UNC at annual AEJMC conference in Washington, DC

Seventeen faculty members, 10 graduate students and various alumni will represent the UNC School of Media and Journalism Aug. 6-9, 2018, at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in Washington, D.C.

The Carolina contingent 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 as we celebrate our school's legacy of scholarship, mentorship and community.

Carolina faculty and graduate student activities at AEJMC 2018 include:

Awards & Honors
  • Brooks Fuller '17 (Ph.D.) won the 2018 Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award for his dissertation, “Words, Wounds, and Relationships: A Mixed-Method Study of Free Speech and Harm in High-Conflict Environments.” This is the ninth time an MJ-school doctoral student has won this award – more than any other program in the United States.
  • Chris Vargo '14 (Ph.D.) and Lei Guo (Boston University) won the 2017 Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly Outstanding Article Award for “Networks, Big Data, and Intermedia Agenda Setting: An Analysis of Traditional, Partisan, and Emerging Online U.S. News”
  • Deborah Dwyer (Ph.D. student) won first place in the Moeller Student Competition in the Mass Communication & Society division for her paper, "Nothing but the Facts? Journalistic Objectivity and Media Adjudication of President Trump’s False Claims.” Dwyer also won second place in the Carol Burnett paper competition in the Media Ethics division for her paper, “Fake News and the Fourth Estate: The Role of Editorial Messaging in Repairing the Journalistic Paradigm.”
  • Shannon Zenner (Ph.D. student) won the first-place student paper award from the Visual Communication division for her paper, “It Costs a Lot to Look This Cheap: Preference for Low-Quality Graphic Design.”
  • Kristen Patrow (Ph.D. student) won the first-place student paper award from the Law and Policy division for her paper, “'Walk' This Way, Talk This Way: How Do We Know When the Government is Speaking After Walker v. Sons of the Confederacy?”
  • Lin Li (Michigan State) and Shao Chengyuan (Ph.D. student) won the first-place student paper award in the Mass Communication & Society division for their paper, “Asian International Students’ Mass Media Use and Acculturation Strategies: Considering the Effects of Remote Acculturation.”
  • Jennifer Harker '18 (Ph.D.) won the Top Student Paper Award in AEJMC's Sports Communication Interest Group.
  • Seoyeon Kim (Ph.D. student) was named as a 2018 recipient of the Inez Kaiser Graduate Students of Color Award, sponsored by the AEJMC Public Relations Division, The Museum of Public Relations and the PRSA Foundation.
  • Shannon Zenner (Ph.D. student) and Deborah Dwyer (Ph.D. student) each won a competitive AEJMC Graduate Student Travel Grant.
  • Jessica Gall Myrick ’13 (Ph.D.) and Rachelle Pavelko won third place in the ComSHER article of the year for their article in the Journal of Health Communication.
  • Sheila Peuchaud ’10 (Ph.D.) received an honorable mention in the Best Practices Competition for her “‘Diversity Style Guide’ for Media Ethics.”
 
Monday, Aug. 6 – Morning
  • Deborah Dwyer (Ph.D. student) will present, “Fake News and the Fourth Estate: The Role of Editorial Messaging in Repairing the Journalistic Paradigm.”
  • Lucinda Austin, Brooke Liu (Maryland), Seoyeon Kim (Ph.D. student) and Yan Jin (Georgia) will present, “Exploring Differences in Crisis literacy and Efficacy on Behavioral Responses During Infectious Disease Outbreaks.”
  • Deb Aikat will participate in the panel session, “Teaching Diversity to Mass Communication Students in the Trump Era.”
  • Rhonda Gibson will participate in the panel session, “Taming the Trolls: Preparing Students to Deal with Harassment and Abuse Online.”
 
Monday, August 6 – Afternoon
  • Lucinda Austin will participate in the panel session, “Natural Disasters and Publics: Strategic Crisis Communication in the Wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.”
  • Deb Aikat will present, “Reimagining New Modes of Inquiry and Establishing a Knowledge Base for Our Field.”
  • Farnosh Mazandarani (Ph.D. student) will present, “Time Enough at Last: Pornography Viewership Motivations and Obstacles.”
  • Lucinda Austin, Holly Overton (South Carolina), Denise Bortree (Pennsylvania State) and Brooke McKeever (South Carolina) will present, “Examining the Rage Donation Trend: Applying the Anger Activism Model to Explore Communication and Donation Behaviors.”
  • Jeanine Guidry (Virginia Commonwealth), Lucinda Austin and Linsey Grove (South Florida) will present, “Hot or Cold: #climatechange Societal Sentiment on Pinterest.”
 
