UNC at 100th annual AEJMC conference in Chicago

Twenty-five faculty members and graduate students will represent the UNC School of Media and Journalism Aug. 8-12, 2017, at the 100th annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

The Carolina contingent scholars will participate in panel sessions and present authored or co-authored papers and presentations.

Carolina faculty and graduate student activities at AEJMC 2017 include:

Tuesday, August 8 (Pre-conference day)

  • Tori Ekstrand will participate in the panel session, “Emerging Issues in Media Law.”
  • Librarian Stephanie Willen Brown will participate in the panel session, “Wading through the Waters of Fake News and Alternative Facts.”
  • Jennifer Harker (Ph.D. student) will present, “Knee-jerk Policymaking in Crisis Response: A Fumbled Play by the NFL" in a special pre-conference session on reputational challenges in sport.


Wednesday, August 9—Morning

  • Shao Chengyuan (Ph.D. student) will present, “Social Media Under Watch: Privacy, Speech, and Self-Censorship in Public Universities.”
  • Lindsie Trego (M.A. student) will present, “Knowledge Will Set You Free (From Censorship): Examining the Effects of Legal Knowledge and Other Editor Characteristics on Censorship and Compliance in College Media.”
  • Kyla Garrett Wagner (Ph.D. student) & Allison Lazard will present, “Who should regulate? Testing the influence of policy origins on support for controversial media regulations.”
  • Deb Aikat will present, “Archiving India’s Thriving News Media: A Case Study of Digitized Historical and Current News from India.”
  • Chris Etheridge (Ph.D. student) will present, “The mobile community: College students and the hometown sense of community through mobile news app use.”


Wednesday, August 9—Afternoon

  • Joseph Cabosky will participate in the panel session, “Being a Minority Faculty Member in Mass Communication in 2017: Challenges for the Professor; Opportunities for the Classroom and Our Professions.”
  • Deb Aikat will present, “Reimagining Interactive Digital Works to Publish New Modes of Inquiry and Establish a Major Publishing Presence in Our Field.”
  • Ryan Thornburg and Lisa Villamil will participate in the panel session, “From Strategy to Innovation: Startup Principles, Data Visualization, and Visual Storytelling”
  • Lucinda Austin, Barbara Miller (Elon), and Seoyeon Kim (Ph.D. student) will present, “What’s the ‘right’ thing to do? How ethical expectations for CSR influence company support.”


Thursday, August 10— Morning

  • Barbara Miller (Elon) and Lucinda Austin will present, “Risky business exploring differences in marketplace advocacy and high-fit CSR on public perceptions of companies.”
  • Aimei Yang (Southern California) and Adam Saffer will present, “NGOs’ Humanitarian Advocacy in the 2015 Refugee Crisis: A Study of Agenda Building.”


Thursday, August 10—Afternoon

  • Natalee Seely (Ph.D.) & Daniel Riffe will present, “Domestic Violence in Appalachian Newspaper Coverage: Minimizing a Problem or Mobilizing for a Solution?”
  • Kyla Garrett Wagner (Ph.D. student) & Joseph Cabosky will present, “My sexual entertainment, my vote: how attitudes toward condom use in pornography related to support for California's condom law.”
  • Lu Wu (Ph.D.) will present, “Meeting the New Players: A Study of Digital Native Journalists’ Professionalism.”
  • Farnosh Mazandarani (Ph.D. student) will present, “Real or ideal: Millennial perceptions of pornographic media realism and influence on relationship assessments.”
  • Rhonda Gibson and Deborah Dwyer (Ph.D. student) will present, “News coverage of transgender lives and issues within a family context.”
  • Roxane Coche (Memphis) and C. A. Tuggle will present, “From 1996 to 2016, Two Fecades of NBC’s Primetime Olympic Coverage”
  • Allison Lazard, Avery Holton (Utah), Tamar Wilner (Missouri), Shannon Zenner (Ph.D. student), and Alexandra Cannon will present, “Cancer Selfies: Implicit Representations of Cancer and Gender on Instagram."
  • Scott Brennen (Ph.D. student) will present, “The Past, Present, and Futurity of Science Communication: The Journalization of Communication Offices”


Friday, August 11—Morning

  • Shannon McGregor (Texas), Daniel Kreiss, and Shannon Zenner (Ph.D. student) will present, “An emergent public: Journalistic representation of social media as public opinion.”
  • Jennifer Harker (Ph.D. student), Daniel Riffe, and Martin Kifer (Highpoint) will present, “Anger, Cynicism, but Trust in Democracy in Swing-state Presidential Primaries: What Role for News and Information in Populist Anger?”
  • Joseph Cabosky will participate on the panel, “Much More Than the Toy Department: The Role of Sports Media in Shaping the Discussion about Major Issues in Society.”
  • Deb Aikat will present, “Friending Facebook and Trusting Twitter: News Agenda melding in India’s Networked Public Sphere.”


Friday, August 11—Afternoon

  • Deb Aikat will present, “Friending Facebook and Trusting Twitter: International Insights on the Decline in Citizens’ Trust of Journalists and Threats to Media.”
  • Natalee Seely (Ph.D.) will present, “Alienating Audiences: The Effect of Uncivil Online Discourse on Media Perceptions.”
  • Jennifer Ball (Temple), Allison Lazard, and Michael Mackert (Texas) will present, “Promoting Multivitamins to College Women: An Examination of Source, Message, and Audience Characteristics.”


Saturday, August 12—Morning

  • Justin Blankenship (Ph.D.) and Daniel Riffe will present, “Follow the Leader?: Optimism and Efficacy on Solo Journalism of Local Television Journalists and News Directors.”
  • Kristen Patrow (Ph.D. student) will present, “Voting Booth or Photo Booth?: Ballot Selfies and Newsgathering Protection for User-Generated Content.”



  • Jennifer Harker (Ph.D. student) won the AEJMC Student Research Award for her project, “Mediated sport crisis, fanship, and an investigation of the impermeable nature of the NFL.”
  • Shao Chengyuan (Ph.D. student) won the Third-Place Student Paper Award for her work, “Social Media Under Watch: Privacy, Speech, and Self-Censorship in Public Universities.”


The full conference schedule can be found on the AEJMC website.