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Faculty in the PhD Media & Information Studies program are drawn from the departments of Advertising and Public Relations (AD+PR), Communication (COMM), Telecommunication Information Studies and Media (TISM) and the School of Journalism in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

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Saleem E. Alhabash Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-2178

Saleem Alhabash is an Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Social Media, jointly appointed by the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, and the Department of Media and Information. His research focuses on the processes and effects of new and social media. More specifically, Saleem’s research investigates the cognitive and emotional responses, and psychological effects…Read More

Saleem Alhabash is an Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Social Media, jointly appointed by the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, and the Department of Media and Information. His research focuses on the processes and effects of new and social media. More specifically, Saleem’s research investigates the cognitive and emotional responses, and psychological effects associated with using social networking sites and playing serious/persuasive video games. His research is geared toward understanding how new communication technologies can be utilized in cross-cultural and international communication, with emphasis on changing attitudes and stereotypes of foreign nations. Saleem received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He brings a diverse experience in global media and strategic communication.

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Nancy Ashley

Academic Graduate Program Coordinator

Work Phone: (517) 432-1526 Work Fax: (517) 355-7710

I have been on campus for 31 years, which, 28 of those years I have been affiliated with graduate studies. I am available anytime to answer/help graduate students with their questions or concerns.

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I have been on campus for 31 years, which, 28 of those years I have been affiliated with graduate studies. I am available anytime to answer/help graduate students with their questions or concerns.

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Johannes M. Bauer Ph.D.

Department Chair, Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-8372 Work Fax: (517) 355-1292

Johannes M. Bauer is a Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. Since January 2013 he also serves as the Department Chair. He is trained as an engineer and economist, holding MA and PhD degrees in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria. His experience at…Read More

Johannes M. Bauer is a Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. Since January 2013 he also serves as the Department Chair. He is trained as an engineer and economist, holding MA and PhD degrees in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria. His experience at MSU is complemented by extended stays as a visiting professor at the Technical University of Delft, Netherlands (2000-2001), the University of Konstanz, Germany (Summer 2010), and most recently the University of Zurich, Switzerland (2012). His research covers a wide range of issues related to innovation in information and communication technology industries (ICT), business models of national and global players, as well as the public policy and governance challenges of harnessing the full benefits of ICT for society. He has developed and used computational methods to examine the effects of governance on advanced communications infrastructure and applied big data analytical methods to problems of information security. He currently serves as member of the boards of the Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC) and the International Telecommunications Society (ITS). He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has served as an advisor to public and private sector organizations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

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Roles & Responsibilities
Associate Editor, Telecommunications Policy; Member of the Board of Directors, Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC); Member of the Board, International Telecommunications Society (ITS); Director of Special Projects, Quello Center for Media and Information Policy.

Key Research Interest
My research, teaching and writing focuses on the digital economy, with a particular interest in how the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICT) can be fully utilized while their potential downsides can be avoided. Much of his work is international and comparative in scope. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Ford Foundation, and other organizations, my research is published in leading journals in the field, such as Information Economics and Policy, Government Information Quarterly, Information Systems Frontiers, the International Journal of Communications, Telecommunications Policy, and The Information Society.

Project Title & Source
The New Cybersecurity Agenda: Economic and Social Challenges to a Secure Internet (The World Bank); Modeling the Dynamics of Telecommunication Equipment Markets (Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House); Improving Governance for Next-generation ICT Infrastructure (National Science Foundation)

Recent Publications

  • Bauer, Johannes M. (2015), Governing the mobile broadband ecosystem, International Telecommunications Policy Review, 22(2), pp. 1-26.
  • Bauer, Johannes M. (2014), “Platforms, systems competition, and innovation: reassessing the foundations of communications policy”, Telecommunications Policy, 38(8-9), pp. 662-673.
  • Bauer, Johannes M., Madden, Gary, & Morey, Aaron (2014), “Effects of economic conditions and policy interventions on OECD broadband adoption”, Applied Economics, 46(12), pp. 1361-1372.
  • Bauer, Johannes M. & Obar, Jonathan A. (2014), “Reconciling political and economic goals in the net neutrality debate”, The Information Society, 30(1), pp. 1-19.

Recent Grants

  • “Modeling telecommunications markets and technologies”, coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), The White House; funded by Analytic Services, Inc. (ANSER).

Recent Awards

  • Distinguished Faculty Award, Michigan State University (February 2013)

Recent Public Talks

  • Bauer, Johannes M. “The Internet and inequality”, 26th Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, London, July 2-4, 2015.
  • Bauer, Johannes M., & Tsai, Hsin-yi Sandy, “An examination of the factors enhancing information infrastructure quality”, CPR LATAM, Bogotá, Colombia, May 29-30, 2014.
  • Tsai, Hsin-yi Sandy, & Bauer, Johannes M., “Effects of public policy on the quality of broadband services: A comparative analysis of Internet download speeds”, International Communications Association (ICA), Seattle, WA, May 22-25, 2014 (winner of the best faculty paper award, Communications Law and Policy Division).
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John C. Besley Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Ellis N. Brandt Chair in Public Relations

Work Phone: (517) 884-4411

Dr. Besley studies how views about decision-makers and decision processes affect perceptions of science and technology (S&T) with potential health or environmental impacts. This focus includes consideration of both mediated exposure through newspapers, television programs and web content, as well as face-to-face public engagement exercises (e.g., public meetings). His work emphasizes the need to look…Read More

Dr. Besley studies how views about decision-makers and decision processes affect perceptions of science and technology (S&T) with potential health or environmental impacts. This focus includes consideration of both mediated exposure through newspapers, television programs and web content, as well as face-to-face public engagement exercises (e.g., public meetings). His work emphasizes the need to look at both citizens’ perceptions of decision-makers and decision-makers’ perceptions of the public.

