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Students and faculty honored for outstanding research and teaching

Posted Aug. 11, 2015
Updated Sept. 19, 2015


School of Journalism and Mass Communication faculty and graduate students were honored for excellence in research and teaching at the 2015 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC) Annual Conference in San Francisco. 

Among the award winners were Dr. Brooke McKeever, recipient of the Promising Professor Award, and Dr. Carol Pardun, recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award.  Both of these awards are given each year by AEJMC’s Mass Communication and Society Division.

Associate Professor Karen Mallia was awarded the Advertising Division’s Outstanding Service Award.

“We have exceptional faculty and students and I am thrilled that their excellence and hard work is being recognized and rewarded at the highest level, ” said Dr. Andrea Tanner, interim director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Four graduate students received top research paper awards at the conference.

Award Winning Research Papers

  • “Let's keep this quiet:” Media framing of campus sexual assault, its causes, and proposed solutions, by Jane O’Boyle and Jo-Yun LiMoeller Award for best graduate student paper, Mass Communications and Society Division.
  • Building community through branding at NPR member stations, by Joseph Kasko. First Place Student Paper, Community Journalism Interest Group.
  • Collective memory of the feminist revolution: WACK! Art and the feminist revolution in a post-feminist twenty-first century, by Katherine LaPrad.  Third Place Student Paper, Commission on the Status of Women.
  • Cultural variation on commercial speech doctrine: India exhibits stronger protections than the U.S, by Jane O’BoyleThird Place Student Paper, Law & Policy Division.

Papers and Panels by USC Faculty and Graduate Students

  • SeaWorld vs Blackfish: A case study in crisis communication, by Kenneth Cardell.
  • Framing news coverage of National Parks: The environment, social issues, and recreation, by Bruce Garrison and Zongchao Li.
  • Media dependency and parental mediation, by August Grant, Larry Webster and Yicheng Zhu.
  • Diverting media attention at a time of national crisis: Examining the zero-sum issue competition in the emerging media environment, by Seung Mo Jang and Yong Jin Park.
  • The perception of media community among NPR listeners, by Joseph Kasko.
  • Building community through branding at NPR member stations, by Joseph Kasko.
  • Selfies: True Self or Better Self?: A qualitative exploration of selfie uses on social media, by Joon-Kyoung Kim.
  • Picturing the scientists: A content analysis of the photographs of scientists in The Science Times, by Hwalbin Kim, Sei-Hill Kim, Christopher Frear and Sang-Hwa Oh.
  • Who is responsible for climate change?: Attribution of responsibility, news media, and South Koreans' perceived risk of climate change, by Sei-Hill Kim, Jeong-Heon Chang, Jae Chul Shim and Hwalbin Kim.
  • Well Informed or misperceived?: The illusion of knowing in science communication, by Hwalbin Kim and Robert McKeever.
  • Talking about school bullying: News framing of who is responsible for causing and fixing the problem, by Sei-Hill Kim, Matthew Telleen and Hwalbin Kim.
  • Ties to the local community and South Carolinian newspapers' coverage of smoke-free policies, by Sei-Hill Kim, James Thrasher, India Rose, Mary-Kathryn Craft and Hwalbin Kim.
  • The historical impact of city, state, regional and national scholastic press associations to high school journalism, by Bruce Konkle.
  • HPV vaccination in US media: Gender and regional differences, by Wan Chi Leung.
  • Understanding consumer resentment before it’s too late: Empirical testing of a service failure response model, by Zongchao Li and Don Stacks.
  • Female representation in the communication arts advertising annual, by Karen Mallia and Kasey Windels. First place in Advertising's Professional Freedom and Responsibility Division
  • We know why women are not staying in advertising, now what will we do about It? Keeping female students in the advertising industry, by Karen Mallia.
  • Personal and professional branding: Sharing your strengths via social media, by Brooke W. McKeever.
  • The silent majority: Childhood vaccinations and antecedents for communicative action, Brooke W. McKeever, Robert McKeever, Avery Holton and Jo-Yun Li.
  • Moms and media: Exploring the effects of online communication on infant feeding practices, by Robert McKeever and Brooke W. McKeever.
  • Hashing out the normal and the deviant: A visual stereotyping study of the stigmatization of marijuana use before and after recreational legalization in Colorado, by Tara Mortensen, Aimei Yang and Anan Wan.
  • Mediating marriage equality: Evolving frames of the same-sex marriage debate over time, by Leigh Moscowitz.
  • Twitter diplomacy between India and the United States: A qualitative content analysis of tweets during presidential state visits, by Jane O’Boyle.
  • Watching American entertainment television in India, by Jane O’Boyle.
  • How do they think differently? A social media advertising attitude survey on Chinese students in China and Chinese students in America, by Anan Wan.
  • Mobile phone revolution of the 21st century and mobile communication research in Asia, by Ran Wei and Yue Zheng.

AEJMC is the largest and most prestigious scholarly association for faculty in the fields of journalism and mass communications.