Wells, coauthors win Top Paper award at AEJMC

At last month’s annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Assistant professor Chris Wells and his coauthors Lance Bennett and Deen Freelon received the Distinguished Top Political Communication Paper Award. The award is given by the Political Communication Interest Group of the AEJMC, and recognized their article, “Communicating Civic Engagement: Contrasting Models of Citizenship in the Youth Web Sphere,” published last year in Journal of Communication.

The article, and Wells’ continuing work, concern what civic engagement means to young citizens of the digital 21st century, and how proponents of youth citizenship are designing civic learning experiences to appeal to young people.