AEJMC offers additional sessions that may require pre-registration and/or a fee in addition to the conference registration fee. You can view these sessions below.  All of these sessions are optional.


Tuesday, August 2 (Pre-Conference Workshops)

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(w01) Leading Our Students into the Future: Minding the Gap Between the Industry and Academia

Sponsored by Advertising Division

$50 Fee (Participation limited to 50)

As the world continues to change, employers are looking for new roles and skill sets. What are industry professionals looking for in new hires? What knowledge and skill sets are needed for the array of roles in the advertising industry? How can academia and the industry establish a mutually beneficial partnership and develop a strong workforce? Join the one-day Advertising Pre-Conference Teaching Workshop to hear what professionals want in junior talent and what we can do to thoroughly prepare our graduates for the world of advertising. Pre-registration is required. For information, contact Shanshan Lou, Appalachian State, (ADVD)


8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sacred Spaces Tour:  Detroit Edition

Sponsored by Religion and Media Interest Group

FREE (Participation limited to 32)

After two years of hiatus, the Religion and Media Interest Group is once again hosting its annual Sacred Spaces bus tour of important religious sites around the city. The tour lasts all day and will include a stop for lunch. A complete itinerary will be provided to participants closer to the conference, but confirmed stops include the Islamic Center of America (the largest mosque in North America) and Congregation Shaarey Zedek (one of the oldest Jewish communities in Michigan).  There is no charge for the bus tour, but participants will be responsible for purchasing their own lunches, and a gratuity for the bus driver is recommended.  Because we will be visiting sacred spaces, participants are asked to dress modestly – no shorts, short skirts, or exposed shoulders. Some sites may ask women to cover their hair, so it requested to bring a scarf along. For more information contact Brian J. Bowe at (RMIG)


1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Reimaging Your Career Inside and Outside the Academy 

Sponsored by AEJMC Committee on Career Development

FREE (Participation limited to 50) 

This workshop is divided into three 75-minute mini-sessions: job searching within academia (1:00-2:15), finding non-academic jobs (2:20-3:35), and mid-career reassessment (3:40-4:55). The “job searching within academia” panel provides guidance for immediate and future job seekers. We explore various jobs available in the academy while offering techniques on networking during and after the conference. The “finding non-academic jobs” panel provides insights on how to transition to non-academic positions. Experienced speakers from the Committee discuss the surprising scope of available positions and applicability of skills and offer valuable tips on how to tailor your application and navigate the recruitment process. Featuring two invited seasoned faculty speakers, along with three experienced members of the Committee, the “mid-career reassessment” panel will explore and discuss opportunities, challenges, and strategies for tenured associate professors who are inspired to advance their careers via promotion to full professorships and for full professors who are considering other career opportunities. Those registered can attend all three or some of the sessions. For information, contact Hong Cheng, (AEJMC Committee on Career Development)

1 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(w02) A Primer on Tableau: Using Tableau to Create Interactive Presentations

Sponsored by Media Management Economics and Entrepreneurship Division

$25 Fee (Participation limited to 75)

Data science cannot be successfully presented to advertising, public relations, and entertainment clients without sharp presentation tools. Tableau is a sophisticated business and data presentation platform that allows for uniquely interactive presentations. This session is meant to introduce academics to how to make interactive charts, dashboards, and stories on Tableau. Additionally, this session is meant to give academics confidence and familiarity with Tableau, so that it may serve as a key component in an assignment or live in-class session. Registered participants will gain practice in using Tableau tools and creating charts, dashboards, and stories. For information, contact Anthony Palomba, (MMEE)


8:00 a.m. to Noon
(w03) Text Mining with Python
Sponsored by Media Management Economics and Entrepreneurship Division

$25 Fee (Participation limited to 50)

Are you interested in learning how to discover hidden patterns, hidden topics, polarity, and subjectivity in large text files using a programming language? This workshop, led by Dr. Mohammad Yousuf who has extensive experience in computational text analysis, will cover all of it in only four hours. The workshop will cover the basics of Python programming and several computational text analysis methods such as subjectivity analysis and topic modeling. The objective of the workshop is to help participants learn how to analyze texts using popular Python libraries. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to pursue self-directed learning of computational methods. Some materials will be made available prior to the workshop. Codes for analyzing texts will be provided during the workshop. There is no prerequisite for the workshop, but strong interests in learning programming language and computational text analyses are required. For information, contact Anthony Palomba, (MMEE)


8:00 a.m. to Noon
(w04) Teaching News Terrifically
Sponsored by Newspaper and Online News Division
$?? Fee (Participation limited to ??)

