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Merrill College Students, Faculty and Alumni Presenting at AEJMC Conference

COLLEGE PARK (8/3/18) — More than a dozen students, faculty and alumni of the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism are scheduled to present during the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference next week.

The conference runs from Aug. 6 to Aug. 9 at The Renaissance Hotel Downtown in Washington.

The full schedule is available on the conference website. Sessions in which Merrill College faculty, alumni or Ph.D. students are participating are noted below. In several cases, current faculty and students are presenting together.

The association’s mission is to advance education, foster scholarly research, cultivate better professional practice and promote the free flow of communication.


10 to 11:30 a.m.

Taming the Trolls: Preparing Students to Deal with Harassment and Abuse Online

Mark Coddington, Washington and Lee

Michelle Ferrier, founder, TrollBusters, Ohio
Linda Steiner, Maryland
Chelsea Reynolds, California State-Fullerton
Jennifer M. Grygiel, Syracuse
Rhonda Gibson, North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1:30 to 3 p.m.

Twitter’s Role in News

Matthew J. Haught, Memphis

All the News That Tweets: Newspapers’ Use of Twitter Posts as News Sources from 2009 to 2016*
Kyle Heim, Shippensburg

Tweeting Local Sports: Best Practices of a Successful Sports Reporter
Matthew Reavy and Kimberly Pavlick, Scranton

Sentiment Contagion in the 2016 U.S Presidential Election Media Tweet Networks
Claire Youngnyo Joa, Louisiana State Shreveport and Gi Woong Yun, Nevada, Reno

Examining Who Political Journalists @mention on Twitter
Brooke Auxier and Kalyani Chadha, Maryland

Nikki Usher, George Washington

3:15-4:45 pm

Reconciling a (New)s Agenda: The Relationship Between Reporting, Research, and Politics in the Trump Era

Dean Cummings, Georgia State and Timothy Macafee, Concordia

Ellen Crooke, VP of News Tegna Corp
Lance Ing, Photojournalist/Editor/Producer NBCUniversal Media
Bethany Swain, Maryland; former White House News Photographer
Brendan Keefe, chief investigator, Atlanta’s QXIA
Mike Walter, CGTN

5 to 6:30 p.m.

No Quick Fix: How Journalists Assess the Impact and Define the Boundaries of Solutions Journalism
Elia Powers, Towson and Alex Curry, Texas

John Russial, Oregon

5 to 6:30 p.m.

American Society of News Editors Diversity Survey & Diversity Initiatives: Why Higher Education Needs to Support a Pipeline of Talent into America’s News Organizations

Lucy A. Dalglish, Maryland

Mizell Steward, senior director of Talent, Partnership & Innovation, Gannett Co.
Meredith Clark, Virginia
Teri Hayt, executive director, American Society of News Editors, ASNE


8:15 to 9:45 a.m.

New Skills The Biz Needs Us to Teach

Ronald Yaros, Maryland

Jody Brannon, TOW-Knight Center; American
Everdeen Mason, The Washington Post
Reid Williams, USA Today Network
Kathleen Culver, Wisconsin-Madison; Poynter Institute

8:15 to 9:45 a.m.

Has Feminist Communication Theory Changed Journalism and Mass Communication Research — and Should It?

Lana Rakow, North Dakota and Diana Nastasia, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville

Amanda Kennedy, St. Mary’s
Diana Nastasia, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville
Radhika Parameswaran, Indiana
Lana Rakow, North Dakota
Linda Steiner, Maryland
Angharad Valdivia, Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

1:30 to 3 p.m.

