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September 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Valerie Barker and Dr. Amy Schmitz Weiss, whose research in our School’s digital and social media research collaborative was published recently in a piece co-authored with M.A. alumnus Dr. Toby Hopp, who is now an assistant professor at the University of Alabama. See the abstract at Public relations faculty serving on the Universal Accreditation Board recently published research from data collected by the UAB: Sweetser, K. D., & Sha, B.-L. (2015). Candidates for Accreditation in Public Relations: Role enactment and the social media synapse. Public Relations Journal, 9(2). Available online:
August 2015

Congratulations to public relations and M.A. alumna Nicole Lee for publishing her master’s thesis results with her committee members: Lee, N. M., Sha, B.-L., Dozier, D. M., & Sargent, P. (2015). The role of new public relations practitioners as social media experts. Public Relations Review, 41, 411-413. (doi:10.1016/j.pubrev.2015.05.002).

The School of Journalism & Media Studies was well represented at this year’s conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Our faculty, students and alumni made numerous research presentations:

  • Private Searchers: Factors that Affect Search Engine Privacy Concerns, Nicole Schwegman (M.A. PAO alumna), Valerie Barker and David Dozier
  • #That'sFunny: Second-Screen Use During Comedy TV News Viewing as a Predictor of Online Political Activism, Rebecca Nee
  • Microblogging the News: Who Sets the Agenda, Dmitri Diakov (M.A. alumnus) and Valerie Barker
  • Second Screen Outcomes: Social Capital Affinity and Flow as Knowledge Gain Predictors Among Multiscreening Audiences, Rebecca Nee, Valerie Barker and David Dozier
  • Who’s in Charge Here? Leadership Attributions Between African-American Coaches and White Quarterbacks, James Rada, Ithaca (journalism alumnus) and Tim Wulfemeyer
  • Biological Sex vs. Gender Identity: Nature vs. Nurture in Explicating Practitioner Roles and Salaries in Public Relations, Bey-Ling Sha, Courtney White (senior public relations student), Elpin Keshishzadeh (public relations alumna), and David Dozier
  • More than just a lack of uniformity: Exploring the evolution of public relations master’s programs, Rowena Briones, Hongmei Shen, Elizabeth Toth, Maria Russell, and Candace Parrish
July 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Becky Nee for her recent publication: Nee, R. C., & Fusco, J. (2015). Tweets During Crisis Follow One-Way Communication. Newspaper Research Journal, 0739532915587295. The abstract is available at Dr. Minjuan Wang will deliver the plenary this month at the 19th International Conference on Circuits, Systems, Communications and Computers, being held on Zakynthos Island, Greece. The plenary title is “Augmented Reality: Emerging Trend in Education.”
June 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Mueller, who will be presenting three papers in July at the ICORIA conference in London:
  • “Read/Think/Feel/Act. Advertising as a source of Consumer Self-Empowerment: A Cross-cultural Investigation of Consumer Responses to Pharmaceutical Advertising”
  • “How Religious Symbols in Commercial Messages Resonate with Consumers: A Cross-cultural Analysis” (nominated as a top-five paper from more than 100 papers accepted for the conference).
  • “The Torment of Gender Equality in Germany: Should Advertisers Care?”
May 2015
Congratulations to all our colleagues presenting refereed research papers later this month at the conference of the International Communication Association, meeting in Puerto Rico:
  • Arceneaux, N. Wireless and the Village: Combating the Digital Divide in India
  • Barker, V. E. Privacy, Credibility and Site Features as Antecedents to Flow and Knowledge-Gain From Social Networking Sites
  • Beach, W. A., Dozier, D. M., et alia. The Conversations About Cancer (CAC) Project – Phase II: National Findings From a Randomized Control Trial.
  • Saldana, M., Joyce, V. M. H., Schmitz Weiss, A., & Alves, R. Sharing the Stage. Analysis of Social Media Adoption by Latin American Journalists
April 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Kaye Sweetser on her latest publication: Penning, T. S., & Sweetser, K. D. (2015). Role enactment, employer type, and pursuit of APR. Public Relations Review, 41, 135-137. doi:10.1016/j.pubrev.2014.11.016. This study found that practitioners’ motivations for pursuing the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential varied by age, gender, years of professional experience, employer type and public relations roles enactment. Congratulations to Dr. Noah Arceneaux for his selection for a Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellowship, a visiting fellowship for two months in summer 2016 to conduct research at the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford in the U.K. This prestigious fellowship is for research investigating the history and science of wireless communication and the wireless industry.
January 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Becky Nee, whose article on NBC and the 2012 Olympics was published in the premier journal Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. You can read the abstract here: Congratulations also to Dr. Noah Arceneaux, whose research on radio facsimiles was highlighted in this popular technology blog:
December 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Amy Schmitz Weiss on her latest publication, which examines the digital and social media routines of journalists in Latin America: Schmitz Weiss, A. (2014). The digital and social media journalist: A comparative analysis of journalists in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. International Communication Gazette. DOI: 10.1177/1748048514556985
October 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Noah Arceneaux whose scholarship was published in a top journal in mass communication: Arceneaux, N. (2014). The ecology of wireless newspapers: Publishing on islands and ships, 1899-1913. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 9, 562-577. Dr. Minjuan Wang published the first issue of her co-edited journal, EAI Endorsed Transactions on Future Intelligent Educational Environments The journal is a forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss the latest intelligent technologies that can support the development of new educational technologies and environments around the world. This issue on “Intelligent Environments in Education and Culture” focuses on enriched physical and augmented environments, such as smart classrooms and museums, virtual/mixed reality environments, intelligent learning clouds or mobile and augmented reality systems that can interact with students, teachers, and visitors at different levels.
August 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Kaye Sweetser for her latest publication: Sweetser, K. D. (2014). Partisan personality: The psychological differences between Democrats and Republicans, and Independents Somewhere In Between. American Behavioral Scientist, 58(9), 1183-1194.