Graduate Program

Annenberg Presentations at NCA 2017

The National Communication Association’s 103rd Annual Conference will be held November 16-19 in Dallas, Texas. Below are the presentations, posters, and panels being contributed by the Annenberg community, organized by date and time. Events are being held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel and at the Dallas Marriott City Center; the two hotels are connected by an enclosed walkway.

Friday, November 17

9:30am – 10:45am

Fang Receives Young Scholar Award from China Times Cultural Foundation

Doctoral Candidate Kecheng Fang was recently awarded the 2017 Young Scholar Award by the China Times Cultural Foundation in recognition of his dissertation research. He was one of nine recipients this year.

Established in 1986, the China Times Cultural Foundation is committed to supporting and promoting academic research that centers Chinese culture and related studies. The Young Scholar Award is granted annually to doctoral candidates in North America whose dissertation research focuses on humanities or social sciences within Chinese culture and society.

Annenberg Presentations at IAMCR 2017

Sixteen Annenberg faculty, students, and visiting scholars will present at the International Association for Media and Communication Research’s 2017 Conference, to be held July 16-20 in Cartagena, Colombia.

The presentations are listed below, and include room location in parentheses. All events are at the Cartagena de Indias Convention Center. For the full program, visit IAMCR’s conference website.

Monday, July 17

8:30 – 10:00

McGuigan Wins 2017 Dallas Smythe Award from IAMCR

The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) has recently announced that Lee McGuigan, a fourth year doctoral student at the Annenberg School, is one of two winners of the 2017 Dallas Smythe Award.

Named for Professor Dallas Smythe, the Smythe Award is given annually for a paper that combines scholarly excellence and a critical, innovative, engaged spirit. Smythe was a founder of the field of political economy of communication, and his scholarship had a significant influence on American and international communication policy.

Morris Awarded 2017 New Directions for Climate Communication Research Fellowship

The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) have recently announced that Hanna E. Morris, a first year doctoral student at the Annenberg School, is the recipient of the 2017 New Directions for Climate Communication Research Fellowship.

Doctoral Student Elisabetta Ferrari Studies Activism and Technology

“Washington update: he’s more weird than @NicolasSarkozy but less weird than Silvio Berlusconi,” tweeted German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Funny? Yes. Written by Angela Merkel? No.

Some of the most popular accounts on Twitter are parody accounts that poke fun at celebrities, professional athletes, politicians, and other notable figures. Parody accounts aren’t bots. They’re run by humans — just not by the humans they parody.

Clark-Parsons and Stonecipher Win James D. Woods Award

Doctoral Candidate Rosemary Clark-Parsons and Doctoral Student Rachel N. Stonecipher received the James D. Woods Award at the 2017 Annenberg Graduation Ceremony. Given in memory of Annenberg graduate student James D. Woods, the award is granted to an outstanding graduate teaching assistant.

Clark-Parsons was nominated for her work as a teaching assistant in Professor Amy Jordan’s class COMM 125: Introduction to Communication Behavior.

Congratulations to Annenberg’s 2017 Graduates

On Monday, May 15, the Annenberg School for Communication held its annual graduation ceremony for doctoral students. The celebration honored nine graduate students who have earned or will soon earn their doctoral degrees in Communication.


(L to R): Ph.D. Graduate Stella (Juhyun) Lee; Doctoral Student Allyson Volinsky; Ph.D. Graduate Jiaying Liu; Doctoral Student Elissa Kranzler; and Annenberg Library Assistant Min Zhong

Doctoral Student Jazmyne Sutton Explores the Use of Visuals in Health Communication

A picture is worth a thousand words. Except when it isn’t.

For example, images in a bookshelf assembly manual are only beneficial if they make it easier to understand how to follow the instructions for putting the piece of furniture together. Otherwise, those images are pointless.

Jazmyne Sutton, a second year doctoral student at the Annenberg School, says that visuals are eye-catching and cause people to pay attention, but sometimes those same visuals can distract the viewer from the important accompanying text.

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