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Ida B. & Beyond Pre-Conference & AEJMC Southeast Colloquium a Success

Amber RoessnerMike MartinezThe University of Tennessee hosted the 40th annual AEJMC Southeast Colloquium on March 26-28, 2015. The event was hosted in conjunction with the Ida B. & Beyond Conference on March 26.

AEJMC Southeast is the oldest and most successful of AEJMC’s (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) regional midyear meetings.

“As the leading academic association of schools of journalism and mass communication, it was an honor to host AEJMC’s Southeast Colloquium,” said Mike Martinez, JEM assistant professor and chair of this year’s conference. “2015 marks the fourth time UT has hosted the colloquium with prior years including the 2nd in 1977, the 11th in 1986, and the 22nd in 1997.”  

The keynote speaker was Jane E. Kirtley, Silha Professor and director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The theme of this year’s colloquium was legal and press freedoms, along with the changing landscape of surveillance and how it is affecting the way journalists work.

JEM Assistant Professor Amber Roessner led two panel discussions at the Ida B. & Beyond Pre-Conference.  The main speaker was Mia Bay, preeminent Ida B. Wells-Barnett scholar and the Director of the Center for Race & Ethnicity at Rutgers University.

“Kudos to Mike Martinez and Amber Roessner for successfully organizing the AEJMC 40th Annual Southeast Colloquium and the Ida B. & Beyond Pre-Conference,” said CCI Associate Dean Catherine Luther.  “There were great sessions during this year’s events with many of our students and faculty participating.”