MM&C Newsletter Spring 1993



Volume I, Number 1
Spring 1993

Editor: Janis Overlock
Faculty Advisor: Matthew Lombard



Welcome to the first edition of the MM&C Newsletter! We (Ph.d. student Janis Overlock and Professor Matthew Lombard) have put together the first edition of what we hope will be a bimonthly publication (with time off for summer) that will create and reinforce a sense of community among the students, faculty, staff, and friends of the MM&C program at Temple.

Other than reading and (we hope) enjoying the Newsletter, we need you to know and act on one very important fact: This newsletter can not and will not continue if YOU do not contribute to it. We need your ideas, evaluations, suggestions, and especially your submissions of items to include in future editions. Send them ASAP to Professor Lombard, RTF Department, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122, or leave them in his mailbox near the RTF office, Room 15, in Annenberg Hall. This first edition of the Newsletter represents a work in progress. We’ve created a format and topic selection, but we’re very flexible! This is your opportunity to help shape something that can improve the experience of everyone involved with MM&C. Enjoy…

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Interest Group News

This space will contain 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.

Phys.-Psych. Processing Interest Group Forming

by Bob Reich

If you’re interested in the connection between the mind and the body and how individuals process (mediated or nonmediated) communication, please join the Phys.-Psych. Processing interest group. We want to get together and discuss our research interests, share resources, and help resolve mutual problems.

Students and faculty with an abiding interest in cognitive processes, emotion, psychophysiology, biobehavior, neuropsychology, etc., and their relationship to any form of communication (e.g., media involvement, formal features of media, the effects of music on emotion and health, etc.) are invited.

We’re planning to meet at 7 PM, May 6th in Center City at King’s Diner on 13th Street between Walnut and Locust (they serve cheap and good eats). R.S.V.P., questions, comments, and expressions of interest can be made to Professor Matthew Lombard, 204-7182 (O) or Ph.d. student Bob Reich, 971-2839 (O).

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AEJMC Graduate Student Committee

By Beth Haller

Several years ago, graduate student members of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) joined together to form a committee to focus on needs specific to students. The group is currently trying to obtain Interest Group status and would like to encourage any graduate student attending the AEJMC Kansas City meeting to attend the business meeting on August 12.

The committee pursues both academic and practical activities related to graduate students. This year the committee will sponsor a panel to discuss job interviewing and negotiation. It also has a mentoring program that matches graduate students to AEJMC faculty members with the same research interests.

The committee is also undertaking a survey of all AEJMC divisions regarding their policies on student paper competitions. The committee wants to work with divisions to guarantee consistent policies on student papers within the divisions.

At the practical level, the committee assembles information on low-cost motels and restaurants at the convention sites. It also organizes at least one social event at the convention so graduate students can meet each other as well as faculty from other universities.

For the Kansas City meeting, if graduate students would like inexpensive housing in Rockhurst College dorms ($23 for a single), they should write to Denise Linville at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045, or call her at (913) 864-4755.

Anyone interested in joining the AEJMC grad committee should talk to Temple MM&C Ph.d. student Beth Haller, who is co-vice chair of the committee. For more information about the committee, students may contact the chair: Glen L. Bleske, 412 Melanie Court, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, phone: (919) 933-0382, Email: BLESKE@UNC.BITNET.

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Colloquium Compiles Useful Data

by Matthew Lombard

The Ph.d. Colloquium (RTF/JOURN 945) is busy this semester compiling information about communication organizations, journals, and academic programs in the Philadelphia area. We’ve contacted organizations such as the International Communication Association (ICA), the Speech Communication Association (SCA), and AEJMC (and some less well-known ones), to find out about membership costs and benefits, whether they hold a conference and if so where it meets and how papers can be submitted for presentation, student awards, etc. We’ve also compiled information about a variety of communication journals, those published by both official communication organizations and by specific other publishers. And we’ve contacted Philadelphia area colleges and universities to find out what kinds of communication programs they offer. Students who enroll in Colloquium in future semesters will update and expand the information base. All of this information is available to any interested party. Just contact Matthew Lombard, 208 Annenberg Hall, (204-7182) or anyone enrolled in the Colloquium!

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Electronic Mail: A Hi-Tech Communication Tool

by Matthew Lombard

Electronic mail (Email) is a valuable tool for communication scholars. With Email you can send greetings, questions, news, class notes, whole papers — anything in the form of text — to another person in MM&C, SCAT, or elsewhere at Temple; across the country; or around the world. It costs absolutely nothing and your messages are delivered almost instantly. All you need is 1) access to any kind of computer that has either a modem with which you can use your phone to call Temple’s IBM mainframe computer or a direct connection to the mainframe, and 2) a computer account, available for free from Computer Services, 7th floor, Computer Activities Building (the tall white one attached to Conwell Hall). The form requires departmental authorization.

