PF&R

What’s PF&R?

PF&R stands for professional freedom & responsibility. According to AEJMC:

Professional freedom and responsibility encompasses research, teaching and service and is related to AEJMC members’ interaction with the media professions through preparation of students for media careers, research examining media roles and responsibilities, and service to the professions through engagement and training. Service in support of professional freedom and responsibility is an essential expectation of every member of AEJMC. Members should work in support of the principles of professional freedom and responsibility within this organization, at their home institutions, and in society at large.

Each year the MMEE division supports PF&R through two main activities:

  • PF&R themed sessions during the annual AEJMC conference
  • the awarding of a PF&R award

Recent PF&R Sessions

  • “The Future of Online Sports Content” (AEJMC 2017)
  • “Issues and Best Practices for Conducting Online and Mobile Research” (AEJMC 2017)
  • “Curious Chicago: Engaging Non-Professionals in the News Process” (AEJMC 2017)
  • “Entrepreneurial Journalism Ethics” (AEJMC 2016)
  • “Big Data in the Media Industries” (AEJMC 2016)
  • “Research Grant Opportunities and Publishing Funded Research” (AEJMC 2016)
  • “Early Career Guidance: Landing the First Faculty Job and Beyond” (AEJMC 2015)
  • “Second Screen: Status Quo, Trends, and Challenges” (AEJMC 2015)
  • “Engaging the Audience: How News Organizations Are Coming Out of the Newsroom and Finding New Ways to Connect.” (AEJMC 2014)
  • “Current Media Economics Research Issues at the FCC” (AEJMC 2013)
  • “Business Model of the Future Newspaper: Multiplatform Ad Sales and Subscription on Devices” (AEJMC 2013)
  • “Bold Ideas: News Organizations that Buck Convention to Enter the Market” (AEJMC 2013)
  • “Tribute to African-American Media Pioneers/Giants” (AEJMC 2012)
  • “The History of Teaching Media Management” (AEJMC 2012)
  • “Developing Research Partnerships with Media Organizations” (AEJMC 2012)
  • “Developing Research Partnerships with Media Organizations” (AEJMC 2012)
  • “Should the Government Save Journalism?” (AEJMC 2011)
  • “Managing Innovation: Online News Professionals Talk about What’s Ahead,” (AEJMC 2011)
  • “Newspaper Markets Defy the Circulation Spiral in Africa, Asia and Latin America: Does this Mean More Public Access to Information?” (AEJMC 2011)
  • “Social Networking for Magazines.” (AEJMC 2011)
  • “Reaching New Heights in Denver Electronic Media” (AEJMC 2010)
  • “Newspaper Markets Defy the Circulation Spiral in Africa, Asia
    and Latin America: Does this Mean More Public Access to Information?” (AEJMC 2010)
  • “Who’s Minding the Mint? Media Strategies to Reshape the Advertising Revenue Model” (AEJMC 2010)
  • “Trends in Spanish-language Media” (AEJMC 2010)

The MMEE PF&R Award

The MMEE 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 for or has by their actions encouraged management practices that promote excellence in any of the five areas. The award recognizes actions by working management professionals, research, teaching or service activities, or any other relevant work. Past winners include:

  • 2013:Aaron Kushner, CEO, Freedom Communications; CEO, 2100 Trust and Publisher, Orange County Register  and Eric Spitz, President, Freedom Communications and President, 2100 Trust
  • 2010: The Cable Center

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