More generally, Dr. Besley explores the relationships between media use, public engagement and health and environmental risk perceptions. His research has touched on public perceptions of nanotechnology, biotechnology, and energy technologies (particularly nuclear and hydrogen and fuel cell technologies). He has also been involved in research into journalistic norms related to coverage of public engagement and research to better understand the impact of science and risk communication training.

Dr. Besley has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and this work has appeared in high-ranking journals including Risk Analysis, Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, and the Journal of Risk Research as well as a range of edited volumes. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation, and the United States Department of Agriculture.

In addition to his regular research, Dr. Besley is the lead author for the 2014 and the 2016 (ongoing) National Science Board chapters on public attitudes and knowledge about science and technology. This biennial report-Science and Engineering Indicators-is submitted to the White House and Congress and represents the definitive statement on Americans’ views about S&T.

Dr. Besley received the Hillier-Krieghbaum "Under 40″ Award" from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2013. He also received a "rising star" award from the University of South Carolina in 2012.

Previous service positions have included chairing both the Science Communication division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Risk Communication division of the Society for Risk Analysis. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Risk Analysis, the Journal of Risk Research, and Science Communication and provides reviews for a range of other journals and granting organizations. He received a top reviewer award from the Society for Risk Analysis in 2014.

As an instructor, Dr. Besley focuses on civic engagement, risk and crisis communication, science communication, and media relations.

Dr. Besley earned his Ph.D. in Communication from Cornell University in 2006 and both masters (Public Administration, 2000), and bachelor’s (Journalism, 1998) degrees from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Prior to his Ph.D., Dr. Besley served as a policy analyst with Environment Canada’s Policy and Communication’s division for international environmental issues. He was a visiting fellow at the University of Koblenz-Landau in summer 2014.

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Howard Bossen Ph.D.

Professor

Work Phone: (517) 353-4613 Work Fax: (517) 355-7710

Howard Bossen is Professor of Photography and Visual Communication in the School of Journalism and Adjunct Curator of Photography at the MSU Museum — the science and culture museum at Michigan State University.

He is the author of many articles and books, including Luke Swank: Modernist Photographer and Henry Holmes Smith: Man of Light. He was, along with…Read More

Howard Bossen is Professor of Photography and Visual Communication in the School of Journalism and Adjunct Curator of Photography at the MSU Museum — the science and culture museum at Michigan State University.

He is the author of many articles and books, including Luke Swank: Modernist Photographer and Henry Holmes Smith: Man of Light. He was, along with John P. Beck, co-editor of Detroit Resurgent, which features photographs by Gilles Perrin and interviews by Nicole Ewenczyk. He co-edited with Eric Freedman One Community, One Week, Many Faiths: The Diversity of Worship and Belief, a book of essays and photographs by students that grew out of special topics courses in 2013.

His most recent curatorial project, Seeing China: Photographic Views and Viewpoints, co-curated with Shirley Wajda, was at the MSU Museum from January through August 2015. Other curatorial projects for the MSU Museum include Eighteen, an exhibition by Israeli photographer Natan Dvir; An Extraordinary Document of Our World with photographs by Perrin; Detroit Resurgent with photographs by Perrin and interviews by Ewenczyk; On Death and Horses and Other People, an exploration of Czech Carnival by photographer Marketa Luskacova; and The Radiation Mask Series, a photographic installation piece by Swedish photographer Magnus Westerborn. He was the curator for Luke Swank: Modernist Photographer at the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMA), Pittsburgh, Pa., and the Kresge Art Museum.

He is currently working on Molten Light: Photography, Steel and the Modern World, a book and an exhibition being developed for the beginning of 2018 with The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa., and the Musée de la Photographie de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles Charleroi, Belgium.

He was a Fulbright scholar in Mexico and a distinguished visiting professor in the Center for the Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University. He has been an invited juror and portfolio reviewer to FotoFest, Photolucida and Critical Mass.

He founded the MSU Photo Communication in Europe study abroad program in 1983 and has co-lead it with Darcy Greene since then. He has a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and has been on the faculty at MSU since 1979.

Courses

JRN 310 Photojournalism I

JRN 410 Photojournalism II

JRN 425 History of Journalism

JRN 445 Images and Messages

JRN 492 Special topics—Witness: Photography, Film and Social Justice

JRN 483 and 883 Photo Communication in Europe (Study Abroad course)

JRN 810 Visual Journalism

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Serena Carpenter Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-9245 Work Fax: (517) 355-7710

Serena Carpenter joined Michigan State University’s School of Journalism in 2012. She worked at Arizona State University from 2007-2012 specializing in the research and teaching of digital media and theory after finishing her Ph.D. degree in Media & Information Studies at Michigan State University. Her research has been published in research journals such as Journalism…Read More

Serena Carpenter joined Michigan State University’s School of Journalism in 2012. She worked at Arizona State University from 2007-2012 specializing in the research and teaching of digital media and theory after finishing her Ph.D. degree in Media & Information Studies at Michigan State University. Her research has been published in research journals such as Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, Mass Communication and Society, New Media & Society, Journalism Practice, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Health Communication, and Telecommunications Policy.
Carpenter taught courses in the areas of online/multimedia journalism, social media, engagement and mass communication theory in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Carpenter has also taught broadcast, documentary and online journalism courses at Michigan State University and Bloomsburg University. Her professional background includes working as a television reporter. Credentials Ph.D., Media & Information Studies, Michigan State University (2007) M.A., Journalism, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2003) B.A., Communication, South Dakota State University (1993) For more information: http://serenacarpenter.com

