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 III, Number 1
Fall 1994

Editor: Janis Overlock
Faculty Advisor: Matthew Lombard

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Better Late Than Never…

In the tradition of many academic journals, this edition of the Newsletter comes to you several weeks after its “official” release date. The delay was due to the fact that the editor of the Newsletter was out of the country and the faculty adviser was swamped with work. To prevent such delays in the future and to insure the continued success of the Newsletter, beginning with the Spring 1995 edition, the job of putting together and distributing this publication will be transferred to the students enrolled in the Ph.D. Colloquium (MMC 945). The faculty member assigned to teach the Colloquium (in the Spring it will be Concetta Stewart) will serve as the faculty advisor.

We feel sad in leaving the Newsletter, but we’re very gratified at the response it has received from the MM&C community (and beyond), and we know that it will be in capable hands.

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MM&C CHANGES

Recent Additions to the MM&C Community

Five students began the MM&C doctoral program in the fall of 1994. Christie Kelly received her Masters degree from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. She is also an independent producer/director of video. Jodi Linder is a graduate of the Masters of Journalism program at Temple and has extensive experience in television journalism. She’s also a program coordinator for Student Activities at Temple. Arthur Lizie, Jr. earned his Masters from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has worked as a technical writer. Alexis Pasqua received her Masters in Mass Communication from California State University at Fullerton, has worked in sales and promotion, and has been a substitute teacher here in Philadelphia. And Donnalyn Pompperhas a background in public relations and print journalism and received her Masters of Journalism from Temple. Unfortunately Alexis had to leave Temple midway through the fall semester because of an illness in her family. But she has returned for the Spring semester. Welcome to all of you!

Cheryl Campanella and Dominique Monolescu are MM&C Masters students who have been accepted into the doctoral program. Cheryl has been working with Professor Matthew Lombard and a group of doctoral students conducting experiments concerning viewer responses to formal features of television. Dominique is interested in video teleconferencing and has already conducted a study of its use for hospital patients in her native Brazil.

Two professors joined the faculty of MM&C at the beginning of the fall semester. Matthew Lombard, the faculty advisor of theNewsletter, received his doctorate at Stanford University and is interested in psychological and physiological processes that occur in response to media presentations, as well as political and health communication. Concetta Stewart received her doctorate in Communication and Information Studies from Rutgers University and worked for 12 years at AT&T. Her research interests include socioeconomic aspects of the globalization of communication technologies as well as other issues regarding the adoption and implementation of these technologies.

SCAT Faculty Votes for School-wide Ph.D Program to Begin in 1996-1997

On December 7, 1994, the graduate faculty in the School of Communications and Theater voted to create a doctoral program to be jointly administered by several of the departments formed in the recent restructuring of the School. If approved by the Graduate Board of the University, the departments of Mass Media & Telecommunications; Journalism, Public Relations, & Advertising; Film & Media Arts; and Theater will work together during the 1995-1996 academic year to create a new doctoral program which will be in place the following year. The MM&C doctoral program will be part of this new School-wide program. The Department of Mass Media & Telecommunications will administer a new Masters program. The current Masters of Journalism program will be administered by the Department of Journalism, Public Relations, and Advertising.

All current MM&C students will be given the option of completing MM&C requirements or transferring to new programs.

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SCAT NEWS

Transitions

Dean Robert Smith recently announced that he will step down after this academic year. Smith has been Dean of the School of Communications and Theater for 17 years. After a year-long leave in which he plans to complete a writing project, he will return as a faculty member in the Department of Mass Media & Telecommunications.

Howard Myrick, former chair of the Department of Radio-Television-Film, has been appointed Associate Dean in the School and now oversees the operations of the Office of Television Services and Temple’s cable channel 55. Gordon Gray, one of the founders of the Radio-Television-Film Department, was unanimously elected to be chair during its last year. Professor Gray has announced that he will retire at the end of 1995.

Jerry Knudson retired at the end of Spring 1994 after 22 years of teaching at Temple. Knudson was a member of the MM&C faculty and the Journalism Department. He will be continuing work on projects including editing a book of quotes about the newspaper business.

