Communications contingent crafts strong presence at international conference

By Steve Sampsell
July 29, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- More than 50 College of Communications faculty members, graduate students and alumni will represent Penn State by making presentations or serving as moderators or panelists during the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in early August.

Experts from the college had 33 papers accepted for presentation at the four-day conference, scheduled Aug. 6-9 in San Francisco. Six papers, including one first-place faculty paper, were among those selected as the best at the conference or in their respective division of study.

The productivity of Penn State communications researchers ranks fourth among all participating programs this year. In the past decade, the University has perennially ranked among the top-10 programs with researchers presenting their work at the international conference.

AEJMC is a nonprofit organization of more than 3,700 educators, students and practitioners from around the globe. The association’s mission is to promote the highest possible standards for journalism and mass communication education, to cultivate 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 and a better informed public.

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 annual conference features sessions on teaching, research and public service in the various components of journalism and mass communication -- from advertising and public relations to electronic and online journalism to media management and newspapers.

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Last Updated July 29, 2015