Courses Taught at MSU
Teaching Interests

Undergraduate
Online Spartan Newsroom, JRN 400
Images and Messages, JRN 445
Broadcast News II, JRN 403
Public Relations Topics in Journalism, JRN 402
Advanced Multimedia Storytelling, JRN 492

Masters
Multimedia Reporting I and II, JRN800 and JRN801
Introduction to Quantitative Research, COM 803
Social Media News & Information, JRN821

PhD
Media Theory, JRN821
Scale Development and Reporting, CAS892

Key Research Interest
Presently, I am working on research that addresses measurement and scale development, content analysis, expertise in journalism, and the roles of social media communicators and journalists.

Project Title & Source
The Office of Sustainability. (2014). The sustainability practices of U.S. universities.

The Arthur W. Page Center (2013). Roles of professional social media communicators: An examination of perceptions, conflict and identity.

National Academic Advising Association (2012). “Cultivation and expectancy value influences on college major choice: A study of communication undergraduates.”

Favorite Quotation
“Some people follow the path laid out by others, and if they do, they will not have passion.” – Wayne Dyer

Describe in one sentence what you hope your students learn from you, your scholarly work or teaching
To be inspired to challenge our understanding of the world.

Describe yourself in five words or less.
passionate, focused, open, adventurous, honest

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Sue Carter

Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-7461 Work Fax: (517) 355-7710

Sue Carter is a professor in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. She joined the faculty in 1991 after a 17-year career as a news broadcaster and talk show host at radio and television stations in Michigan, Connecticut, and Ontario, Canada. Before coming to MSU, she taught journalism at Wayne State University in…Read More

Sue Carter is a professor in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. She joined the faculty in 1991 after a 17-year career as a news broadcaster and talk show host at radio and television stations in Michigan, Connecticut, and Ontario, Canada. Before coming to MSU, she taught journalism at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Carter served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Executive Assistant to Michigan State Presidents Peter McPherson and Lou Anna Simon as well as Press Secretary to Michigan Governor James Blanchard.

Her BA in Humanities is from Michigan State University, and she earned a JD and MA (History) from Wayne State University. Ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church, she is a graduate of the General Theological Seminary (MDiv) with a DMin from Seabury- Western Theological Seminary.

Her awards include three Emmys and the UPI Sports Broadcaster of the Year for reporting on the Detroit Free Press International Marathon while running it. Carter is a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

In 2001, she organized and led the first all-women ski expedition to the reach the North Pole as a team.

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Manuel Chavez Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-1411

Dr. Chavez works on issues of international relations, security, democracy, and the press. He studies models of access to information, accountability and transparency, especially related to the news media in Latin America.

For the last four years, his research focuses on community-participatory models in editorial decision-making in newspapers and its impacts on news and the…Read More

Dr. Chavez works on issues of international relations, security, democracy, and the press. He studies models of access to information, accountability and transparency, especially related to the news media in Latin America.

For the last four years, his research focuses on community-participatory models in editorial decision-making in newspapers and its impacts on news and the community. His recent work on the editorial councils of Grupo Reforma newspapers illustrates a shifting model of journalism that empowers civil society and enhances media accountability.

He coordinates the annual Workshop for Editors and Journalists on Latin America in Miami, Florida in collaboration with Florida International University and University of Florida. He has published several articles and books, received multiple grants and awards from the Tinker Foundation, US Department of Education, US Department of State, and NEH. He has been a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, International Education USDE competitions, and a judge for peer-reviewed journals.

He is a regular commentator for national and international news organizations, including: NPR, ABCradio, Michigan Public Radio, Financial Times, BBC, UNIVISION, Radio Mil, and Reforma. He is currently the President of the Association for Borderlands Studies.
He teaches courses on the press, society and government in Latin America, and on the sociology of journalism. He also teaches qualitative research methods in the J-School graduate program.

Dr. Chavez is also the MSU Associate Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The Center affiliates 140 faculty members, administers undergraduate and graduate specializations, offers academic resources, and links collaborative outreach and research projects.

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Shelia R. Cotten Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Media and Information, Director of MSU-Sparrow Center for Innovation and Research (CFIR), Director of Trifecta

Work Phone: (517) 353-6336

Shelia R. Cotten is a Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. She studies technology use across the life course and the social, educational, and health impacts of that use. She conducts large-scale community based intervention studies designed to use technology to enhance various aspects of quality of life. Dr.…Read More

Shelia R. Cotten is a Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. She studies technology use across the life course and the social, educational, and health impacts of that use. She conducts large-scale community based intervention studies designed to use technology to enhance various aspects of quality of life. Dr. Cotten has studied the largest dissemination of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO laptops in the United States. She is currently finishing up a randomized controlled trial designed to enhance quality of life among older adults through the use of technology training. Her work is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. She is the past Chair of the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA) and the 2013 recipient of the Public Sociology Award from the CITASA section of the American Sociological Association. Dr. Cotten enjoys teaching courses on the social impacts of technology, survey research, and research methods. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Cotten was a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Research Interests:

Social, educational, and health impacts of technology, e-health, m-health, multitasking, digital inequalities, aging and technology, applied research

Awards, Honors and Recognitions

2013 Communication and Information Technologies section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA) Public Sociology Award

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Constantinos K. Coursaris Ph.D.

