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April 5, 2019


Associate Professor Courtney Childers was one of 23 UT Knoxville faculty and staff members selected to participate in the 2019-20 UTK Leadership Program. The one-year program begins with a three-day retreat May 8-10.

Childers, DeForrest Jackson Professor Mariea Hoy, and doctoral students Brandon Boatright and Betsy DeSimone’s paper, “Are Influencer Sponsorship Disclosure Hashtags FTC Compliant? A Social Listening Analysis of 2016 and 2017 Tweets,” was presented at the 2019 American Academy of Advertising Conference in Dallas, Texas.


Associate Professor Devendra Potnis was part of a number of panels and paper presentations at the 2019 iConference, March 31 to April 3 in Washington, D.C.

  • Panelist: “Use Cases and Solutions for Issues in Forced Migration” at the workshop on “Charting the Future of Forced Migration Research in Information Science.”
  • Short research paper: “Proposing ‘Mobile, Finance, and Information’ Toolkit for Financial Inclusion of the Poor in Developing Countries,” with Bhakti Gala, Central University of Gujarat, India, which was a finalist for Best Short Research Paper Award.
  • Panelist: “Information Technologies and Knowledge Representation for the Benefit of Diverse and Marginalized Communities of Users.”
  • Research poster: “Inspiring and Informing Citizens for Citizen Journalism to Fight Corruption Using Social Media: Insights from US Diplomacy Lab,” with Jasmin Hilary of the UT Health Science Center and SIS master’s student Lindsey McLennan.  

Assistant Professor Carolyn Hank, Associate Professor Vandana Singh, and SIS master’s student Simone Hamak’s paper, “Social Media Policy Analysis for Primary and Secondary Public Schools and Districts,” was presented by Hamak at a 2019 iConference poster session.


Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media Stuart N. Brotman and a graduate research team including master’s students Maggie Akins and Ali Sutherland, and doctoral student James Xu, will serve as social media analytics experts and provide live reporting on social statistics for WVLT-TV on Sunday, April 7, 8-11 p.m. during the national CBS broadcast of the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Doctoral student Charli Kerns won the top student paper, co-authored with Associate Professor Erin Whiteside, “Change from Within: Using the Attitudes Toward Women’s Sports Scale” to assess the potential for increased women’s sports content, at the 2019 International Association of Communication & Sport (IACS) Summit held in Boise, Idaho.

Whiteside also presented, “Journalism, Gender and the Social Construction of Title IX: How Sports Media Professionals Define Gender Equity in Sports,” at IACS.

Doctoral student Jason Stamm and co-authors, Professor Adam Love (Sport Management) and doctoral student Sam Winemiller (Sport Management), presented their paper, “On the Fence: How College Sports Recruiting Journalists Balance Objectivity and Transparency” at IACS.

Congratulations to Jamie Greig for successfully defending his dissertation. Special thanks to his dissertation committee chair Stuart N. Brotman (JEM) and other committee members: Professor Mark Harmon (JEM), Professor Michael Fitzgerald (Political Science), and Professor Mike Wirth (CCI). The title of Dr. Greig’s dissertation is “Electrical Cooperatives as Rural Retail Broadband Providers: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Greig has also been chosen as the student speaker for the UT Graduate Hooding Ceremony on May 9 at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena.


April 12

CCI Board of Visitors Spring Meeting, 9 AM – 1 PM

April 15

CCI Convocation

April 19

Spring Recess

April 26

Spring Semester Classes End

April 26

CCI Fac/Staff Meeting, Patrick Auditorium, 9 – 11 AM

April 29

Study Day

May 9

CCI Commencement, TBA, 4 – 6 PM

May 9

UT Graduate Hooding, TBA, 7 – 9 PM

May 27

Memorial Day, UT closed

May 30

Summer Semester starts


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