AEJMC: Engaged Journalism Exchange Focused on News Quality and Sustainability

Andrea Wenzel
May 25, 2020 · 2 min read
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By Andrea Wenzel & Jacob Nelson

Join us on Wednesday, August 5th, at 12pm EST/9am PST for our Engaged Journalism Exchange preconference to the annual Association of Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) meeting. In this two-hour Zoom workshop we will explore perhaps the most pressing question facing journalists today: How is Covid-19 changing the way journalism researchers and practitioners approach news quality and economics?

This meeting will bring together journalism researchers, practitioners, funders, and other stakeholders from across the globe to discuss how, in a pandemic and post-pandemic world, journalists should best serve their communities, as well as what should be done to ensure their efforts are financially sustainable.

The meeting will be split into two halves — the first focused on news quality, and the second on news economics. For the first half, we’ll hear from Letrell Crittenden (Thomas Jefferson University) about efforts to ensure that the information needs of marginalized communities are served in Philadelphia. In addition, Antoine Haywood (University of Pennsylvania) and Mike Wassenaar (Alliance for Community Media) will share their research study looking at lessons in participatory journalism that can be learned from community access media.

The second hour will explore journalism business models — particularly focusing on public funding for journalism. We’ll hear perspectives from Madeleine Bair (Free Press) and Victor Pickard (University of Pennsylvania).

This preconference is being held in association with the Participatory Journalism Interest Group of AEJMC. It also builds off of a preconference held at ICA 2019. Our co-sponsors include the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon, the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University, and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

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