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Professor Jin Yang on Research Leave in Spring Semester
Associate Professor Jin Yang will spend spring semester on professional development
leave analyzing media coverage of the dispute between China and Japan over the Diaoyu
The Diaoyu Islands are a small cluster of uninhibited islands that lie to the northeast
of Taiwan. The dispute over the islands has created tension between China and Japan
and the United States.
Her goal is to study the media coverage of the dispute from a historical perspective.
The research will include visiting the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. to
view archived media coverage. She may also travel to Japan.
Yang received this leave through a Professional Development Assignment (PDA), the
competitive university-wide program that allows faculty members to pursue professional
Moira Logan, associate dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts, said,
“The CCFA awards committee was most impressed with Dr. Yang’s exceptional research
record, the significance of her publications and the promise of her current research—media
coverage of the disputed Diaoyu Islands between China and Japan.
“The opportunity to focus primarily on research and scholarship will strengthen her
contribution to the research mission of the University and add to the national and
international reputation of the Department of Journalism,” Logan added. “Dr. Yang
is one of our most productive faculty members and this recognition is richly deserved.”
Yang says that studying the media of different nations helps students to “broaden
their limited world view.” She will return to the University of Memphis in fall 2015.
Memphis Students Tweet Importance of Participation in PRSA
The University of Memphis Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter
recently hosted its first Tweetfest. The virtual event used the social media platform
Twitter to organize local UM students and public relations professionals. Topics included
discussion of public relations fundamentals and successful public relations characteristics.
Darrin Devault, adviser for the student chapter, explained the importance of participating
in the chapter—helping students build a portfolio, gain leadership skills, generate
a sense of community and network with professionals.
The tweet conversation was moderated by Hannah Giles, 2013 chapter president, Jason
Smith, 2014 chapter president and Devault. More than two dozen students and professionals
participated in the three-hour event.
Students interested in joining the local student chapter should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or they should follow the chapter on Twitter at @MemphisPRSSA.
Janoske Joins Department as Public Relations Professor
Melissa Janoske joined the Department of Journalism as an assistant professor in public relations this fall. She takes the place of Professor Rick Fischer, who retired in
May after 25 years at the University of Memphis.
Having completed her doctorate at the University of Maryland in May, Janoske moved
in July to Memphis, where she has learned to “embrace the sweat” and that here “people
are serious about their Elvis.”
Prior to her doctoral studies at Maryland, Janoske taught public relations at Lynchburg
College in Virginia, where she helped her students start a Public Relations Student
Society of America chapter.
The Dayton, Maryland, native loves traveling and has visited Austria and southeastern
Asia. In early October she will be traveling to New York City to run a 5K in Central
Park with friends.
Spring 2014 News & Events
University of Memphis Advertising Student Honored in New York City
Feb. 17, 2014 – Morgan McDaniel, a journalism/advertising senior, was selected as a member of the
2014 American Advertising Federation's class of Most Promising Minority Students.
She was honored at the Most Promising Program at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City
Feb. 11-14, 2014. The event included the Building Bridges for Our Future Awards Luncheon
and the Recruiters Expo which featured national advertising and marketing firms.
Learn more about Morgan here
Geneva Overholser Speaking at 2014 Norm Brewer First Amendment Lecture Series
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 @ 6 p.m.
University Center Theater
Geneva Overholser is a senior fellow at the Center for Communication Leadership and
Policy at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication
and Journalism. She is the retired director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism,
a former Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of The Des Moines Register, ombudsman of The
Washington Post and editorial writer for The New York Times.
Important Spring 2014 Dates
Feb. 20-22, 2014 – Southeastern Journalism Awards (Lafayette, LA)
March 4, 2014 – Geneva Overholser Speaking at 2014 Norm Brewer First Amendment Lecture Series (6
p.m. in University Center Theater)
March 13-16, 2014 – PRSSA National Assembly (Charleston, SC)
April 3, 2014 – Hampton Sides speaking at Freedom of Information Congress (Time & Location TBA)
April 10-12, 2014 – 7th District National Student Advertising Competition presented by the American Advertising
Federation in Birmingham, AL
April 14, 2014 – Teen Appeal Celebration (3-5 p.m.; location TBA)
April 25, 2014 – Department of Journalism Awards Banquet (6 p.m. at Jerry Lee Lewis' Cafe on Beale
April 30, 2014 – Last Day of Class
May 1, 2014 – Study Day
May 2-8, 2014 – Final Exams
Fall 2013 News & Events
Two new Assistant Professors joined the Department of Journalism in August 2013: Matt Haught, who is getting his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, and Ashley Furrow, who is getting her Ph.D. from Ohio University. Welcome!
Read Dr. Carrie Brown
's article on diversity and entrepreneurial journalism here
, published in PBS Mediashift on June 18, 2013.
Five faculty members (David Arant, Carrie Brown, Sandy Utt, Erin Willis and Jin Yang) and two graduate students (Brittany Block and Larry Anderson) attended the Annual Conference of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass
Communication (AEJMC held) in Washington D.C. Aug. 8-11, 2013.
Erin Willis presented three coauthored papers: "Self-efficacy and interactivity: A content analysis
of Weight Watchers' online discussion board," "Not on my watch: A textual analysis
of local and national newspaper coverage of the Martin-Zimmerman case," and "Humanity
as an end: Analyzing Trayvon Martin shooting coverage using Kant's second categorical
Carrie Brown attended three invited panels: "Teaching entrepreneurial journalism," "Presenting
the best of the best student journalism entrepreneurs," and "Participatory journalism."
Jin Yang and David Arant presented a paper "Assessing the Impact of Chinese Journalism Education on Undergraduate
Student Professionalization." Jin Yang served as the discussant for "Government &
Media: International Communication, Regulation & Facilitation," and David Arant served
as the discussant for "From Public Health to Reality TV: Examining Ethical Violations
and Concerns in the Mass Media."
Sandy Utt served as the moderator for the teaching panel of "Teaching Marathon/The Ideal VisCom
Curriculum," and as the discussant for "Wonder Women, Super Kids and High School Students."
Brittney Block presented a paper "Mobile Applications and Advertising: Scan vs Shazam."
Larry Anderson presented a paper "South Park and the Defense of the Status Quo."
Darrin M. Devault was the runner-up for the 2013 Dean's Faculty Advisor Award. He was recognized at
the 2013 Fall Semester's CCFA faculty meeting. Devault serves as instructor and coordinator
of the department's online B.A.degree program in public relations. He also serves
as faculty adviser of the U of M chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of