Norm**Peter Gade, Shugofa Dastgeer, Christina Childs DeWalt, Emmanuel-Lugard Nduka, Seunghyun Kim, Desiree Hill and Kevin Curran, Oklahoma
The Effects of a TV Network Strike on Channel Brand Equity***
Shin-Hye Kwon, Lu Li and Byeng Hee Chang, Sungkyunkwan University
Rapid Organizational Legitimacy: The Case of Mobile News Apps***
Allie Kosterich and Matthew Weber, Rutgers

Ann Hollifield, Georgia

*              First Place Faculty Paper
**           Second Place Faculty Paper
***         Third Place Faculty Paper

1:45 to 3:15 p.m.

Sports Communication Interest Group and Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship Division

PF&R Panel Session
The Future of Online Sports Content

Kevin Hull, South Carolina

Ronen Shay, St. John Fisher College
Andy Billings, Alabama
Scott Reifert, Senior VP, Communications, Chicago White Sox
Elyse Russo, Executive Producer of Digital Content, WGN-TV

3:30 to 5 p.m.

Participatory Journalism Interest Group and Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship Division

PF&R Panel Session
Curious Chicago: Engaging Non-Professionals in the News Process

Mary Lou Nemanic, Pennsylvania State Altoona


Logan Jaffe, Curious City – WBEZ
Jesse Dukes, Curious City – WBEZ
Shawn Allee, Curious City – WBEZ
John Fecile, Curious City – WBEZ

9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

New Exec Board Training
Incoming officers please ensure that you attend your training session that starts immediately after the breakfast meeting. They are for incoming:
Heads in the Michigan room
Vice Heads (program chairs) in the Great America room
Research Chairs in Ohio State Northwestern room
PF&R Chairs in Purdue Wisconsin
Teaching Chairs in Lincolnshire

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship Division

Refereed Paper Research Session
Evaluating Performance of Media Products, Media Workers and Media Infrastructures

Ronen Shay, St. John Fisher

Brand Extension Strategies in the Film Industry: Factors behind Financial Performance of Adaptations and Sequels**
Dam Hee Kim, Michigan
Predictors of Success in Entering the Journalism and Mass Communication Labor Market
Lee Becker, Tudor Vlad and C. Ann Hollifield, Georgia
Assessing News Media Infrastructure: A State Level Analysis
Philip Napoli, Ian Dunham and Jessica Mahone, Duke

Amy Jo Coffey, Florida
** Second Place Student Paper

2017 Television Academy Foundation’s Faculty Seminar

The Television Academy Foundation invites you to apply
for its week-long Faculty Seminar. Those who are accepted will t
ravel to Los Angeles from Nov. 6th – Nov. 10th to meet with showrunners, production teams and other industry innovators. You will also visit sets and state-of-the-art production facilities. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2017, and travel and accommodations are included. The application can be accessed by visiting:

PF&R Award Nominations Are Due May 1st

Do you know of an individual or institution that deserves to be recognized for their efforts in the promotion of professional freedom and responsibility? Is there a company or organization in the Chicago area that you think deserves recognition at our annual conference in August? 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 division is particularly interested in nominations of people or institutions with connections to Chicago, the host city of the 2017 annual conference, where the award will be presented.

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 a 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.
Nominations, along with any available supporting material, must be received (via mail or email), by the Division’s Immediate Past Head, Amy Jo Coffey, by the deadline of May 1, 2017. In addition to materials supplied by nominators, nominees might also be contacted and asked to submit supporting any 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 in Chicago, and the award will be presented at MMEE Division’s Members’ Meeting during the conference.
Please send nominations by email to acoffey@jou.ufl.edu .
Or by post to:
Amy Jo Coffey, Ph.D.
College of Journalism and Communications
University of Florida
P.O. 118400
Gainesville, FL 32611-8400