Biting The Hand: Accountability Journalism in the Trade Press
Rob Wells, Arkansas

3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Making Sense of Media in the Trump Era

Ruth DeFoster, St. Catherine

Ignoring Our Own Cultural Imperialism: New York Times’ International Coverage of Birth Control 1960-2002
Ana Garner and Christina Mazzeo, Marquette

Old Norms, New Platforms: Objectivity and U.S. Reporting About Race in a Digital Era
Carolyn Nielsen, Western Washington

Tsunamis on the U.S.-Mexico Border? Use of Metaphors in News Coverage of Unaccompanied Minors
Christa Reynolds and Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante, Arizona

Identity Formation and Voter Suppression: The Iconography of Fake Memes in the 2016 Presidential Election
Melissa Janoske, Robert Byrd and Dana Cooper, Memphis

Talking Back: Journalists Defending Attacks Against Their Profession in the Trump Era
Michael Koliska, Georgetown, Alison Burns and Kalyani Chadha, Maryland

Jacqueline Lambiase, Texas Christian

5 to 6:30 p.m.

Award Winning Papers in International Communication

Mohammed Al-Azdee, Bridgeport

The Danger of Words: Major Challenges Facing Myanmar Journalists on Reporting the Rohingya Conflict
Nyan Lynn, Kansas

Nation’s Media Usage and Immigration Attitudes in Europe: Exploring Contextual Effects Across Media Forms, Structures, and Messages
Olesya Venger, Nevada, Las Vegas

Framing the Colombian Peace Process: Between Peace and War Journalism
Victor García-Perdomo, Universidad de La Sabana; Summer Harlow, Houston and Danielle Kilgo, Indiana

ProQuote: A German Women Journalists’ Initiative to Revolutionize Newsroom Leadership
Karin Assmann, Maryland and Stine Eckert, Wayne State

Ammina Kothari, Rochester Institute of Technology


8:15 to 9:45 a.m.

On the “Other Side:” How to be a Good Advisor to Your (International) Graduate Students from an Ethical, Feminist Perspective

Stine Eckert, Wayne State

Lee Wilkins, prof. emerita, Missouri and Wayne State
Bonnie Brennen, Marquette
Linda Steiner, Maryland
Earnest L. Perry, Missouri
Federico Subervi, University of Leeds
Sahar Khamis, Maryland

12:15-1:30 p.m.

What Works: Introducing Business Fundamentals into Your Curriculum

Andrew Leckey, president, Reynolds Center
Rob Wells, Arkansas
Leslie Wayne, Columbia and NYU
Rob Reuteman, Colorado State

1:45 pm-3:15 pm

How Journalists Define, Measure and Discuss Impact

Elia Powers, Towson

Elia Powers, Towson
Magda Konieczna, Temple
Jason Alcorn, local news consultant, Democracy Fund & Metrics and Impact editor, MediaShift
Lindsay Green-Barber, director of Strategic Research, The Impact Architects

1:45-3:15 p.m.

From Smith & Carlos to Abdul-Rauf to Kaepernick: What is Next for the Advocate Athlete and the Press that Covers Them?

Molly Yanity, Quinnipiac

Kevin Blackistone, Maryland
Jerry Brewer, The Washington Post
Abraham Khan, Pennsylvania State
Michael Mirer, Fairmont State
Etan Thomas, former NBA player and activist

3:30 to 5 p.m.

How Many Will Read It on Reddit? A Model That Predicts Rankings of Reddit News
Aditya Ravindra Bhat and Ronald Yaros, Maryland

Facebook Groups as Affective Counterpublics
James Gachau, Maryland

3:30 to 5 p.m.

Dating, Activism and Harassment in the #MeToo Era

Chelsea Reynolds, California State, Fullerton

Beyond Swiping Left: Exploring How Dating App Use Affects College Students’ Abilities to Refuse Unwanted Dating and Sexual Activities
Stacey Hust, Stephanie Gibbons, and Jiayu Li, Washington State and Nicole O’Donnell, Virginia Commonwealth

Social Media Activism in Bangladesh: Understanding the #JusticeForTonu Movement from a Feminist Standpoint Theoretical Framework
Umana Anjalin and Catherine Luther, Tennessee, Knoxville

Hashtag Feminism Around the World: A Comparative Analysis of #MeToo Tweets
Hyunjin Seo, Hong Tien Vu, Shola Aromona, Yuchen Liu, and Fatemeh Shayesteh, Kansas

Women’s Responses to Online Harassment
Kalyani Chadha, Linda Steiner, Jessica Vitak, and Zahra Ashktorab, Maryland


12:45 to 2:15 p.m.

