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Inside CCI: August 28, 2020

National Conferences

Faculty and graduate students from CCI presented 10 peer-reviewed research papers at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) annual conference, which was held virtually Aug. 6-9. Read more about the AEJMC conference. 

From May 20-27, professors and students from the School of Advertising and Public Relations, the School of Communication Studies, and the School of Journalism and Electronic Media participated in the 70th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference. Read more about the ICA conference. 


Congratulations to Umana Anjalin on defending her dissertation. Special thanks to her dissertation chair Professor Sally McMillan and her other committee members: Director and Professor Catherine Luther, Associate Professor Courtney Childers, and Associate Professor Elizabeth Johnson (Child & Family Studies). The title of Dr. Anjalin’s dissertation is, “Portrayals of Hashtag Activism in Southeast Asia: A Case Study of #NOVATONEDUCATION Citizen Movement in Bangladesh.” 

Advertising & Public Relations

Director and Professor Elizabeth Avery Foster, Sejin Park (PhD ‘16), and doctoral student Minsoo Kim had their paper, “Self-Efficacy and Other Considerations in Performance of Risk-Reducing Behaviors During a Major Disease Outbreak,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Health Communication.  

During the spring semester, Associate Professor Courtney Childers’ Advertising Management class worked on a marketing campaign for the new Graduate Hotel. The 33 students, who worked together virtually, were featured in a recent Torchbearer article. 

Information Sciences

Doctoral student Joseph Winberry received awards to attend two major library and iinformation science virtual conferences this October: (1) the Doctoral Student to ALISE Award to attend the Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) conference and (2) the Emerging Social Informatics Researcher Award (courtesy of the Social Informatics Special Interest Group) to attend the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) conference.

Journalism & Electronic Media

Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media Stuart N. Brotman spoke at The Media Institute’s Virtual Communications Forum luncheon on Aug. 27 on the topic of “Privacy’s Perfect Storm: Digital Policy for Post-Pandemic Times,” which is also the title of his latest book that was published earlier this month. He also published an essay in Communication Law & Policy on Mark Fowler and Daniel Brenner’s 1982 work, “A Marketplace Approach to Broadcast Regulation.” In addition, his 2018 interview with The Cable Center is being featured as The Cable Center’s Oral History of the Month. 

Professor Emeritus Peter Gross published several articles over the summer: Part I and Part II of “Pursuing Wickedness: Russia’s Disinformation and Propaganda in Romania” in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and “Autocrats Don’t Need Mentors” and “Homegrown Mendacity” in Transitions Online. 

Professor Rob Heller’s  photographs were accepted for juried exhibitions at the Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, and The SE Center for Photography in Greenville, South Carolina. He also had a photograph accepted for am International Juried Photography Exhibition
MAKING STRANGE at the Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis; the photo, titled “Great Big Shoe,” won the Director’s Choice Award. 

Heller’s advanced photojournalism course was unable to continue its annual “Eyes on LaFollette” project last spring due to the pandemic. Instead, the class documented their own lives during the spring through words and pictures. The students’ work was recently featured by the UT Office of Research and Engagement. 

Professor Barb Kaye and Chang Sup Park (SUNY Albany) had their paper, “Mediating Roles of News Curation in the Relationships Between Social Media Use for News and Political Knowledge,” published in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. 

Professor Sam Swan moderated a virtual panel and made a presentation at the annual meeting of the Broadcast Education Association on the impact of media training in Eastern Europe. Doctoral student Darina Sarelska discussed Bulgaria, and University of Mississippi Assistant Professor Iveta Imre (PhD, ’13; MS, ’09) discussed Croatia.

Mark Your Calendar

Sept. 29-Oct. 2: CCI Diversity & Inclusion Week

Nov. 24: Classes End

Nov. 25: No Class

Nov. 26-27: Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov. 30 & Dec. 1: Study Days

Dec. 2-9: Final Exams (all online)