MASS MEDIA & COMMUNICATION NEWSLETTER

PUBLISHED FOR THE Ph.D. STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF AND FRIENDS
OF THE MASS MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION PROGRAM
IN THE SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS AND THEATER
AT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

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Volume II, Number 1
Fall 1993

Editor: Janis Overlock
Faculty Advisor: Matthew Lombard

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Newsletter Successfully Launches,
Bimonthly Schedule Projected

Due to the positive response to the premiere edition of the MM&C Newsletter published in April, the Newsletter will be printed on a regular bimonthly schedule starting in October after the Summer hiatus.

As students, faculty, staff and friends of MM&C, you can help us keep to our timetable by providing information, feedback and news stories. Drop off your contributions, criticisms and ideas in Professor Matthew Lombard’s mailbox in the RTF office or call Janis Overlock at 592-9511. The deadline date for the next issue is November 19th.

New Professors & Students Join MM&C

by Janis Overlock

Two professors recently joined the MM&C faculty — Professors Thomas E. Eveslage and James L. Marra. Eveslage, who earned his Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University, is interested in communication law, student press rights, and citizenship education. Marra, who earned his doctorate at Texas Tech University, specializes in communication education, advertising, and writing theory.

The MM&C program attracted four new students from around the world and with divergent interests. At a dinner at the Marrakesh Restaurant on September 15th, a group of MM&C students welcomed the new Ph.D. students to the program. The new students areMehpare Selcan KaynakKie-Un YuKaren Cristiano, and Kirti Kandade.

Mehpare Selcan Kaynak, a native of Istanbul, Turkey, is a graduate from Bosphorus University where she studied Political Science and International Relations. Kaynak is interested in art communication as well as intercultural communication, particularly the flow of popular media products among different cultures. In Turkey, she participated in a team which designed field research on the subject of “Trust in the Media.” Kaynak co-authored a book interpreting the results which is currently being printed in Turkey.

Kirti Kandade graduated from the University of Bombay, India with a degree in Physics, minors in Math and Chemistry. Kandade, a native of India, worked in profession marketing in her home country as well as Singapore. She is interested in studying new technologies in communication, multimedia–its impact and effects, and regulation and control.

Karen Cristiano recently completed the Master of Journalism program at Temple. She worked for a number of years as a reporter and feature editor at the Pocono Record in Stroudsburg, PA and as a medical writer for the Express in Easton, PA. Cristiano is interested in research concerning health/science reporting.

Kie-Un Yu, a native of South Korea, graduated from Sogang University in Seoul with a Bachelors in English Literature and a Masters in Mass Communication. He is interested in communication regulation policy. His wife, Jiwon Yu-Chang, is a Ph.D. student in the Rhetoric & Communication (R&C) Department at Temple.

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Ph.D. Guidelines Available

by Janis Overlock

The MM&C Faculty is in the process of approving a new Ph.D. Manual. The document clearly defines the procedures and requirements for the doctorate.

One important change in the procedures which affects all Ph.D. students is the introduction of official forms for petitions, requests and waivers to the MM&C Faculty. Letters will no longer be accepted. These new procedures will streamline the processing of requests for both students and faculty.

The new Ph.D. guidelines are available from Rita Kozen in the MM&C graduate office on the third floor of Annenberg Hall.

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Communications Outside of Temple:
Demand for Communication Ph.D.s
to Increase in the Next 5 Years

By Beth Haller

Melvin DeFleur, professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, discussed his recent research project on the projected shortage of communication Ph.D.s at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication meeting this summer.

DeFleur’s empirical study predicts that with undergraduate enrollment and faculty retirements rising and fewer people receiving Ph.D.s, the communication fields should need more Ph.D.s in the next five years.

To obtain a copy of DeFleur’s report, The Forthcoming Shortage of Communications Ph.D.s, write: The Freedom Forum Media Studies Center, Columbia University, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027-7004 or call 212-678-6600.