Ben Compaine, who received his doctorate from the School in 1978, has returned as the new Atlantic Bell Chair. He is the author, co-author, or editor of seven books, including Who Owns the Media? During his 3 year appointment he’ll teach graduate and undergraduate courses and establish the Center for Information Industry Research, which will work closely with companies that create and deliver information through the information superhighway. Compaine is the President of the Center; ProfessorConcetta Stewart serves as Vice President.

As the School prepares to implement its long-awaited restructuring, Concetta Stewart has been named chair of a committee formed to develop the new Department of Mass Media & Telecommunications. Jeff Rush heads the committee for the Department of Film & Media Arts. We also note with some sadness that under the School reorganization, Professor Tom Gordon will be moving to the new Department of Communication Sciences, and therefore will leave MM&C.

Blitmann Library Is Renovated and Expanded

by Bob Roberts

During the summer of 1994, the size of Blitmann Library was doubled when a wall separating Room 303 (the original library) and Room 307 (formerly the Graphics Lab) was removed. The contents of Room 303 were stored in 307, and Room 303 was repainted, recarpeted and outfitted with new bookshelves, doubling the amount of shelf space for the general open stacks area. New Venetian blinds were installed for better light control, and the majority of the books which had been stacked on the tops of the periodical shelves were integrated into the stacks.

Room 307 became the new reference desk/reference collection area, with one section devoted to open seating at circular tables. The WiseOwl Terminal was installed in 307, to be closer to the librarian should users need assistance with its use. A set of newspaper shelves was installed along the partition separating the reference/resume area from the seating area and the newspaper collection relocated there. Also on file there are copies of the Chronicle of Higher Education. The research journals remain as before: index/table of contents packets filed in alphabetical order by title along the wall while the actual copies of the journals remain in the journal Archive room, available on request from the librarian.

Near future plans call for carpeting the passageway to the Library (now Room 334) and the seating/study area in the reference/reserve section. Addition of a CD-ROM database search system, connected to the Scholars Information Center at Paley Library, is planned. Fundraising for additional improvements, such as converting the former Graphics Lab office into a media library/audiovisual room, continues. It is anticipated that completion of the original, comprehensive plan for Library renovation and expansion will be completed during the summer of 1995.

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MM&C INTEREST GROUP NEWS

If you have a specific area of interest in communication and would like to meet with like-minded others in the program, please contact the newsletter so that we can put an announcement in the next edition.

MM&C Psychophysiology Interest Group Sponsors Fall Events

The Psychophysiology Interest Group sponsored several events during the Fall 1994 semester. In September, a group of MM&C students, faculty, and friends attended a showing of the film Grand Canyon at the Tuttle Omniverse Theater at the Franklin Institute. After a discussion about the film and the Omnimax/Imax format, some of us toured the museum. In October, guest Professor Tom Gordon led a very interesting discussion on “Music and the Immune System.” And in November we had an impressive turnout for a trip to New York City and a special presentation/discussion for MM&C at the Museum of Television and Radio, on the topic of violence in the media. Following the presentation several of us explored Greenwich Village/SoHo, visited the Museum of Modern Art, and took a tour of the Empire State Building.

The Interest Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month and is made up of people interested in the connections between psychology, physiology, and the media. But the events are open to anyone associated with MM&C and their guests.

Questions, comments, and expressions of interest can be made to Professor Matthew Lombard, 204-7182 (O) or Bob Reich, 642-2460 (H).

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

If you know of any scholarships or other funding sources (even short-term job possibilities), please drop us a line and we will include the information in future editions of the newsletter.

Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Applications for the Dissertation Completion Fellowship, administered by Temple, will be available around March 1. The deadline is April 1. The university-wide competition provides $7,500 funding for one semester, $15,000 for two semesters. Applicants must be advanced to candidacy with no funding left from their department or program. For more information, as well as an application, contact the Graduate School Office in Carnell Hall.

The Graduate School also has a listing of administrative assistantships available to graduate students who are not funded through their department or program. These assistantships carry a stipend similar to that of teaching and research assistantships, as well as tuition remission. A booklet listing these assistantships can be obtained through the Graduate School.


