The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) has selected University of Miami School of Communication journalism professor Joseph B. Treaster as a recipient of a 2013-14 Scripps Howard Foundation/AEJMC Social Media Externship Grant.

The grant supports the opportunity for journalism faculty to spend two weeks this summer learning first-hand how newspapers and broadcast stations use social media across multiple platforms.  Professors will then take this knowledge into their classrooms during the fall and winter/spring semesters.

Treaster, the John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Cross-Cultural Communication, will be spending two weeks at the Knoxville News Sentinel/Scripps Networks Interactive in Knoxville, TN.  A formerforeign correspondent for The New York Times and the author of three books including Hurricane Force: In the Path of America’s Most Deadly Storms, Treaster has directed a number of reporting initiatives for journalism students at UM, including coverage of the 2012 Presidential Election, and as editor ofThe Miami and, the university’s environmental magazines on the Internet. Treaster continues to report for the Huffington Post, Allvoices and other publications. He teaches courses in writing and reporting and the environment and leads study-abroad programs in Stockholm and the Galapagos Islands. His research focuses on social media, the environment, cross-cultural communication and international relations.

Recipients for 2013-14 grant also include faculty at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hil, Hofstra University, the University of Kansas and other U.S. universities.

The Scripps Howard Foundation is the corporate philanthropy of The E.W. Scripps Company, which was founded in Cincinnati 133 years ago and today operates newspapers and television stations throughout the United States. AEJMC is a nonprofit, educational association of journalism and mass communication educators, students and media professionals; it was founded 100 years ago in Chicago, IL, by a group of 23 journalism educators and practitioners.