Need Description. For information contact Marina Hendricks, South Dakota State University,  (NOND)


8:00 a.m. to Noon
(w05) Engaged Journalism Exchange: Collaborating with Communities  
Sponsored by Participatory Journalism Interest Group
$20 Faculty; FREE for graduate students and Detroit-area practitioners and community members (Participation limited to 40)

This half-day preconference will bring together researchers, journalists, and community members to explore approaches to developing collaborative research initiatives, and to share lessons learned from recent engaged research and collaboration efforts. The workshop will begin with a panel exploring opportunities and models for researchers, practitioners, and community members to share power and at times co-design studies and projects, drawing on experiences from within journalism studies and beyond. The panel will be followed by a series of small group discussions where participants will have an opportunity to network with other stakeholders from academia, industry, and community organizations with potentially shared interests. The preconference will conclude with a plenary panel showcasing Detroit’s vibrant engaged journalism scene, exploring how its news and information-built environment has changed over the past decade, and the role of collaboration connecting journalists, community members, and researchers. This preconference is part of an annual series organized by the Engaged Journalism Exchange project which seeks to connect scholars and practitioners interested in research to make journalism stronger, more equitable, and more connected to communities and publics. For information contact Andrea D. Wenzel, Temple University, (PJIG)


8:00 a.m. to Noon
(w06) Partnering with Professionals  
Sponsored by Small Programs Interest Group

$10 Fee

This three-part pre-conference program will explore ways to successfully collaborate with professionals in journalism and public relations to provide high-impact experiences for students.  Panel topics include: (1) “Filling the News Void: Navigating & Sustaining News-Academic Partnerships: — The purpose of this panel will present various methods of project-based and ongoing relationships between academic institutions and news outlets (news-academic partnerships), which provide experiential opportunities for students, while helping media organizations fill gaps in news coverage, given shrinking budgets and staff. (2) “Partnering with PR and Ad Agencies” — This panel looks at opportunities to develop partnerships with advertising and public relations agencies to provide students the opportunity to work alongside professionals in in-house public relations and advertising agencies.  (3) “Developing Community Connections” — This panel will look at strategies to involve alumni and local professionals in communications programs, including advisory boards and networking events with the goal of keeping the classroom in touch with best practices and connecting students to internships and jobs.  For information contact Jackie Incollingo, Rider University, (SPIG)


8:30 a.m. to Noon – (Offsite)

(w07) Indigenous Communities and the Media
Sponsored by Cultural and Critical Studies Division
$15 Fee (Participation limited to 40)

Organized by:

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University, and Indian Country Today

Hosted by Indian Country Today editor-at-large Mark Trahant, this half-day workshop will explore the complex relationships between Indigenous communities and media of all kinds, from news to entertainment to social platforms. It will also be a space for discussing the challenges of including these topics in journalism and media studies curricula, often in the absence of Indigenous faculty or others personally familiar with the topic.   Key themes will include Indigenous-operated media organizations, which provide an important outlet for reporting on topics of significance to Native communities; coverage of Indigenous stories in legacy or mainstream news outlets, including the presence (or more likely. Absence) of Indigenous voices in coverage of broader issues such as politics, economics, climate change, crime, public health, and more; and representation of Indigenous people and communities in popular culture. The final session will center around the inclusion of Indigenous topics and authors in syllabi and class discussions for faculty seeking to decolonize and diversify new or existing courses in journalism and mass communication. The preconference will also be an opportunity to discuss issues such as communication infrastructure and data sovereignty. Each key theme will be introduced with a brief presentation, then opened to discussion by participants.   The preconference is intended to be of interest to members of these communities in North America, journalists and others who write about Indigenous peoples, and all scholars interested in understanding the dynamics of indigenous communities, media and audiences. Coffee and light breakfast refreshments will be offered. Pre-registration is required.  Workshop will be held at the Detroit Free Press headquarters, 160 W. Fort St. For information contact Dawn Gilpin, Arizona State University, (CCSD)


1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

(w08) Twitter API v2 for Academic Research
Sponsored by Communication Technology Division
$15 Fee (Participation limited to 40)

Learn to access Twitter data from the new Twitter API v2 and join a community of AEJMC Twitter researchers. Led by Suhem Parack (@suhemparack), Developer Relations for Academic Research at Twitter, this workshop will cover the basics of working with and developing for the Twitter API including how to apply for Academic Research access, common API endpoints, structuring queries, and how to process and analyze Twitter data. No prior coding knowledge is needed, but a willingness to learn Python or R is required. Attendees new to coding are especially encouraged to register! Introductory materials and community help will be made available before the conference. During the workshop, attendees will have hands-on help from AEJMC members. Attendees must have a Twitter account and bring a computer to work hands-on. The workshop will be most useful for those who have preliminary ideas for a research topic or application. Once registered, attendees will be sent information for setting up their working environment, applying for API access, and information for the CTEC Twitter Developer Community. Questions on this workshop should be sent to:


1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

(w10) Eyeing the Job Market as a Doctoral Student
Sponsored by Newspaper and Online News Division and Graduate Student Interest Group
$10 Fee

How do you launch your career? What “soft skills” are appealing to employers as you enter the job market? How do you know which positions to apply for? What if your skillset/research area does not match exactly what is advertised. What would a “typical” experience be at an R-1 institution versus more teaching focused schools? How about public vs. private universities? What about outside of the university setting? We’ll consider these questions and more through advice from our panelists to get grad students at all levels ready for the job market.  Pre-registration is required.  For information contact Patrick R. Johnson, Iowa or Patrick Ferrucci, Colorado Boulder (NOND, GSIG).