One piece of electronic mail that may soon appear when you turn on your computer will be the latest edition of this MM&C Newsletter.

Having an account on Temple’s mainframe computer also gives you access to over 1,000 different user newsgroups. A newsgroup is an Email space for exchanging ideas and information on a specific topic, like a bulletin board from which you can read the comments of others and to which you can post your own. The newsgroup topics include Temple teaching, Temple events, entertainment news and reviews, financial news, every hobby one can think of, most academic disciplines and many subdisciplines, and much more.

For more information about Email and Temple computer accounts call Computer Services at 204-5555 or Professor Matthew Lombard at 204-7182.

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Funding is a constant problem for both students and faculty. In this section, we will 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.

Graduate School Fellowship Funding

by Keith Brand

Russell Conwell Fellowships carry a stipend ranging from $11,400 to $13,500, a book and supplies allowances, and full tuition. The candidate must be accepted into a Temple graduate program.

University Fellowships carry a stipend ranging from $10,400 to $12,400, a book and supplies allowance, and full tuition. Students must be accepted into a terminal degree program at the time of application. Departments may recommend students who will be beginning their first or second year of graduate work (having earned no more than 24 credits) for up to a two year award.

Minimum criteria for candidates is 600 on each part of the GRE exam, a 3.5 GPA (graduate and undergraduate), strong letters of recommendation from the nominating department, and a compelling goals statement. Decisions about fellowships are usually made in February and March for the Fall semester.

Dissertation Fellowships are available to students who have completed their course work, passed their preliminary examinations, and have a completed and accepted dissertation proposal. The stipends are for up to $15,000 for a one year period. Dissertations are expected to be completed shortly after this time. Proposals are first ranked by the submitting departments and then judged on a university-wide basis. Across the university only 24 stipends are available. Recipients are expected to pay for any research costs out of this stipend. There are two application deadlines, usually in October for Spring semester and April for Fall semester.

Non-academic Graduate Assistantships are available in certain administrative departments. These assistantships carry a full stipend with tuition remission and require 20 hours per week of service for 10 months. A book of available assistantships can be obtained from the Graduate School.

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Alternative Funding Finds

by Janis Overlock

The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund publishes The Journalist’s Road to Success: A Career and Scholarship Guide which lists fellowships, scholarships, and grants for graduate students and professors concentrating on the media. To obtain a copy, call (800) DOW-FUND and leave your name and address. You will be billed $3.00 upon receipt.

It may not take you all the way through the dissertation process, but it could pay for a night on the town. Philadelphia Focus is a consumer marketing research firm which pays $35-$75 for an hour or two of your time and opinions. Nothing academically rigorous in this task, just answer questions on topics such as junk food, nonalcoholic beverages, or current issues.

Leave a message for Mitzi at (215) 356-0717 with your name and phone number. If a study comes up, Mitzi will call you if Philadelphia Focus can use you. If she asks you how you heard of the organization, you can mention you go to school with Janis Overlock.

Don’t think of this as a part-time job, however. Philadelphia Focus requests that you wait at least five or six weeks between focus group sessions.

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Academic Job Announcements
in the Graduate Office

by Matthew Lombard

Those who are looking for an academic job will probably want to look at current and recent issues of the Chronicle of Higher Education and the newsletters of communication organizations like ICA, SCA, and AEJMC. But there is also another job search resource in Annenberg Hall at Temple. Rita Kozen posts a variety of academic job announcements on the bulletin board in the SCAT Graduate Office (Room 321). The announcements are changed each semester. Whether you’re just interested in what the job market is like right now or you’re actively seeking an academic position, you’re welcome to browse through the listings.

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Publications and Presentations
of MM&C Faculty and Students

by Janis Overlock & Matthew Lombard

The dean of SCAT, Robert R. Smith, will present “The Instability of Telecommunications Curricula” at the ICA Conference in Washington, D.C. on May 30th.

On a special ICA theme panel featuring scholars Todd Gitlin, Peter Golding, and Stuart Hall, Professor Sari Thomas will present “Who Says There’s a Dominant Ideology and What Happens When That Concept is Falsified?” on May 28th.

Professor Herb Dordick and Professor Robert L. LaRose of Michigan State University will present “The Evolution of the Telephone from a Household to a Personal Medium” at ICA on the 29th.