Grad Students Gain Status at AEJMC

by Beth Haller

Graduate student members of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) have been granted Interest Group Status.

The new Interest Group on Graduate Education will now be allowed to sponsor panels at the annual meetings and assess dues for its activities.

Projects for the future include advocating for a consistent policy across AEJMC divisions to deals with student paper submissions and competitions, as well as continuing to sponsor panels of practical concern to graduate students. In addition, the group would like to initiate a research in progress poster session for students in which they can receive feedback from faculty members of AEJMC.

This year’s chair of the Interest Group is Annette Taylor of the University of Dayton; vice chair, Beth Haller of Temple University; and secretary, Paul Husselbee of Brigham Young University.

If you have suggestions or ideas for panels you would like to see at the Interest Group sponsor of AEJMC’s 1994 annual meeting in Atlanta, please contact Beth Haller at 438-4793 or by E-mail, haller@templevm.temple.edu.

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MM&C Interest Group News

This space contains announcements regarding the formation of special interest groups. If you have a specific area of interest in communication and would like to meet with like-minded others in the program, please complete the attached form and leave it in Professor Lombard’s mailbox near the RTF office. Include, if you wish, a recommended meeting place and a date and time so that we can announce it in a future newsletter.

Psych-Phys Interest Group Expanding

by Bob Reich

The Psychophysiology Interest Group, Psych-Phys, met monthly through the summer break. Created for the purpose of exploring the interplay between cognition and physiology in communication, the group attracted Ph.D. students and faculty with a wide range of interests.

Topics discussed at recent meetings include television viewing, doctor-patient communication, persuasion, visual communication, emotion, and music perception. Discussions are often lively as members describe their varied interests, find common ground with seemingly disparate research, and offer useful advice.

The Psych-Phys Group will be meeting more frequently during the school year to accommodate the growing membership. Meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Annenberg Hall, Office 208. Questions, comments, and expressions of interest can be made to Professor Matthew Lombard, 204-7182 or Bob Reich, 971-2839.

SCAT Film Club Forming

by John O’Leary

In response to the first issue of the MM&C Newsletter, graduate students are in the process of forming a Film Studies Interest Group. Slated discussions and activities include places in and around Philadelphia to see alternative and “classic” films, approaches to film study, new video releases, the use of film in education. The Film Studies Interest Group is open to all graduate students in the School of Communications and Theater. Students who are interested in taking part in this group should contact John O’Leary at 265-0635.

Cultural Studies Group
Seeks MM&C and R&C Members

Students interested in joining an inter-departmental cultural studies interest group should contact Professor Barbie Zelizer in the Rhetoric & Communication Department at 204-1884. Students and faculty from MM&C and R&C will meet regularly to discuss common interests.

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Funding Opportunities

Funding is a constant problem for both students and faculty. In this section, we highlight various funding sources available through Temple as well as from outside the university. One of the best ways to find out about funding is by networking. If you know of any scholarships or funding sources (even short-term job possibilities), please drop us a line and we will include the information in future issues.

Funding Search Services
Available through Temple

by Janis Overlock

Temple offers three services which assist graduate students in locating funding outside of the University.

CASHE, College Aid Sources for Higher Education, provides an individualized printout of fellowships, scholarships and grants available to the student. The CASHE listing takes into account divergent factors such as field of study, age, ethnic origin, professional background, hobbies, and interests. The CASHE listing costs $5.00 for Temple students, $25.00 for non-Temple students. Forms are available through the Financial Aid office, Conwell Hall, second floor, 204-1458.

Two similar services, SPIN (Sponsored Projects Information Network) and IRIS (Illinois Research Information System), are also available through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, 406 University Services Building. The contact person for access to these databases is Ruth Smith, 204-7460.

Deadlines for Fellowships Near

by Janis Overlock

The National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) provides dissertation grants of $14,000 to support doctoral candidates’ completion of their dissertations. The application deadline is November 15, 1993. For more information, contact: Dissertation Grants Program, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 316, Washington, D.C. 20506; telephone: 202-606-8463, 202-606-8558 (fax).