MM&C NIGHT AT DAVE & BUSTER’S

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 4, 1995

The Psychophysiology Interest Group is sponsoring a visit to the popular
family and adult entertainment center
Dave & Buster’s
Saturday February 4 at 4:00 PM

Dave & Buster’s features food, video games, skeeball, virtual reality, and much more

It’s located at Pier 19 on Delaware Avenue (Between Spring Garden and Market Streets) Phone: (215) 413-1951

There is no “cover” charge.
Parking is $6, but that includes a
$3 voucher for food and games.

For more details
call Matthew Lombard (204-7182)

SEE YOU THERE!!

Funds for Travel to International Meetings

The American Council of Learned Societies provides $500 grants for travel to international meetings for postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who will take an active role in an international meeting held outside the United States. Requests for application forms must be received no later than January 27, 1995. The deadline is February 1, 1995. For more information contact the American Council of Learned Societies, 228 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017-3398, fax: (212) 949-8058.

Funding Search Services
Available through Temple

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 for Temple students, $25 for non-Temple students. The necessary forms are available through the Financial Aid Office, Conwell Hall, second floor, phone: 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, phone: 204-7460.

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CALLS FOR PAPERS

The American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA) has issued a call for papers for its annual meeting September 28-30 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Research entries should be completed papers not exceeding 25 typewritten double-spaced pages, excluding references. For more details on submission, check the flyer outside of Professor Patricia Bradley’s office on the third floor of Annenberg Hall. Deadline for panel proposals, research in progress, and papers, is May 1, 1995.

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The Mass Communication and Society Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) is hosting a conference, “Media, Government, and Public Policy,” April 20-22, in Syracuse, New York. Possible research topics include how issues of public policy are represented in the media, the relationship between mass media practitioners and government policy makers, effects of mass media on voting behaviors, and the impact of regulation and deregulation on the discussion of public policy in broadcasting and electronic media. All theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome. Paper submissions must be postmarked on or before February 1. For more information, contact one of the program co-chairs: Carol Liebler, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, phone: (315) 443-3372, e-mail: CMLIEBLE@MAILBOX.SYR.EDU; or Cate Steele, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, phone: (315) 443-4118 or 443-1944 (messages), e-mail: CASTEELE@MAILBOX.SYR.EDU.

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The Rochester Institute of Technology is hosting a conference, “Intercultural Communication: The Last 25 Years and the Next–25th Anniversary of the Founding of the Area of Study.” Abstracts no longer than 250 words on interracial, ethnocultural, multicultural, international, and development communication should be postmarked or faxed by March 1, 1995. Send abstracts to: RIT, c/o Michael Prosser, Ph.D., 92 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623, phone: (716) 475-2804, fax: (716) 475-7120.

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The Comic Arts Council is seeking participation in seminars and poster sessions for its fourth annual conference in Chicago on June 29. The deadline for submission is April 7, 1995. For details, contact Randy Duncan, phone: (501) 230-5042, e-mail: DUNCANR@HOLLY.HSU.EDU.

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The Eastern Communication Association will begin publishing Communication Research Reports biannually in June and December each year, beginning with Volume 12, Issues 1 and 2 in 1995. The editors welcome brief empirical articles (not more than ten typed, double-spaced pages) on a variety of subjects pertaining to human communication. These could include studies of intercultural, political, instructional, relational, or organizational communication. The study of influence, media effects, and discourse in communication would also be appropriate.

Manuscripts will be blind reviewed by at least two members of the editorial board. Send three copies of the manuscript conforming to the guidelines provided by the third edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association to: James C. McCroskey, Editor, Communication Research Reports, Department of Communication Studies, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506, phone: (304) 293-3905.

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OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS

Dissertation Workshops Offered

The Graduate School offers workshops on dissertation writing and formatting throughout each semester. The schedule for the Spring has not yet been set. For more information about the workshops, contact Marge in the Graduate School Office in Carnell Hall, phone: 204-1383.

Application for Graduation Deadlines

If you plan to graduate in May 1995 you must submit the application form, available in the SCAT Graduate Office, 344 Annenberg Hall, by February 15, 1995. For August 1995 graduation the deadline is June 1, 1995.

Drafts of dissertations and theses must be delivered to 501 Carnell Hall by March 31, 1995 for May graduation and by July 14 for August graduation.

