MM&C Newsletter Spring 1995



Volume III, Number 2
Spring 1995

Editor: Sherrie A. Madia
Faculty Advisor: Concetta Stewart


MM&C Newsletter TURNS THREE!

Now entering its third year of publication, the MM&C Newsletter continues to receive much positive response for its informative content and up-to-date offerings on issues that are of importance to its readers. To all who have contributed during this time — Thank you!

As usual, we would like to remind you that this newsletter cannot exist without one critical element — Your input! Keep us informed of your research interests and academic pursuits by filling out the form on the back page, or sending e-mail to CSTEWART@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU.


The School of Communications and Theater will reorganize, effective July 1. The school will have six academic departments created following a year-long self-study which considered recommendations from faculty, staff and industry. “This is the only major organizational change since the school was founded 27 years ago,” said Dean Robert R. Smith. The six departments are:

Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media
Department of Communication Sciences
Department of Film and Media Arts
Department of Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising
Department of Speech Communication
Department of Theater

Graduate programs in the school are now under review and changes will be announced this fall. Two new doctoral programs are currently being proposed–one in Communication Sciences, and another interdepartmental program in Mass Media. The MM&C doctoral program will be part of this new School-wide program. The Department of Mass Media & Telecommunications will administer a new Master’s program. The current Master of Journalism program will be administered by the Department of Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising. Two MFA programs will continue to be administered by the Department of Theater and the Department of Film and Media Arts.

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


by Gene Mayro

As of July 1, 1995, under the SCAT reorganization, the Journalism Computer Lab will become the SCAT Computer Lab. Located on the third floor of Annenberg Hall, the Computer Lab is composed of three smaller labs, two IBM and one Mac. One of the IBM labs has a dot matrix printer, the other, a laser printer. A laser printer is also available in the Mac lab.

From the IBMs, students can access the Internet (this includes World Wide Web, Astro and the IBM Mainframe). The following software packages are available for IBM: WordPerfect 6.1 for Windows (as of July 1); Microsoft Word 2.0, Excel 4.0, and Powerpoint 3.0.

The Macs have Word 5.0 and 6.01; Excel 4.0; QuarkXpress 3.31; Photoshop 2.5.1; and Aldus Freehand 3.1. Support varies for each program, but

a lab assistant is always on duty in Room AH304 of the lab. While the Computer Lab does not provide access to statistical programs, a number of packages (including SPSS) are available in the Student Computing Center, located on the ground floor of the Computer and Mathematics building.

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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.

Presentations and Publications by MM&C Faculty and Students

Faculty Paper Presentations/Publications

Tom Eveslage wrote an article entitled, “Ethics: No Longer Optional” along with Ph.D. student Paul D’Angelo in the Winter 1994 issue of Communication: Journalism Education Today (published by the Journalism Education Association).

“Direct Responses to People on the Screen: Television and Personal Space,” an article by Matthew Lombard, will appear in the June 1995 issue of Communication Research.

Matthew Lombard and MM&C alum, Beth Haller participated as panel discussants at the AEJMC Mid-Atlantic Graduate Communication conference at the University of Maryland in April.

Matthew Lombard, along with Ph.D students Bob ReichBetsi GrabeCheryl Campanella (M.A. student) and Theresa Ditton will present a paper entitled, “The Role of Screen Size in Viewer Responses to Point-of-View Movement,” in the Mass Communication division at the annual conference of ICA in Albuquerque in May.

Priscilla Murphy will present a paper at the upcoming ICA conference entitled, “Reconciling the Preferences of Environmental Activists and Corporate Policy-Makers.” The paper was selected as a “top three” paper in the Public Relations Interest Group.

In February, Concetta Stewart was part of a team of Temple professors who presented components of a diploma program offered by the Singapore Telecommunications Academy and Temple University. Professor Stewart’s module entitled, “Public Regulation and Private Enterprise,” was one of five segments presented by Temple professors. She will serve as moderator for a pre-conference workshop entitled, “The NII and the GII: Perspectives on the National and Global Information Infrastructures” at the upcoming ICA conference.