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) provides fellowships and grants to both citizens and non-citizens of the U.S. Numerous fellowships and grants are available with differing guidelines and deadlines. For more information, contact AAUW Educational Foundation, 1111 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-4873, telephone, 202-728-7603. Allow two to four weeks for delivery.

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) offers various fellowships and grants for study in the social sciences with a predominantly humanistic emphasis. Area Programs, sponsored jointly with the Social Science Research Council, support post-doctoral and predoctoral research and study in the humanities and social sciences in Eastern Europe and China. For more information on these fellowships and grants which have varying deadlines between September and December, contact the ACLS, 228 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017-3398, (212) 697-1505.

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Calls for Papers

The School of Communications and Theater, Department of Journalism and the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography/Urban Studies at Temple are hosting a one-day conference on “The Press and the City” on March 18, 1994.

Research papers which examine the impact of the press on the agenda of the American city utilizing qualitative or quantitative methodologies are welcomed. The deadline for papers is January 15, 1994. Papers should be postmarked by the deadline date and submitted to: Dr. Patricia Bradley, Conference on “The Press and the City,” Department of Journalism, School of Communications and Theater, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122.

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The Eastern Communication Association (ECA) will be holding its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. from April 28th-May 1, 1994 The deadline for papers is November 1, 1993. Refer to the ECA call for papers announcement for details on specific divisions and requirements.

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The International Communication Association (ICA) will be holding its 1994 conference in Sydney, Australia July 11-15. The deadline for the call for papers is November 1st, but only those who are able to attend the conference should send papers. Refer to the ICA call for papers announcement for details on specific divisions and requirements.

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The Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery will be holding its fourth annual conference in Colorado Springs, CO March 10-12, 1994. The society is generally concerned with various analytic approaches to the role and structure of imagery in social life. The topic of this year’s conference is “The Image of Technology in Literature, the Media and Society.”

The deadline for a one-page abstract is December 1, 1993. Inquiries and abstracts should be directed to Will Wright, Department of Sociology, or Steven Kaplan, Department of English and Foreign Languages, University of Southern Colorado, 2200 N. Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, CO 81001. For more information, contact Professor Kaplan at (719) 549-2329 or Professor Wright at (719) 549-2538.

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The AEJMC Southeastern Colloquium has issued a call for papers on newspapers, magazines and law. The colloquium will be held from March 3-6, 1994 in Charleston, SC. Deadline for the papers is December 15, 1993. For more information or a registration form, contact Pat McNeely, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, (803) 777-3303, (803) 777-4103 (fax).

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News About Campus

Colloquium Information Bank Expands

by Matthew Lombard

The Ph.D. Colloquium (RTF/JOURN 945) continues to compile information on communication organizations, journals, and academic programs in the Philadelphia area. If you need any information, applications, or subscription forms, contact Professor Matthew Lombard, 208 Annenberg Hall (204-7182).

Dissertation Workshops Slated

The Graduate School regularly conducts workshops on dissertation writing and formatting. The workshops, held regularly throughout the semester, are at different times and locations around campus. The next workshop will be held on October 14th at 3 p.m. in 114 Speakman Hall. For more information about future workshops, contact the graduate school office in Carnell Hall, 204-1380.

R&C Colloquium Sets Schedule for Fall

MM&C students are invited to attend colloquium in the Rhetoric and Communication Department on Mondays from 2:40 to 4:00 in Weiss Hall, Room 351. Listed below is the schedule for the rest of the semester:

October 4: “Autobiographical Documentary: Narrative Form and Interpersonal Communication,” Professor Jeanne Allen.

October 11: Discussion of M. DeFleur’s Critique of Speech/Communication Graduate Programs.

October 18: No colloquium.

October 25: “Gender and Marital Communication,” Cynthia Burggraf, University of Delaware.

November 1: Topic to be announced, Stan Yoder, University of Pennsylvania.