Associate Chairperson, Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Professor - Department of Media and Information; Associate Professor -Department of Advertising and Public Relations

Work Phone: (517) 353-3122 Work Fax: (517) 355-1292

Dr. Constantinos K. Coursaris is an Associate Chairperson, Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information, as well as Associate Professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. He is also Professor by Courtesy, Usability / Accessibility Research & Consulting in MSU Outreach and Engagement.

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Dr. Constantinos K. Coursaris is an Associate Chairperson, Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information, as well as Associate Professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. He is also Professor by Courtesy, Usability / Accessibility Research & Consulting in MSU Outreach and Engagement.

His formal training consists of a B.Eng. in Aerospace, an MBA in e-Business, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems with a concentration on electronic business (e-Business) and mobile commerce (m-Commerce). His doctoral dissertation focused on “Contextual Usability: The Impact of Distraction on User Performance, Satisfaction, and Adoption of Mobile Devices for Wireless Data Services.” During his academic career he has received many accolades in business analysis and e-Business research and development. Constantinos has been involved in the instruction of over 40 university courses over the last 7 years. He has also gained consulting experience in the private sector, focusing on Web content management, Website development and event organizing. Constantinos has also held management positions in retail, hospitality, and information technology (IT). Constantinos studies user motivations, expectations, and experiences with new media and the consequent design implications with a focus on social systems. His current research interests lie in the intersection of usability and mobile technologies for the purpose of health and/or commercial applications. He supplements his research expertise with consulting on social media for governance and/or marketing, and has trained diverse organizations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Follow him @DrCoursaris.

Roles & Responsibilities
College Representative, Academic Council, MSU 2009 – present | College Representative, Faculty Council, MSU 2009 – present | Member, Scholarship Committee 2009 – present | Faculty Advisor, ASCOT – TISM’s undergraduate student association 2008 – present | Committee Member, MA Degree Comprehensive Exam review Committee, Department of Telecommunication 2007 – present | Information Studies, and Media, Michigan State University, Fall, 2009. | Member, IT Specialization Committee, College of CAS, MSU 2006 – present | Event Organizer, World Usability Day @ MSU 2005 – present | Search Committee Chair, TISM (Social Media position) 2013 – present

Awards, Honors and Recognitions
2012: Received the Best Paper Award, AIS SIGHCI pre-ICIS Workshop on HCI Research, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), for Van Osch, W., and Coursaris, C.K. (2012). The Duality of Social Media: Enabling Structuration and Socialization through Organizational Communication. Orlando, Florida, December 15, 2012. | 2010: Inducted in Phi Beta Delta (Alpha Alpha Chapter) Honor Society for International Scholars | 2010: Nominated for the best paper award, AIS SIGHCI pre-ICIS Workshop on HCI Research, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), for Coursaris, C.K., Yun, Y., and Sung, J. Understanding Twitter’s adoption and use continuance: the Synergy between Uses and Gratifications and Diffusion of Innovations. St. Louis, U.S.A., Dec. 12-15. | 2010: Received the Outstanding Faculty Award by MSU’s Senior Council for his commitment to and achievements in undergraduate education | 2009: Received the ITERA Innovative Course Award at the 2009 ITERA Conference in Atlanta (note: ITERA is the International Telecommunication Education and Research Association) | 2007: Nominated for the best paper award, European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), for Coursaris, C.K., Hassanein, K, Head, M., and Bontis, N. The Impact of Distractions on the Usability and Adoption of Mobile Devices for Wireless Data Services. | 2007: People’s Choice Poster award, World Usability Day, for Coursaris, C.K., Swierenga, S., and Watrall, E. (2007). Effects of Aesthetics on Website Usability.

Courses
GRADUATE | Social Media Marketing | Advertising and Promotion Management | Design and Development of Media Projects UNDERGRADUATE | HCI and Experience Design | I.T. Project Management | Wireless Networks and Applications | Human-Computer Interaction and Web Design | Undergraduate Research Seminar – New Media Marketing | (Annually in early May) Study Abroad in Japan: Technology and Culture – Communication and Games | (Annually in late May) Study Abroad in Korea: Technology and Culture – Communication and Games | (Annually in July) American Semester Program on New Media for Digital Business and Marketing (MSU for Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Italy – and AIM Overseas Australia) | (Annually in July) American Semester Program on Big Data and Social Network Analysis (MSU for AIM Overseas Australia)

Key Research Interest
I am interested in the scientific approach to designing experiences and exploring/confirming their associated outcomes. On the one hand, I study the design of I.T. artifacts with a focus on design implications for usability and accessibility. On the other hand, I research new media effects with a focus on social media message development. In sum, I am intrigued by the symbiotic relationship between the medium AND the message.

Project Title & Source
Deconstructing Strategic Marketing Communications on Social Media: Enabling Structuration, Socialization, and Crisis Management. Leo Burnett Detroit, 2013-2014, Principal Investigator, $65,000. Research Activities. Project Scope: A ground-up investigation of multi-channel, multi-sector, multi-brand social media marketing messaging to produce contextually relevant and generalizable recommendations for strategic communications. | Role of Internet in Knowledge Transfer, Knowledge Management and Public Participation in Outdoor Recreation: Continuation No. 1, $248,810, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Co-PI (with Dennis Propst PI from Forestry Dept.). RC064240 / 2009-39478-20071; USDA/CSREES. Research Activities. Project Scope: The Corps team has approved a mobile usability pilot project to conduct a user needs analysis for park visitors and to develop a mobile website/application for Corps Lakes Gateway. | Text Messaging to Improve Adherence to Oral Chemotherapy Agents. McKesson Foundation. 2012-2013, Co-PI (with Sandra Spoelstra from College of Nursing). RC102392. Research Activities. Project Scope: A SMS-based intervention aimed at improving adherence to prescribed medication and symptom self-management.