The Future of Journalism in a Shifting Global Era

Loren Coleman, Southern Mississippi

The End of Ombudsmen? 21st-Century Journalism and Reader Representatives
Patrick Ferrucci, Colorado-Boulder

Taxi Drivers as Reporters: Studying the Distinctive Journalism of the UTCC Voice Newsletter
Krishnan Vasudevan, Maryland

Democratizing Online Journalism Labor: Freelance Journalists’ International Battles Over Digital Rights
Errol Salamon, Pennsylvania

The Discipline-Autonomy Paradox: How Journalism Textbooks Construct Reporters’ Freedom Just to Tear It Down
Perry Parks, Michigan State

Dan Berkowitz, Iowa

12:45 to 2:15 p.m.

News Audiences: Preferences and Personalization

Jae-Hwa Shin, Southern Mississippi

Factors Motivating Customization and Echo Chamber Creation Within Digital News Environments
Brooke Auxier and Jessica Vitak, Maryland

Personalized News in the Age of Distraction
Lisa Farman, Ithaca

“I Know from Personal Experience”: Shared News Consumption and Citizen Knowledge Exchange on Reddit
Corinne Dalelio and Wendy Weinhold, Coastal Carolina

Hannah Dong, Iowa State

12:45 to 2:15 p.m. / R034

College Student Journalism: Insights for Educators and Practitioners

David Bulla, Augusta

I am a Journalist: Understanding Communities of Practice in Student Newsrooms
Elizabeth Smith, Pepperdine; Jean Norman, Weber State; Kirstie Hettinga, California Lutheran and Lisa Lyon Payne, Virginia Wesleyan

The Day Students Scooped the Established Media: The Extreme Experiential Learning in a Pop-Up Multiplatform Newsroom
Alex Canner and Ivana Ebel, University of Derby

Perceived Threats and Risks among Student Journalists: A Q Study of Self-Censorship
Lee Farquhar, Butler and Michael Clay Carey, Samford

Comparing Students’ Attitudes and Flipping the Traditional Classroom: Is Flipping Really Better?
Kelly Poniatowski, Elizabethtown

College Writing Assignments on Mobile Devices: Engagement Across Disciplines and Age
Ronald Yaros, Maryland and John Misak, New York Institute of Technology

Kimberly Lauffer, Ball State

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Merrill Professors Chadha & Steiner, Oates Receive $20,000 ADVANCE Seed Grants

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland ADVANCE program aims to “lead AAU/BIG 10 research universities in women’s representation, satisfaction, professional growth, and positive work environment.” Promoting interdisciplinary research is one way to do that, and in its fifth and final round of grants, three Merrill College faculty members will have a chance to work with faculty from the iSchool and Smith Business School.

The seed grants are $20,000 each. The Co-Director of the ADVANCE program, Dr. KerryAnn O’Meara (College of Education) says data shows an 8 to 1 return on investment with the grants. Further, she said, “recipients of these grants have been more likely to be retained to campus than their peers.”

Merrill College Professors Team with iSchool, Smith School

Assistant Professor Kalyani Chadha (College Park Scholars))(left) and Professor Linda Steiner will collaborate with Assistant Professor Jessica Vitak (right)of the iSchool in a project entitled, “Misogyny Online: Implications and Consequences.”

Professor and Senior Scholar Sarah Oates (left)(who oversees the Merrill Ph.D. Program) will work with Professor of Marketing Wendy Moe – who is also the Director of the MS in Marketing Analytics program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Their research project is entitled, “Building a Voter Intelligence Dashboard: Applying Social Brand Metrics to Political Campaigns.”

Funding comes from the UMD Division of Research and NSF funds. Dr. O’Meara says although the grants have now been exhausted (save for two funded by BSOS), efforts are underway to find additional sources of funding for the future.

