Journalism and Strategic Media Faculty Receive National Recognition

The Journalism and Strategic Media faculty members distinguished themselves at the national conference of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication meeting in early August in Chicago.

Advertising Professor Sandy Utt was named the 2017 recipient of the Dorothy Bowles Public Service Award. The Bowles Award recognizes an AEJMC member who has a sustained and significant public-service record. A faculty member at Memphis since 1984, Dr. Utt serves as assistant chair in the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media and heads the advertising major. For 17 years she has been co-editor of Newspaper Research Journal, the refereed journal of AEJMC's Newspaper and Online News Division.

Assistant Professors Melissa Janoske, Robert Byrd and Stephanie Madden received Top Poster Award for the presentation of their research paper, "One Liners and Catch Hashtags: Building a Graduate Student Community through Twitter Chats." Drs. Melissa Janoske and Stephanie Madden, in authorship with West Virginia's Geah Pressgrove, presented a research paper, "Changing the Story: Implications of Narrative on Teacher Identity." Assistant Professor Roxane Coche with co-author North Carolina's C.A. Tuggle presented a research paper, "From 1996 to 2017, Two Decades of NBC's Primetime Olympic Coverage." Assistant Professor Matt Haught presented with co-author Colorado's Erin Willis their research paper, "Blinded by the Blu Light: Consumer Perceptions and Electronic Cigarette Advertising Strategies."

Dr. Tom Hrach was selected in July 2017 by the American Journalism Historians Association to receive its 2017 Book of the Year Award for The Riot Report and the News: How the Kerner Commission Changed Media Coverage of Black America, Boston University Press. The award recognizes the best book in journalism history or mass media history published during 2016.