For May graduation, final versions of dissertations and theses are due by April 17. For August 1995 graduation the deadline is July 31.

MM&C Information Bank Now More Accessible

The MM&C Information Bank is a growing collection of useful information for MM&C students and faculty. It includes a listing of Think Tanks and Interest Groups in Washington, D.C.; promotional materials from publishers on the latest books, textbooks, and journals in a variety of areas of Communication; information about and membership applications for many Communication organizations; and several useful books and handbooks about the dissertation and publishing processes.

The collection has been moved so that it is more accessible to those who might find it useful. It is housed in one of the file cabinets in the lobby area outside the offices of Professors GordonLombard, and Thomas, on the second floor of Tomlinson Hall. The file drawer is labeled “INFORMATION BANK.”

Join MM&C Students and Faculty
On the Information Superhighway

If you don’t have a computer account and use electronic mail (e-mail), you’re missing something important. Many members of the MM&C community use e-mail to communicate quickly and efficiently with each other and with friends and colleagues around the country and the world (at no cost!). To supplement the Newsletter, they have begun to use e-mail to distribute announcements of funding opportunities, speakers coming to Temple, and more. It’s also a good way for you to tell us about your latest activities and accomplishments, so the information can be published in the next edition of the Newsletter.

A computer account also gives you access to thousands of bulletin boards where people around the nation and the world post messages and carry on conversations on topics in areas including hobbies, sports, science, politics, television, culture, and much more. Now you can also access a large collection of information, continuously updated and expanded, about every aspect of Temple University. And if you have a computer at home, you can do all of this without leaving your house.

Getting and using an account is easy. The Help Desk (204-8527) at Computer Services can tell you everything you need to know in a short phone call. So if you don’t have an account, or if you don’t use the one you have, take advantage of this valuable resource.

To communicate with others in MM&C you’ll need to know their computer account names. Below is an incomplete list. Please send corrections and additions to Matthew Lombard. Unless otherwise noted, all account names are for the Temple IBM mainframe computer (to send mail to these accounts from an account on another computer system, add “@VM.TEMPLE.EDU” after the account name).

Ph.D. Students/Alumni

Sauleh Alaswad (ALASWAD)
Irene Berkowitz (V1869G)
Keith Brand (KBPHD)
Cheryl Campanella (CAMPCM)
Theresa Ditton (DITTON)
Rosalind Corvalan (V1833G)
Paul D’Angelo (V1859G)
Michelle DeMontigny (MDEMON)
Chuck Elliott (ELLIOTT@CTSC.HKBC.HK)
Katherine Fry (KFRBC@CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU)
Betsi Grabe (BGRABE@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU)
Beth Haller (BAH17@PSUVM.PSU.EDU)
Barbara Hanley (BHANLEY@IUNHAW1.IUN.INDIANA.EDU)
Luis Hernandez (LUIS3896)
Lisa Holderman (LISAH@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU)
Selcan Kaynak (SELCAN)
Christie Kelly (CHRISTIE)
Robin Larsen (V2105G)
Jodi Linder (JMLINDER)
Arthur Lizie, Jr. (LIZIE)
Kathleen Shawn O’Dowd (V1815G)
Dominique Monolescu (V2095G)
Rei Okamoto (REI)
Janis Overlock (OVERLOCK)
Alexis Pasqua (PASQUA@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU)
Mary Pileggi (MARYP@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU)
Donnalyn Pompper (DONNALYN)
Aruna Rao (RAO)
Robert Reich (REGINA)
Maria Santana (112793)
Chyun-Fong Shi (TAIWAN)
Richard Stewart (V1893G)
Victor Viser (V1870G)
Kie-Un Yu (KIEUN)

Faculty and Staff

Thomas Eveslage (EVESLAGE)
Thomas Gordon (V6455E)
Rita Kozen (SCAT Graduate Office)
(KOZEN@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU)
Matthew Lombard (LOMBARD)
Jim Marra (JLMARRA@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU)
Priscilla Murphy (MURPHYP)
Bob Roberts (Blitmann Library) (V2167A)
Concetta Stewart (CSTEWART@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU)
Paul Swann (PSWANN)
Sari Thomas (SARI)
David Womack (V5430E)

