MM&C Program News Archive 2003-2004


  • Hobbs and Papacharissi Elected MM&C Co-Directors [05.02.04]
  • Spring 2004 Semester Party April 30 [05.02.04]
  • T-LAB Added to MM&C Computer Resources [03.20.04]
  • Students: Get Your MM&C Business Cards [03.16.04]
  • Sixth Annual SCT Graduate Student Research Forum [03.14.04]
  • Fall 2003 MM&C Poster Session Held December 15, 2003 [12.28.03]
  • Fall 2003 Semester Party November 21 [12.28.03]
  • New MM&C Tavel Mugs Available [9.13.03]
  • Fall 2003 STARSS Schedule Announced [09.12.03]


Hobbs and Papacharissi Elected MM&C Co-Directors [05.02.04]

Following three years in the post, Matthew Lombard stepped down as MM&C director at the end of summer 2004. MM&C will be in extremely good hands: The faculty elected ProfessorsRenee Hobbs and Zizi Papacharissi to serve as co-directors of the MM&C program beginning on September 1.

Spring 2004 Semester Party April 30 [05.02.04]

On Friday, April 30, 2004 students, faculty and friends of MM&C gathered for the enjoyable, and delicious, spring 2004 semester party. Special thanks to the hosts, first year studentsGuillermo Avila-Saavedra, Matthew Jones, Rebbeca Kern, Ki Jung Lee, Heather Muse, Rick Popp, and Sue Robinson. If you missed it, plan to join us for the fall 2004 party – watch for postings on the MMC listserv for details.

T-LAB Added to MM&C Computer Resources [03.20.04]

To better serve its students, in January 2003 MM&C established a computer workstation in Annenberg Hall with a variety of specialized data analysis software applications installed. The Dell OptiPlex GX150 has an Iomega Zip 250 drive and HP Laserjet 6P printer and is connected to the internet. Installed software includes Windows XP, Office XP (Word, Access, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint), and analysis software including SPSS, Ucinet, Thoughtview, and Anthropac. Now T-LAB, a program that extracts, compares and maps the contents of various kinds of texts, has been installed. The workstation is on the basement level of Annenberg Hall, in Room 19, the Digital Video Editing Center (DVEC). Detailed information about the workstation and how to obtain access to it can be found here.

Students: Get Your MM&C Business Cards [03.16.04]

All current MM&C students are encouraged to get professional business cards from Temple University and use them when they need to exchange contact information at a conference, during a job interview, or just while speaking or corresponding with a colleague. Students can not only order Temple business cards – with the red Temple ‘T’ logo and their name, MM&C affiliation, and e-mail and campus addresses – but MM&C will help pay for them.

If you’d like your own business cards write a personal check to “Temple University” for $12 and send or deliver it to:

Denise Lannon
SCT Graduate Office: MM&C
Annenberg Hall 344
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA 19122

phone: 215-204-8791
fax: 215-204-0310

Provide a typed or very legibly hand-written copy of your full name and e-mail address as you want them to appear on the cards. MM&C will order the cards (a set of 250, for which Temple charges just over $20) and let you know when they’re ready to be picked up (you can also arrange to have them sent to you).

The deadline for ordering cards this year is Friday April 16, so all checks must arrive in the SCT Graduate Office on or before that date. It will take approximately two weeks for the cards to arrive.

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Lannon.

Sixth Annual SCT Graduate Student Research Forum Held February 27, 2004 [03.14.04]

Students, faculty, alums, and friends of the MM&C Program attended the 6th Annual SCT Graduate Student Research Forum on Friday February 27, 2004 at Temple University Center City (TUCC). Congratulations to the top paper winners and to all of the presenters, and special thanks to the members of MM&C’s Forum organizing committee: Priscilla Murphy (chair),Renee Hobbs and Zizi Papacharissi.