Sari Thomas authored the lead article in the December 1994 issue of Communication Research. The article, entitled, “Artifactual Study in the Analysis of Culture: A Defense of Content Analysis in a Postmodern Age,” clarifies the function and definition of content analysis, and debates recent literary tendencies to mythologize the interpretation of media events.

Student Paper Presentations/Publications

Irene Berkowitz will present a paper at the upcoming ICA conference entitled, “Information Credibility in the Courtroom: An Experimental Test of Jury Perceptions of Visual Versus Nonvisual Evidence.”

Cheryl Campanella presented a paper entitled, “Preschoolers’ Perceived Reality of Television,” at the AEJMC Mid-Atlantic Graduate Student Conference at the University of Maryland in April.

Theresa Ditton presented a paper entitled, “Television and Direct Experience: Unintentional Blending Due to Memory Processes,” at the AEJMC Mid-Atlantic Graduate Student Conference at the University of Maryland in April.

Jodi Linder presented a paper entitled, “Selling the Local News: Is it Sensationalism?” at the AEJMC Mid-Atlantic Graduate Student Conference at the University of Maryland (April 1-2).

Sherrie Madia will contribute an article on the portrayal of women in television news media in the United States to Gender and Media, an educational monograph to be published by the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey in fall 1995.

Donnalyn Pompper presented a paper entitled, “Watching the Watchdogs: An Analysis of Science Reporting Accuracy in Network Television News Coverage of Three Non-Natural Crises,” at the AEJMC Mid-Atlantic Graduate Student Conference at the University of Maryland. Donnalyn also wrote a chapter entitled, “Broadcast in the Caribbean and Latin America” for an undergraduate textbook, World Broadcasting: A Comparative View, written by Alan Wells, who currently teaches at Temple’s Tokyo campus. The book will be published in 1995.

Aruna Rao will present a paper entitled, “Comics in India: The Making of a National Popular Culture” at the 1995 ICA conference in the Popular Communication Special Interest Group. In the Feminist Scholarship Division, she will present, “Sita as Status: The Ideal Woman and Hindu Nationalism.”

Chyun-Fung Shi will present a paper entitled, “The Practice of Journalism through Common Sense: A Case Study of News Coverage on Child Prostitution,” in the Competitive Display section at the ICA conference in May.

Kie-Un Yu presented a paper entitled, “Culture Market Distortions: Focusing on Comic Arts in Korea,” on April 12 at the 1995 Popular Culture Association conference.

Robert Reich presented a paper entitled, “Self-Concept Appeals in Advertising to Children: A Social Learning Perspective,” at the AEJMC Mid-Atlantic Graduate Student Conference at the University of Maryland.


On February 19, 1995, Irene Berkowitz appeared on “Sunday Morning Live,” a CBS public affairs program, as a guest expert on “Home Videos in the News.”

Doctoral student Michelle deMontigny graduated in May with a Ph.D. Her dissertation is entitled, “Gender Differences in the Relationship Between Self-Esteem and Television Viewing Habits of Young Adolescents.”

Betsi Grabe has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN beginning this fall.

Doctoral student Frank Kelley graduated in May with a Ph.D. His dissertation is entitled, “Business Television in Corporate America: The History, Operation, Programming and Categorization of Satellite Business Television Networks.”

Christie Kelly will travel to London to attend the British Mass Media seminar in July.

NOTE: Christie is looking for fellow MM&C students to join her in the London program, and for additional travel through Europe after the seminar. If you are planning to attend the seminar, please notify her via e-mail.

Doctoral student Marlen Livezey graduated in May with a Ph.D. His dissertation is entitled, “Writing and Physiology: An Analysis of Two Methods (Cathartic Freewriting and Writing for Insight) to Promote and Maintain Physical and Emotional Health.”