November 8: No colloquium.

November 15: “Storytelling as a Context for Disagreement,” Chris Pudlinski, Rhetoric & Communication.

November 22: “Symbolic Economics,” Professor Sari Thomas.

November 29: “Intercultural Argument,” Mariko Kotani, Rhetoric & Communication.

December 6: No colloquium.

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MM&C Work in Progress

Publications and Presentations
of MM&C Faculty and Students

Compiled by Janis Overlock & Matthew Lombard

Professor Tom Gordon and Paul D’Angelo presented a paper, “Conceptualizing Familiarity: The Implications for Health Communication,” at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition conference at the University of Pennsylvania in June.

Gordon is revising an article for publication with co-author Dr. James Tsao of University of Wisconsin. The article, “Directed biological imagery and progressive muscle relaxation as strategies of mind-body communication for behavioral immunology,” is to appear in the journal, Biofeedback and Self-Regulation.

Professor John A. Lent and several MM&C students presented papers at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference in New Orleans, Louisiana from April 7th through 10th. Professor Lent presented, “Cartoons and Comics in Indonesia and Singapore” and chaired the session on Comic Art & Comics: Comic Art in Asia. Aruna Rao presented, “Tracing Comic Art Traditions in India to Pre-Colonial Times.” Rei Okamoto presented, “Japanese Comic Strips During World War II.” Honyging Liu-Lengyel presented “The Peasant Cartoonist Group of Hebei Province.” Finally, Hsiang-Wen Hsiao presented “The Renaissance of the Taiwanese Comics Industry.”

Janis Overlock will present her paper, “The Underground Press as a Tool of Contention: A Case Study of the Committee for the Defense of Workers in Poland, 1976-1980″ at the International Sociological Association’s (ISA) Social Movements and Social Classes Research Committee conference this October in Paris, France.

Richard Stewart recently published an article, “Mediaspeak: The Gospel Message in a TV Age,” in the journal, Academy Accents.

Katherine Fry presented her paper, “Constructing Geographic Identity: U.S. Regionalism in Popular Culture” at the annual conference on American Culture and Popular Culture, Superior Chapter, University of Minnesota — Duluth campus in April of 1993. Fry presented her paper, “U.S. Regionalism in Popular Culture: Regional Distinction and Racial Repression in SunsetSouthern Living and Midwest Living Magazines” at the International Communication Association meeting in Washington in May.

Barbara Hanley and co-authors Professor Stewart Hoover and Ph.D. candidate Martin Radelfinger had their article, “Who Reads Religion News?” published in the Summer 1993 issue of Nieman Reports at Harvard University. In August, Hanley presented the paper “Nothing But the Truth: Prime Time Fictional Portrayals of Deceit” at the 1993 AEJMC convention in Kansas City, Missouri. In November, Hanley will present the paper, “Prestige and Space: Crossing Boundaries and the Representation of Rewards and Punishments in Prime Time Television” at the 1993 SCA conference in Miami Beach, Florida.

Robin A. Larsen presented her paper, “‘Freaks:’ Censorship and the 1932 Presidential Campaign” at the Society for Cinema Studies in April 1992. She presented her analysis of a docudrama on Alger Hiss, “Concealed Enemies,” at the AEJMC meeting in Kansas City, Missouri in August. In November, Robin will be presenting “The Closeup and the Uses of Domestic Space in Depicting Romantic Love” at the Speech Communication Association (SCA) conference.

FryHanley and Larsen will be presenting a panel entitled: “Space as Mediated Construction: Analyzing Contexts for Identity Formation in Mass Communication” at the SCA conference in November.

Research Project Updates

Professor John A. Lent, the managing editor of WittyWorld International Cartoon Magazine, addressed symposia of cartoonists in Trirandrum and Madras, India, and Yangon, Myanmar this summer. The symposia were part of a research tour Lent conducted in four cities of India as well as Colombo, Sri Lanka; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Yangon, Myanmar; Bangkok, Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Hanoi, Vietnam, and Shanghai, China. In all, Lent interviewed 109 cartoonists for a book he is writing on Asian cartoons, which is to be published by the University of Mississippi Press.

