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PhD student earns large grant for dissertation work

Melissa Meade, a PhD candidate in the Media and Communication Program at Temple University, has received a $20,000 grant for fieldwork from The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research in New York City. The grant marks one of the largest external awards to a School of Media and Communication graduate student.

Meade is conducting research for her dissertation entitled “In the Shadow of ‘King Coal:’ Violence, Migration and Mediation in the Anthracite Region,” which explores the restructuring of this northeastern Pennsylvania community as it moves away from a reliance on the coal industry and how that story is told in the … Read more »

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Research unveils how brands leverage the Olympics

By Jeff Cronin
SMC Communications

Every two years, athletes from all over the world showcase their talents on the Olympic stage. But over the past decade, this stage has become more of a fashion catwalk.

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Temple student overcomes strokes to pursue PhD

In her academic pursuits, Melissa Meade, has studied communication, learned a second language and examined how the brain processes language.

As a result, she had a pretty good idea why she lost the ability to speak after a series of strokes in 2007 at just 30 years old.

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Students publish papers from doctoral seminar

A Fall 2011 special topic course inspired at least two Media and Communication doctoral students to submit their class papers for consideration and to earn publication in academic journals.

The course, “Social Identity and ‘Difference’ in Mediated Representations and Organizations,” was taught by Donnalyn Pompper, associate professor of strategic communication. She encouraged students to focus on the role of mass media and other forms of public communication in the shaping of social identity. Students explored intersecting dimensions of culture, ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and more to better understand issues of “difference” in relation to media and organizations.

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Analysis of African-American identity on Facebook earns top prize

Media and Communication PhD candidate Angela M. Cirucci earned the Top Paper Award March 22 at SMC’s annual Graduate Student Research Forum.

Her paper, “Facebook’s Many Faces: An Investigation in how Students Negotiate Their Online Identities,” examines how students at a historically black college combat or avoid racial stereotypes in their social media presence. She said studying students at an institution with mostly African-American students revealed an interesting dynamic between their online and real life identities.

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SMC faculty, students to present at ICA conference

Eleven faculty and students from the Temple University School of Media and Communication will present at the International Communication Association conference in London June 17-21.  They are:

SMC faculty:

Deb Cai, “Culture and Intercultural Experience as Predictors of Decision-Making Styles”

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PhD student: Rock radio squelches the female voice

When it comes to rock ‘n’ roll radio, it’s a man’s world.

From the artists, to the lyrics, to the DJs who play it, the genre is dominated by masculine stereotypes, making it harder for women to break into the scene.

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Papers sought for annual SMC Graduate Student Research Forum

The Media and Communication Program announces the 15th annual School of Media and Communication Graduate Student Research Forum. It is a competitive research forum open to ALL graduate students in any SMC program.

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Presence: When media mimics real life

Academics from around the world converged in Philadelphia in October to further examine how media can mimic real-life interactions.

Temple University was the site of Presence Live 2012, an annual conference hosted by the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR).

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MMC faculty announced

The Mass Media and Communication Program’s faculty for the 2012-13 has been announced. MMC is the School of Media and Communication’s PhD program.

They are:

Undrahbuyan Baasanjav, Assistant Professor, MSP
Deborah Cai, Professor, STRC
John Edward Campbell, Assistant Professor, MSP
Fabienne Darling-Wolf, Associate Professor, JOUR
Brooke E. Duffy, Assistant Professor, ADV
Jan Fernback, Associate Professor, MSP
Susan Jacobson, Assistant Professor, JOUR
Tom Jacobson, Professor, MSP
Carolyn Kitch, Professor, JOUR
Matthew Lombard, Associate Professor, MSP
Michael Maynard, Associate Professor, ADV
Andrew Mendelson, Associate Professor, JOUR
Nancy Morris, Professor, MSP
Patrick Murphy, Associate Professor, MSP
Priscilla Murphy, Professor, JOUR
Donnalyn Pompper, Associate Professor, STRC
Hector Postigo, Associate Professor, MSP
Adrienne Shaw, Assistant Professor, MSP
Kaibin Xu, Assistant Professor, STRC

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