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Cool Slut: The politics of representation in Chastity Belt’s approach to feminism

Amber Perry (Grady MA student) Abstract: Only minor attention has been given to musicians on independent labels, and I would like to close that gap by looking at the more creative, innovative modes used by independent bands that contrast their popularized, heavily commodified counterparts. I intend to perform a case study on Chastity Belt, an […]

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Protest Paradigm Alignment Discrepancies Between a Mask Mandate Protest and a Black Lives Matter Protest

Morgan Gonzales (Grady MA student) Abstract: Three people were arrested during a Black Lives Matter march in September of 2020. A day later, a mask mandate protest doubling as a psalm sing also led to the arrests of three people. Despite the similarities between the two demonstrations, local and national news coverage of the two […]

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Communication rituals, alternative media regimes and enactments of participatory journalism in rural ‘news deserts’ in Georgia Karin Assmann

Abstract: “News deserts’ are defined as communities with inadequate access to news sources (Abernathy, 2018; Stites, 2011). In an environment increasingly polarized, with social media platforms that support the spread of dis- und misinformation, these gaps in coverage put a strain on democratic processes (Lloyd & Friedland, 2016; McChesney, 2015; Nielsen & Levy, 2010; Pickard, […]

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Hashtags, Images, and Identity: An Interdisciplinary Qualitative Approach to Analyzing Transgender Latinas’ Use of Instagram Kyser Lough

Abstract: Social media and media culture have significantly impacted how we understand ourselves, our communities, and our society. Marginalized groups have utilized social media as an effective outlet for self-expression and connecting with others. This project sought to understand how transgender Latinas use Instagram to present their identities and experiences using #TransLatina. The interdisciplinary team […]

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Sign this or go home: Concert photography agreements as restrictive image control devices Kyser Lough

Abstract: Photojournalists covering concerts are increasingly being asked to sign photo agreements in exchange for access to the venue. These agreements sometimes include restrictive terms that begin to limit editorial freedoms and copyright ownership of the images, which can be seen as a problematic form of image control. This study is the first to explore […]

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The “ProQuote” initiative: Women journalists in Germany push to revolutionize newsroom leadership Karin Assmann

Abstract: Using standpoint epistemology and critical mass theories this study examines outcomes of the 2012 ProQuote [ProQuota] initiative in Germany demanding at least 30% women in leadership per newsroom. In-depth interviews with 53 journalists in 21 newsrooms show that ProQuote boosted women’s ascension into leadership by triggering and sustaining a debate about gender in newsroom […]

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Communication rituals, alternative media regimes and enactments of participatory journalism in rural ‘news deserts’ in Georgia Karin Assmann

Karin Assmann and Ev Andrews.(Grady MA student). “Communication rituals, alternative media regimes and enactments of participatory journalism in rural ‘news deserts’ in Georgia.” Accepted for presentation at AEJMC’s 2021 Midwinter Conference (Community Journalism Interest Group) to be held online on March 5 – 6: won the top abstract award from the Community Journalism Interest Group. […]

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Letters to Mr. Rogers: Historicizing Critical Audience Studies in Broadcasting Taylor Cole Miller

Abstract: With the Peabody Awards’ mission to honor “stories that matter,” producers often include evidence of cultural successes with audiences in submissions. Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood demonstrated the value of its fan engagement with a very different kind of package in 1984: a notebook of letters from parents of or children with disabilities. Using letters to […]

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Camera point-of-view exacerbates racial bias in viewers of police use of force videos Glenna Read

Abstract: The implementation of body-worn cameras (BWC) by policing agencies has received widespread support from many individuals, including citizens and police officers. Despite their increasing prevalence, little is known about how the point-of-view (POV) of these cameras affects perceptions of viewers. In this research, we investigate how POV interacts with skin color of citizens in […]

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Judging photojournalism: The metajournalistic discourse of judges at the Best of Photojournalism and Pictures of the Year contests Kyser Lough

(Forthcoming) Abstract: This study promotes how discussions during photojournalism award judging can be used as metajournalistic discourse to gain insight about the definition, boundaries and legitimization of the field. Journalism awards signal value, but the deliberation process offers richer insight via the judges’ comments. This study explores that process in two stages through discourse analysis […]

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