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Class examines the public relations behind the government shutdown – Philadelphia Inquirer

In Associate Professor Gregg Feistman’s “Public Relations Management and Problems” class, students examined the public relations game behind the major players in the federal government shutdown and how they’re using the media to try to win over public opinion.

“It’s all about politics,” Feistman told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “And the practical, what every politician wants more than anything else: To be reelected.”

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Prof. Del Gandio says activists are using more tech — Philadelphia Daily News

An animal-rights activist recently featured in the Philadelphia Daily News uses high-definition video cameras, drones and sophisticated computer systems in his work. It’s one way to avoid illegally trespassing.

“This is an interesting and unusual way around the legal issues of going undercover,” Jason Del Gandio, assistant professor of strategic communication told the Daily News. “Now they can literally stand outside that group and still get visual evidence.”

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Prof. Fine says media ownership can lead to biased sports coverage – mainstreet.com

For years, the owners of sports teams have owned the local media outlet, too. John Henry owns the Red Sox and the Boston Globe. The Chicago Tribune purchased the Chicago Cubs more than 30 years ago. And Disney used to own the Angels.

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MSP prof: Miss America’s return to AC won’t translate to ratings

In an interview with The Star-Ledger, Associate Professor Jim McKairnes, the School of Media and Communication’s Verizon Chair, says he doesn’t expect the Sept. 15 airing of the Miss America pageant to draw many more viewers this year as it returns to Atlantic City.

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Prof. Culver: iPads can open doors for L.A. students

The Los Angeles Unified School District is in the process of distributing iPads to each of its 650,000 students this year, at a cost of $1 billion.

Sherri Hope Culver, assistant professor of media studies and production and director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy, warns that the technology alone isn’t going to assist in the education of the students.

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Prof. Klotz discusses ‘old school’ recording industry vet

In his Philadelphia basement, Daoud Shaw, a veteran music producer, tries to capture the spirit of live performance in his studio by having the musicians play together, instead of combining it all together in post-production.

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Prof. Jaroff discusses Al Jazeera America with Philadelphia Inquirer

Al Jazeera debuted its American news network Aug. 20, leaving many to question how it will be accepted by the nation’s news consumers.

Assistant Professor Peter Jaroff of the Media Studies and Production Department says not having a physical presence in Philadelphia will make it harder for them to find an audience here, he said in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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MSP prof discusses new era of cinematic TV

More and more television series are embracing the 16-by-9 ratio of the flat screen televisions that are becoming commonplace in American living rooms. Shows such as Game of Thrones, Mad Men and American Horror Story feature stunning visuals traditionally reserved for the movie screen.

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Prof. Vacker discusses books on Wisconsin Public Radio

Barry Vacker, associate professor of media studies and production, has recently appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “To The Best of our Knowledge,” a nationally syndicated show that airs in 180 markets.

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Prof. Del Gandio discusses advocacy among PSU alumni — Allentown Morning Call

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Jason Del GandioStrategic Communication Assistant Professor Jason Del Gandio was interviewed by Nicole Radzievich of The (Allentown) Morning Call newspaper (“Penn State Trustee Campaign Heats Up,” April 8, 2013, p. A1). Del Gandio was asked to comment on the advocacy efforts of Penn State alumni in the wake of the Jerry Sanduksy scandal.

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