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Faculty Provide Leadership at International Communication Conference

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 741 hits

Mary Lou Nemanic and Bob Trumpbour, associate professors of communications at Penn State Altoona, provided leadership and expertise while at the recent Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s annual conference in Montreal, Quebec.

Nemanic and Trumpbour collaborated on the presentation "Strategies for Enhancing the Academic Rigor of Internship Programs at Penn State Altoona." In addition, Nemanic organized and presented content for a teaching panel titled "Best Practices in Participatory Journalism," which included various leaders in the field. While in Montreal, Nemanic was also re-elected as teaching chair for AEJMC’s Participatory Journalism Interest Group.

Trumpbour was invited to contribute to the session “Teaching New Media in Low Income Communities.” He also serves a member of AEJMC’s Board of Directors, while acting as chair of AEJMC’s Council of Divisions, an elected position that involves providing leadership for AEJMC’s more than thirty divisions, interest groups, associations, and commissions. As chair, Trumpbour supervised the assessment process for divisions and interest groups, coordinated overall leadership training, and worked closely with AEJMC officers and staff to assemble a highly diverse conference program that included 264 pages of panels, refereed research, and communication content.

The conference featured contributions from 1,647 scholars and more than 100 industry professionals, with 2,331 total attendees, a record for an AEJMC conference held outside of the United States. Founded in 1912, AEJMC’s mission is to promote the highest possible standards for journalism and mass communication education, to cultivate the widest 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.

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