Southeast Professor Recognized by Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication



Sept. 12, 2003 – Dr. Tamara Baldwin, Southeast Missouri State University professor of mass communication, was recently awarded the grand prize in the 2003 Great Ideas For Teachers (GIFT) competition at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual convention in Kansas City, Mo.

Baldwin’s prize-winning idea is entitled “Sticks, Stones, String and Clay: How to Get Students to Think Critically About the Complexity of Human Communication in the Past and Today.” Her entry was published along with 24 others in a special edition of “The Community College Journalist,” was recognized on the GIFT Web site and was displayed at the AEJMC convention.

“I was surprised and thrilled to be selected as the winner of the GIFT,” Baldwin said. “There were so many wonderful teaching ideas on display. My selection as winner this year validated for me that the teaching of mass media history is important and valued,” she said. “Seeing all the great ideas in teaching that my colleagues across the nation are using in their classes tells me that a lot of very good things are happening in journalism and mass media classrooms all over the place,” she added.

The GIFT Program’s goal is to recognize excellent standards in teaching journalism and mass communication courses and to provide educators with fresh ideas for creating or updating their lessons. The program is sponsored by the Community College Journalism Association (CCJA), the Small Programs Interest Group (SPIG), Newspaper Division and Scholastic Journalism Division.

For more information on the GIFT program, visit To purchase copies of the publication featuring Baldwin’s idea and the 24 others, send requests to