The Media Ecology Association (MEA) has put out a call for submissions for its annual 2013 MEA Awards. MEA is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the study, research, criticism and application of media ecology on different platforms. Media ecology, as written on the MEA’s website is “the study of media environments, the idea that technology and techniques, modes of information and codes of communication play a leading role in human affairs".
Nominations are being accepted for 12 awards. Here are the nine that relate to journalism:
The Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology
Open to books published in 2010 or later on any topic related to media ecology.
The Dorothy Lee Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Culture
Open to books and articles published in 2010 or later that focus on the ethnographic or intercultural analysis of communication, perception, cognition, consciousness, media, technology; material culture, and/or the natural environment.
The Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics
Open to books and articles published in 2010 or later that focus on the history and/or philosophy of technology or science; studies of specific technologies, techniques, or media, and/or their social, cultural, and psychological effects; analysis and criticism of the technological/information society
The Walter Benjamin Award for Outstanding Article in the Field of Media Ecology
Open to articles, essays, reviews, and book chapters published in 2010 or later on any topic related to media ecology. Dorothy Lee Award, and/or the Lewis Mumford Award.
The Harold A. Innis Award for Outstanding Thesis or Dissertation in the Field of Media Ecology[node:ad]
Open to any Master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation completed for a degree granted in 2010 or later on any topic related to media ecology.
The John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in the Field of Media Ecology
Open to works of art, media production, professional activity or other practical applications of the media ecology approach introduced in 2010 or later.
The Louis Forsdale Award for Outstanding Educator in the Field of Media Ecology
Open to any instructor on any educational level.
The Jacques Ellul Award for Outstanding Media Ecology Activism
Open to any individual engaged in political activism whose work is informed by the media ecology perspective.
The James W. Carey Award for Outstanding Journalism
Open to any individual engaged in journalism whose work is informed by the media ecology perspective.
Submissions require a letter of nomination or self-nomination and copies of work. Entries are due by November 15 and can be sent to: Brian Cogan, Awards Coordinator, Media Ecology Association, Department of Communications, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY 11571.
For further information, check out the MEA website.
Angelina King is a freelance journalist who works as a reporter for CTV News Channel in Toronto. She previously reported for CTV in her hometown of Saskatoon and is a graduate of Ryerson University's journalism program. Angelina has a special interest in court and justice reporting, but is always grateful to share a human interest story. You can reach her at: @angelinakCTV.