Minutes – Nov. 8, 2018

NJCA Executive Board Phone Conference
Thursday, November 8, 2018 – 7:30pm

In attendance:  Chris Caldiero,  Rick Dool, Todd Kelshaw, Erica Osmond,  Evelyn Plummer, Gary Radford

Call to Order 7:34pm

  1. Reports/Information

 

  1. First Vice President Todd Kelshaw thanked those who were able to call in and asked for approval of the minutes of  April 14, 2018–both for the Annual Business meeting and  the Board to Board meeting)
  2. Atlantic Journal of Communication: Journal Editor, Gary Radford reported on the strength of the journal. Current submissions are under consideration for the April 2020 issue. Several updates followed.

(1)   Journal Editor, Gary Radford, President Barbara Baron, and Treasurer Christopher Caldiero have spoken with the publisher, Taylor & Francis who acknowledged that its mailing lists had become so outdated, it was willing to waive all outstanding invoices (approximately $5000-$6000). We currently have a zero balance. It’s now up to us to provide a correct membership list. Gary will forward the details of our new operational agreement with T & F to Todd.
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Update: Venue Changed for Larry Frey

UPDATED: The college has changed the venue of his lecture to Kendall Hall, the Main Stage Theater, not the Library Auditorium as previously announced.

Takin’ it to the Community Streets and University Seats: Promoting Social Justice through Communication Activism Research and Teaching

Given the specter of social injustice, with a long list of injustices affecting those who are
oppressed and marginalized, the need for scholars to use their theories, research methods, and pedagogical practices to engage in direct vigorous action to support needed social change has never been more apparent and important. This presentation explains a new perspective—communication activism—that highlights the unique and central role of communication in promoting social justice, explicates theoretical commitments and applied practices of this perspective, provides concrete examples of this research and pedagogy, and identifies lessons learned from that scholarship about being part of the solution.

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Prof. Frey at TCNJ

Takin’ it to the Community Streets and University Seats: Promoting Social Justice through Communication Activism Research and Teaching

Given the specter of social injustice, with a long list of injustices affecting those who are
oppressed and marginalized, the need for scholars to use their theories, research methods, and pedagogical practices to engage in direct vigorous action to support needed social change has never been more apparent and important. This presentation explains a new perspective—communication activism—that highlights the unique and central role of communication in promoting social justice, explicates theoretical commitments and applied practices of this perspective, provides concrete examples of this research and pedagogy, and identifies lessons learned from that scholarship about being part of the solution.

Speaker notes: Lawrence (Larry) R. Frey is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder, specializing in applied communication scholarship. He is the author or editor of 17 books and more than 100 other publications, and he has received 20 distinguished awards, including the National Communication Association’s Gerald M. Phillips Award for (lifetime) Distinguished Applied Communication Scholarship. He is a member of the Central States Communication Association’s Hall of Fame, a past president of that organization, and a recipient of its Outstanding Teacher Award.

Prof. Frey will be visiting the College of New Jersey on Oct. 24 and 25. He will deliver this public speech on Oct. 24 at 4 pm.

If interested, please attend.

2019 Conference Announcement

Plan to join us on Saturday April 6, 2019 for the 23rd annual conference of the New Jersey Communication Association.

Hosted by students, faculty, and administrators of Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media, the event promises lots of “fun and games” (the conference’s theme) with stimulating panels, round-table conversations, workshops, poster sessions, and even some game-playing,  as well as a keynote address from Dr. John Gastil of Penn State University’s Department of Communication Arts and Sciences and the McCourtney Institute for Democracy.

Keep an eye out for a call for submissions, which will be accepted through the end of January, 2019. If, in the meantime, you have questions, please contact NJCA 2nd vice president, Dr. Todd Kelshaw at todd.kelshaw@montclair.edu or 973.655.5162.

Minutes Apr. 14, 2018

Minutes of the NJCA annual business meeting
April 14, 2018, Brookdale Community College, NJ   

 

  1. Call to Order: After lunch, the meeting was called to order at 12:25 by President Gina Marcello as she welcomed the attendees to the 22nd annual conference: Opening Doors, Building Bridges: Promoting Civility.
  2. President’s Report: She reported that through the efforts of Treasurer, Chris Caldiero, the association’s nonprofit status has been restored. In addition, she thanked Social Media Director, Chis Walker for the restoration of the NJCA website and 1st Vice President Barbara Baron for organizing this year’s conference.
  3. Treasurer’s Report: Christopher Caldiero reported that the NJCA has regained its nonprofit status with the IRS. In addition, there is now a PayPal account with a linked checking account. Current plans point to using the same kind of online advance registration procedure next year. Overall, the association is in good financial shape.  Income is expected to cover expenses.
  4. Second Vice President’s Report: Todd Kelshaw announced that next year’s conference currently is scheduled for April 6, 2019 at Montclair State University with the theme: “Fun and Games” (as interpreted  broadly to include ideas as diverse as Wittgenstein,  gaming, sports,  debate, etc. ). Dr. John Gastil will give the Keynote address.  A renowned scholar in deliberative democracy, Dr. Gastil also researches group decision making and online civic engagement.
  5. Journal Editor’s Report: Gary Radford provided a written report on the status of Atlantic Journal of Communication (AJC) (see below). He reminded the body that the Journal has had a long history which actually predates the NJCA. Several factors demonstrate the journal’s quality and credibility, including an international reach, blind peer review, competitive acceptance rates, and being published by Taylor & Francis, the same company used by the National Communication Association. There are five issues per year with the fifth generally being a special issue. The next such special issue is being edited by Dr. Howard Giles on the topic of Group Communication.

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