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GIFT 2005 - Now in its 6th year

Wanted: Innovative teaching tips for AEJMC poster session

Published: Sunday, December 1, 2002
Call for Great Ideas For Teachers

The Community College Journalism Association (CCJA), Small Programs Interest Group (SPIG), the Scholastic Journalism Division and the International Communication Division (ICD) of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication are seeking Great Ideas For Teachers (GIFT) for a mega-poster session at the AEJMC convention on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m., in San Antonio, Texas. The session will showcase 25 of the year's most innovative teaching tips from the world's best journalism and mass communication educators -- just in time for the new academic year. But you can not limit yourself to this number and buy article online on a similar topic that would cover a gap in your knowledge, or would offer new solutions, advice, etc.

All AEJMC members are eligible to submit one GIFT for blind peer review, and graduate teaching assistants are also encouraged to participated. GIFT finalists/scholars will be selected for inclusion in the poster session, a GIFT publication, the AEJMC program listing and GIFT scholar Web page index (www.geocities.com/aejmc.gift).

Finalists/scholars are eligible to win a $100 grand prize and commemorative plaque to be awarded at the convention. All receive a souvenir certificate for their teaching portfolios as well.

Types of courses

Teaching tips may include but are not limited to courses in advertising, broadcast journalism, general or introductory mass communication, ethics, history, international/multicultural communication, law, public relations, research, technology and new media, visual communication and writing.

How to submit entries

Those interested in sharing their GIFT must describe their teaching idea in proper form (available at www.geocities.com/aejmcgift) and submit it by e-mail to the GIFT coordinator. All entries must be received (not postmarked) by April 1, 2005, and will be reviewed by a panel of eight judges based on originality, creativity, practicality, adaptability and impact. Submissions will be acknowledged (a confirmation of receipt will be e-mailed) but not returned.

Note: GIFT finalists only will be notified of their status after May 15.


Feb. 1 - begin accepting GIFT 2005 submissions

April 1 - deadline for GIFT submissions

April - judging of submissions; top 25 chosen

After May 15 - notification sent to 25 GIFT finalists/scholars only

May 15 - list of GIFTS due to AEJMC for program copy

June - ranking of top GIFTS; grand prize winner chosen

July - production of GIFTS for publication

Aug. 10 - GIFT poster session at AEJMC convention; winner recognized and awarded

September - highlights/photos of poster session and winning GIFT reprinted on the GIFT Web site

For more information

Contact Dr. Edna R. Bautista, the GIFT program coordinator.

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