Grady College faculty and graduate students share research, accept awards at AEJMC conference

More than a dozen faculty and graduate students from the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will participate in the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference August 4-7 in Minneapolis.

Among the highlights will be the presentation of the Charles E. Scripps Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher of the Year Award, which will be accepted by Carolina Acosta-Alzuru, an associate professor of public relations at Grady College. Acosta-Alzuru will accept her award at the Keynote Plenary Session, which begins at 6:45 on August 4. 

Carolina Acosta-Alzuru discusses her teaching philosophy in advance of accepting the Scripps Teacher of the Year Award. (Video: University of Georgia, Division of Marketing and Communications)

The conference will also mark the first meeting of AEJMC's 2016 Institute for Diverse Leadership in Journalism and Communication, for which Maria Len-Rios, associate professor of public relations, is one of eight people selected to participate in the 2016-2017 class. The Institute is a year-long workshop and mentoring program designed for people of color and women who are interested in academic leadership opportunities. 

Additionally, Len-Rios, will begin serving on the Standing Committee of Research, in charge of reviewing AEJMC’s 18 divisions and 10 interest groups. The standing committee oversees the conduct of the annual academic research competitions that are conducted annually for which faculty present their research papers and posters. It also administers the national research awards granted by AEJMC.

“Involvement in national service with other faculty leaders in journalism and mass communication education has countless benefits, including keeping abreast of best practices, innovations, challenges, and changes on the horizon in the industry as well as academic research, teaching, and administrative policy,” Len-Rios said of her AEJMC involvement. “It is also personally satisfying being part of the leadership in the largest national organization of faculty focused on improving and maintaining the highest quality standards in journalism and mass communication education.”

Other Grady faculty active with committees include Ivanka Pjesivac who serves on the International Communication Division board and Bartosz Wojdynski who heads the  Communication Technology Division. 

Camila Espina, a fourth-year mass communication Ph.D. student at Grady College, will also be recognized as one of three recipients nationwide of the Inez Kaiser Graduate Students of Color Award to encourage careers of gradulate students of color. Espina is studying emerging media crisis communication with a focus on digital media, as well as the role of the Internet and social media affordances on audience perceptions, attention and behavior. 

A list of presentations and other awards by Grady College faculty and graduate students follows:

Wednesday, August 3

1 – 5 p.m.: Network Analysis of Social Media Data Using NodeXL, workshop session led by Itai Himmelboim

Thursday, August 4

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.: (ADVD) Refereed Paper Research Session: Advertising and Social, Itai Himelboim is a panelist

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.: High Density Refereed Paper Research Session: “Is That News Story an Ad? News Homepage Design May Mislead Consumers into Sponsored Content”* Kate Keib and Mark Tatge, South Carolina in Newspaper and Online News Division

*Top student paper, second place

12:30 – 6 p.m.: Institute for Diverse Leadership meeting, María E. Len-Ríos, will participate as a Member Participant

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.: “What moves young people to journalism in a transitional country? Intrinsic and extrinsic motivations for working in journalism in Serbia,” paper presentation by Ivanka Pjesivac in International Communication Division

5 – 6:30 p.m.: Scholar-to-Scholar Research Session, “Young Latinos’ Satisfaction with the Affordable Care Act and Insurance Preferences: The Role of Acculturation, Media Use, Trust in Health Sources, and Ideology,” by Maria Len-Rios and Yen-I Lee, Mass Communication & Society Division.

6:45 p.m.: Keynote Plenary Session, presentation of Scripps Howard 2015 Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher of the Year, awarded to Carolina Acosta-Alzuru

Friday, August 5

7 a.m.: National Council of Kappa Tau Alpha honor society, Ivanka Pjesivac will participate as UGA Chapter Advisor

7 – 8 a.m.: Electronic News Division Business meeting, Kate Keib will participate as the Division’s Graduate Liaison

7 – 9:45 a.m.: AEJMC Standing Committee on Research Meeting, María E. Len-Ríos will participate as a Committee Member

8:15 – 9:45 a.m.: Scholar-to-Scholar Refereed Paper Research Session: “Important Tweets Matter: Predicting Retweets in the #blacklivesmatter Talk on Twitter, presented by Itai Himelboim and Kate Keib, Communication Technology and Newspaper and Online News Divisions

1:30 – 3 p.m.: “Saving Face: How The University of Georgia Survived the Integration Crisis and Maintained Its Image through Stakeholder Management,” Poster Session, LaShonda Eaddy will be a participant, AEJMC History Division

 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.: AEJMC/Scripps Howard Teaching Panel, “Teaching Means Breaking Down Walls,” panel includes Carolina Acosta-Alzuru talking about “The Challenge, Privilege and Synergy of Bringing Our Research to the Classroom”

5 – 6:30 p.m.: “Picture Perfect: How Photographs Influence Emotion, Attention and Selection in Social Media News Posts,”* presentation by Kate Keib, Camila Espina, Yen-I Lee, Bartosz Wojdynski, Dongwon Choi and Hyejin Bang in the Visual Communication Division

*First place faculty paper

5 – 6:30 p.m.: Refereed Paper Research Session, Top Faculty Papers, Digital Media Ecosystem: Shifting Norms in Industry and Education?,” Lee Becker, C. Ann Hollifield and Tudor Vlad presenting “The Labor Market for University Journalism and Mass Communication Graduates: The Role of Media Industries”* in the Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship Division 

* Top paper award

6:45 p.m.: Award given for top student paper at NOND business meeting, accepted by Kait Keib

8:30 – 10 p.m. International Communication Division Business Meeting, Ivanka Pjesivac will participate on the board

Saturday, August 6

7 – 9:45 a.m.: Committee Member, AEJMC Publications Committee Meeting, María E. Len-Ríos will participate as a board member

8:15 – 9:45 a.m.: “Inseparable Duos: The Effects of Message Framing and Presentation on College Students' Responses to Flu Vaccine Public Service Advertisements,” paper presentation by Yen-I Lee, Yan Jin, and Glen Nowak, Advertising Division

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.: “Political Divide in Twitter: A Study of Selective Exposure Clusters,” presentation by Abu Daud Isa and Mohammad Yousuf

3:30 – 5 p.m.: Scholar-to-Scholar Research Session, “Social Media Engagement,” discussed by María E. Len-Ríos, Public Relations Division

5:15-6:45 p.m.: “Safe Places for New Faces: Attracting & Retaining a Diverse Faculty and Graduate Student Body,” LaShonda Eaddy will participate as a panelist

7 p.m., Presentation of the Stephen Lacy Award for the top research paper in the MMEE division will be at the Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship members meeting, accepted by Lee Becker, C. Ann Hollifield and Tudor Vlad

7:00 p.m.: Communication Technology Division, Member’s Meeting, presided by Bartosz Wojdynski, Division Head

Sunday, August 7

9:15 – 10:45 a.m.: Panel Session Network Approaches to Digital Media Research Moderating, panelists include Kate Keib and Itai Himelboim, Communication Technology and Public Relations Divisions

9:15 a.m.:I didn't see that label! Using eye-tracking to evaluate design and deceptiveness in native advertising news stories,” paper presentation by Bartosz Wojdynski and Nate Evans.

9:15 – 10:45 a.m.: Network Approaches to Digital Media Research, panelists include Itai Himelboim

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: “Guns Don't Kill People…Selfies Do: The Narcissism Fallacy in Media Coverage of Selfie-Related Deaths,”* paper presentation by Jessica Hennenfent, Critical-Cultural Studies Division

*Top student paper

Date: July 27, 2016