Clark, Konkle will be honored in D.C. for their research by Scholastic Journalism Division

By Adam Maksl

Research to be presented during Scholastic Journalism Division sessions at the AEJMC Conference in Washington, D.C., in August again focuses on the most pressing social, historical and digital media-oriented issues in scholastic and collegiate journalism education.

Two traditional research sessions and a scholar-to-scholar poster session will include papers exploring the role of digital and social media in the student press, the effect of school racial demographics on the presence of student media, and a review of how college students use newspapers, just to name of few. In total, 12 different researchers will present eight papers.



Two researchers will also be recognized for winning top paper honors in the annual competition.

Meredith Clark, a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present her top-student paper, which used ethnographic methods to explore how students worked to create and produce a new and innovative digital news product. Clark is a Roy H. Park Fellow in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-CH. She is a former reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat in Florida. She also worked as a reporter at the Austin-American Statesman in Texas.

Bruce Konkle of the University of South Carolina will be presented with the Laurence Campbell Research Award for Top Faculty Paper. He wrote about the early history of high school journalism, bringing together fragmented information from various historical records. He says this is a first step in writing a more comprehensive, in-depth history. Konkle is a veteran researcher of scholastic journalism history. His specialization as a teacher is in visual communication. His bachelor’s degree is from Ball State University and his master’s and doctoral degree are from South Carolina.



The division would like to congratulate both of these scholars, who will be recognized during the division business meeting on Friday night.

All research sessions for the division are scheduled for the Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Renaissance Washington Downtown Hotel, 999 Ninth St. N.W.:

8:15 am to 9:45 am

Scholastic Journalism Division

Refereed Paper Research Session: Scholastic and collegiate journalism in the digital age

“Student News 2.0: An Ethnographic Examination” by Meredith Clark, UNC-Chapel Hill (division’s top student paper)

“Texting, Tweeting and Blogging by the Book: A Qualitative Look at How Introductory Media Writing Textbooks Frame New Media Instruction” by Jeffrey Riley, University of Florida

“Big Tweets on Campus: College Newspapers’ Use of Twitter” by Kris Boyle and Carol Zuegner, Creighton University

Moderating/Presiding: Monica Hill, UNC-Chapel Hill

Discussant:  Vincent Filak, Wisconsin-Oshkosh

12:15 pm to 1:30 pm  

Refereed Paper Research Session: Scholar-to-Scholar

Scholastic Journalism Division

“The Effects of Public Opinion on Student Speech Policies” by Karla Kennedy, University of Oregon

“Survey of Campus Readership Habits: Are College Students Reading Newspapers for Community and Political News?” by             Jeffrey Hedrick, Jacksonville State University

Discussant:  Andi Stein, California State-Fullerton

1:45 pm to 3:15 pm

Scholastic Journalism Division

Refereed Paper Research Session: Historical and social issues in scholastic journalism research

“A Preliminary Overview of the Early History of High School Journalism in the U.S.: ~1775-1925” by Bruce Konkle, University of South Carolina (Laurence Campbell Research Award, Top Faculty Paper)

“Reviving High School Journalism in South Dakota: A Research-Based Approach” by Jessica Jensen and Mary Arnold, South Dakota State University

“Tipping Point: The impact of high school racial demographics on the presence of student newspapers in Georgia” by Joseph Dennis and Carolyn Crist, University of Georgia; and Chloe Hargrave

Moderating/Presiding:  Andi Stein, California State-Fullerton

Discussant:  Robert E. Gutsche, Jr., Florida International University

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(Adam Maksl is an assistant professor of journalism at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Ind., and the research chair of the Scholastic Journalism Division of AEJMC.)

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