Comserve: A Computer Service for Communication Studies

Announcements of faculty positions. Summaries of and other information about recent and forthcoming books and articles. Bibliographies. Course syllabi. Discussions with colleagues around the world. The Electronic Journal of Communication. All of these are available to you at no cost through Comserve, the electronic information service for professionals and students interested in human communication studies (communication, journalism, mass communication, rhetoric, speech, social linguistics, ethnomethodology, etc.). Comserve is a service of the non-profit Communication Institute for Online Scholarship (CIOS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

You can subscribe to Comserve by sending an e-mail message containing the word SUBSCRIBE followed by your first and last names, to COMSERVE@RPITSVM. (If your computer account is on the IBM mainframe you can also receive a user-friendly menu system called EASYCOM to use with Comserve. After you subscribe, just type the following at the “Ready;” prompt: Tell Comserve at RPITSVM Send Easycom Exec. Then when you want to use Comserve just type EASYCOM.)

Information About Communication Associations

The International Communication Association (ICA), founded in 1950 and with more than 2,200 members, promotes “the systematic study of communication theories, processes, and skills.” Annual conferences are held over Memorial Day weekend. In 1995 the meeting will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico; the theme is “Communication and Reality.” The 1996 conference will be in Chicago, Illinois; the 1997 meeting will be in Montreal, Canada. Paper and panel submissions are due each November 1 for the following year’s conference.

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) was founded in 1912 and has well over 3,000 members. The organization seeks to “promote the highest standards for education in journalism and mass communication, to encourage the implementation of a multi-cultural society in the classroom and curriculum, and to defend and maintain freedom of expression in day-to-day living.” Annual meetings are held each August. In 1995 the meeting will be in Washington, D.C.; in 1996 it will be in Anaheim, California (home of Disneyland); in 1997 it will be in Chicago, Illinois. The deadline for paper and panel submissions each year is in April.

The Speech Communication Association (SCA) was established in 1914 and has over 3,000 members. It is organized to “promote study, criticism, research, teaching, and application of the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication.” Annual meetings are held the weekend before Thanksgiving. The theme of the 1995 meeting, which will be in San Antonio, Texas, is “Unifying Research and Teaching.” The 1996 meeting will be in San Diego, California. Submit papers and panel proposals by February 1.

More information about these (and other) Communication organizations, as well as membership application forms, can be found in the MM&C Information Bank (see story on page 5).

Center for Frontier Sciences Lectures

The Center for Frontier Sciences, which coordinates global information exchange and education on frontier issues of science, medicine, and technology, sponsors lectures at Temple each semester. The next lecture is by social psychologist Daryl J. Bem, Ph.D., from Cornell University. His talk is titled, “Does ESP Exist? Experimental Evidence for an Anomalous Process of Information Transfer.” He will speak on March 23 from 2-3:30 at Kiva Auditorium in Ritter Annex.

If you’re interested in becoming an affiliate of the Center (and receiving invitations to events and the Center’s journal, Frontier Perspectives), contact: The Center for Frontier Sciences, Temple University, Ritter Hall 003-00, phone: 204-8487, e-mail: V2058A@VM.TEMPLE.EDU.

How YOU Can Improve the Quality of Television

Are you afraid that your favorite television programs are going to be cancelled because of low ratings? Viewers for Quality Television, Inc., is a non-profit organization founded in 1984 to champion the cause of quality in commercial network television and to support those shows which its participants feel reflect that quality. VQT endorses programs based on surveys of its members, and those endorsements receive considerable coverage by the press and serious consideration by network programmers. A tax-deductable donation of as little as $5 gets you a voice and the VQT’s newsletter. For more information write to: VQT, P.O. Box 195, Fairfax Station, VA 22039; or call (703) 425-0075.

TV Guide also conducts an annual poll to determine which low-rated shows viewers most want to see renewed. And in what may become a trend, the magazine noted in a recent issue that viewers who want to save the program My So-Called Life can send e-mail to SAVEMSCL@AOL.COM.

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MM&C PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

If you have recently or will soon present a paper, conduct a study, have something published, work as a media practitioner, etc., please complete the attached form and send it to us (or drop us a note or e-mail message) so that we can include the information in the next edition of the newsletter.