1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

(w11) The ASPIRE Workshop: Active Strategies for Pedagogy in Research and Education 
Sponsored by Public Relations Division
$20 Fee (Participation limited to 50)

The state of higher education continues to evolve at a rapid pace and there is a growing need for pedagogy scholars to explore classroom-tested innovations in teaching. The Active Strategies for Pedagogy in Research and Education (ASPIRE) Workshop is a half-day pre-conference that provides practical guidance for beginning, or continuing, an active research pedagogy agenda that will the enhance education of students and support career advancement of faculty. The ASPIRE workshop will provide a variety of panels that explore the state of pedagogy research in journalism and mass communication disciplines, methods and best practices of conducting various types of pedagogy research, breakout sessions to collaborate on pedagogy research topics, and how to successfully leverage pedagogy research for career advancement. The workshop will conclude with presentations from the Public Relations Division Great Ideas for Teaching (GIFT) Competition. The workshop is open for all AEJMC members. Pre-registration is required. For information contact Holly Overton, Pennsylvania State University, (PRDV)


1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Women Faculty Moving Forward: Securing the Future

Sponsored by Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Florida International University, the Commission on the Status of Women and the Council of Affiliates

Must Pre-register with contact below (Participation limited to 40)

This annual workshop with accomplished academics will help junior women faculty move forward in their careers through mentoring, networking and preparing for tenure and promotion and administration and leadership positions. By prior application only.  Contact for workshop is Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver at (Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Florida International University, the Commission on the Status of Women and the Council of Affiliates)


5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Kopenhaver Center Fellows Reception

Sponsored by Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Florida International University, the Commission on the Status of Women and the Scripps Howard Foundation

By Invitation Only

All past and present Kopenhaver Center Fellows are welcome to join us for this reception and informal networking time. Thank you to the Scripps Howard Foundation for their sponsorship.  Contact is Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver at (Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Florida International University, the Commission on the Status of Women and the Scripps Howard Foundation)


7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

(w12) History Division Awards Gala

$5 Fee

Sponsored by History Division

The History Division Awards Gala will recognize our top award winners of the year and celebrate the importance of journalism history. Pre-registration is required. For information, contact Cayce Myers at (HIST)



Conference Breakfasts/Luncheons/Fun Run

7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(w13) AEJMC Fun Run — Daily Opportunities

$10 Fee

Sponsored by AEJMC Council of Divisions

The 2022 Fun Run will leave from the conference hotel lobby at the designated times throughout the week of the conference. Participants receive a finisher medal featuring the 2022 conference logo, and funds raised benefit graduate student travel scholarships. If you have any questions, feel free to join the “AEJMC Running + Walking Club” on Facebook. (AEJMC)



Thursday, August 4, 2022

8:30 to 10 a.m.

(w14) Kappa Tau Alpha Advisors’ Breakfast

$15 Fee

Sponsored by Kappa Tau Alpha

All advisors from KTA chapters are welcome to attend. KTA remains committed to its guiding principles of Knowledge, Truth and Accuracy. Pre-registration is required.  For information, contact Beverly Horvit at (KTA)


12:30 to 2 p.m.

(w15) Kappa Tau Alpha/AEJMC Award Luncheon

$52 Fee

Sponsored by Kappa Tau Alpha and AEJMC

This luncheon recognizes both associations’ award winners and divisions’ top student paper winners. Anyone is welcome to attend. KTA remains committed to its guiding principles of Knowledge, Truth and Accuracy.  Pre-registration is required.  For information, contact Beverly Horvit at (KTA, AEJMC)


Noon to 2 p.m.

(w17) Teacher of the Year Annual (Offsite) Luncheon — Andiamo Detroit Riverfront in the GM Renaissance Center (same as conference hotel)

$30 Fee

(Participation limited to 50)

Sponsored by Small Programs Interest Group

Teacher of the Year luncheon will be held at Andiamo Detroit Riverfront, 400 Renaissance Center A-03, just a minute walk from the AEJMC Conference Hotel. Pre-Registration is Required. For additional information contact Jeremy Sarachan, St. John Fisher College, (SPIG)


12:30 to 2 p.m.

(w16) Visual Communication Division Annual (Offsite) Luncheon — Andiamo Detroit Riverfront in the GM Renaissance Center (same as conference hotel)

$50 Fee (this covers meal, non-alcoholic beverages, taxes, gratuity)

(Participation limited to 90)

Sponsored by Visual Communication Division

Join us for the Visual Communication division’s annual luncheon at Andiamo Detroit Riverfront in the GM Renaissance Center (the same center as the main conference hotel). Expect to enjoy some of the restaurants signature dishes, our guest speaker TBD, and lots of time to meet and mingle with other members. Any AEJMC member is welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required. For additional information contact Shannon Zenner, Elon, (VISC)