Professor Priscilla Murphy will present “Comparing the Decision Processes of Public Relations Agencies and Clients” on the 30th at ICA.

On the same day at the ICA conference, Ph.d. student Keith Brand (host of “Sleepy Hollow” on WXPN on Sunday mornings), will present his paper, “An Analysis of Public Access Cable Television in Philadelphia.”

Ph.d. student Victor Viser is presenting a paper entitled “Symbolic Commodification: A Theory for the New Historical Bloc” at the Communication Association/Central States Communication Association Joint Convention on April 16th in Lexington, KY. In May, Victor will be presenting “Commodified Rhetoric in the Creation of the Celebrity Persona: Bob Dylan in Don’t Look Back” at the Eastern Communication Association (ECA) in New Haven, Connecticut on the first, as well as at ICA in Washington, D.C. on the 28th.

Beth Haller, also a Ph.d. student, will present her paper, “The Voice of Debate: The Little Papers of Deaf Residential Schools and Sign Language vs. Oralism in the Late 1800s” at the Society for Disability Studies conference in Seattle in June. She will be on the Teaching Panel on the Status of People with Disabilities at the AEJMC meeting in Kansas City in August where she will present the paper, “Integrating Disability Issues and Beginning Journalism.” Finally, in October Beth will be giving a paper entitled “The Misfit and Muscular Dystrophy: The 1992 Jerry Lewis Telethon as Text” at the SCA conference in Miami.

Professor John A. Lent and Ph.d. student Kohava Simhi co-authored four essays for the upcoming Encyclopedia of the Confederacy, which is currently in press with Simon & Schuster. The topics of the essays are Northern Magazines in the South, Debow’s Review, Southern Illustrated News and Southern Literary Messenger.

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Academic Rites of Passage

Congratulations to Gerard Igyor, Sandy Kyrish, and Suzanne Sparks, all of whom recently completed their work in MM&C and earned their doctorates. Thanks to all of you also for being guests at recent meetings of the Ph.d. Colloquium and imparting your wisdom! Best wishes for a successful future.

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How do we define “Personal Notes”? Anything you want to tell us of a personal nature — weddings, babies, parties, flea markets, travel, adventure, pet acquisitions or antics. Put submissions in Professor Lombard’s mailbox near the RTF office, Room 15, in Annenberg Hall.

Colloquium Party — April 30th

It has become a tradition for the Ph.d. Colloquium to throw a party for MM&C at the end of each semester. This semester’s party is at 6:30 p.m., April 30th 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). See the enclosed flyer for more information, including a map. Come celebrate with Ph.d. students Sauleh Alaswad, Steve Beck, Theresa Bolmarcich, Hsiang-Wen Hsiao, Chyun-Fung Shi, and Richard Stewart.

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Ph.d. student Kohava Simhi will be married June 24th in Israel to Dror Ben-Yosef. The newlyweds will move to Rockville, Maryland in the fall, but Kohava will be commuting to Temple to continue her classwork.

Theresa Bolmarcich, also a Ph.d. student, recently became engaged to Paul Ditton. They plan to wed in June of 1994.

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Our purpose for publishing the newsletter is to create or reinforce a sense of community among the students and faculty of MM&C. Your participation is crucial!!Please complete this form and return it to Professor Matthew Lombard, Temple University, Annenberg Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19122, or drop it off in his mailbox near the RTF office.

After speaking with many of you about what you want in the MM&C Newsletter, we’ve come up with the following list of ideas for items to include in future editions.

Graduate Assistantships — What is and is not expected of GAs and TAs?
Temple MM&C students — Who’s working with whom on what?
MM&C graduates — Where are they now?
New policies passed by the MM&C faculty
Profiles of individual professors and students
Preparing for job interviews
Reading reviews and recommendations
Vendor truck reviews and recommendations
Upcoming best bets at Temple Cinematheque in Center City
Academic and other job announcements
Calls for papers and notices about upcoming conferences
Schedules and reviews of computer and dissertation workshops on campus
Academic concerns of MM&C students

Now we need your input: Please tell us below which of these, and which additional ideas, you would like to see in future issues of this — your — MM&C Newsletter.





We would also like some information about you:

Name: ______________________ Email Address: __________________

Phone Numbers: ______________ (H) __________________ (W)

Communication Interest Areas: ________________________________________________________________________




What type of interest groups would you like to see formed? How often should they meet?



Would you be interested in attending informal gatherings off campus to meet with other students and faculty (apart from the interest groups)?


Would you be willing to have your name, postal and Email addresses, phone numbers and interest areas published in an MM&C roster that would be distributed to MM&C students and faculty? _______ YES _______ NO