Category Archives: Graduate Program

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.

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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Arpan Yagnik named the recipient of the Shuck Award for International Students

International Student Services Scholarship Committee selected Arpan Yagnik as the recipient of Shuck Award for International Students. Arpan is a third year graduate student in the School of Media and Communication and is working towards his doctoral degree advised by Dr. Srinivas Melkote. The Shuck Award for International Students is awarded to an International student who has demonstrated commitment to the university, actively participated in BGSU’s international and intercultural activities, contributed in improving intercultural awareness and understanding, and shared his country and its culture with BGSU while maintaing a better than average GPA. The award comes with a $500 scholarship. Arpan is also the recipient of three other awards which are the Outstanding International Graduate Student Award, Falcon Top Ten Percent Award and Fisher Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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”.

2013 AEJMC in D.C.: Welcomes, Division Winners, Award Winner, Expo, & Reception

School of Media and Communication: A Tradition of Excellence for more than 35 years
Welcomes New Director Dr. Laura Stafford

Newspaper and Online News Division, 2013 American Copy Editors Society’s Research Competition Winners: Drs. Louisa Ha and Xiaoqun Zhang
Top-three finalist in the 2013 AEJMC Tankard Book Award: Dr. Tom Mascaro

Grad Student Info Expo: Meet representatives from 18 universities offering doctorate and master’s programs in journalism and communication to get your questions answered about the right graduate program for you. See more info here

Please join us at our reception in the Renaissance Hotel, Saturday, August 10, at 9 p.m.

Dr. Melkote selected as Fulbright specialist

Dr. Srinivas Melkote, Professor in Department of Telecommunications, School of Media & Communication, has been selected as a Fulbright specialist. He will be on the panel of experts and program requests from international institutions will be matched with his expertise in media and communication. Dr. Melkote is being considered to serve as the consultant to the University of Pondicherry in India to design its new doctoral program in media and communication.

Two guest lectures in TCOM from WQRN and alumni Joe Philport and Ryan Zangrilli

1.  Dan McClintok of WQRN who will speak to the TCOM4610 Audience Research THIS WEDNESDAY, September 26, 2012 at the TCOM 4610 Audience Research class, in room 226 Olscamp Hall from 6pm-9pm.

Mr. McClintok will talk about current radio research, how it is gathered and applied on a local basis.

A question and answer session will immediately follow his talk.

2.  TCOM alum Ryan Zangrilli (National Sales Director,blip.TV) and University Distinguished Alum Joe Philport (President and CEO of Traffic Audit Bureau, NY)will speak to the TCOM1030 class on Friday 9/28 from 9:30-10:20 at West Hall 121.

Drs. Zhang, Ha and Park’s paper on mobile media won top paper in Communication Technology Division at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference

TCOM faculty Drs. Xiaoqun Zhang, Louisa Ha, and Sung-Yeon Park’s paper, “Diffusion of news services and political news in mobile media: A time budget perspective,” won the 4th place faculty paper in the Communication Technology Division at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Chicago, IL, August 2012.

Dr. Park and colleagues won top paper in Minorities & Communication Divisions in AEJMC Annual Conference 2012

TCOM faculty Drs. Park and Yun and graduate students won this year top paper in the Minorities & Communication Division of AEJMC 

Park, S., Flynn, M. A., Stana, A., Morin, D. T., & G. Yun (2012, August). Where do I belong, from Laguna Beach to Jersey Shore?: A content analysis of minority characters on popular MTV reality shows. Top paper scheduled to be presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC) Chicago, IL.