UNC at 102nd annual AEJMC conference in Toronto, Canada

Nine graduate students, 13 faculty members and various alumni will represent the UNC School of Media and Journalism Aug. 6-10, 2019, at the 102nd annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in Toronto, Canada.

The Carolina contingent of scholars will participate in panel sessions and present authored or co-authored papers and presentations.

Graduate program alumni, students and faculty are invited to attend a breakfast in conjunction with the conference. The event will include an update on the graduate program to celebrate the school's legacy of scholarship, mentorship and community.

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Carolina faculty, alumni and graduate student activities at AEJMC 2019 include:

Awards and honors
  • Jordan Morehouse (Ph.D. student) was awarded the AEJMC Mass Communication and Society Research Award of $10,000 for her research project: The impact of religion in organizational crises: An examination of religious rhetoric and religiosity.
  • Jordan Morehouse (Ph.D. student) and Lucinda Austin won the second-place paper award for their paper, “The Impact of Religion in Situational Crisis Communication Theory: An Examination of Religious Rhetoric and Religiosity.”
  • Pablo Miño '17 (M.A.), (Ph.D. student) and Rhonda Gibson won third place in the AEJMC Research Prize for Professional Relevance for their paper, "Intercultural competencies needed for evolving media professions: Educating the next generation of globally minded communicators." 
  • Kirsten Adams (Ph.D. student) won the first-place student paper award from the Religion and Media Interest group for her paper, “Faith in the White House: Public Perceptions of U.S. Presidents’ Communicative Performance of Spiritual Leadership.”
  • Yan Qu (Ph.D. student) won the third-place student paper award from the Public Relations division for his paper, “Examining the Influence of Personal Discussion Network on Consumer Engagement Behavior: An Egocentric Network Study.”

 

Tuesday, August 6 – Afternoon
  • Deen Freelon will participate in the panel session, “Got Big Data?: Computational Methods in Research, the Classroom, and Ethical Storytelling.”

 

Wednesday, August 7 – Morning
  • Deb Aikat, Renita Coleman (Texas), Vanessa Gregory (Mississippi), Berkley Hudson (Missouri), Nicole Kraft (Ohio State) and Melissa Nurczynski (Kutztown) will present, “Mitigating Unconscious Bias in the Classroom.”

 

Wednesday, August 7 – Afternoon
  • Deb Aikat will present, “Reimagining Ways to Restore Media Trust.”
  • Barbara Friedman will present, “Framing Campus Sexual Assault in College News: Peer Education and Counter-Power in a Rape-Supportive Environment.”

 

Thursday, August 8 – Morning
  • Penelope Muse Abernathy, Jeffrey Riley (Georgia Southern), Michelle Ferrier (Florida A&M) will participate in the panel session, “Filling Information Voids in News Deserts with Student-Produced News.”

 

Thursday, August 8 – Afternoon
  • Amanda Reid will present, “Deciding Fair Use.”
  • Michele Meyer (Ph.D. student) will present, “Hostile Media Bias and Third-Person Effect in Film and Television: A Study of Diversity.”
  • Deb Aikat, Mitchell Stephens (New York University), Jinx Broussard (Louisiana State) and Jane Kirtley (Minnesota) will participate in the panel session, “Things I Used to Teach That I No Longer Believe.”
  • Rhonda Gibson, Laura Ruel, Aileen Gallagher (Syracuse), Kathleen McElroy (Texas), Adam Penenberg (New York University) and Cindy Royal (Texas State) will participate in the panel session, “Blowing Up the Silos: Integrating Multimedia Techniques Into Print Journalism Curricula.”
  • Kirsten Adams (Ph.D. student), Daniel Riffe, Meghan Sobel '15 (Ph.D.) and Seoyeon Kim '19 (Ph.D.) will present “Newsmaker-in-Chief”? Presidents’ Foreign Policy Priorities and International News Coverage from LBJ to Obama.”
  • Shannon Zenner (Ph.D. student), Arunima Krishna (Boston), Tom Kelleher (Florida) and Brian Smith (Brigham Young) will participate in the panel session, “Reflecting on Integration - Challenges in Research and Practice.”
  • Kristen A. Patrow (Ph.D. student) will present, “Cartooning and the First Amendment.”
  • Lucinda Austin, Jeanine Guidry (Virginia Commonwealth), Ioana Coman (Texas Tech), Nicole O’Donnell (Virginia Commonwealth) Alessandro Lovari (Università degli studi di Cagliari) and Marcus Messner (Virginia Commonwealth) will present, “Tweeting the #Flushot: Beliefs, Barriers, and Perceived Threat at Different Points of the Flu Season.”
  • Yan Qu (Ph.D. student) will present, “Examining the Influence of Personal Discussion Network on Consumer Engagement Behavior: An Egocentric Network Study.”
  • Chris Gentilviso '19 (M.A.) and Deb Aikat will present, “Embracing the Visual, Verbal and Viral Media: How Post-millennial Consumption Habits are Reshaping the News.”
  • Kyla Garrett Wagner '15 (M.A.), '19 (Ph.D.) will present, “Protection & Pornography: A Comparative Content Analysis of Pornographic Films for the Presence of Safe Sex Before and After the California Condom Law.”

 

Friday, August 9 – Morning
  • Pablo Miño '17 (M.A.), (Ph.D. student) and Rhonda Gibson will present, “Intercultural Competencies Needed for Evolving Media Professions: Educating the Next Generation of Globally Minded Communicators.”

 

Friday, August 9 – Afternoon 
  • Kirsten Adams (Ph.D. student) will present, “Faith in the White House: Public Perceptions of U.S. Presidents’ Communicative Performance of Spiritual Leadership.”
  • Jordan Morehouse (Ph.D. student) and Lucinda Austin will present, “The Impact of Religion in Situational Crisis Communication Theory: An Examination of Religious Rhetoric and Religiosity.”
  • Judy Liu, Su Jung Kim (Southern California), Travis Loof (South Dakota), Laqeeq Khan (Ohio) and Kjerstin Thorson (Michigan State) will participate in the panel session, “Social Media Management: Teaching Data Analytics, Social Media Marketing, and Content Strategy.”
  • Barbara Friedman, Anne Johnston, Nikki Usher (George Washington) and Stuart Allan (Cardiff University) will participate in the panel session, “Journalism, Gender and Power.”
  • Rhonda Gibson, Jade Metzger (Wayne State), Steve Kilar (Arizona State), Leigh Moscowitz (South Carolina) and Tracy Simmons (Gonzaga) will participate in the panel session, “Teaching and Reporting on the Intersection of Religion and Sexuality.”

 

Saturday, August 10 – Morning
  • Meredith Collins '19 (M.A.), (Ph.D. student) and Allison Lazard will present, “How Narrative Engagement with Young Adult Literature Influences Perceptions of Anorexia Nervosa.”

 

Saturday, August 10 – Afternoon
  • Adam Saffer, Deborah Dwyer (Ph.D. student), Jennifer Harker '18 (Ph.D.), Chris Etheridge '19 (Ph.D.), Mariam Turner '19 (M.A.) and Daniel Riffe will present, “Interlocking Among American News Media.”


The full conference program can be found on AEJMC’s website.