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Blazing a Different Trail Welch Suggs

Abstract: The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) caused a media uproar locally and nationally in December 2014 when it announced it was dropping its football team, along with bowling and rifle squads. Amid protests by students, fans, and supporters—as well as near-universal negative coverage—the university’ s president announced a reconsideration of the decision in […]

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Reshaping broadcast television Keith Herndon

Abstract: This work looks at the back story behind television broadcasting’s ability to maintain – even expand – its employment, while  newspaper publishing and radio broadcasting  have seen significant declines in employment.  We also explore how shifts in specific television broadcasting occupations reflect the effects of industry consolidation.

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Disabling Prejudice Welch Suggs and Jason Lee Guthrie

Abstract: Part of the goal of the International Paralympic Committee is to “touch the heart of all people for a more equitable society.” Images of athletes with permanent visible physical disabilities, it is thought by proponents of adaptive sports as well as marketers who use such athletes in campaigns, can change able-bodied people’ s impressions […]

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The Past as Persuader in The Great Speckled Bird Janice Hume

Abstract: This study examines journalistic uses of history in the underground newspaper The Great Speckled Bird during its original run, 1968-1976, based on Richard E. Neustadt and Ernest K. May’s categories of the uses of history by political decision makers. The Bird used history for context, nostalgia and analogy, to promote values, and to challenge […]

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NCAA-Department of Defense Mind Matters Research Challenge Welch Suggs

Abstract: The winners, who will each receive a $400,000 award to fund their projects, are among those who answered a call to submit research proposals designed to improve the understanding of how to spur changes in the culture surrounding concussion. The eight were drawn from a field of 22 finalists announced in July.

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Public trust in journalism and media Lee B. Becker

Abstract: The public is very critical of journalists and of the news media. It hardly matters what question is asked. The actual performance of those in journalism and of their organizations is viewed critically by citizens. The public has become more critical of journalists and of news organizations over time. Trust and confidence have decreased, […]

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The truth between the lines Ivanka (Radovic) Pjesivac

Abstract: This study explored, by comparative thematic analysis, the conceptualization of trust in news media in Serbia, Macedonia, and Croatia, three countries of Eastern Europe, where Communism might have left the heritage of distrust in all institutions and its fall the need for fundamental transformations of media systems. The analysis of 61 in-depth interviews showed […]

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Connectivity and Freedom Lee B. Becker and Tudor Vlad

Abstract: This paper compares data on Internet connectivity gathered by the Gallup World Poll against data from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication. The ITU indicator is an individual measure and is based on official governmental reports. The Gallup indicator from survey data asked about Internet access […]

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