About The ADVANCE Program at Maryland

The University of Maryland ADVANCE program “aims to lead AAU/Big 10 research universities in women’s representation, retention, satisfaction, professional growth, and positive work environment. We do this by creating strategic networks across disciplines, facilitating opportunities for learning and leadership, enhancing agency through knowledge and planning for career advancement, and by recognizing faculty contributions and accomplishments. We use data to increase awareness of equity issues and support local and campus-wide efforts to design better work environments.”

Merrill Ph.D. Students Prepare for NY Journalism Conference

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Merrill College Ph.D. students on a field trip last fall for Dr. Mark Feldstein’s “Seminar in Mass Media History” class.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Ph.D. students from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism will have a major presence at a journalism history conference in New York City next month.

Six Merrill students had papers accepted for presentation during the “2015 Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference,” scheduled for Saturday, March 21, at New York University. The papers were class research projects for Dr. Mark Feldstein’s Seminar in Mass Media History course last fall.

The students and their paper topics are below:

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Merrill College Faculty Yaros and Solomon Featured in the Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A special education section of the Baltimore Sun prominently featured two faculty members of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism this weekend:

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    Associate Professor Ron Yaros

    In an article titled “Digital Pioneers – Professors take new approaches in the great debate for technology in the classroom contributing writer Casey Boyer writes about the ground-breaking research of Assistant Professor Ron Yaros:

    In Yaros’ unique method of teaching, he uses the “flipped” model combining face-to-face meetings with virtual assignments completed on the students’ time outside of the classroom. He says, ‘I want them to utilize blogs and Twitter and multimedia outside of class to complete assignments related to my class so when we get together, it’s not me in the front lecturing with slides. It’s me having them show their information and discuss it.

    Abigail Jaffe, a senior Communications major studying Public Relations at UM has taken two of Yaros’ classes. Jaffe recalls, We download the lecture on our iPads, which he controls because we sign in with a pin. He is controlling the screens. He doesn’t think the traditional method is really a good way to engage students. He thinks we might as well work with it instead of against.

    The article is available here.

  • Povich Center Director George Solomon will be inducted into the DC Sports Hall of Fame this April.

    Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism Director George Solomon

    In a second article in the education section entitled “Athletics – It’s Not All Fun and Games,” contributing writer Linda L. Esterson focuses in part on the Merrill College’s Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. Director George Solomon told her:

    We felt sports were becoming more and more to the culture of society as well as to sports fans,” says Solomon, as to why he helped found the center along with the Povich family, which includes television personality Maury Povich and his siblings, to honor Shirley Povich, who passed away in 1992 at the age of 98. “Teaching students good journalism, lessons of sport and how it matters to the culture. “We wanted to keep his name alive and maintain the standards he set as a journalist.” This includes the “rights and wrongs of sports journalism,” he notes.

    Senior journalism major Zainab Mudallal became interested in sports after taking a class with Solomon.  She told the Sun,  It’s been a great opportunity and I encourage other people to get involved, even if they are just slightly interested in sports, she says. It’s a great experience that can open up a lot of doors.

    The article is available here.


Merrill Research Takes Center Stage at Recent AEJMC Conference: Faculty

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 12.59.45 PMCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – One of the major journalism education conferences of the year took place in Washington, D.C. this summer. The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication – AEJMC for short – was celebrating 100 years as an association. The conference is a must-attend for faculty and Ph.D. students from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism – who not only hosted and took part in panel discussions, but also presented research in a wide range of categories.

Coverage of the August 7-11 event brought with it photos and interviews to provide a better understanding of the kind of research going on at the Merrill College, and the (fearless!) impact our faculty and Ph.D. students are having on journalism education.

This post will feature Merrill faculty. A separate release will highlight our Ph.D. students and their research.


Professor Yaros talks complex tweeting and blogging.

Tweeting and Blogging for Complex Subjects

Assistant Professor Ron Yaros

Professor Yaros is a former broadcast journalist and entrepreneur of a software corporation. He is a nationally recognized researcher and teacher of digital media.

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