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JEM students and faculty shine at Chicago conference

 Xu “James” Zhang presents his award-winning paper at AEJMC 2017 in Chicago.

Between August 9-12, educators and students from across the journalism and media studies community gathered in Chicago for the 2017 conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Among them were several esteemed students and faculty from the UT CCI School of Journalism and Electronic Media.

Recent master’s graduate Amanda Martin, and professors Mark Harmon and Barbara Kaye received the top paper award in the James Murphy faculty paper competition for their work, “Silly Meets Serious: Discursive Integration and the Stewart/Colbert Era.”

Mirjana Pantic, a 2017 CCI PhD grad, received a top paper award in participatory journalism for her paper, “Half-opening the Gates: Adoption of User-generated Content in the Newsroom.”

Doctoral student Xu “James” Zhang and JEM Professor and Director Catherine Luther received third place in the Stevenson faculty competition for their paper, “Transnational News Media Coverage of Distant Suffering in the Syrian Civil War: An Analysis of CNN, Al-Jazeera English and Sputnik.”

Xu Zhang also placed first in the Markham student competition for his work on “Unique Storytellers – Freelancers in International News Production.” 

Dawn Corwin and Dr. Erin Whiteside present “Empowerment in the Information Age” at AEJMC 2017 in Chicago.

Several other members of JEM presented their papers at the conference, including doctoral student Dawn Corwin and Associate Professor Erin Whiteside, who presented “Empowerment in the Information Age: How Usable are College Campus Websites for Sexual Assault Survivors.”

Ioana Coman (CCI PhD grad, ’14), Assistant Professor at Wisconsin, Green Bay, and JEM director Catherine Luther presented “Expressions of International Solidarity via Online Newspaper Stories and Public Comments during Times of Terror.”

JEM professor Mark Harmon presented “A War of Words: The British Gazette Worker During the 1926 General Strike.”

Associate Professor Amber Roessner presented “The Media’s Verdict of Jimmy Carter’s Transition Act: An Administration in Disarray.”

During the panel discussions, Professor Julie Andsager spoke on the scholarly implications of data sharing in the medical publication community, and Lecturer Maria Fontenot and Professor Mark Harmon discussed the risks of incorporating social media in the news. Maria Fontenot was also elected the Professional Freedom and Responsibility Chair for the Electronic News Division of AEJMC. Associate Professor Amber Roessner participated in a workshop designed to help junior faculty women progress in their academic careers, and was appointed an AEJMC 2017 Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center fellow.