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K-State Today

October 17, 2013



A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty present research

By Ambrosia Franklin

Graduate faculty in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications program presented their research at recent annual national and international communication conferences.

Associate professors Joye Gordon and Bonnie Bresser's study "Hacks, Flacks, and Whacks: A Pilot Study of the Utility of Individualistic Ethical Orientation as a Variable of Interest in the Study of Media Ethics" was presented at the annual Association for Education Journalism and Mass Communication conference in Washington, D.C. Steven Smethers, associate professor, and co-author Danny Shipka, Oklahoma State University, presented "I Did it Myself!: Pinterest and the Evolution of DIY Communities" at the conference.

Others from the department who attended the conference included Birgit Wassmuth, the new director of the Miller School, and Louise Benjamin, professor.

Association for Education Journalism and Mass Communication is the oldest and largest alliance of journalism and mass communication educators and administrators at the collegiate level. The association's annual conference featured sessions ranging from research and public service to various components of journalism and mass communication.

Internationally, Angela Powers presented the paper "Family-Owned Newspapers Filling Niches in Rural Communities" at the annual International Communication Association conference in London, England. The paper was co-authored with Ardyth Sohn, former director of the Greenspun Journalism Program at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Jane Briggs-Bunting, retired former director of the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. A paper from Curtis Matthews, assistant professor, and colleagues from Texas Tech University and Auburn University, "Lack of Credibility Accompanying Public Relations Messages Distributed Through Corporate Channels: A Longitudinal Experimental," also was presented at International Communication Association conference.

The International Communication Association is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. The association encourages and facilitates academic research excellence on an international level to sustain a high quality in scholarly publication and knowledge exchange.

Nancy Muturi presented the paper "Gender and HIV/AIDS in Kenya" at the annual International Association of Media and Communication Research conference in Dublin, Ireland. A paper by former graduate student Travis Hasler, "HIV/AIDS Communication Strategies in Developing Countries: Behavior Change in a High Fear Environment," also was presented at the conference.  

The International Association of Media and Communication Research central conference theme was "Crises, 'Creative Destruction' and the Global Power and Communication Orders." Reflections and papers presented at the conference addressed shifts in the geopolitical and communication order initiated by current deep economic/financial crisis and its creative destruction.