CoJMC Takes Top Spots in AEJMC Teaching Competition

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 7:00pm

University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications assistant professor of practice Michelle Carr Hassler, took top honors last week in a teaching competition sponsored by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Hassler won first place in the full-time faculty category of the Newspaper and Online News Division’s Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century competition, which honors teaching ideas for journalism courses. Hassler’s winning entry was “Weather Wise: A Data and Design Exercise.”

Hassler – who earned a TNT21 honorable mention in 2014 and third place in 2013, also received an honorable mention in the 2015 competition for her idea “A Global View: International and Interactive Storytelling.”

University of Nebraska–Lincoln took home additional honors in the competition as CoJMC associate professor Sue Burzynski Bullard tied for second place with “Get Your Game On: Using Play to Bolster Essential Skills.” Bullard also is a multi-year winner in TNT21. She took the top prize and an honorable mention in 2013.

AEJMC’s Newspaper and Online News Division started the competition in 2009 to encourage instructors to think about how best to teach journalism skills in a transforming media world. The winning entries, which were judged by 10 AEJMC educators, were announced Aug. 7 at the Newspaper and Online News Division’s business meeting at the AEJMC conference in San Francisco.

More news from the AEJMC conference:

  • Sue Burzynski Bullard led a pre-session editing boot camp sponsored by the American Copy Editors Society. She also presented a poster on “Taking Sides: A Debate,” as a finalist in the Great Ideas for Teaching competition.
  • Laurie Lee Thomas spoke about privacy and legal issues with big data at the AEJMC plenary “Big Data and Its Implications on Journalism.”
  • Amy Struthers moderated a Referred Paper Research Session for Advertising Division on the topic of food and drink in advertising.
  • Joe Weber served as a discussant for a graduate student paper on Latin American journalism presented for the AEJMC International Communications Division.
  • Dane Kiambi presented research on knowledge, familiarity and country reputation.

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) is a nonprofit organization of more than 3,700 educators, students and practitioners from around the globe. Founded in 1912, by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer, the first president (1912-13) of the American Association of Teachers of Journalism, as it was then known, AEJMC is the oldest and largest alliance of journalism and mass communication educators and administrators at the college level.

AEJMC’s mission is to promote the highest possible standards for journalism and mass communication education, to encourage the widest possible range of communication research, to encourage the implementation of a multi-cultural society in the classroom and curriculum, and to defend and maintain freedom of communication in an effort to achieve better professional practice, a better informed public, and wider human understanding.

CoJMC Assistant Professor Michelle Hassler and Associate Professor Sue Bullard
CoJMC Assistant Professor Michelle Hassler and Associate Professor Sue Bullard