Publications and Presentations
by MM&C Faculty and Students

Hilary Brown, a Ph.D. student living in Jamaica, presented her paper, “Dancehall Soca: Fusion in Caribbean Popular Music,” at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) held in Ottawa, Canada in October of 1994. In early 1995, her article, “American Media Impact on Jamaican Youth: The Cultural Dependency Thesis,” will appear in a book titled Communications Technologies, Globalization and Caribbean Identity.

Professor Tom Eveslage wrote an article, “Stifling Student Expression: A Lesson Taught, A Lesson Learned,” for the Winter 1994 issue of Contemporary Education, which was devoted to the First Amendment.

Recent Ph.D. graduate Katherine Fry wrote, “Regional Consumer Magazines and the Ideal White Reader: Constructing and Retaining Geography as Text,” for The American Magazine: Research Perspectives and Prospects, edited by David Abrahamson and published by the Iowa State University Press.

Betsi Grabe, an MM&C doctoral student, presented “The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s Coverage of the 1987 and 1989 Elections: The Matter of Visual Bias,” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) meeting in Atlanta in August 1994. Grabe also presented her paper, “The Social Function of Mediated Crime,” at the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association’s annual meeting in Wheeling, West Virginia in October 1994.

An article by recent MM&C graduate Hongying Liu-Lengyel, “A Brief History of Chinese Cartoon Development,” was published inCartoon Research magazine (a Japanese publication) in October 1994.

Professor Matthew Lombard and a colleague at San Diego State University, Moshe Engelberg, presented “How Does ‘Edutainment’ Work? An Applied Health Communication Research Perspective,” at the annual conference of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in Washington, D.C. in October 1994. In November Lombard presented a paper, “Direct Responses to People on the Screen: Television and the Illusion of Nonmediation,” at the annual conference of the Speech Communication Association (SCA) in New Orleans.

An article by Lombard and colleagues at Stanford University titled, “Anthropocentrism and Computers” will appear in Behaviour & Information Technology early in 1995.

James Marra, an MM&C faculty member, directed the business and research sessions for the Advertising Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) at its annual convention last August in Atlanta.

Dominique Monolescu recently received a $200 merit award from the International Teleconferencing Association’s Student Awards Program for a paper she wrote in an MM&C course (Communication and Cognition, MMC 681).

Professor Priscilla Murphy presented, “Creating Decision Profiles to Analyze Advertising Agency/Client Conflict,” a paper written with Professor Michael Maynard, at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) convention in Atlanta last August.

In February 1995, Maria Santana, a recent MM&C graduate, will present her paper, “Puerto Rican Press Content Analysis During 1988 Elections,” at the annual Intercultural and International Communications conference sponsored by the University of Miami, Coral Gables.

Professor Concetta Stewart chaired a panel titled, “Studies of Computer Mediated Communications and Group Support Systems,” at the conference of the Academy of Management in Dallas in August 1994.

Professor Paul Swann presented “The Traded Image: Satellite TV and Trans-National Program Flow” at the University Film and Video Association (UFVA) conference in Bozman, Montana in August 1994. “The Little Statement: Hollywood and the Rhetoric of the Cold War,” appeared in Hollywood in Europe, published by the University of Utrecht Press. Another paper, “Conspiracy in and Around ‘The Iron Curtain,’” will appear soon in Velvet Light.

Sari Thomas, the chair of MM&C, was a panelist for “Ray L. Birdwhistell and Sociocultural Theory: A Retrospective and Prospective Celebration,” at the Speech Communication Association (SCA) conference in New Orleans in November 1994.

MM&C Doctoral Students Are Media Practitioners

Ron Bishop is public relations manager for PRISM, a regional pay cable service and Sportschannel, a regional basic programming service headquartered in Bala Cynwyd. In addition to publicizing all programming, Bishop coordinates the companies’ internship program.

Keith Brand continues to host a weekly program, “Sleepy Hollow,” on Sunday mornings on WXPN 88.5 FM.

Christie Kelly has her own independent video production company called Christie Productions.

Jodi Linder is a free-lance reporter for Greater Media Cable and helps produce the local edition segment on CNN Headline News.

John O’Leary recently wrote a series of sketches for a video on student-teacher relations for the Communication Arts Production Group at Montgomery County Community College. O’Leary also directed part of the video.