Arthur Lizie was awarded a tuition fellowship for Temple’s Seminar in Art and Culture in Rome. The June program will focus on “Vision and Rationality,” with an emphasis on the connection between the development of one-point perspective and enlightenment rationality, utilizing Rome’s rich artistic heritage.

Sherrie Madia was accepted as a 21st Century Trust Fellow, through which she attended a conference in Cambridge, England entitled, “The Communications Revolution.”

Donnalyn Pompper has been invited to join Kappa Tau Alpha, an honor society for graduate journalism students. She has been re-elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Public Relations Society of America – Philadelphia chapter.

Doctoral student Paulette Posluszny Merchel graduated in May with a Ph.D. Her dissertation is entitled, “Gavriel Salomon’s Theory of Perceptions of Media and Amount of Invested Mental Effort in Processing Information: A High School Application with Implications for Learning from Television.”

Aruna Rao will travel to India this summer to collect material for her dissertation, entitled, “National Identity in Indian Comic Books.”

Robert Reich has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia beginning this fall.

Kie-Un Yu was awarded a travel grant of $2,000 from the East Asian Studies Center at Temple University to cover the costs of a research trip to Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei this summer. The research trip will contribute to her dissertation topic, tentatively titled, “Intellectual Property Rights in Asian Culture Markets.”


Theresa Ditton is conducting a research experiment to test the idea that viewers unintentionally use incidental information garnered from fictional films when making decisions about real life. She will utilize a cognitive psychology research design with complex mass media stimuli.

Professor Matthew Lombard, along with doctoral students Selcan KaynakJodi LinderSherrie MadiaAlexis Pasqua,Donnalyn Pompper and master’s student, Alex Vallei conducted a survey during the spring semester. Members of ICA, SCA, BEA and AEJMC were asked to identify works in Mass Communication that they consider valuable. The group is trying to determine whether there is a core literature in the study of mass communication, and will write a paper based on the results this summer.

Professor Sari Thomas, along with doctoral students Paul D’AngeloLisa HoldermanSelcan Kaynak, and MM&C alumWilliam Evans (faculty of the department of Literature, Culture and Communication at Georgia Tech) are conducting various studies to form a book, subtitled, “Science, Scholarship and Intellectualism in American Public Life.”

Student contributors have derived much of the content from their dissertation work: Paul will likely be analyzing how intelligence, science and expertise have been treated in the media coverage of an overwhelmingly celebrated murder trial; Lisa’s work involves the portrayal of expertise on talk shows; Selcan’s work involves a historical study of public/media reaction to controversial scholarship. Professor Evans has led a workshop at the American Association for Advancement of Science, and is also chair of the Science Communication Interest Group of AEJMC.

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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.

The MM&C Psychophysiology Interest Group

After an aborted attempt on the one “snow day” of the semester, a group of MM&C students, faculty and friends experienced virtual reality, played video games, ate, drank and enjoyed good conversation on March 25 at Dave & Buster’s, an event sponsored by the Psychophysiology Interest Group.

This fall, the Psychophysiology Interest Group will sponsor a series of informal lectures/discussions as well as a visit to the new Sony 3-D IMAX theater in New York. The group seeks input and involvement from anyone interested in the connections between psychology, physiology and the media. Group-sponsored 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 at 204-7182.

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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.

The College of Communication of the University of Alabama announces an Endowed Southern Progress Corporation Doctoral Research Assistantship, beginning August 16, 1995. The successful applicant for this position will receive a $10,000 annual academic year stipend, tuition and fee waivers, and paid summer internships with the Southern Progress Corporation, a subsidiary of Time Warner, Inc. For additional information about the responsibilities and benefits of this endowed research assistantship, contact either Jennings Bryant, Director, or Bill Gozenbach, Associate Director for Applied Research, Institute for Communication Research, College of Communication, The University of Alabama, P.O. Box 870172, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0172. Telephone: (205) 348-1235.


The Graduate School Office in Carnell Hall maintains 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.


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 students. 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. Telephone: 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. Contact Ruth Smith at 204-7460 for access to these databases.

