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The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) today announced the opening of applications for the Leroy F. Aarons and the Kay Longcope scholarships to honor students dedicated to fair and accurate coverage of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Applications are available online and will be accepted until Friday, May 23, 2014.
We’re excited to announce a great slate of GLBT-related panels, papers and discussions at the 2014 annual convention in Montreal.
Thursday, August 7
3:15pm (Sole-sponsored Teaching Panel)
Recently, Lou Capozzi, PRSA Foundation president noted, “The public relations profession is lacking in diversity, and as professionals we are not keeping up with the progress being made in corporate America and in other professions.” Given the changing landscape of corporate America and the call for public relations to address issues of diversity, this panel explores teaching diversity in the public relations curriculum. This panel pushes the concept of diversity and works to explore how race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, age, and ability operate in the public relations classroom. As public relations instructors, how do we work to increase diversity in our curriculum and classroom to reflect the changing landscape of the profession? What methods do we use to implement diversity in our classes? What obstacles do we face? How does our own identity play out in our pedagogy? Given the increasing emphasis placed on diversity in the profession, how do we navigate diversity in the curriculum and in our own classes? This panel draws from a diverse population of public relations scholars and instructors at diverse institutions and at various academic ranks.
5pm (with Commission on the Status of Women)
The GLBT Interest Group and Commission on the Status of Women will co-sponsor a research panel exploring cutting-edge methods for researching gender and sexuality issues in mass communication. Philosophically, scholars should be open to innovative research approaches, especially when we study marginalized groups. By treating our respondents as subjects/participants instead of objects, and connecting with them from the start of the research process, we may collectively decide what new knowledge is needed and how to gather and analyze it. Panelists will discuss synchronous chat-base interviews, photo voice, multimodal critical discourse analysis, participatory and community based research, and multi-sited ethnographic methods.
Friday, August 8
3:30pm (with Minorities and Communication Division)
Is objectivity a remote possibility, especially when you cover your own community? Recent years have seen an increase of openly gay reporters as well as newsmakers. GLBT-related issues have been receiving more coverage, too. How do GLBT-identified reporters handle such topics? Also, do journalists who are racial minorities themselves have similar concerns when they cover members of their racial or ethnic groups and issues affecting their own communities? What parallels or lessons can be drawn from the experiences of gender or racial minorities as they became a part of mainstream journalism? Practitioners and academics on this panel will discuss these issues.
12:15pm (AEJMC-wide Scholar-to-Scholar Poster Session)
Come enjoy hearing cutting-edge scholar presentations by some of our winning authors. This is you opportunity to have face-to-face discussions with the researchers and exchange research ideas. This session will feature up to five of our winning paper presentations.
1:45pm (with Graduate Student Interest Group)
Completing a dissertation is already an overwhelming task; students rarely have the time or energy to think too much about the process of applying for jobs. At a time when the job market is very competitive, successfully navigating the job search is critical. When should doctoral candidates start their job search in academia? Which kinds of materials are needed? What should the cover letter say? How do you prepare for a phone interview and on-campus visit? In addition, for GLBT-identified applicants, candidates who are international scholars or members of a racial minority, are there specific issues to address in your application? Tips will be given by veteran search committee chairs and those who have recently secured a faculty position. Employment options outside academia will be discussed as well.
5:15pm (Refereed Paper)
Be among the audience as we hear presentations from some of our top winning papers for the Montréal conference. This session will feature up to five of our winning paper presentations. Be there so you can enjoy the exchange of research information.
7pm (Members’ Meeting)
This is your opportunity to learn of the GLBT interest group and volunteer for an office to contribute to the group. We look forward to seeing you there.
Adam Sharples, a doctoral student in communication and information sciences at the University of Alabama, won top student papers at the 96th Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Sharples was awarded the top faculty paper award from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Interest Group at AEJMC’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., held in August 2013.
Sharples’ paper, titled “Remembering Rustin: Brother Outsider and the Politics of Intersectional Queer Memory,” explored the memory of Bayard Rustin as a gay civil rights leader in the 1940s and 1950s.
Edward Alwood, professor of journalism in the School of Communication at Quinnipiac University, won top faculty paper honors at the 96th Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Alwood was awarded the first annual top faculty paper award from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Interest Group at AEJMC’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., held in August 2013.
Alwood’s paper, “Sin and Spin: The Importance of Public Relations in the Early Gay Rights Movement, 1950-1974” explored the public relations strategies by homophile activists in the pre-Stonewall era and their successes in gaining media exposure.
