AEJMC conference honors four M.A. grads, border project


Mikayla Mace
• Read her paper, "Newspaper Coverage of Mars in the United States and the United Kingdom 2011-2016.”


Stephen Choice
• Read his paper, "Love and courage: Resilience strategies of journalists facing trauma in northern Mexico.”


Jennifer Hijazi
• Read her paper, co-authored by school Director David Cuillier, “Effects of virtual reality news video on transportation, attitudes, fact-recall and intentions to act.”


Bakina Wellars
• Read his paper, "Influence of Foreign News Programs on the International News Agenda of Rwandan Television and Newspapers.”


• Check out the school's Bordering110.com website, which placed first in AEJMC competition.
• Read UANews story on the the project.

In a “rare” accomplishment, four recent master’s graduates from the University of Arizona School of Journalism were selected to present their research papers at the AEJMC's national conference in Chicago this August.

Mikayla MaceStephen ChoiceJennifer Hijazi and Bakina Wellars had their manuscripts accepted, with Mace winning first place in her division.

In addition, the school's "Bordering110°.com" project captured first place in the Best of the Web competition from AEJMC and will be presented at the conference.

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication is the nation’s largest and most prestigious group of journalism and mass communication educators. More than 2,000 professors, students and professionals are expected to attend the AEJMC’s 100th conference Aug. 9-12.

“Over the years, our master’s students have presented at AEJMC … but never this many students at one time,” said Associate Professor Carol Schwalbe, director of the school’s graduate studies.

“We’re 4-for-4 this year. Our students submitted four research papers, and all four were accepted. It’s relatively rare for master’s students to present a paper at a national conference. We’re proud of them and all that they have accomplished.”

Mace’s manuscript, accepted by the Graduate Student Interest Group, is titled, “Newspaper Coverage of Mars in the United States and the United Kingdom 2011-2016.”

Choice’s paper, accepted by the International Communication Divison, is titled, “Love and courage: Resilience strategies of journalists facing trauma in northern Mexico.”

Hijazi’s manuscript, co-authored by school Director David Cuillier and accepted among other faculty submissions by the Electronic News Division, is titled, “Effects of virtual reality news video on transportation, attitudes, fact-recall and intentions to act.”

Wellars’ paper, accepted by the International Communication Division, is titled, “Influence of Foreign News Programs on the International News Agenda of Rwandan Television and Newspapers.”

In the Bordering 110° project, 10 students from the school's fall U.S.-Mexico border reporting class — Julia Leon, Brenna Bailey, Maritza Dominguez, Mark Flores, Jenny Hijazi, Erik Kolsrud, Genesis Lara, Chastity Laskey, Amanda Oien and Stephen Oliver — compared the towns of Nogales with two in Montana/Alberta with help from Profs. Celeste González de Bustamante and Michael McKisson

The project also placed 16th in the Hearst Team Multimedia Competition Top 20 with their project, "Bordering 110°." presented at the 2017 AEJMC conference in Chicago on Aug. 10.

In addition to Cuillier, other faculty whose papers were accepted for presentation at the AEJMC conference were:

• Linda Lumsden, associate professor, Best Faculty Papers panel, “Abolitionist Aggregator: Collective Action Frames in the British Anti-Slavery Monthly Reporter, the World’s First Social Movement Periodical, 1825-1833​” (History Division).

• Jeannine Relly, associate professor, collaborating with political scientist Rajdeep Pakanati, “Toward a global model of agenda building and gatekeeping: Collective action and Right to Information legislation in the India case.” (International Communication Division).

Published Date: 

05/15/2017 - 1:55pm

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