Several faculty members of the Department of Communications presented papers, served on panels and were elected to leadership roles at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in Toronto, Canada in August.
Dr. Miya Williams Fayne presented a paper titled “Adapting to Change: Rethinking Advocacy in the 21st Century Black Press” to the Minorities and Communication Division. The paper was awarded first place in the student paper competition.
Micheal McAlexander served on a panel titled “Video Games as Research: Discussing Upcoming Research and Methods,” sponsored by the Entertainment Studies Interest Group and the Communication Technology Division.
Dr. Chelsea Reynolds gave a co-authored panel presentation titled “Social Justice, Journalism, and Finding a Voice for Untold Stories” for the Cultural and Critical Studies Division and the Minorities and Communication Division; served on a panel titled “#SocialJustice as Branded Content: The Politics of Visibility” for the Commission on the Status of Women and the Magazine Media Division; served on a panel titled “Using Media History to Contextualize Current Events: Providing a More Nuanced Understanding of Today’s News,” for the History Division and the Cultural and Critical Studies Division; and moderated the top research papers panel and a panel titled “Queerbaiting and Rainbow-washing: Have Corporate Media Improved Representation or Co-opted LGBTQ Communities?” for the LGBT Interest Group.
Dr. Jason Shepard served as a judge for the panel titled “Going on the Record About Being Off the Record: The Debate: Confidential Sources vs. the Ethics of Anonymity,” sponsored by the Ethics Division and Law and Policy Division.
Two faculty members were also elected to leadership ranks of AEJMC.
Dr. Chelsea Reynolds was elected vice head of the LGBT Interest Group and teaching chair of the Cultural and Critical Studies Division.
Dr. Miya Williams Fayne was elected secretary of the Minorities and Communication Division.