2016 AEJMC Student Magazine Contest

By Carol Holstead

Consider entering your students' work in the 2016 AEJMC Student Magazine Content. The Call for Entries describes the details.

If you have questions, please contact the contest coordinator, Carol Holstead, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Kansas, at

This three-decade old contest is run by the Magazine Division of AEJMC. The Magazine Division is a group of journalism professors who teach courses in magazine writing, editing, design and management at dozens of universities around the world.

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, or AEJMC, is a major international membership organization for academics in the field, offering regional and national conferences and refereed publications. It has numerous membership divisions, interest groups, publications and websites.

The entry fee is $20 per entry, payable by check only to AEJMC Student Magazine Contest. Please write one check to cover all fees from a school. Send checks to Carol Holstead, 1435 Jayhawk Blvd., University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045.

To enter the con
test, click on ENTER and follow the prompts for "Open Call Contestant Login." In the dialogue box, you will see "Open Call Contestant Login" at the bottom.

After you set up an account, the contest manager will authorize you to enter via email. When you have been authorized, you will be able to upload entries. You will always sign in as an "Open Call Contestant." Look for that button on the log-in pages.

This contest is open to all higher education programs. Entries are limited to classroom or closely advised magazine projects and must be submitted by an academic adviser. Individual student entries are not allowed. Each school is limited to five entries per category.

First place winners in each category are awarded $100, except for Magazine Startup/Team and New Magazine Ideas. First place winners in the Team category will receive $1,500; second and third place winners each will receive $750. Winners in the New Magazine Ideas category will receive $1,000 for first place, and $500 for second and third places. These awards are funded by the City and Regional Magazine Association. Winners who would like to attend the CRMA conference in Denver May 21-23 also will receive two nights of lodging.

All winners receive a certificate, plus the honor of having your work judged by some of the magazine industry's finest practitioners.

Many thanks to Carol Holstead for organizing the Student Magazine Contest again this year!

Latest issue of Magazine Matter

Enjoy the winter issue of our division newsletter, Magazine Matter. To print the newsletter in spreads, download the spread version. If you prefer single pages, download the single-page version.


• Susan Currie Sivek's "Note from the Division Head" shares, among other topics, wonderful news about our division's name.

• Carol Holstead informs us of exciting new possibilities in submitting to the magazine competition.

• In case you did not have the opportunity to read it in other venues, we've also included the history of our division's journal.

• And, Miglena Sternadori has provided the grid for programming for the AEJMC Minneapolis conference; hot off the press, it is included here as well.

• A special thank you to Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin for doing such a terrific write-up of the San Francisco magazine tour, with notes on each visit, including info on internships, the state of the field, and challenges of new technologies, not to mention photos.

Many thanks to newsletter editor Sheila Webb for editing and producing this informative issue. Please send Sheila articles for the next issue.

Fall issue of the Magazine Division’s journal

You'll find these articles featured in the latest issue of the Journal of Magazine & New Media Research.

Editor's Reflection: Keep Your Eyes Wide
Elizabeth Hendrickson, Ohio University

Business as Usual? The Cultural, Economic, and Social Capital of Magazines in a Russian City
Yulia S. Medvedeva, University of Missouri

The Contribution of City Magazines to the Urban Information Environment
Susan Currie Sivek, Linfield College

Persuading the Public to Lose Weight: An Analysis of a Decade (2001-2011) of Magazine Advertisement
Suman Mishra, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
Rebecca Kern, Manhattan College

The Future of the Magazine Form: Digital Transformation, Digital Continuity
David Abrahamson, Northwestern University

Academic Agility and Collegial Conversations: The Past, Present and Future of the Journal of Magazine & New Media Research
Kathleen Endres, University of Akron
Leara Rhodes, University of Georgia
Carol B. Schwalbe, University of Arizona
Miglena Sternadori, Texas Tech University
David Sumner, Ball State University

Book Review: Twenty Years of Magazine Research
David Sumner, Ball State University

Book Review: Harrington Shares His Craft of Storytelling
David Sumner, Ball State University

Book Review: A Life in the Hazy Borderlands Between Journalism and Literature
Kevin Lerner, Marist College

Student Magazines

A question from Donna Harrington-Lueker about student magazines prompted a number of responses on the Magazine Division listserv. A list of student magazines has been added to this site. If you would like to add a student magazine, please send the link and a brief description to Carol Schwalbe.

Please submit articles to the Journal of Magazine & New Media Research

The Magazine Division’s scholarly, refereed journal is now entering its 12th year. Its focus is the promotion and publication of research dealing with magazines and new media and the pedagogy related to those two areas. The journal publishes research reports, interpretive articles, opinion pieces, and critical reviews of books and teaching materials that deal with the field of magazines and new media.

If you’re interested in submitting an article, opinion piece, or review, check out the journal guidelines.

Please contribute to the Course Syllabi Sharing Service

Begun in 2002, the Course Syllabi Sharing Service includes copies of syllabi from magazine courses taught around the country, including feature writing and introductory magazine writing, advanced magazine writing and literary journalism, magazine design, magazine editing, magazine management, and online media.

If you’d like to participate in this service, please e-mail Carol Schwalbe a Word document or PDF file of your syllabi along with the name of the course. If your syllabi are already online, you can send me the URL.

Events, Etc.

Interested in reviewing a book or receiving a book to review for the Journal of Magazine & New Media Research?

Please contact Book Review Editor David Sumner.


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