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A group of MM&C students is considering sponsoring the second annual AEJMC Mid-Atlantic Graduate Student Conference at Temple’s Center City campus next year. Be on the lookout this fall for more details on how you can help to bring this conference, and the prestige associated with it, to Temple.

Communication Research Reports

The Eastern Communication Association will publish 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 reviewed blindly 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. Telephone: (304) 293-3905.

The Howard Journal of Communications

The Howard Journal of Communications, a quarterly with a permanent focus on communication and culture, ethnicity and gender, seeks manuscripts for competitive review.

Manuscripts must be submitted in four copies, using APA format. Include an IBM-readable diskette, key terms and an abstract.HJC publishes approximately two of eleven submitted manuscripts. Contact: William J. Starosta, Editor, HJC, P.O. Box 471, Howard University, Washington, DC 20059. (BITnet: ASCCA18@HUMAIN).

Communication Law and Policy

A new journal, Communication Law and Policy, is soliciting manuscripts. The journal is designed to serve as a forum for academic discussion of modern communication law, policy and regulation. Research approaches may range from traditional legal research, to international, ethnographic and comparative analyses.

The first issues will be published in January 1996. The journal is sponsored by the Law Division of the AEJMC.

For further information, contact Robert Trager, Editor, University of Colorado at Boulder, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Campus Box 287, Boulder, CO 80309-0287. Telephone: (303) 492-0969. E-mail: TRAGER@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU.

Communication in Crisis: Theory and Application

Chapter proposals are invited for consideration in the book Communication in Crisis: Theory and Application. Proposals must follow APA (4th ed.) style, consist of 3-5 pages, and place author(s) identification (name, affiliation, address, phone, fax, and e-mail) on a detachable page.

Within the proposal, describe the substance of the proposed chapter including a bibliography. The book seeks to present theoretical perspectives for the understanding of communication in preparation for, during and following organizational crisis.

Submit two copies of the chapter proposal by June 1, 1995 to: Dan Millar, Editor, Department of Communication, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809. Telephone: (812) 237-3257. E-mail: CMMILLAR@RUBY.INDSTATE.EDU.

Articles Sought on Portrayal of Women in Mass Media

Articles about the portrayal of women in mass media, particularly women who are not white or heterosexual, are sought for a book about the representation of women in popular culture.

Submissions should be approximately 20 pages, and should be submitted to: Marian Meyers, Department of Communication, Georgia State University, University Plaza, Atlanta, GA 30303. For more information, call (404) 373-1583.

New York State Speech Communication Association

“Future Choices” is the theme of the 53rd annual convention of the New York State Speech Communication Association, to be held October 13-15, 1995, in Albany, NY.

The 1995 conference will explore the spectrum of communicative choices that will shape our future. For example, maintaining wise control over the use of technological tools will require many important future choices in the new century.

Program or workshop ideas should be submitted as early as possible. Student participation is encouraged. NYSSCA conventions provide a supportive platform for debut panels for both graduate and undergraduate students. NYSSCA has special awards for outstanding student papers.

Programs or individual papers must be postmarked by June 30, 1995. All materials should be sent to: Susan Mallon Ross, Vice President, NYSSCA, Box 5760 Clarkson University, Postdam, NY 13699-5760. Comments and questions may be addressed to Ms. Ross at (315) 268-6466 or by fax to (315) 268-6485. E-mail: ROSS@CRAFT.CAMP.CLARKSON.EDU.

1995 Pacific Telecommunications Council Research Prizes

The Pacific Telecommunications Council, a non-profit, international membership organization promoting the development and beneficial use of telecommunications in the Pacific Hemisphere, announces the availability of the 1995 PTC Research Prizes.

The competition is designed to promote fresh inquiry into telecommunications-related topics, and is open to all individuals who are either actively working on a degree, or have obtained undergraduate or graduate-level degrees within the last five years. Papers will be judged solely on the quality of scholarship demonstrated.

