by Michael Sweeney, Professor; Associate Director for Graduate Studies
Fourteen papers written by graduate students in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism will be presented in August at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
The conference brings together professional journalism educators and researchers from around the world. Papers submitted for presentation must go through double-bline review. Student and faculty papers are subjected to equally rigorous review with no distinction between the two during judging.
“This is a terrific manifestation of the excellence of our graduate program,” said E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Graduate Director Michael S. Sweeney.
Michael “Clay” Carey, a former newspaper editor from Tennessee, had all four of the papers he submitted for review accepted for presentation. One of them was named top student paper in the Community Journalism Interest Group.
Some of the grad students’ papers were produced for classes in the Scripps School at Ohio University. Others were distilled from theses and dissertations. And still others were collaborations between students and professors.
The conference will be Aug. 8-11 at theRenaissance Downtown Washington DC Hotel.
The student papers are as follows:
(1) Newspaper and Online News Division Refereed Paper Research Session: “Cranks or Community: Describing Those Who Comment on News Stories,” by Dr. Hans Meyer and PhD student Michael Clay Carey.
(2) Public Relations, Advertising, Cultural and Critical Studies Divisions and Entertainment Studies Interest Group:
“Breaking the Circle: Citizens, Journalism, and the Statutory Divide,” by PhD student (and now Central Michigan University assistant professor) Edgar Simpson, Central Michigan and Dr. Aimee Edmondson.
(3) Graduate Student Interest Group, “The Activist Network: How Wikipedia Used Facebook Posts and Shares to Gain Support for the SOPA/PIPA Blackout,” by PhD student Amanda J. Weed.
(4) Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk and Communication Technology Divisions, Political Communication Interest Group and Communication Theory and Methodology Division: “The Mediating Role of Prior Knowledge in Framing Effects: An Experimental Study of Responses to Valenced Frames,” by former MS student Chen Lou (now a PhD student at Michigan State University), and Dr. Carson B Wagner
(5) Mass Communication and Society Division: “Influence Of Participation And Online Norms In The Development of A Sense Of Virtual Community,” by PhD student Michael Clay Carey and Dr. Hans Meyer.
(6) Visual Communication Division: “Ken Burns: Historian, Patriot, or Hollywood Revisionist? An Analysis of His Style from ‘Brooklyn Bridge’ to ‘The War,’” by PhD student Paul Jacoway.
(7) Communication Technology, Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk Division and Political Communication Interest Group: “Tell It if You Can: A Study of PTSD in Newspapers and Military Blogs,” by MS student Lu Wu.
(8) Communication Technology, Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk Division and Political Communication Interest Group: “Thematic and Episodic Framing of Occupy Wall Street in The Washington Post,” by PhD student Jeremy Saks.
(9) History Division: “Universal Invitations and Inexhaustible Resources: Portrayals of Rural Life in Popular Magazines of the Late 1800s,” by PhD student Michael Clay Carey.
(10) Minorities and Communication Division: “Economic Goals of Media Firms for Ethnic Groups and Media Firms Owned by Ethnic Groups,” by MS student Xueying Luo
(11) International Communication and Mass Communication and Society Divisions:
“Tweeting as a Journalistic Social Engagement Routine in Africa and Beyond,” by Dr. Yusuf Kalyango and PhD student Pamela Walck.
(12) Graduate Student Interest Group:
“A Content Analysis of The Deseret News Before and After Move to Converged Newsroom,” by MS student Brendon Butler.
(13) Community Journalism Interest Group:
“A Plain Circle: Imagined Amish and Mennonite Community in the National Edition of The Budget,” by PhD student Michael Clay Carery. This was named top student paper in the group.
(14). Magazine Division: “‘Trail of Corpses’: Newsweek, Time, and U.S. News & World Report’s Coverage of Genocide in Southern Sudan, 1989-2005,” by Dr. Sally Ann Cruikshank of Auburn University. Dr. Cruikshank wrote this paper while a PhD student in the Scripps School. The paper was named the division’s top paper.