I’m proud to announce I am now a published academic.
My article is titled “U.S. Student Media Associations’ Mission Statements Provide Discursive Leadership in Support of Civic Culture,” and it can be found here: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/10776958231170319
It was officially published on April 28, 2023, by Journalism and Mass Communication Educator (JMCE), which is one of the flagship journals of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).
Here is the abstract of my article, which looked at the language used in the mission statements of U.S.-based student media associations:
As political division and polarization continually increases in the United States, civic knowledge faces decline. Journalism education provides a potential remedy for these democracy-endangering harms by imparting valuable instruction regarding civics and the role of the media in society. However, with no standardization in the country, individual educators and school districts largely must develop their own curricula. Luckily, student media associations provide support and leadership to student media programs, which is articulated through their mission statements. Filling a gap in the existing research, this study conducted a thematic analysis and found discursive leadership within the mission statements of such associations.(Vogts, 2023)
I anticipate that it will appear in an upcoming edition of JMCE. I don’t know when it might be printed, but a new edition of the journal comes out each summer, fall, winter, and spring.
On March 30, I received word that a journal article I had submitted was accepted for publication, and this decision came after resubmitting my manuscript with the revisions I had been asked to make as part of the peer-review process.
This was an article I researched and wrote in my spare time as it does not relate to my dissertation work. However, it does stem from work I did during a class I took as part of my doctoral coursework.
Getting published in an academic journal marks an important milestone for my career as an academic researcher. At many institutions of higher education, publications are required for tenure and promotion, so starting to build a track record of being published is crucial.
What makes this even more special is that my first publishing credit is for a solo-authored article. That’s not always the case, especially for a person’s first article.
Often, researchers collaborate with other academics, and then those pieces get published with shared credit. I look forward to doing that in the future, and it wasn’t something I was opposed to as I researched and wrote this article.
Rather, I just worked on it as a bit of a side project. My true goal was to complete a research project and submit it for peer review so I could get feedback.
Having it accepted exceeded my expectations, and I am beyond thrilled by this outcome. I am grateful to JMCE for greenlighting it, and I owe special thanks to Jacob Groshek, Ph.D., for providing guidance and feedback as I navigated the process.
The article is behind a paywall, but if anyone would like to read it, all they need to do is reach out to me. I would be happy to share my work with anyone interested.