The Online Media Caucus is taking over the awarding of the Online Achievement in International Studies Awards [OAIS or Duckies] that the Duck of Minerva group had previously organized. The Duckies will continue to be co-sponsored by SAGE.
The rules will be largely the same but with some key modifications. Because the OMC includes more than just blogging/bloggers, we have some new categories to reflect the diversity that is the use of the internet for International Studies. Below are the rules and categories. Please send your nominations to: email@example.com.
OAIS awards are intended for English-language international-studies media whose output has significant scholarly content.
- International Studies covers the issues and concerns associated with the study of international relations, comparative politics, and foreign policy. In general, online media devoted to the internal politics of a single country do not fall within the purview of the awards, but those devoted to transnational, regional, and foreign interactions of single countries may be considered for relevant awards.
- Scholarly content should be understood in broad terms to include output that bears directly on international-studies scholarship. To be considered for an OAIS award, an online media post/outlet need not be exclusively or mainly concerned with disciplinary debates, but rather must demonstrate an ongoing interest in and awareness of international-studies scholarship. The possession of academic degrees is irrelevant to the criteria for scholarly content.
Officers of the Online Media Caucus are ineligible for OAIS awards, although the collective blogs in which they participate are eligible [Duck of Minerva was not eligible when it organized the Duckies but are now eligible].
- The Special Achievement prize is awarded to a scholar who has made, in the judgment of the award committee, an outstanding contribution to the development, legitimation, and forwarding of online media in international studies. The recipient of this award will be selected by the officers of the Online Media Caucus.
- The Best Group Blog prize is awarded to a blog with two or more permanent contributors that demonstrates a consistent track record of exemplary international-studies content over the relevant period, and is more organized
- This category will be divided into those collectives that have attached to media outlets/having managing editors/or otherwise are professionalized and those that lack these attributes. We will sort the nominations if the nominators do not.
- The Best Blog (Individual) prize is awarded to a blog with a single contributor that demonstrates a consistent track record of exemplary international-studies content over the relevant period.
- The Best Post prize is awarded for a single post, published in the relevant period that contains the best written and most substantively compelling prose on an international-studies topic or topics. This post can be a blog post, a tweet, a tumblr entry, etc.
- The Best Twitter Account prize is awarded to the twitter account that has produced in the relevant period the most engaging and informative tweets on topics related to international studies.
- The Best Podcast prize is awarded to the podcast produced in the relevant period for the most engaging and informative podcast on topics related to international studies.
- The Best Visual Post prize for the best visual online media contribution of the year in International Studies. This can be a youtube video or account, an instragram post, a vine, etc.
- The Most Promising New Online Media Outlet (Group or Individual) OAIS prize is awarded to a recently founded blog/twitter account/tumblr/vine/instagram/etc that displays the most promise for ongoing contribution to the intellectual vibrancy of the international-studies blogging community.
- The Best Online Contribution to Teaching International Studies prize is awarded for the most helpful online media that can be used by those who teach International Studies. It can be aimed at undergraduates, graduates or both.
- The Best Online Contribution to Researching International Studies is awarded for the most helpful online media that can be used to facilitate research in International Studies.
- Each year, the Online Media Caucus officers will use the internet to solicit nominations from the membership of the Online Media Caucus for all categories except Special Achievement. Look for this in November/December
- Once nominations are received, the Online Media Caucus will post the nominations and hold elections via the internet. These will take place in mid- January.
- Any ties or controversies will be settled by the officers of the Online Media Caucus.
Again, please send email your nominations (please include the link to the nominated account/blog/account) to firstname.lastname@example.org.