Emerging Scholars Program

Questions about the AEJMC Emerging Scholars Program should be directed to Jennifer McGill at AEJMCHQ@aol.com or 803-798-0271.

Emerging Scholars Recipients for 2015

  • Jan Boehmer, University of Miami
    “Motivating News Engagement: How Social Cues Affect Learning From News”
  • Lindita Camaj, University of Houston
    “Media Use of Freedom of Information Law to Set the News Agenda in Bulgaria”
  • Gerry Lanosga, Indiana University
    “The Emergence of Professional Prizes and the Development of Journalistic Professionalism in the U.S.”
  • Edson C. Tandoc, Nanyang Technological University
    “What’s the Buzz? Find Out How Buzzfeed is Transforming the Journalistic Field

Emerging Scholars Recipients for 2014

  • Gang (Kevin) Han, Iowa State University
    “Mapping Health Information Flow and Knowledge Diffusion on Microblogging: A Social Network Analysis of Social Influence on Twitter”
  • Seth Lewis, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    “Big Data and Journalism: Epistemology, Expertise, and Ethics”
  • Hyunjin Seo, University of Kansas
    “Roles of Visuals During Syrian Conflicts: Toward a Theoretical Model of Visual Propaganda in Social Media Age”
  • Nikki Usher, George Washington University
    “For-Profit News Start-ups and the Future of Journalism”

Emerging Scholars Recipients for 2013

  • Miao Guo, Ball State University
    “Double Vision: Examining Second Screen Usages and Impacts in a Social Television Viewing Environment”
  • Beth Knobel, Fordham University
    “The Watchdog Still Bites: How Accountability Reporting is Evolving in the Internet Era”
  • Marcus Messner, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Marcia DiStaso, Penn State University
    “Turning to the Wiki-Doctor? A Study of Wikipedia Health Information Use and Perceived Credibility by Internet Users and Doctors”
  • Jingsi Wu, Hofstra University
    “Entertainment and Public Sphere in Contemporary China”

Emerging Scholars Recipients for 2012

  • Elina Erzikova, Central Michigan University
    “Submissiveness and Subversiveness: Two Sides of the Same Coin? Interdisciplinary Analysis of Russian Media’s Trajectories”
  • Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante and Jeannine Relly, University of Arizona
    “Silencing Mexico: A Study of Influences on Mexican and U.S. Journalists Reporting along the Northern Border”
  • Robert Handley, University of Denver
    “Are Global Journalistic Practices and Global Epistemology Emerging? Evidence from Multinational and Extra-National Journalistic Partnerships”
  • Weirui Wang, Florida International University, and Nan Yu, North Dakota State University
    “The Power of Acculturation: Understanding Online Information Seeking Among New Immigrants”

Emerging Scholars Recipients for 2011

  • Jennifer Stevens Aubrey, Missouri
    “Teen Pregnancy and Health Literacy: An Entertainment Education Approach to Examining the Impact of 16 and Pregnant”
  • Jiyoung Cha, North Texas
    “Social Television: Redefinition of Social Interaction among Television Viewers in the 21st Century”
  • Jakob D. Jensen, Purdue
    “The Influence of Ethnic Newspaper Consumption on Cancer Prevention Behaviors: A Test of the Cognitive Mediation Model”
  • Susan Keith, Rutgers
    “Homegrown Media Criticism: The U.S. Journalism Review Movement, 1958-1977”

Emerging Scholars Recipients for 2010

  • Bill Herman, Hunter College & Minjeong Kim, Colorado State University
    “The Internet Defends Itself: The Network Neutrality Debate on the Web”
  • Heather LaMarre, University of Minnesota
    “Citizen Journalism and Social Media in the 2010 Election: A Multi-method Approach to Understanding Emerging Trends and Innovations in Mass Communication Campaigns”
  • Jasmine McNealy, Louisiana State University
    “A Survey of Subpoenas Against Anonymous Internet Speakers and Outcomes”
  • Leigh Moscowitz, College of Charleston
    “Gay Marriage in the News”


AEJMC Emerging Scholars Program:
Tips for Creating a Strong Proposal

The successful research project should contribute to the body of knowledge, should be designed so that it could be executed successfully, and should be within the abilities of the researcher to complete. To demonstrate that your project has these characteristics, we suggest the following for your proposal.

• Make sure the proposal is well developed and clearly explains your project.
• Explain the importance of the topic and the broad implications that this research can have.
• Follow the specific categories from the call to make it easier for the reviewers evaluate.
• Spell out the anticipated outcomes – What article(s) will be produced? How does this study advance our knowledge in the area?
• Provide a title for the proposal. It helps crystallize the topic in the reviewer’s mind right off the bat.
• Describe methods clearly and succinctly. How will you select your sample? How and why will the sample allow you to address the aims of the project? How will you analyze the sample?
• Make sure the budget provides details. You should break out the categories and list exactly how the funds will be used.
• Explain how this grant will assist in completing the project. If the project requires more funds than available, explain where the rest will come from so the work can be completed.

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