What are three things you want your students to know about you?
Greek, Green, Global ;-)

Favorite Quotation
“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet” – Aristotle

Describe in one sentence what you hope your students learn from you, your scholarly work or teaching
A professional mindset.

Describe yourself in five words or less.
Global citizen, workaholic, maven-meets-connector-meets-salesperson, fun. :-)

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Lucinda D. Davenport Ph.D.

Director and Professor

Work Phone: (517) 353-6430 Work Fax: (517) 355-7710

Dr. Lucinda D. Davenport is Director and Professor in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. She is published in books and refereed research journals, including the International Journal of Strategic Communications, Asian Journal of Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Newspaper Research Journal, Web Journal of Mass Communication Research, The Journal of Media…Read More

Dr. Lucinda D. Davenport is Director and Professor in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. She is published in books and refereed research journals, including the International Journal of Strategic Communications, Asian Journal of Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Newspaper Research Journal, Web Journal of Mass Communication Research, The Journal of Media Economics, Journalism Educator, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, and Visual Communication Quarterly. She developed one of the first interactive software programs for journalism education and has co-authored three international textbooks in reporting and mass communication that are at the top of their market: Reporting for the Media, (10th ed.), Media Now, (8th ed.), and The Media in Your Life. Dr. Davenport has worked as a reporter in newspapers, a news director and announcer in radio and television, a public relations practitioner in national retailing and a forum administrator in early online media. She has also held professional fellowships, such as being an online editor while in the academy. She has a B.A. in journalism from Baylor University, an M.A. in mass communication from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in mass communication from Ohio University. Her master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation were firsts in the world on computerized information services and online news.

Roles & Responsibilities
Dr. Lucinda D. Davenport is the Director in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. She recently was Associate Dean of Graduate Education for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. She has been the Director of the CAS Media and Information Studies Ph.D. program and also the School of Journalism Graduate Program.

Awards, Honors and Recognitions
Dr. Davenport has both received teaching and research awards and service recognition. She has five Top Faculty Research Paper awards from national conferences. She has received the Faculty Impact Award from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the MSU Undergraduate Teaching Award from the MSU Mid Michigan Alumni Organization.

Key Research Interest
Research interests include communication technologies and social media, history, ethics, public relations and cross-cultures.

Special Projects
Dr. Davenport received a $400,000 grant from the Robert McCormick Foundation to preserve Chicago Tribune newspapers from the 1880s to the 1940s that are now located at MSU Libraries. An important part of the grant was to also digitize the beautiful and colored images of this newspapers and develop a database with search capabilities to the images, also in thanks to MSU Libraries: http://www.lib.msu.edu/branches/dmc/tribune

Project Title & Source
A documentary on the history and culture of tailgating, with Drs. Geri Alumni Zeldes and Sue Carter, from the Michigan Humanities Council.

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Fred Fico Ph.D.

Emeritus Faculty

Work Phone: (517) 355-4489

Professor Frederick Fico joined the faculty of the School in Journalism in 1982 following his doctoral program in mass media at Indiana University. His teaching interests cross the undergraduate, master

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Professor Frederick Fico joined the faculty of the School in Journalism in 1982 following his doctoral program in mass media at Indiana University. His teaching interests cross the undergraduate, master

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Eric Freedman

Knight Center for Environmental Journalism Chair and Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-4729 Work Fax: (517) 355-7710

Eric Freedman is Professor of Journalism and former Associate Dean of International Studies and Programs. During his 20-year newspaper career, he covered public affairs, environmental issues and legal affairs for newspapers in New York and Michigan, winning a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a legislative corruption scandal. He teaches environmental journalism and serves as Director…Read More

Eric Freedman is Professor of Journalism and former Associate Dean of International Studies and Programs. During his 20-year newspaper career, he covered public affairs, environmental issues and legal affairs for newspapers in New York and Michigan, winning a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a legislative corruption scandal. He teaches environmental journalism and serves as Director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. He also teaches public affairs reporting, international journalism, feature writing and media law and serves as Director of the school’s Capital News Service, a professional-level internship program in which students cover state government for more than 25 newspapers and online news outlets across Michigan. Freedman earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Cornell University, his law degree from New York University and his master’s degree in resource development from MSU. Internationally, he has taught journalism as a Fulbright scholar in Lithuania and Uzbekistan, led workshops and seminars for professional journalists in Central Asia, and lectured to students in Singapore, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Japan and Kyrgyzstan.

He served for three years as an International Scholar in the Open Society Foundation’s Academic Fellowship Program, where he worked with faculty members in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan.

As a professional journalist and freelancer, Freedman has written for newspapers and magazines on such environmental issues as habitat protection, parks and public lands, toxic substances, extinction, ecotourism and government regulation. At MSU, he directed the Australia Media, Environment, Culture and Tourism study abroad program, the Reporting in the British Isles study abroad program, and a freshman seminar abroad on environment and media in Scotland.

His research interests include press systems and journalism practices in the former Soviet Union: international journalists’ professional standards and education; public affairs reporting; news coverage of human and political rights; and U.S. political history. Among his books are Environmental Crises in Central Asia: from Steppes to Seas, from Deserts to Glaciers; Presidents & Black America: A Documentary History; After the Czars & Commissars: Journalism in Authoritarian Post-Soviet Central Asia; and African Americans in Congress: A Documentary History.