Alwood is a fixture among AEJMC’s top scholars. In 2008, Alwood won AEJMC’s Tankard Book Award for his book “Dark Days in the Newsroom: McCarthyism Aimed at the Press.” In 2009, Alwood won the Roy F. Aarons Award, an award that honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the promotion and inclusion of GLBT materials in education and research.
AEJMC Annual Conference
August 8-12, 2013, Washington, D.C.
Here is a list of the eight sessions sponsored or co-sponsored by the GLBT Interest Group at the 2013 annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Session 1: Friday, August 9, 8:15-9:45 a.m.
Social Media Landscape: LGBT Marketing Efforts and Branding Implications
Presiding/Moderating: Laurie Phillips, Oregon
1. Christopher Chavez, Oregon
2. Erica Ciszek, Oregon
3. Leigh Moscowitz, College of Charleston
4. Katie Place, Saint Louis
5. Laurie Phillips, Oregon
Session 2: Friday, August 9, 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Writing an Honest Life
Moderating/Presiding: Lori Blachford, Drake
Speaker: Craig Wilson, retired journalist, USA Today
Craig Wilson, recently retired after a 30-year career at USA Today, will talk about his life as a journalist during a time of incredible change in public attitudes and civil rights for the GLBT community. During his career, he has always written very openly about his family, including his life partner, Jack. Craig will talk about the reactions of readers and editors and about how writing honestly is truly the only option.
Session 3: Saturday, August 10, 8:15 to 9:45 a.m.
GLBT and Cultural and Critical Studies (CCS) Teaching Session
Presiding/Moderating: Rhonda Gibson, UNC-Chapel Hill
1. Joel Geske, Iowa State
2. Stephanie Willen-Brown, UNC-Chapel Hill
3. Lori Blachford, Drake
Session 4: Saturday, August 10, 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Scholar-to-Scholar Papers: GLBT Issues in Politics and Sports
Presiding/Moderating/Discussant: Chris Burnett, Cal State Long Beach
1. “News Attention and Demographic factors Affecting attitudes towards Legalization of Same-sex Marriage in Singapore,” Chitra Panchapakesan Kumari, Li Li, and Shirley Ho, Nanyang Technological
2. “Creating A Narrative Of (Im)Possibility: Outsports.com’s Declaration of a Gay-friendly Sports World,” Robert Byrd, Southern Mississippi
3. “’The fact is, I’m gay’: Coming Out as a Public Figure,” Molly Kalan, Azeta Hatef, and Christopher Fers, Syracuse
Session 5: Saturday, August 10, 1:45-3:15 p.m.
GLBT IG and Minorities and Communication (MAC) Professional Freedom and Responsibility Session
Moderating/presiding: Yuki Fujioka, Georgia State
Rohit Verma, Centers for Disease and Control
Carolyn Stroman, Howard
Ron Simmons, Us Helping Us
James Kiwanuka-Tondo, North Carolina State NIH Granting Officer
Session 6: Saturday, August 10, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Invited Research: Where Have We Gone From There? Progress in GLBT Research Since 2005
Presiding/Moderating: Dominic Lasorsa, Texas-Austin
1. Edward Alwood, Quinnipiac
2. Rhonda Gibson, North Carolina-Chapel Hill
3. Dean Mundy, Appalachian State U
4. Natalie Tindall, Georgia State U
5. Richard Waters, U of San Francisco
Session 7: Saturday, August 10, 5:15 – 6:45 p.m.
Refereed Papers: The Importance of Language in GLBT History
Presiding/Moderating: Genelle Belmas, California State Fullerton
Discussant: Jason Shepard, California State Fullerton
1. “Remembering Rustin: Brother Outsider and the Politics of Intersectional Queer Memory,” Adam Sharples, Alabama (top student paper)
2. “Sin and Spin: The Importance of Public Relations in the Early Gay Rights Movement, 1950-1974,” Edward Alwood, Quinnipiac (top faculty paper)
3. “Double-Edged Discourse: An Analysis of the LGBT Community’s Appropriation of “Queer” as an Empty Signifier,” John Sewell, West Georgia
4. “Campaigning from the Closet: Contexts of Messaging During the Campaign to Defeat North Carolina’s Amendment One,” Laura Meadows and Daniel Kreiss, North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Session 8: Saturday, August 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m.