Three prizes, which include a monetary award in the amount of $2,000 (taxable) for each prize, will be awarded to the authors of the best research and/or policy paper in the following subject areas:

(a) International Telecommunications–Policy and Regulation
(b) International Telecommunications– Economics and Finance
(c) Impact of International Telecommunications Policies on the Development of Societies and Cultures

Papers submitted must be original works of publishable length and should ideally focus on the communications needs and concerns of the Pacific region, defined as Asia (including East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia), Oceania and the Americas. Papers must not have been published or submitted elsewhere.

Winning entrants will be invited to present their papers at a special session of the 18th Pacific Telecommunications Conference in Honolulu, HI in January 1996. Travel assistance will be made available, if needed, for this purpose.

Deadline for submissions is June 30, 1995. For further information and application forms, contact Richard Nickelson, Editor, PTR, Pacific Telecommunications Council, 2454 South Beretania St., Suite 302, Honolulu, HI 96826-1596. Telephone: (808) 941-3789; Fax: (808) 944-4874. E-mail: RICHARD@ALEX.PTC.ORG.

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

Temple’s Computer Services offers a number of short computer seminars on a variety of applications. These seminars are an excellent way to become familiarized with basic applications. Among the seminars offered for the summer are:

SPSS/IBM – Statistical Package

Wednesday, June 7, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

International Networks – BITnet and Internet

Thursday, June 8, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

SAS/IBM – Statistical Package

Friday, June 9, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

For a full catalog of seminar listings, registration information and tips on a range of computer applications, see the latest edition ofBits & PCs, the Computer Services newsletter, available on the ground floor of the Computer Activity Building, or call 204-5555.

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If you plan to graduate in August 1995, you must submit the application form, available in the SCAT Graduate Office, 344 Annenberg Hall, by June 1, 1995.

Drafts of dissertations and theses must be delivered to 501 Carnell Hall by July 14 for August graduation. Final versions of dissertations and theses are due by July 31.

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The MM&C Information Bank is a growing collection of information for MM&C students and faculty, which includes a listing of think tanks and interest groups in Washington, DC; 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 is housed in one of the black file cabinets in the lobby area outside the offices of Professors Gordon, Lombard and Thomas, on the second floor of Tomlinson Hall. The file drawer is labeled “INFORMATION BANK.”

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Academic journal editorial board members gave graduate students several pointers during a roundtable discussion entitled, “Submitting to Academic Journals,” at the AEJMC Mid-Atlantic Graduate Student Conference hosted by the University of Maryland. Panelists were Maurine Beasley, editorial board member, Journalism HistoryAmerican Journalism and the Journal of Mass Media Ethics; Douglas Gomery, editorial board member, Journal of Media Economics; Mark R. Levy, editor, Journal of Communication; and Christopher Sterling, former editor, Journal of Broadcasting.

Tips on publication include the following:

  1. Be sure that the subject is appropriate for the publication.
  2. Write with clarity and conciseness.
  3. Do not submit the same article to more than one journal at a time.
  4. Avoid overgeneralizations. Does your argument advance the field of study?
  5. Make sure that your treatment is intellectual and interesting.
  6. Read at least 10 back issues of the journal to which you are submitting to familiarize yourself with the journal’s format.
  7. Follow the appropriate style (e.g., APA).
  8. Consider writing articles which push your field in new directions.
  9. Do not wait until the end of your article to state your position/point.
  10. Avoid the statement: “This is a first-time study.. .”

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If you do not 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 across the country and around 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 our next edition.