He began his career as an aide to U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel of New York before becoming a reporter for the Knickerbocker News in Albany, N.Y., and then The Detroit News Lansing bureau. After teaching as an adjunct at the School of Journalism, he joined the faculty full-time in 1996. He continues to write for a variety of publications on environment, public affairs, legal issues and other topics.

Current Courseload:
JRN 420 Capital News Service
JRN 472 Environmental Reporting

Credentials:
B.A. in Government, Cornell University
M.S. in Resource Development, Michigan State University
J.D. in Law, New York University

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Darcy Greene

Associate Professor

Work Phone: (517) 353-7151

Darcy Drew Greene is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism. She has worked as a graphic designer and documentary photographer. She is interested in multimedia storytelling and the many ways in which information can be shared over the web.

She came to MSU in 1984 to teach photojournalism. Over time she has worked…Read More

Darcy Drew Greene is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism. She has worked as a graphic designer and documentary photographer. She is interested in multimedia storytelling and the many ways in which information can be shared over the web.

She came to MSU in 1984 to teach photojournalism. Over time she has worked with faculty to expand the visual journalism curriculum to include print publication design, online web publishing, as well as print and interactive graphics.

In 2011 she received a HARP grant to do research in Brazil on the work of French photojournalist, Pierre Edouard Leopold Verger(1902-1996). Based on the research, she will travel to Benin, WestAfrica, to re-photograph the places, people and events found inVerger

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Carrie Heeter Ph.D.

Professor

Work Phone: (415) 681-6490

I came to MSU as a freshman in 1974. My academic degrees include a Ph.D. in Mass Media (1986) and a BA in Communication (1982), both from Michigan State University. I was founding director of the Communication Technology Laboratory (1980 to 2005) which has transformed into the thriving GEL Lab (Games for Entertainment and Learning)…Read More

I came to MSU as a freshman in 1974. My academic degrees include a Ph.D. in Mass Media (1986) and a BA in Communication (1982), both from Michigan State University. I was founding director of the Communication Technology Laboratory (1980 to 2005) which has transformed into the thriving GEL Lab (Games for Entertainment and Learning) lead by Brian Winn. For the last 17 years I have lived in San Francisco and continued in my role as full time professor for MSU, using a wide range of technologies to “telerelate,” teach, and collaborate with my colleagues and students in Michigan and around the world. I design and study technology-enhanced experiences. I have designed and directed development of more than 50 interactive experiences including meditations, learning and cognitive games and other technology-enhanced learning experiences, interactive learning systems, and patient empowerment software. I have published more than 100 books, chapters, articles, and proceedings about individual and social impacts of interactive technology, gender and gaming, and playstyles and player types. Right now I am most interested in Innovative applications of technology for delivering and studying meditation experiences. One focus is on outcome-based meditation (including specific productivity, well-being, and health outcomes). I am also exploring the idea of meditation as meaningful play, including ways of combining meditation and gaming as well as transmedia meditation.

Roles & Responsibilities
I am a Professor in the department of Media and Information at Michigan State University where I teach foundations of serious games and human-centered experience design courses and work with amazing students. I am also Director of MSU’s fully online graduate certificate in serious games.

Awards, Honors and Recognitions

My interactive projects have won at least 50 awards over the years. Two are most notable.

Most Innovative Game Meaningful Play conference October 2012
DNA Roulette was awarded most innovative game at the international Meaningful Play conference. genetics.thetech.org/online-exhibits/dna-roulette

Software Innovation of the Year Award Discover Magazine January 1995
The Personal Communicator CD-ROM brought American Sign Language (ASL) communication capabilities to the desktop and notebook computer, one of the first applications to use a large database of QuickTime movies (signs) strung together in real time along with speech synthesis to “sign and speak” any English text. The Web Site provided an online ASL browser offering video of thousands of ASL signs. Funded by the National Department of Education

Graduate Fellow, National Science Foundation
National Merit Scholar

Courses
TC841: Understanding Users; TC830: Foundations of Serious Games

Key Research Interest
Applications and effects of cybermeditation; cybermeditation for health and well-being; cybermeditation as meaningful play, mechanisms of meditation.

Top 3-5 Publications
DNA Roulette
Carrie Heeter, J.D. Yaske, Barry Starr. Adapted roulette game mechanics convey an intuitive sense of what can be known about personal risk for disease conditions, traits, or drug response based on genetic testing, and how much chance and the environment play a role. Added as a permanent online exhibit to the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation’s Understanding Genetics web site.

Wizards Meditation
Possibly the world’s first transmedia meditation. This meditation app is designed to help you connect with the presence and qualities of your favorite wizard. Mind-Body Therapist Marcel Allbritton guides you through steps involving breath and gentle motion, to relax your body and calm your mind. Then you connect with the qualities of your favorite wizard. The meditation design is grounded in the tradition of yoga therapy and yoga for healing, and delivered via a custom framework.

Heeter, C. (1989). "Implications of New Interactive Technologies for Conceptualizing Communication." In Salvaggio, J and Bryant, J. (eds.) Media Use in the Information Age: Emerging Patterns of Adoption and Consumer Use. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp.217-235

Heeter, C. Being there: The subjective experience of presence. (1992). Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments 01/1992; 1:262–271.

Lee, Yu-Hao, Heeter, C., Medler, B., and Magerko, B. (2011). Gaming mindsets: implicit theories in serious game learning. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking 15(4):190-4.

