2017 Best of the Web/Best of Digital Competition: Call for Entries

The “Best of the Web/Best of Digital” competition is an annual Web and app design contest for members of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication. There are four categories to accommodate submissions ranging from individuals and small groups to department- and institution-wide projects. Judging will be done by Web and app design professionals and academics with a background in Web and app design and technology.

The competition has its own website that contains a variety of more information. Click here to submit entries.

The competition is offered as a collaboration between the Communication Technology and Visual Communication divisions of the AEJMC.

Submission deadline is April 16, 2017. There is no entry fee. See the Rules page for more information.

AEJMC’s VisCom Division provides a separate competition for non-digital work. More information about the Creative Projects Competition can be found here.

2017 AEJMC Conference

Annual Conference
The Visual Communication Division has a full agenda planned for the 2017 AEJMC conference. Highlights include a preconference workshop with world-renowned data visualization expert Alberto Cairo, a luncheon with a past president of the Society for News Design, the annual teaching tips marathon cosponsored with Magazine Division, creative research, the Best of Digital awards presentation, and the latest research in our field.

Preconference
Scholar and author Alberto Cairo will discuss his theory, practice and use of data visualizations in the journalism and mass communication classroom and industry. The preconference workshop is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, August 8. Pre-registration is required, and you can sign up when you register for the conference. The workshop costs $30. Cairo’s books, The Functional Art and The Truthful Art, are essential reading for data visualization. His blog, The Functional Art, is updated with the latest in data visualization trends.

Luncheon
Susan Mango Curtis, past president of the Society for News Design and an associate professor at Northwestern University, and photojournalists from the Chicago Tribune will speak at the Visual Communication Division annual luncheon. Dine at Lawry’s The Prime Rib steakhouse in the McCormick mansion at 100 East Ontario Street, one block north of the Marriott.

The luncheon will be noon-1:30 p.m., Friday, August 11. Guests will have a choice of entrée (prime rib, salmon, or vegetarian lasagna) with a salad and dessert. Pre-registration is required and you can sign up when you register for the conference. The luncheon costs $40.

The 100th annual AEJMC conference is scheduled for August 9-12 at the Marriott Magnificent Mile in Chicago.

2017 Creative Projects Competition: Call for Entries

2017 Creative Projects Competition: Call For Entries

Visual Communications Division of AEJMC

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2017 April 10, 2017

What is the Creative Projects Competition?

The 2017 Creative Projects Competition is an opportunity to have your creative scholarship vetted in a blind-juried, peer-reviewed forum. In order to achieve a high standard of quality the acceptance rate will be below 30%.
Note: There is a limit of two entries per person.

What work should you enter?

The format is non-restrictive, but an entry must include a strong visual component that would typically appear as “Creative Scholarship” or “Creative Work” on your curriculum vitae. Projects that have been accepted into the Creative Projects competition in the past include: historical studies, visual communication, photojournalism, books and documentaries. Work created between April 1, 2016 and April 1, 2017 is eligible to enter.

How will the work be judged?

The work will be judged by a panel of judges using the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the focus of the AEJMC Visual Communication Division
  • Contributions to professional practice or pedagogical approach
  • Overall strength of the work
  • Clarity and effectiveness
  • Creativity of the work

How do I enter?

OPTION 1: ENTER ONLINE

  1. Fill out an Entry Form for each entry you are submitting.
  2. Your submission should include a one-page explanation of the problem and your solution. You should stress your solution’s significance to the study of visual journalism, as well as any connections to pedagogical approaches or theories.
  3. Create a folder with your completed entry form and no more than four high quality digital images of your entry. Compress the folder and label it with the project name. Upload the compressed file to Google Drive and share it with the Creative Projects Competition Chair. A video tutorial of this process can be found here.

OPTION 2: MAIL IN AN ENTRY

Unfortunately we are unable to return entry materials. Please do not send any work that is in low supply. In addition, all entries must be postmarked by April 1, 2017.

  1. Fill out an Entry Form for each entry you are submitting, and attach the form to the back of the piece.
  2. Your submission should include a one-page explanation of the problem and your solution. You should stress your solution’s significance to the study of visual journalism, as well as any connections to pedagogical approaches or theories.
  3. Please provide one high-quality digital image on a flash drive for each entry submitted.

Acceptable File Formats

Each entry, whether submitted digitally or mailed in, must be accompanied by a digital image. This image should:

  • Be saved as a 72 dpi .tiff, .jpg file, or PDF file
  • Have a dimension of 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Have the color mode set to RGB

Mail Entries To:

Bonnie Layton
Senior Lecturer
The Media School
Indiana University
030E Franklin Hall
601 E Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN
47405

When will I be notified?

Winners will be contacted in May 2017. Historically, selected winners are asked to present their work during a 15-minute presentation at the AEJMC conference. More information about this presentation will be forwarded as details about the conference are determined.

Questions & Comments

Please email bllayton@indiana.edu.