A computer account enables you to access 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. Therefore, we will continue to print updated versions of the e-mail address list in subsequent editions of the newsletter. Below is our most up-to-date listing of faculty and student e-mail addresses. Please send corrections and additions to Concetta Stewart. 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 AlaswadALASWAD
Irene BerkowitzV1869G
Keith BrandKBPHD
Cheryl CampanellaCAMPCM
Rosalind CorvalanV1833G
Paul D’AngeloV1859G
Michelle DeMontignyMDEMON
Theresa DittonDITTON
Luis HernandezLUIS3896
Selcan KaynakSELCAN
Christie KellyCHRISTIE
Robin LarsenV2105G
Sherrie MadiaSMADIA
Dominique MonolescuV2095G
Kathleen Shawn O’DowdV1815G
Rei OkamotoREI
Janis OverlockOVERLOCK
Donnalyn PompperDONNALYN
Aruna RaoRAO
Robert ReichREGINA
Maria Santana112793
Chyun-Fong ShiTAIWAN
Richard StewartV1893G
Victor ViserV1870G

Faculty and Staff

Thomas EveslageEVESLAGE
Thomas GordonV6455E
Matthew LombardLOMBARD
Priscilla MurphyMURPHYP
Bob Roberts (Blitman Library)V2167A
Paul SwannPSWANN
Sari ThomasSARI
David WomackV5430E

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Announcements of faculty positions. Summaries 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.)

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Additional information about these and other professional communication organizations, including membership application forms, can be found in the MM&C Information Bank.


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, DC, August 9-12. Vice President Al Gore will make opening remarks to the plenary session entitled, “Diversity in Cyberspace”; in 1996 it will be in Anaheim, CA; in 1997 it will be in Chicago, IL. The deadline for paper and panel submissions each year is in April. Members receive issues of Journalism QuarterlyJournalism EducatorJournalism Monographs, the Journalism Directory and AEJMC News. Basic student membership is $30.


The Broadcast Education Association was established in 1955 to promote better understandings and working relationships between the college and university faculties who teach communications and the broadcasters who ultimately employ their graduates.

For 37 years, BEA has sought to bring the academic and the professional worlds together. BEA’s orientation is toward exploring new trends, ideas and opportunities in broadcasting and broadcasting education. Members receive the quarterly publication,Journal of Broadcast & Electronic MediaFeedback (BEA’s member communicator), and the BEA Membership Directory. Basic student membership is $30 per year.


The Eastern Communication Association focuses on a variety of subjects pertaining to human communication including intercultural, political, instructional, relational and organizational communication, and the study of influence, media effects and discourse in communication.

Membership to ECA includes a subscription to Communication Quarterly. Student membership is $15 annually.


The International Communication Association (ICA), founded in 1950, now has over 2,200 members. ICA promotes “the systematic study of communication theories, processes, and skills.” Annual conferences are generally held over Memorial Day weekend. In 1995 the meeting will be in Albuquerque, NM. The theme is “Communication and Reality.” The 1996 conference will be in Chicago, IL, and the 1997 meeting will be in Montreal, Canada. Paper and panel submissions are due each November 1 for the following year’s conference. Membership includes issues of Human Communication ResearchCommunication TheoryJournal of Communication, the ICA Newsletter, inclusion in one division, and a preliminary program. Basic student membership is $40 for one year.


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, TX, is “Unifying Research and Teaching.” The 1996 meeting will be in San Diego, CA. Members receive their choice of one journal (Journal of Applied Communication Research, Critical Studies in Mass CommunicationQuarterly Journal of Speech,Communication EducationText Performance Quarterly, or Communication Monographs), The Spectra Newsletter, and the annual directory. Student membership for one year is $35.

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Below is a listing of current positions available. For complete information on these employment opportunities, please see the March 1995 edition of the ICA Newsletter. For similar listings, see the current communication organization newsletters in the Information Bank (including BEA, AEJMC and SCA).

The American University, School of Communication. Temporary full-time faculty position at the rank of assistant professor, beginning August 1995. Also, one-year temporary faculty position for Fall 1995 at the rank of assistant professor.

Boise State University, Department of Communication. Tenure-track position with emphasis on interpersonal/relational communication.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Department of Population Dynamics. Tenure-track position at the assistant professor level to start no later than July 1, 1996. Selected candidate will participate in interdisciplinary research, teaching and service activities in the Department , and will work in close collaboration with its Center for Communication Programs.

Muhlenberg College. Tenure-track assistant professor, beginning Fall 1995.