Awards
Most Innovative Game Award (2012) Meaningful Play Conference:

DNA Roulette

Recent Grants
NSF grant (#0943064: Motivation and Serious Gaming)

Watch Carrie’s interview.

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Patricia T. Huddleston Ph.D.

Professor

Work Phone: (517) 353-9907

Dr. Patricia Huddleston is a Professor of Retailing in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations. She teaches undergraduate courses in Consumer Behavior and Retail Strategy and Consumer Behavior, International Consumer Behavior and Strategic Brand Communication at the graduate level. From 1991-2007 her research analyzed the retail systems in the transition economies of Russia and…Read More

Dr. Patricia Huddleston is a Professor of Retailing in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations. She teaches undergraduate courses in Consumer Behavior and Retail Strategy and Consumer Behavior, International Consumer Behavior and Strategic Brand Communication at the graduate level. From 1991-2007 her research analyzed the retail systems in the transition economies of Russia and Poland. She was present at a pivotal moment in Russian history, witnessing the failed coup of August 1991. She and Dr. Linda K. Good published work on Russian and Polish worker morale, Price-Quality product perceptions of Russian and Polish consumers and Ethnocentric tendencies in Russian and Polish consumers. In 1996, Dr. Huddleston spent a sabbatical in St. Petersburg, Russia, teaching the first marketing course at Leningrad Oblast University. From 1998-2007, she pioneered a study abroad program to Russia and Poland which focuses on Retail Distribution. This intensive, short term program provided the opportunity for students to gain knowledge of retailing in post-transition economies. Dr. Huddleston’s research interests include customer loyalty, with a focus on food stores. A recent study drew comparisons between traditional (e.g. Kroger’s) and specialty (e.g. Whole Foods) food store shoppers and found that specialty store food shoppers are more loyal than conventional store shoppers. In 2004, Dr. Huddleston spent six months in Australia at Monash University, interviewing retail CEOs for a book chapter on Retailing in Australia. As a result of the time spent in Australia, she collaborated with Dr. Stella Minahan from Deakin University on a book entitled Consumer Behavior: Women and Shopping, which was published in January 2011. Her newest research project uses eye tracking technology to identify what consumers focus on when they view retail displays and how eye movement relates to purchase behavior. She is collaborating with Dr. Bridget Behe and Dr. Thomas Fernandez from the Department of Horticulture (MSU) and Dr. Stella Minahan from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Awards, Honors and Recognitions
Best Paper: European Association for Education and Research in Commercial Distribution Valencia, Spain. July 2-5, 2013. Behe, B.K., Zhao, J., Sage, L. & Huddleston, P. T. (2013). Display signs and involvement: the visual path to purchase intention.

Courses
ADV 375 Consumer Behavior ADV 481 Retail Strategy ADV 823 Consumer Behavior ADV 843 Strategic Brand Communication

Key Research Interest
Customer and brand loyalty, with a focus on food stores. Private label brands Eye tracking technology to identify what consumers focus on when they view retail displays and how eye movement relates to purchase behavior.

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Joshua E. Introne Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-8003 Work Fax: (517) 432-8003

Josh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information. Dr. Introne holds masters and Ph.D degrees from the Computer Science Department at Brandeis University. During his graduate studies, he also worked as a scientist at Charles River Analytics to develop decision support platforms for a variety of government agencies. Before coming to MI,…Read More

Josh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information. Dr. Introne holds masters and Ph.D degrees from the Computer Science Department at Brandeis University. During his graduate studies, he also worked as a scientist at Charles River Analytics to develop decision support platforms for a variety of government agencies. Before coming to MI, Josh was scientist at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, where he served as Chief Architect for the MIT Climate CoLab, a platform designed to crowdsource solutions to climate change. Josh is passionate about trying to make the world a better place by leveraging our collective intelligence, and eager to collaborate with students and other researchers who share this interest.

Key Research Interest
Josh studies collective intelligence in new media. He focuses on research questions such as: How can we build systems that improve creativity of an online community? Do social media platforms improve or impair cultural learning? What sorts of interfaces can help large groups make good decisions? Josh’s work draws from many fields, including human-computer interaction, system dynamics, network science, and psychology. He is interested both in analyzing online activity and building socio-computational platforms.

What are three things you want your students to know about you?
I study & build platforms for collective intelligence. I am a computer scientist who loves people. The research I do is more fun than a person should be allowed to have.

Describe in one sentence what you hope your students learn from you, your scholarly work or teaching
Humans have the capacity to be collectively stupid or collectively brilliant, and we can build mediating technology to help us achieve either.

Describe yourself in five words or less.
Mostly thrilled to be here.

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Eunsin Joo

Doctoral Student

Eunsin Joo is a doctoral student in the Advertising and Pubic Relations at Michigan State University. Her work mainly centers on mobile and online marketing communication strategies. Also, she is interested in studying the effects of digital and social media technologies in persuasive communication including advertising and health communication. She earned her master’s degree from…Read More

Eunsin Joo is a doctoral student in the Advertising and Pubic Relations at Michigan State University. Her work mainly centers on mobile and online marketing communication strategies. Also, she is interested in studying the effects of digital and social media technologies in persuasive communication including advertising and health communication. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Georgia Grady college of Journalism and Mass communication with a focus on advertising. Before graduate school, Eunsin studied in Hongik University in South Korea, where she also had diverse work and internship experiences with advertising and media companies.

