Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (USA)

Conceived in 1912 by a small group of educators, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication began its existence as a nonprofit organization dedicated to compiling statistics about journalist schools and courses and to holding an annual conference of teachers and others interested in journalism. The prime mover and first president of the group, then called the American Association of Teachers of Journalism, was Willard G. Bleyer of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Bleyer later pushed for the creation of the Journalism Bulletin, first edited by Lawrence Murphy at the University of North Dakota and later renamed as Journalism and Mass Communication Abstracts, to report on outstanding research in formal studies of journalism.

The association currently has more than 3,700 members from many nations. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation and other groups provided substantial financial support in 2000 for a 1999 acquisition of new headquarters in Columbia, South Carolina, with individual members also contributing a significant amount to pay down debt. Dedicated divisions now track modern online publishing practices, advertising methodologies, historical research techniques and other specialized areas of journalism and communications, and the organization offers grants to emerging scholars for research and teaching projects. A website supports a discussion forum and job listings, and a social-media outreach effort has established presences on Twitter, Facebook and similar platforms.

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