The University of Tennessee will be hosting the 40th Annual AEJMC Southeast Colloquium on March 26-28, 2015. This event will be hosted in conjunction with the Ida B. Wells & Beyond conference which will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015. AEJMC Southeast is the oldest and most successful regional journalism and mass communication meeting. AEJMC (The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) is a premier journalism academic accreditation association and was held for the first time in the year 1976. "AEJMC accredits journalism schools across the country, and this regional conference takes place at a different southeast school each year. This year will be the fourth time that UT has hosted it as we held the 2nd annual in 1977, the 11th annual in 1986, and the 22nd annual in 1997," said Dr. Martinez, a professor in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media.
This particular conference is comprised of six academic parts, and is a precursor aimed at student scholars in presenting scholarly papers and prepping them to submit to the national AEJMC conference. Dr. Martinez said, "Here at the Southeast Colloquium, students are able to present and get feedback, then polish their work before submitting it to the national conference."
This year, the main speaker for the AEJMC Southeast Colloquium is Jane E. Kirtley, the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, and directs The Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law. The topic this year will be regarding legal and press freedoms, and the changing landscape of surveillance and how it is affecting the way journalists work.
The first link provided below contains the schedule for each event, and the second link is to the Ida B. Wells & Beyond website created by UT students in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media.