Janis Overlock hosts a program entitled “Letters Home” on the short-wave world service of Hungarian Radio. Additionally, she reports on media issues for the English language broadcasts. She also free-lances as a media specialist reporter for the Budapest Business Journal.

MM&C Research Activities

Hilary Brown is concluding her dissertation research in Jamaica. She is conducting an islandwide survey of approximately 1,750 high school students for her study of American media impact on Jamaican youth.

Professor Tom Eveslage, Ph.D. student Paul D’Angelo, and MA student Jennifer Snyder are in the second phase of a national study of ethics and high school journalism.


Research and Other Opportunities

Professor Matthew Lombard will conduct an international mail/e-mail survey of people who study mass communication during the Spring 1995 semester. If you’re interested in gaining research experience, and perhaps course credit, please contact him at (215) 204-7182 or LOMBARD@VM.TEMPLE.EDU.

Recent Ph.D. graduate Hongying Liu-Lengyel is searching for a producer or “donor” for a television documentary series on Chinese Cartoons and Comic Art as Communication. The series will provide an historical perspective, using old documentary footage and interviews along with interpretation of selected images. If you’re interested in being a part of this project, please contact her at (215) 699-6448.

Professor Matthew Lombard and doctoral students Cheryl CampanellaTheresa DittonBetsi Grabe, and Robert Reichconducted two studies during the Fall concerning the role of image size in viewer responses to television content. Another study is planned for the Spring.

Janis Overlock received a $9,000 Professional Development Fellowship from the International Educational Exchange to conduct research for her dissertation, “The Business and Economic Press in Hungary and its Impact on Market Reform, 1968-1994.” She has been living in Budapest since June, although she has returned to the States for a two-month hiatus. During the break, she will take advantage of a $2,400 grant from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to collect research materials in the Washington, D.C. area. She will return to Budapest in February.

Professor Paul Swann and Ph.D. student Arthur Lizie, Jr. are examining the cultural and policy implications of Star-TV in China and India.

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UPDATES ON RECENT MM&C Ph.D ALUMNI

Carl Burrows has a faculty position at the California State University at Fullerton.

Roz Corvalan is working at the Survey Research Center at Drexel University.

Chuck Elliott holds a faculty position at Hong Kong Baptist College in Hong Kong.

Katherine Fry is an assistant professor in the Department of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College of City University of New York.

Beth Haller is a member of the Humanities faculty at Penn State University, Harrisburg.

Barbara Hanley holds a tenure track position in the Department of Communication at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana.

Maria Santana will join the faculty of the University of Central Florida in Orlando as assistant professor in August 1995.

Victor Viser is an assistant professor in the Department of Music, Art, and Speech Communication at York College of Pennsylvania.

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Please let us know about engagements, weddings, babies, parties, travels, adventures, etc. so that we can mention them in future editions of the newsletter.

Colloquium Party A Holiday Treat

The MM&C Ph.D. Colloquium sponsors a party near the end of each semester. The Fall 1994 party on Friday, December 2, featured a number of delicious homemade dishes, hot apple cider, holiday decorations, a roaring fire (appropriately the fire was mediated, thanks to a videotape called Video Fireplace), and lots of good conversation. Heartfelt thanks to Professor Concetta Stewart and Colloquium students Christie KellyJodi LinderArthur Lizie, Jr.Alexis Pasqua, and Donnalyn Pompper.

Look for your invitation to the Spring 1995 Colloquium Party in your mail and e-mail!

MM&C Social Notes

Cheryl Campanella traveled in Europe for two months last summer. She visited Austria, England, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Slovenia.

Karen Cristiano and her husband are expecting a baby in mid-1995.

Paul D’Angelo‘s wife, Susan Beebe, gave birth to their son in June 1994.

Lisa Holderman married John Faye in October 1994.

Selcan Kaynak was living in the Clinton Courts apartment building in Center City Philadelphia until a fire severely damaged the building on December 16, 1994. Many of her belongings were destroyed and she was forced to find a new place to live, but she’s doing fine.

John O’Leary recently became engaged to Stacey Ruben. The couple plan to marry in late 1995 or early 1996.


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