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Fans offer up free publicity for Disney as a creative outlet

By Jeff Cronin
SMC Communications

Take a quick spin around YouTube and you’ll find numerous commercials for Disney theme parks.  The challenge is figuring out which were produced by the Disney Company and which were made by fans.  

Some fans put in a lot of effort to make their commercials look and sound as good as those put out by Disney, and with no expectation of financial compensation for their work. So what compels someone to invest a significant amount of time and energy in promoting a multi-billion dollar company for free?

That’s the question that propelled John Edward … Read more »

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Prof. Shaw to analyze video games at conference

ShawAAdrienne Shaw, assistant professor of media studies and production, will discuss her research on video games at “Not Yet Real: Videogames, Theory, Criticism” at the Goethe-Institut in New York Jan. 11 to Feb. 2, 2014.

Event organizers say the event “highlights new and emerging approaches that pursue a more nuanced analysis of what is, by nearly any account, one of the dominant art forms of the twenty-first century.”

Shaw’s work will be part of an interactive installation that interprets four individual video games. She also will be part of a roundtable discussion, entitled “Games, Representation and Experience” … Read more »

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Prof. Postigo investigates how science is crowdsourced through online games

The term “crowdsourcing” has been flitting around the Internet in recent years to describe how users can come together to help solve a problem. It has evolved into sites like Kickstarter – and “crowdfunding” — where people go to raise money for a project from the masses. And now, biochemists are looking outside their labs to the Internet for help in their research. Science is now being crowdsourced.

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TV news steps up during JFK assassination, creates lasting images

As Americans tried to cope with and understand the assassination of their president 50 years ago, they turned, for one of the first times in history, to television for wide-ranging coverage of the unfolding event. On Nov. 22, 1963, television news earned the trust of a generation of viewers.

With the perfect confluence of events, experts and emerging technology, Paul Gluck, associate professor of media studies and production, said television news became the top resource for Americans to gather information about the death of JFK. For years, radio’s ratings had been deflating and the public needed visual images to help … Read more »

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How women’s magazines are surviving the digital age

By Sofiya Ballin
SMC communications

The influx and influence of digital media is forcing iconic women’s magazines to allow their financial interests to shape editorial content, according to a new book by Brooke Erin Duffy, assistant professor in the School of Media and Communication.

Remake, Remodel: Women’s Magazines in the Digital Age, is the result of three years of research and is a project that began as her doctoral dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania.

“There’s so much literature looking at women’s magazines in terms of the audience or how women’s magazine images affect women in adverse ways,” says Duffy. … Read more »

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How women’s magazines are surviving the digital age

By Sofiya Ballin
SMC communications

The influx and influence of digital media is forcing iconic women’s magazines to allow their financial interests to shape editorial content, according to a new book by Brooke Erin Duffy, assistant professor in the School of Media and Communication.

Remake, Remodel: Women’s Magazines in the Digital Age, is the result of three years of research and is a project that began as her doctoral dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania.

“There’s so much literature looking at women’s magazines in terms of the audience or how women’s magazine images affect women in adverse ways,” says Duffy. … Read more »

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Prof. Shaw publishes essay, paper

ShawAAn essay by Adrienne Shaw, assistant professor of media studies and production, “A critical approach to marginalized audiences and representation,” has recently been published in Mapping Identities and Identification Processes: Approaches from cultural studies, (Berlin and New York: Peter Lang. P. 133-148), edited by Eduardo de Gregorio-Godeo and Ángel Mateos-Aparicio Martín-Albo. The essay and book come out of  the 14th International ‘Culture & Power’ Conference: ‘Identity and Identification’ held in April 2010 in Ciudad Real, Spain.

Additionally, Shaw presented a paper at the International Communication Association Conference in London for the Popular Communication Division. “Representation Matters (?): When, … Read more »
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Prof. Postigo to speak at global communication conference

Hector Postigo, associate professor of media studies and production at Temple’s School of Media and Communication, will be a member of a panel discussion at “Digital Methods, Ethical Challenges,” a symposium hosted by the Center for Global Communication Studies and the Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

He will be a member of a panel on “Digital Culture Transformations.”

The symposium is set for Oct. 10, 2013. … Read more »

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MSP professor studies the music of a social movement

It was love at first listen for Nancy Morris, the chair of the Media Studies and Production Department.

IMG_0967It was 1976. Morris, then an undergraduate at the University of New Mexico, was spending a semester abroad in Ecuador. A passionate fan of The Beatles and other rock bands of the era, she was eager to explore the pop music of her new surroundings. When a Chilean exile asked her if she wanted to hear some of the music from his country, she was all ears.

That was her introduction to New Song, a genre of music that was the rallying … Read more »

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Prof. Weatherston selected as Academy Faculty Fellow

WeatherstonWebKristine Weatherston, assistant professor of media studies and production, is one of 20 faculty members from across the country selected for the 25th annual Academy of Television Arts and Science Foundation Faculty Seminar in November.

As a 2013 Faculty Fellow selected by a committee, Weatherston will participate in “five days of discussions, presentations and interactions with major studios, production companies, the networks and their top production and programming people,” according to the academy’s website.

Topics will reach across a wide spectrum of topics including the how producers and writers function to how programs are selected and scheduled. … Read more »

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