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Hsiang-Wen Hsiao returned to her native country of Taiwan this summer to collect research materials for her dissertation proposal concerning the history of Taiwanese comics.

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Janis Overlock spent three and a half months this summer in Budapest, Hungary collecting research materials for her dissertation proposal on the development of the financial and economic press in post-revolution Hungary.

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Professor Sari ThomasKeith Brand and Robert Reich are entering the final phase of a content analytic study examining occurrences of violence and sex in the Bible.

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With Thomas in Communication 745, Betsi Grabe, Lisa Holderman, Michele de Montigny and Mary Pillegi are conducting research on the presentation of corporate business in American film.

Professor Matthew LombardTheresa BolmarcichBetsi Grabe, and Robert Reich are conducting experimental research to challenge the notion that watching television is an entirely symbolic experience — that is, the viewer is continuously aware that television’s pictures and sounds merely represent “real” objects and people. Instead, the group hypothesizes that at times watching television is a direct, nonsymbolic experience.

Academic Rites of Passage

Congratulations to Honyging Lui-LengyelFei Zhengxing, and Young Dan Inyang, who recently completed their work in MM&C and earned their doctorates.

Victor Sunderaj returned from India and successfully defended his dissertation and will graduate in January 1994.

Mehpare Selcan Kaynak is a recipient of the University Fellowship.

Irene Berkowitz was awarded the Dissertation Fellowship for the Fall semester. Irene will be studying the use of video cameras in the courtroom. Previous MM&C recipients of this prestigious award include Barbara HanleySandy KyrishVictor Sunderaj, and Shawn O’Dowd.

This spring, Beth Haller and Karen Cristiano won the Mollye and Mitchell Glick Fellowship, which is awarded to graduate students who are studying journalism and are planning to teach at the college level.

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MM&C Social Notes

How do we define “Social Notes”? Anything you want to tell us of a social nature — weddings, babies, parties, etc. Put submissions in Professor Lombard’s mailbox near the rtf office.

Colloquium Sets the Date for Party

Clear your social calendars for the next Colloquium Party on Friday, December 10th at the home of Professor Matthew Lombard, 340 South Quince Street, first floor, in Center City (between Pine and Spruce and between 11th and 12th Streets). We’ll provide more information as the date nears.

Ph.D. Students Make It a Night

On the third Wednesday of every month, join MM&C Ph.D. students for group dinners around the city. Spouses and friends are invited to attend as well.

At the dinner in October, we will be discussing the possibility of having more graduate student representation in MM&C. Please come and give us your insights.

The schedule for the coming months is as follows:

October 20: Mexican Post, 104 Chestnut Street at 7 p.m. Street parking is free due to the “Make It A Night” promotion on Wednesdays. The Mexican Post is included in many dining card discount programs and publishes coupons in local papers for discount dining as well.

November 17: Hikaru Japanese Restaurant, 108 S. 18th St., Philadelphia at 7 p.m. Again, bring your discount dining cards.

December 10: The Colloquium Party will take the place of the group dinner. Watch for the December Newsletter for the dates and locations of upcoming dinners in 1994.

R.S.V.P. for the October and November dinners by leaving a message, at least two days before the date, at 204-7182.

Temple Graduate Student Association
Socializes in Center City

The Temple University Graduate Student Association meets every Friday night from 6-8 p.m. at McGlinchey’s Bar and Grill, 259 S. 15th Street. For more information regarding the university-wide graduate student association, contact Michele de Montigny at 476-5593.

Milestones

Maria C. Santana will marry Glenn D. Foerster on November 27th in Cinnaminson, New Jersey.


Back Issues Available

If you would like a copy of the premiere issue of the MM&C Newsletter or additional copies of this issue, please call 204-7182 and leave your name and address.

 

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