College crafts record presence at AEJMC conference

July 29, 2010

Penn State College of Communications faculty members and graduate students will present a school-record 39 papers accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

The 39 papers by Penn State researchers ranks fourth among all institutions that had papers accepted for the 94th annual conference, which will take place Aug. 4 to 7 in Denver, Colo.

Sixteen faculty members and 24 graduate students contributed to the research papers.

During the past decade, Penn State communications researchers have consistently produced top-10 efforts in terms of the number of papers presented at the AEJMC conference -- and they have produced quality as well as quantity.

This year’s papers include six award-winning effortsby faculty and students. Top papers include:

  • -- "The 2008 Presidential Election, 2.0: A Content Analysis of User-Generated Political Facebook Groups," by Julia Woolley, Anthony Limperos and Mary Beth Oliver, second place, Mass Communication and Society Division;
  • -- "Online Political Involvement and Connectivity Expectations Toward Presidential Candidates," by Keunmin Bae, Pamela Brubabker, Michael Horning and Daniel Tamul, Moeller Student Competition Award winner, Mass Communication and Society Division;
  • -- "Reconsidering Citizen Journalism -- An Historical Analysis," by Justin Walden, top student paper, Civic and Citizen Journalism Interest Group;
  • -- "Ecopedagogical Potential in Pixar's 'Wall-E,' " by Alexandra Smith, second place student paper, Mass Communication and Society;
  • -- "Plugging Old-Media Values Into 'New Media': Social Identity and the Attitudes of Sports Bloggers Toward Issues of Gender in Sport" by Marie Hardin, Bu Zhong and Thomas Corrigan, top paper, Commission on the Status of Women; and
  • -- "Diffusion of Innovation or Not? Both Cases of Direct t-DTV Adoption With and Without Payment" by Kyung Han You and Hongjin Shim (Yonsei University), top student paper, Media Management and Economics Division.

An analysis of research productivity published in the spring edition of Journalism & Mass Communication Educator listed Colleen Connolly-Ahern, an associate professor in the Department of Advertising/Public Relations, as one of the 35 most productive paper presenters at the conference between 1999 and 2008.

The AEJMC is the oldest and largest alliance of journalism and mass communications educators adminitrators at the college level. Its annual conference draws thousands of mass communications teachers and researchers from around the world. Several faculty members in the College of Communications serve in the organization’s leadership ranks.

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