Journalism faculty present at AEJMC conference

Two members of the Journalism Department at Southern Connecticut State University presented during sessions at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in Minneapolis Aug. 3 – 7.

Cindy Simoneau, the Journalism Department chair, was a member of a panel discussion titled “Much ado about something: Getting your small program noticed,” on Aug. 3.

Simoneau’s presentation focused on spreading the word early to high school teachers and students. One outreach effort that has been successful is the department’s annual High School Journalism Day, a mini-conference now in its 33rd year. The department has also launched high school teacher workshops in the summer, as now hosts an ongoing high school publication, CTTeens.

Assistant professor Jodie Mozdzer Gil presented her research on Freedom of Information laws during a scholar-to-scholar research session on Aug. 7. The paper, titled “Assessing the impact of citizen publishing on Freedom of Information laws,” looked at proposed changes to FOI laws in 10 states, and the reasons given for each proposal.

The paper was accepted by the Participatory Journalism Interest Group of AEJMC. The poster won the division’s poster competition award.