This weekend, I am attending the annual Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference in Chicago joining more than a dozen CAS faculty members and graduate students as they present research papers and receive awards.
The AEJMC celebrates 100 years as an association this year. Over 2,000 administrators, educators, researchers, authors, publishers, companies, organizations, professionals and practitioners are gathering for over 300 sessions.
Our journalism faculty and grad students presenting this weekend are:
Brian J. Bowe — “Facilitating the Egyptian Uprising: A Case Study of Facebook and Egypt’s April 6th Youth Movement”
Serena Carpenter — “City Circles App. Light Rail Job Classifieds;” “Tenacious Tweeting, Bellowing Blogging, Fanatical Facebooking, Yappy YouTubing: Using Industry Cases as Teaching Tools;” “Scars of War” and “Citizens of Nowhere” (student projects)
Manuel Chavez — “A Century of Transformations of Journalism in Mexico and Central America”
Kanni Huang — “Psychological Individual Differences and the Uses & Gratifications of Facebook: The Relationship Between Personality Traits and Motivational Reactivity and the Motivations and Intensity to Use Facebook in Taiwan”
Stephen Lacy — “The State of the Weekly Newspaper Industry”
Folu Ogundimu — “Global Journalism and Mass Communication- Effective Teaching and Research Strategies” and “Press Freedom and Information Flows Around the World”
David Poulson — “Reader Engagement and the Future of University Based Journalism”
Bruno Takahashi — “A Look at Nature: The Visual Representation of Environmental Affairs on the Covers of Time”
In addition, congratulations to CAS advertising faculty members Saleem Alhabash, Anna McAlister, Elizabeth Taylor Quilliam, Amy Hagerstrom, Shupei Yuan, Nora Rifon and Jef Richards on their award-winning AEJMC paper, entitled "Between 'Likes' and 'Shares': Effects of Emotional Appeal and Virality of Social Marketing Messages on Facebook."
Our J-School has made significant progress in the past few years. In addition to being a national leader in teaching principals and practical skills of journalism, our J-School is also doing cutting-edge research to help communities across the globe. An increasing number of funding agencies are providing grant support for our world-class J-School faculty. For example, Karl Gude received a grant from the National Science Foundation on visualizing the tree of life.
Our new curriculum implements creating new journalism and marketing it successfully with entrepreneurial and innovative technology courses. More people are getting more news than ever before because they are able to get the news from a broad array of media -- print, T.V., radio, cell phones, iPads, laptops and other mobile devices. Our students are experts in all of these fields by the time they leave here; they can do everything from writing, to creating video, from creating mobile apps to blogging—they truly learn to do it all.
The students receive so many opportunities to work with leaders in the industry with our faculty, the Capital News Service and WKAR right in the college. They also receive wonderful internship opportunities. Journalism students are only required to participate in one internship during their time here, but on average, our students participate in three internships before graduating.
We strive to offer our students the best education and experience in journalism to be leaders in the industry. Best of luck to our students and faculty presenting at AEJMC and congratulations to our award winners!
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