Journalism accrediting council seeks voice from AAJA

The pipeline for journalists starts early, and AAJA has a unique opportunity to help the next generation by participating in the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

ACEJMC‘s membership is a mix of academics and representatives of news organizations, and the council meets regularly to evaluate professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities.

AAJA has been invited to rejoin the council, with a grant underwriting AAJA’s dues for participation. As a condition of our return, we need to designate a member to participate in semiannual meetings to help with accrediting decisions. AAJA’s representative will be able to weigh in on how institutions make admissions decisions and to assess the curriculum’s emphasis on issues of diversity.

This is a volunteer position and requires travel to meetings lasting at least a day (usually in May and August). It is an opportunity to make sure a key mission of AAJA — to encourage Asian American and Pacific Islanders to pursue journalism careers — is met.

If you are interested in being our ACEJMC representative, you must be a dues-paying member of AAJA, and you must be working in media (people in PR and advertising positions are eligible; academics are not). Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 15.

Click here for the application. If you have questions about the volunteer role, please contact AAJA National President Doris Truong.