Tuesday, August 7 – Morning
  • Shannon Zenner (Ph.D. student) will present, “It Costs a Lot to Look This Cheap: Preference for Low-Quality Graphic Design.”
  • Amanda Reid will present, “Considering Fair Use: DMCA’s Takedown & Repeat Infringers Policies.”
  • Deb Aikat will participate in the panel session, “Resolutely Non-Partisan: Researching C-SPAN’s Video Archives.”

 

Tuesday, Aug. 7 – Afternoon
  • Michael Hoefges will participate in the panel session, “Should Digital Partnerships Be Treated Differently Than Traditional Media Buys? The Ethically Blurred Lines & Legal Implications of Native Advertising & Influencer Marketing.”
  • Stephanie Mahin '17 (Ph.D.) will participate in the panel session, “Taking a Knee for Social Justice: Opportunities and Challenges for Talking about Race in the Applied Communication Classroom.”
  • Kristen Patrow (Ph.D. student) will present, “'Walk' This Way, Talk This Way: How Do We Know When the Government is Speaking After Walker v. Sons of the Confederacy?”
  • Deborah Dwyer (Ph.D. student) will present, "Nothing but the Facts? Journalistic Objectivity and Media Adjudication of President Trump’s False Claims.”
  • Lin Li (Michigan State) and Shao Chengyuan (Ph.D. student) will present, “Asian International Students’ Mass Media Use and Acculturation Strategies: Considering the Effects of Remote Acculturation.”
  • Xiaohan Xu (M.A. student), Maria Leonora Comello, Suman Lee and Richard Clancy will present, “Exploring Country-of-Origin Perceptions and Ethnocentrism: Implications for PR Efforts to Introduce U.S. Dairy Products to China.”

Wednesday, Aug. 8 – Morning
  • Maria Leonora Comello, Diane Francis (Louisiana State), Laurie Hursting (M.A. student), Elizabeth Breaux (Louisiana State) and Laura H. Marshall '13 (M.A.), '17 (Ph.D.) will present, “Recreational Video Games as a Value-supporting Activity for Cancer Survivors.”
  • Jennifer Harker '18 (Ph.D.) will present, “Identification and Crisis: An Exploration into the Influence of Sports Identification on Perceptions of Sports Crises.”
 
Wednesday, Aug. 8 – Afternoon
  • Joseph Cabosky will participate in the panel session, “True Threats, Hate Speech and the Rise of Trump in America – Does the First Amendment Protect Too Much “Offensive” Speech?”
  • Seoyeon Kim (Ph.D. student), Lucinda Austin and Jeanine Guidry (Virginia Commonwealth) will present, “Checking in During Irma: Investigating Motivations, Emotions, and Narratives on Facebook’s Safety Check Feature.”
  • Allison Lazard, Adam Saffer, Lindsey Horrell (UNC School of Nursing), Catherine Benedict (Northwell Health) and Brad Love (Texas at Austin) will present, “Peer-To-Peer Connections: Perceptions of a Social Networking App Designed for Young Adults with Cancer.”
  • Ali Al-Kandari (Gulf University for Science and Technology), Mariam Alkazemi (Virginia Commonwealth) and Deb Aikat will present, “Political and Cultural Forces on the Uses and Gratifications: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat in the U.S and Kuwait.”
  • Kirsten Adams (Ph.D. student), Daniel Riffe, Meghan Sobel (Regis University) and Seoyeon Kim (Ph.D. student) will present, “'Pivoting' With the President's Gaze: Exploring New York Times Foreign-Policy Coverage Across Nine Administrations.”
  • Deen Freelon, Michael Bossetta (University of Copenhagen), Chris Wells, Wisconsin-Madison, Kirsten Adams (Ph.D. student), Yiping Xia (Wisconsin-Madison) and Josephine Lukito (Wisconsin-Madison) will present, “The (Non)Americans: Analyzing Russian Disinformation on Twitter.”
  • Professor Emeritus Donald Shaw will participate in the panel session, “50 Years of Agenda Setting.”
 
Thursday, Aug. 9 – Morning
  • Terence Oliver will participate in the panel session, “Teaching Code: Is it Still Relevant?”
  • Jordan Morehouse (Ph.D. student) and Daniel Riffe will present, “A Multi-method Approach to Examining Online Sermons from Religious Organizations.”
 
Thursday, Aug. 9 – Afternoon
  • Francesca Dillman Carpentier will participate in the panel session, “Communicating Environment, Health, and Science Related Risks Across Sociocultural Contexts.”
  • Anne Johnston and Barbara Friedman will present, “'Boyfriending In:' Violence and Romance in News Narratives about Sex Trafficking.”


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