Pell to give honors lecture at Chicago convention

Cheryl Pell


The 100th anniversary convention for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication is just five weeks away, and for the Scholastic Journalism Division the highlight of the Chicago conference will be the honors lecture by Cheryl Pell.

Pell recently retired as the executive director of the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association after a quarter of a century at the helm and is long-time member of the Scholastic Journalism Division of AEJMC. Pell is also a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame and an AEJMC Scholastic Journalism Division Educator of the Year winner. She said she is most proud of helping create a climate where scholastic journalism could grow in Michigan.

“I am humbled by this,” Pell said of being chosen the honors lecturer. “As the newsletter editor for the Scholastic Journalism Division for several years, I designed numerous issues that included the text of the speeches delivered by amazing journalism educators. I don’t feel as though I belong in that fraternity. I get embarrassed by these things, but it is certainly an honor.”

Pell began her career in education as a high school journalism and English teacher. She has won several national awards, including the Journalism Education Association’s Medal of Merit.

“I’ll miss the people,” Pell added. “Michigan has great journalism teachers and enthusiastic students. I have loved creating experiences for them for the past 25 years.”

The Michigan State professor was chosen to give this year’s lecture at the January Mid-Winter Meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla. Pell will give her lecture on Friday night, Aug. 10 during the division’s business meeting (from 8:30 until 10). That will be held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Hotel on Michigan Avenue. Also during the business meeting, Bruce Konkle, a professor at the University of South Carolina, will receive the David Adams Educator of the Year Award. Konkle is a media historian and specializes in teaching photojournalism. He has developed archives of the Scholastic Journalism Division’s history. The division will also discuss plans for looking back at 25 years of the 1988 Hazelwood Supreme Court case. Frank LoMonte of the Student Press Law Center will lead that discussion.

The division’s activities kick off on Wednesday, Aug. 8 with the Chicagoland Teach-In at Loyola University School of Communication. Among the presenters will be John Bowen and Candace Perkins Bowen of Kent State University, Sally Renaud and James Tidwell of Eastern Illinois University, and Barry Locher of the Illinois Press Foundation. It will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. The Teach-In is a one-day sharing of ideas and practices with area high school teachers.

That same night, our division will be reviewed by AEJMC. This includes a review by the assessment committee. Such reviews occur every five years.

On Thursday, the division’s activities begin at 8:15 a.m. with a panel co-hosted with the Minorities and Communication Division titled “Ethnic/Racial Minorities Participation in AEJMC:  How Much and What Type of Progress?” At 3:15 p.m., the division will host the Great Ideas for Teaching poster session. The other hosts include the Community College Journalism Association and the Small Program Interest Group.

The Scholastic Journalism Division will also host a research session from 5 until 6:30 p.m. That session includes both the student and faculty paper award winners. The student winners are Joseph Dennis and Amy Sindik of the University of Georgia; the faculty winners, Bruce Plopper of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and Anne Fleming Conaway of Bemidji State University. All four will receive their plaques during the business meeting.

On Friday morning at 8:15, the division will be one of two hosts for the Breakfast of Editing Champions. This year’s theme is “Beyond the Blog.” The other host is the Newspaper and Online News Division. This is always an energetic and informative session.

At 11:45 a.m., the Scholastic Division will be a part of the annual MAC-SCHJ Luncheon. Michael House, president of the Chicago Defender, is the keynote speaker. It will be held at the Grand Lux Café, 600 N. Michigan Ave. (only two blocks from the main convention hotel). Also to be presented during that luncheon is the Robert P. Knight Multicultural Recruitment Award. This year it goes to the Illinois Press Foundation and Eastern Illinois University High School Journalism Workshop. David Reed, the founder of the EIU workshop, will be a special guest of the division at the luncheon.

Pre-registration is required. The cost is $35.

The division will host a research poster session from 1:30 p.m. until 3 on Friday. Another research session will occur at 3:15. At 5 o’clock, the division will give the 2012 Innovative Outreach to Scholastic Media to Marina A. Hendricks of Kent State University. Hendricks will give a presentation titled “Social Media Toolbox: A Resource for Student Journalism Programs.” Then the divisional business meeting will follow Hendricks’ presentation.

On Saturday morning, the Scholastic Division and the Law and Policy Division will host a panel titled “A Scholastic Journalism Census of Today’s High Schools.” Candace Perkins Bowen of Kent State will moderate. Panelists include Mark Goodman of Kent State, Peter Bobkowski of the University of Kansas and Frank LoMonte of the Student Press Law Center. It begins at 8:15.

Next up is a teaching panel session titled “We’ll Do It Live: Real-Time Reporting Without Regrets” at 3:30 on Saturday. It is co-sponsored with the Community College Journalism Association.

The final session is Sunday morning at 10 o’clock with the Scholastic Journalism Division and the International Communication Division host a teaching panel titled “Teaching Abroad: Adapting Your Course Content, Teaching Strategies and Yourself to Meet the Needs of Your Students.” Division vice head Calvin L. Hall of Appalachian State University will moderate. Panelists include Matt Duffy of Zayed University, Alma Kadragic of the University of Wollongong in Dubai and Sharon Stringer of Lock Haven University.

All in all, it lines up to be a very information week for teaching, outreach and research presentations, as well as lectures and other activities. Make sure you pay the small division fee in addition to the regular conference registration.


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