Research Interests: Consumer media psychology, mobile and online marketing communication, digital and social media advertising effects and processes, persuasive message processing in m-health communication

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Anastasia Kononova, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-3858

Anastasia Kononova’s research focuses on media multitasking behaviors and effects in persuasive communication. Kononova studies how audiences use various media at the same time as well as combine media with non-media activities and to what extent combining tasks affects message processing, persuasive outcomes, and behaviors. Kononova explores what motivates individuals to multitask with media and…Read More

Anastasia Kononova’s research focuses on media multitasking behaviors and effects in persuasive communication. Kononova studies how audiences use various media at the same time as well as combine media with non-media activities and to what extent combining tasks affects message processing, persuasive outcomes, and behaviors. Kononova explores what motivates individuals to multitask with media and to what extent media multitasking effects vary as a function of task nature. Kononova also aims at investigating what message features facilitate effective message processing in multitasking situations and how messages are received across multiple communication platforms.

Other areas of Kononova’s scholarly work include ad-context congruency on the Internet, mobile application sponsorship, and advertising skepticism and literacy. Anastasia takes interdisciplinary and international approaches in her research. She has worked with diverse participant populations including older adults and Greater Lansing, Michigan community residents.

Before joining the Department of Advertising + Public Relations at Michigan State University, Kononova worked as an assistant professor of communication and media at the American University of Kuwait. She earned a doctoral degree at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism and a master’s degree at Oklahoma State University. Before graduate school, Kononova studied at Rostov State University (Southern Federal University since 2006) in Russia, where she also worked as a corporate communication specialist.

Selected Publications:

  • Kononova, A., Yuan, S., & Joo, E. (2016). Reading about the flu online: How health-protective behavioral intentions are influenced by media multitasking, polychronicity, and strength of health-related arguments. Health Communication, 1-9.
  • Kononova, A., & Yuan, S. (2016). Take a break: Examining college students’ media multitasking activities and motivations during study- or work-related tasks. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 1077695816649474.
  • Kononova, A., & Chiang, J. (2015). Why do we multitask with media? Predictors of media multitasking among Internet users in the United States and Taiwan. Computers in Human Behavior, 50, 31-41.
  • Kononova, A., & Yuan, S. (2015). Double-dipping effect? How combining YouTube environmental PSAs with thematically congruent advertisements in different formats affects memory and attitudes. Journal of Interactive Advertising, 15(1), 2-15.
  • Kononova, A., & Akbar, M. (2015). Interpersonal Communication, Media Exposure, Opinion Leadership, and Perceived Credibility of News and Advertising During December 2012 Parliamentary Election in Kuwait. International Journal of Communication, 9, 1206-1228.
  • Kononova, A., Zasorina, T., Diveeva, N., Kokoeva, A., & Chelokyan, A. (2014). Multitasking goes global: multitasking with traditional and new electronic media and attention to media messages among college students in Kuwait, Russia, and the United States. International Communication Gazette, 76(8), 617-640.
  • Kononova, A. (2013). Multitasking across borders: A cross-national study of media multitasking behaviors, its antecedents, and outcomes. International Journal of Communication, 7, 1-20.
  • Kononova, A. (2013). Effects of distracting ads and cognitive control on the processing of online news stories with stereotype-related information. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, & Social Networking, 16(5), 321-328.
  • Alhabash, S., Park, H.-J., Kononova, A., Chiang, J., & Wise, K. (2012). Exploring the motivations of Facebook use in Taiwan. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, & Social Networking, 15(6), 304-311.
  • Kononova, A., Alhabash, S., & Cropp, F. (2011). The role of media in socialization to American politics among international students. International Communication Gazette, 73(4), 302-321.
  • Wise, K., Eckler, P., Kononova, A., & Littau, J. (2009). Exploring the “wire” in the hardwired for news hypothesis: How threat proximity affects the cognitive and emotional processing of health-related news. Communication Studies, 60(3), 268-287.
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Stephen Lacy Ph.D.

Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-4625

Stephen Lacy is a professor in the Michigan State University School of Journalism. He has written or co-written more than 95 refereed journal articles, more than 60 refereed conference papers, twelve book chapters and four books, including a content analysis text, Analyzing Media Messages. He has co-edited two other books and written numerous other articles.…Read More

Stephen Lacy is a professor in the Michigan State University School of Journalism. He has written or co-written more than 95 refereed journal articles, more than 60 refereed conference papers, twelve book chapters and four books, including a content analysis text, Analyzing Media Messages. He has co-edited two other books and written numerous other articles. He is former co-editor of the Journal of Media Economics. Since receiving his Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986, he has conducted multiple large content analysis projects involving a wide range of media, including citizen journalism websites, television, newspapers, magazines and radio. His content analysis projects have been funded by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the Knight Foundation, the Pew Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. Professor Lacy served as director of the Michigan State University School of Journalism from 1998 to 2003 and is a former president of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. In addition, he edited a group of weekly suburban newspapers and worked as a reporter at a suburban daily, all near Dallas, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree in economics (1971) from the University of Illinois at Urbana.

Roles & Responsibilities
School of Journalism Director of Graduate Studies

Awards, Honors and Recognitions
Deakin University Thinker-in-Residence, Australia, 2013. Michigan State University Honors Professor, Honors College, 2009-2012. Paul J. Deutschmann Award for Excellence in Research – Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2010. Distinguished Faculty Award, Michigan State University, 2000. Teacher-Scholar Award, Michigan State University, 1990. Baskett Mosse Award for Faculty Development – Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 1989.

Courses
JRN 816 – Applied Research Methods in Journalism JRN 818 – Media Markets and Managers: Innovative to Traditional Models CAS 992 – Content Analysis

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