Kay Colley, Ph.D., associate professor and mass communication department chair was awarded a $300 grant from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). She was one of three recipients of the AEJMC Newspaper & Online News Division’s 2018-2019 Research and Teaching Grants Program for her proposal “Integrating New Concepts into a Yearly Live Event/Live Coverage of a Crisis.”
Texas Wesleyan’s annual live event involves mass communication and criminal justice students. They learn how to respond to and cover a simulated crisis on campus in an environment that prepares them for a real crisis should they encounter one. The grant will be used to convert websites used in the event from free versions to paid versions, giving students more features than they would otherwise have. The websites allow students to practice writing and posting news stories and press releases.
According to Colley’s proposal, the grant “would support integrating new concepts into a yearly live event/live coverage of a crisis that involves students in Integrated Media Reporting, Digital Design and Editing, Practicum, Mobile Production and Public Relations Campaigns and Programs working with criminal justice and sociology students.”
The Newspaper & Online News Division is a division of The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. “The Association’s mission is to promote the highest possible standards for journalism and mass communication education, to cultivate the widest possible 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.”