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Emerging Media Research Cluster recent publications and conference paper awards


Emerging Media Research Cluster explores various media topics and is productive in producing conference papers and journal articles. Here are recent publications and awards received by our faculty and students in this research cluster.


Franklin Yartey and Dr. Louisa Ha coauthored paper, “Like, Share, Recommend: Smartphones as a Self-Broadcast and Self-Promotion Medium of College Students,” is in press in International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction (Special issue on Mobility and Human Interaction). 2014


Dr. Louisa Ha, Fang Wang, Ling Fang, Chen Yang, Xiao Hu, Liu Yang, Fan Yang, Ying Xu, and Dave Morin co-authored paper, “Political Efficacy and the Use of Local and National News Media among Undecided Voters in a Swing State: A Study of General Population Voters and First-time College Student Voters,” has been published by Electronic News. 2013


Drs. Louisa Ha and Gi Woong Yun co-authored paper “Digital Divide in Social Media Prosumption: Proclivity, Production Intensity, and Prosumer Typology among College Students and General Population” has been accepted for publication in Journal of Communication and Media Research. 2013


Xiao Hu, Ying Xu and Simeng Mo’s co-authored paper with Dr. Louisa Ha, “Who are the Fans of Facebook Pages? An electronic word-of-mouth communication perspective” received the Distinguished Paper Award for the Net2013 Conference (the International Conference on Internet Studies) and has been accepted for publication in International Journal of Cyber Society and Education. 2013


Ph.D. Students Yang Liu, Mohammad Abuljadail, and Fang Wang co-authored paper, “Who Pays for Online Media Contents: Generation Y or Older Generation?” was accepted to be presented at the 2014 Broadcast Education Association Annual Conference. This paper has also won the 1st Place Debut award by the Media Management, Programming and Marketing Division. 2014


Drs. Louisa Ha and Xiaoqun Zhang are 2013 American Copy Editors Society’s Research Competition Winners in the Newspaper and Online News Division of AEJMC (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication).

Dr. Foust, KQED ‘converge’ for mutual learning

“There’s a buzz you can feel just walking around,” said Jim Foust about San Francisco.

Foust, a professor of journalism and public relations, recently spent time in the West Coast city as part of a Faculty Improvement Leave. Through a fellowship from the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), he observed media convergence efforts at KQED, one of the leading public broadcasting stations in the country.

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Gajjala to speak at Cal State San Bernardino – November 2013

Radhika Gajjala, a professor of media and communication and director of American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University, will speak on “Automating Subaltern Labour: Circuits of Care in Developing World Health Care Support Systems” during a guest lecture at Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday, Nov. 14.


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11/14/2013 Livestream of Femtechnet Video Dialogue on “Place” for DOCC 2013 (Gajjala in conversation with Irish and Juhasz) at Pitzer this week

What is Femtechnet? – see

What is a Femtechnet video dialogue? – see
Livestream:  Radhika Gajjala and Sharon Irish on Thurs, 11/14, 10-11 am PST.
The Livestream will be available here
A quicktime file of this live event will appear on the Commons and our Vimeo page soon thereafter.
For discussion while the livestream is in progress or after –
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Dr. Gajjala to speak at University of Illinios, Urbana-Champaign

Dr Gajjala has been invited to participate as an invited panelist at  the “Africa and IT” conference at Urbana-Champaign in September 2013. She will be on a panel (with Dr. Sharon Irish and Dr. Safiya Noble of UIUC) detailing the work she is doing as part of the “DOCC 2013” initiative led by Anne Balsamo and Alex Juhasz through “Femtechnet”. See press release for more on this.

During her visit to UIUC, she will also be giving a talk at the Institute for Communications Research at UIUC.

Mr. Cardenas received Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Faculty Seminar fellowship

Mr. Cardenas received 25th Annual Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Faculty Seminar fellowship.

Administered by the Television Academy Foundation’s Education Programs department, the Faculty Seminar offers college professors opportunities to see how television entertainment works behind the scenes.


Dr. Tom Mascaro wins the 2012 AEJMC Tankard Book Award

The Standing Committee on Research of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC), selected Into the Fray: How NBC’s Washington Documentary Unit Reinvented the News for this year’s Tankard Award from a group of three finalists that also included Women of the Washington Press: Politics, Prejudice, and Persistence, by Maurine H. Beasley, and Can Journalism Survive? An Inside Look at American Newsrooms, by David M. Ryfe. AEJMC Executive Director Jennifer McGill administers the book award competition, which recognizes the best book relevant to journalism and mass communication.

Dr. Tori Ekstrand (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), chaired the August 8 Tankard Book Award presentation at AEJMC’s annual convention of journalism scholars and media professionals at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. Dr. Ekstrand praised Into the Fray for its originality and extensive research in covering an overlooked part of journalism history.

Into the Fray, published by Potomac Books of Washington, D.C., is a band-of-brothers story of documentary journalism. As a biography of filmmaker Ted Yates and also the men and women that formed his unique documentary crew, Into the Fray traces how World War II values shaped the television documentary at the NBC News Washington Bureau from 1961 through 1967, when Ted Yates was killed during the outbreak of the Six-Day War. It also covers Washington, D.C. history as it relates to the formation of the NBC unit, including experiences of military veterans, minorities, and women in journalism.

A Journalism History review explains, “Mascaro provides a thorough perspective of the social and political context for each of the events the [NBC documentary] unit investigated.” Gateway Journalism Review characterizes Into the Fray as “a significant contribution to the history of broadcast journalism and the long-form documentary.” And American Journalism credits “the author’s ability to take us inside the process of documentary work, showing the complicated interplay between the people involved in the projects as well as the challenges and obstacles.”

Dr. Paula Poindexter, acting AEJMC president, explains the award honors the memory of her esteemed colleague, James William Tankard, Jr., Professor Emeritus in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Tankard was a popular, innovative professor and mentor who died in 2005. The Tankard Book Award has been issued annually since 2007.

Dr. Tom Mascaro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Telecommunications at the School of Media and Communication, Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. He is co-founder of the Broadcast Education Association Documentary Division. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Popular Film and Television, Journalism History, and American Journalism. Into the Fray is his first book and was based on numerous interviews with network documentary producers and filmmakers and extensive research at presidential and other national archives.

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Dr. Gajjala was invited to develop a featured panel for “The World Social Science Forum”

Dr. Radhika Gajjala (Professor, School of Media and Communication, joint-appointed with American Culture Studies program) was invited to develop a featured panel for “The World Social Science Forum” convention of 2013 (see She, along with several others including a BGSU School of Media Communication Phd graduate Dr. Yeonju Oh (employed at Nanyang Technological University) are featured speakers on a panel that examines issues around “Care Technologies and the Labor of Caring” through critical feminist and political economy frameworks. Gajjala’s paper is entitled, “Automating Subaltern Labour: Circuits of Care and Capital” and Oh’s paper is entitled, “My Nanny is a Robot”.