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SC&I Faculty Will Attend the 2020 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Journalism and Media Studies Department to Participate in Major Media Conference Virtually

Faculty and Ph.D. students from SC&I’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies will attend and present virtually at the  Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference. The 103rd Annual Conference “Saving the planet through better media and communication” is being held from Aug. 6-9. The conference program can be found on the conference site. 

SC&I is participating in the following sessions:

  • Richard D. Heffner Professor of Communications and Public Policy and JMS Professor of Profession Practice Juan González is a panelist on a teaching panel session “Connecting Today’s Students with Jim Crow-era Media History,” co-sponsored by the History Division and the Minorities and Communication on Friday, Aug. 7.
  • Ph.D. student Alyvia Walters will present a research paper, “Modern Mourning: The Violence and Potentialities of Public Grief Online,” to the Cultural and Critical Studies Division on Friday, Aug. 7. Walters’ paper received second place in the division’s student paper competition.
  • JMS Associate Professor Regina Marchi and Ph.D. student Maria Zhigalina will present a research paper, “Globalization, Social Media and Cultural Change: Instagram and Family Traditions in Russia, to the Cultural and Critical Studies Division on Friday, Aug. 7.
  • 2020 Ph.D. graduate Qun Wang, who begins a tenure-track job at Fordham University in New York City in the fall, will receive AEJMC’s Nafziger-White-Salwen dissertation award for her dissertation, “Normalization and Differentiation in Google News: A Multi-method Analysis of the World’s Largest News Aggregator,” directed by JMS Associate Professor Susan Keith, on Saturday, Aug. 8.
  • Ph.D. student Omar Hammad will present a research paper, “North American Muslim Satire on YouTube: Combatting or Reinforcing Stereotypes?” to the Religion and Media Interest Group on Saturday, Aug. 8. Hammad’s paper received the Top Student Paper award from the Religion and Media Interest Group.
  • JMS Associate Professor Susan Keith will moderate a research panel discussion, “Media, War and Memory: Researching Remembrance of the Past,” for the History Division and Cultural and Critical Studies Division on Saturday, Aug. 8. The panel features research papers by scholars from five universities, including 2017 SC&I Ph.D. program graduate Jonathan M. Bullinger, who teaches at SUNY-Geneseo. Bullinger will talk about his book, Reagan’s “Boys” and the Children of the Greatest Generation: U.S. World War II Memory, 1984 and Beyond (2019, Routledge).
  • JMS Associate Professor Susan Keith, who serves as vice president of AEJMC, will take part in meetings of the AEJMC Board on Wednesday, Aug. 5 and Sunday, Aug. 9.
  • SC&I Ph.D. students Omar Hammad and Christoph Mergerson and incoming SC&I Ph.D. student Joseph Isaac were selected to receive AEJMC Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Career Development Fellowships that support their attendance at a career-development workshop focused on the academic job market, hiring, and early career advice.
  • Former SC&I postdoctoral fellow Nicholas A. Diakopoulos (2009-2011), now an assistant professor at Northwestern University, will receive the AEJMC Tankard Book Award for his book, Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media (2019, Harvard).

According to its website, the mission of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) is “to promote the highest possible standards for journalism and mass communication education, to encourage the widest possible range of communication research, to encourage the implementation of a multi-cultural society in the classroom and curriculum,and to defend and maintain freedom of communication in an effort to achieve better professional practice, a better informed public, and wider human understanding.”

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