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  • Faculty discuss media and politics


    Local news stations have asked JEM faculty members to provide context to the Trump presidency and current media culture.

    Professor Amber Roessner appeared on WBIR to discuss social media use during Trump's Inauguration.

    "He was really focusing on those anti-establishment and populist tones that kind of echo to some degree back to Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan."

    View her full interview here.

  • JEM Professor Recently Presented in Atlanta

    The paper, Jimmy Who? The Rise of a Peanut Farmer from Plains and the Fall of a Rabbit-Bitten President, is related to Dr. Roessner’s forthcoming book by the same title. Roessner is submitting the manuscript to LSU Press next year and the book is likely expected in 2018.



  • Professor Named Faculty Fellow for NATPE Conference

    Dr. Barbara Kaye received a fellowship to attend the National Association of Television Program Executives Conference in sunny Florida this week. According to its website, NATPE's annual "Market & Conference is the only American program market serving the worldwide television community.” It is designed for those who, “buy, sell, develop, finance, advertise, market or license content; implement technology; exploit rights; or leverage media assets. For Dr. Kaye, the conference is an opportunity to learn more about today’s electronic media, knowledge she can share in the classroom. 


  • Congratulations to Dr. Whiteside

    Dr. Erin Whiteside was promoted to associate professor and tenured. She says she is very honored and proud of this accomplishment and looks forward to what the future holds. “It’s a gratifying feeling to have your work be affirmed by your peers through the tenure process,” she mentioned. “I’m certainly thrilled to have received this promotion and continue to be a part of the faculty here at UT. “


  • Journalism Professor on CCI Spotlight

    Dr. Ed Caudill, a professor in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media was recently interviewed by Amy Blakely for a CCI Spotlight titled Faculty Trailblazers. Read the following interview for a peek at Dr. Caudill's story and his most recent achievement of receiving a Choice Award for 2014. 

    Journalism Professor Ed Caudill doesn’t believe everything he reads. And he wants the aspiring journalists he teaches to be just as skeptical. Caudill spent seven years in the newspaper business before moving into academia. He’s been at UT for thirty years.

    “It’s easy to write a story that has two sides—the good guys and the bad guys. Nuance is tough to write about,” he said. As a result, he said, “the media warp the way we perceive people and ideas.” From creationism vs Darwinism to the history of Sherman’s Civil War march, Caudill has spent his career studying the way popular opinion is shaped in the media—how people’s beliefs are swayed by what’s written, whether or not it’s actually true. And he tries to teach his students that a good story isn’t always true and a true story isn’t always good. 


  • University of Iowa honors former JEM director

    Pictured left to right, Dr. Julie Andsager, interim director, School of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Iowa, Dr. James Crook and Mrs. Crook.

    Dr. James Crook, professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa in April 2014. Dr. Crook was the director of the UT School of Journalism and Electronic Media for 28 years before retiring in 2002. During his career, he established the national scholarly journal Journalism & Mass Communication Educator. In 2003, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication awarded him the Eleanor Blum Distinguished Service to Research Award, which recognizes individuals who have devoted their careers to promoting research in mass communication. 

  • Harmon wins 2013 Sigma Delta Chi award

    A portfolio of five Knoxville News Sentinel columns has earned Dr. Mark D. Harmon a 2013 Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists. The distinguished award was based on Harmon’s general column writing for a publication with a circulation under 100,000.

    “I think column writing can be a bridge between the research and evidence required of good academia but also the popular writing of good journalists,” said Harmon. 

  • Whiteside to participate in grant writing boot camp

    Associate Professor Erin Whiteside will participate in the 2014 Grant Writing Institute (GWI) held by the UT Office of Research and Engagement. She is one of 12 faculty members selected to join in the intensive summer boot camp from May 27 - June 20, 2014.

    The goal of GWI is to help faculty apply for and obtain external funding. As a result, Whiteside will develop a proposal to submit to a targeted grant program. Sport Management doctoral student Elizabeth Taylor will assist in the research and writing of the proposal.

  • Faculty serve as speakers, moderators and judges

    Faculty of the School of Journalism & Electronic Media have been involved in a number of academic and professional events this spring:

    • Assistant Professor Erin Whiteside addressed media coverage of Title IX at "Tilting the playing field: Women in sports media," sponsored by the International Communication Association and the George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs.
    • Assistant Professor Amber Roessner moderated a panel on "Remembering Ida B. Wells-Barnett" at the 2014 AJHA/AEJMC Joint Journalism & Communication History Conference in New York.
    • Professor Mark Harmon presented “The ‘Luntzification’ of the Health Care Debate” at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s spring 2014 Mic/Night, a Pecha Kucha-powered forum designed to enhance the intellectual, interdisciplinary, and cultural life of the faculty and staff at UT.
    • Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hendrickson judged the National Magazine Awards sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in New York City.


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