The top paper winners were:

Top Paper:

  • Olga Vilceanu, “Old vs. New: The Case of Genetically Modified Foods in Us and French Newspapers, 1998-2002”

Second Paper:

  • Maria Simone, “CODEPINK Alert: The World Wide Web at Work in the Public Sphere”

Third Paper (tie):

  • Matthew Jones, “Erotic Comics: An Investigation into the Arousal of Sexual Desire through Comic Art”
  • Tom Polcari, “Behind Every Great Woman There Has to Be a Great Man: The Structural Role of Boys, Men, and Masculine Beasts in Cartoon Networks The Powerpuff Girls”

For more about the event, follow these links:

  • Call for Papers
  • Forum program

  Photos from the event

Fall 2003 MM&C Poster Session Held December 15, 2003 [12.28.03]

Students, faculty, and friends attended the second MM&C Poster Session on Monday, December 15, 2003.

Poster sessions, or more formally, Interactive Display Sessions, are a common format for sharing communication research at professional conferences. In an informal gathering scholars set up visual ‘posters’ that provide a brief and compelling introduction to the important elements of their projects, and visitors then walk around the room reading the different posters and speaking with the authors to find out more about the projects.

Students in several courses, including Researching Communication I (MMC 500), Understanding Photographs (JPRA 814/ BTMM 688/ FMA 902), and Doctoral  Colloquium (MMC 945), shared their work from the fall semester at this event, which was held in Tuttleman Hall 202. Despite the great refreshments served during the 5:30-7:00 session, many of the attendees had enough room to go out for dinner at the Draught Horse and enjoy a relaxing evening of socializing.

 Â  Photos from the event

Fall 2003 Semester Party November 21 [12.28.03]

Students, faculty and friends of MM&C attended the fall 2003 semester party on Friday, November 21, 2003. The event was sponsored by the students in the Doctoral Colloquium (MMC 945) and was held at Professor Lombard’s home. Watch for postings on the MMC listservfor information about the spring 2004 party!

New MM&C Travel Mugs Available [09.13.03]

The MM&C coffee mugs are almost gone, so over the summer MM&C designed and ordered a set of new MM&C travel mugs. The 22 ounce, heavy plastic mugs are “granite gray” with black trim and handle, and a black removable lid with a thumb slide that opens and closes a space for sipping. A large, Temple-red MM&C graphic wraps around most of the mug.

MM&C is pleased to be able to offer all MM&C students, alumni/ae, faculty, and staff one of these new mugs as a gift. Initially we’ll distrubute the mugs at the SCAT Theory and Research Seminar Series (STARSS), so in addition to the interesting and informal presentations and discussions, come to STARSS to get your (free) travel mug! The schedule of presentations is below. (Details on how those of you not in Philadelphia, or not able to attend STARSS for other reasons, can get your mug will be posted here soon.)

Fall 2003 STARSS Schedule Announced [09.12.03]

Join us for the fall 2003 SCAT Theory and Research Seminar Series (STARSS); all STARSS are held from 3:40 ? 4:30 pm in Annenberg Hall 301 unless otherwise noted.)

Monday, September 15
Mass Media and the Shaping of American Feminism, 1963 ? 1975
Dr. Pat Bradley, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Journalism
(click here to read a story about this talk in Temple News)

Monday, September 29
The Academic Job Search: All your Questions Answered
Drs. Matthew Lombard, Director of MM&C program, Jan Fernback, Asst. Professor, BTMM, & TBA

Monday, October 13
Iraq Invasion Opinion Media Revisited: Journalistic Issue Frames in the Period Leading Up to War
Dr. Herb Simons, Professor, Speech Communication

Monday, October 27
Political Authority in a Mediated Age
Susan Herbst, Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Monday, December 1
Framing the Internet as a Global Public or Private Good: A Network Text Analysis of Competing Discourses within the United Nations’ Information and Communication Technologies Task Force
Gisela Gil-Egui, Mass Media & Communication Ph.D. Candidate


Current MM&C Program News is available here.