Old Dominion University, Department of Communication and Theatre Arts. Tenure-track, assistant professor in professional communication (pending approval).

Portland State University, Department of Speech Communication. Fixed term, two-year appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning September 1995.

University of Louisville, Kentucky Cancer Program. Research Facilitator. Will work with director and regional coordinators to coordinate and assist with special projects throughout western Kentucky. Involves research and writing of grant proposals.

University of Maryland – College Park, Department of Speech Communication. Three tenure-track assistant professors to work in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs.

University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication. Assistant, associate and full professor positions focused on communication and public policy. Positions available as early as September 1, 1995.

Wilkes University, Communications Department. Tenure-track position to teach undergraduate courses in Television and Mass Communication, beginning August 1995.

William Patterson College, Department of Communication, School of the Arts and Communication. Three tenure-track positions of assistant professor for the following concentrations: Journalism, Radio and Television Production and Telecommunications/ Media.


AEJMC has announced a new faculty registry for temporary positions. Information on the registry will be distributed twice a year to deans, chairs and directors of journalism and mass communication programs around the country. The first mailing is planned for late June. Questions should be directed to Jennifer McGill at (803) 777-2005. E-mail: AEJMC


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The Center for Information Industry Research (CIIR) specializes in research and analysis of the technology, regulation, economics and social/cultural forces and trends of the evolving and merging arenas of computers, telecommunications and the traditional mass media. The audience for the output of the CIIR is composed of stakeholders including consumers, public policymakers and corporate marketers and planners from across the globe.

CIIR is an independently funded entity at SCAT which incorporates the research and educational resources of the University’s schools and colleges including Communications, Business, Education, Engineering and Law.

CIIR will bring research projects to the University, offering increased research possibilities to graduate students. CIIR will assist doctoral students whose area of interest falls into this domain by coordinating research needs with the work of the Center. It will also enable Temple to bring to campus a range of guest speakers and public/corporate policy-makers. Finally, the implementation of the Center adds prestige to Temple and to the overall value of the doctoral degree.

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The Center for Frontier Sciences, established in 1987, was designed to coordinate global information exchange, networking and education on frontier issues of science, medicine and technology.

If you are interested in becoming an affiliate of the Center for Frontier Sciences (and receiving invitations to events and the Center’s semiannual

journal, Frontier Perspectives), contact: The Center for Frontier Sciences, Temple University, Ritter Hall (003-00). Telephone: 204-8487. E-mail: V2058A@VM.TEMPLE.EDU. The annual affiliate membership fee is $25.

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William Evans is leaving Georgia Tech for a special joint appointment at Georgia State University and the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology. Two of his articles have been accepted to Journalism Quarterly.

Beth Haller helped organize the first annual Mid-Atlantic Graduate Student Conference at the University of Maryland, College Park, held on April 1-2. Graduate students from a dozen graduate programs in Communication in the region presented, including a number from Temple’s MM&C program (See Student Paper Presentations/Publications, Page 3).

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

Karen Cristiano gave birth to 9 lb. 11 oz. Amalia Marguerite on March 1, 1995. Congratulations!

We were saddened to hear that MM&C doctoral student, Rei Okamoto‘s mother passed away in March. We send our sincerest sympathies to Rei and her family.

Kie-Un Yu is expecting a baby in May. — Keep us posted!

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The MM&C Ph.D. Colloquium sponsors a party near the end of each semester. Though the Spring Colloquium was canceled, the party still went on, and was hosted by Concetta Stewart. On Friday, April 28, over 30 students, faculty and friends of MM&C got together to enjoy great conversation and great food.

The party welcomed an outstanding turnout, despite the mad rush to finish out the semester–a testament to the party’s success. In what is quickly becoming the highlight of the party, the evening featured a wealth of homemade dishes from lasagna and marinated beef kabobs, to cannoli. Thanks to Matthew Lombard for graciously offering his home for the party, and to all who helped out with refreshments.


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