Category Archives: Graduate Program

Public Lecture on Media Convergence by BGSU Centennial Alumni Recipient

Dr. David Kennedy, a BGSU Centennial Alumni Award Recipient, will give a public lecture organized by the Department of Telecommunications, titled, “Radio, Televison and Convergence, Brought to You by the Web,” on April 23 Friday at 11:30 a.m. West Hall.  A TCOM alumni gathering honoring him will follow after teh lecture.

Dave is the CEO of Flycast, Inc., a mobile media network with cutting edge applications for smartphones.   He is a 1976 M.A. and 1981 Ph.D. alumni of the former Radio Television Film program.

He received many industry awards including the Broadcaster of the Year by Radio Ink and the Beville Award for Audience Research from the National Asssociation of Broadcasters and Broadcast Education Association.

Dr. Ha is “Emerging Media and Challenges in Chinese Communities” special issue editor for the Chinese Journal of Communication

Dr. Ha is the “Emerging Media and Challenges in Chinese Communities” special issue editor for the Chinese Journal of Communication.  Papers will undergo a double blind peer review process.   Planned publication date is December 2010.

Launched in 2008 and published by Routledge, Chinese Journal of Communication (CJoC) is an English language scholarly publication aimed at elevating Chinese communication studies along theoretical, empirical, and methodological dimensions. This special issue of the Chinese Journal of Communication (CJoC) is to address the impact and nature of emerging media in Chinese communities or comparison with other countries or ethnic communities.  Emerging media is defined as message delivery vehicles achieving higher utilization among the general population, but has neither universally accepted technical standards for content transmission and display, nor established operation models such as revenue sources and content strategies.  Examples of emerging media are digital television, webcasting, podcasting, cellular phones, IPTV, blogs, social media and networking sites, etc. 

 China is at the forefront of emerging media.  The number of Internet users in China is the largest in the world and Chinese consumers are among the most avid users of media technologies.   The adoption of these media can have significant political, social, and economic implications on Greater China and present challenges to the current media industry structure there.  The use of the emerging media by overseas Chinese can reconnect them to the mainland and connect them to the Chinese around the world.

 Topics for papers could include, but are by no means limited to:

  1. Political, social or economic impact of emerging media on Greater China and other Chinese communities
  2. Public perception of emerging media and their role in politics and formation of public opinion
  3. Comparison of the use of emerging media between Chinese and non-Chinese markets
  4. Comparison of emerging media use in different Chinese markets
  5. Business models of emerging media in Chinese markets
  6. Market competition and management of emerging media in Chinese markets
  7. Comparison of  the use of different emerging media by Chinese consumers
  8. Policy and regulatory issues on emerging media in Greater China.
  9. Online advertising, online games, and Internet search services development in Greater China
  10. Audience measurement of emerging media in Greater China
  11. Methodological issues in studying emerging media in Chinese communities

  Both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the issue are welcome.  We especially encourage the collaboration of Chinese scholars and non-Chinese scholars to submit manuscript to this issue to facilitate exchange of ideas and offer cross-national perspectives on the issue.

 Submissions should conform to the editorial guidelines of the Chinese Journal of Communication to be found at under “Instructions for Authors.” Papers for consideration in this special edition should be emailed to:

 Chinese Journal of Communication (CJoC) is a refereed journal serving as an important international platform for students and scholars in Chinese communication studies to exchange ideas and research results. Interdisciplinary in scope, it examines subjects in all Chinese societies in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Singapore, and the global Chinese diaspora.  The journal will be published quarterly beginning 2010.

The CJoC welcomes research articles using social scientific or humanistic approaches on such topics as mass communication, journalism studies, telecommunications, rhetoric, cultural studies, media effects, new communication technologies, organizational communication, interpersonal communication, advertising and PR, political communication, communications law and policy, and so on. Articles employing historical and comparative analysis focused on traditional Chinese culture as well as contemporary processes such as globalization, deregulation, and democratization are also welcome.

Published by Routledge, CJoC is institutionally based at the Communication Research Centre, the School of Journalism and Communication, the Chinese University of Hong Kong . For more information and submission instructions, please visit


Ph.D. Alum Dr. Joy Chao received 2009 Emerald/EMFD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award

Dr.  Joy Chao, the dissertation advisee of Dr. Louisa Ha and our Ph.D. graduate in 2008, received the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Leadership and Organization Development category for her dissertation titled,”Cultural values and anticipations of female leadership styles in non-profit organizations: A study of Rotary Clubs in Taiwan and the United States.” The dissertation excerpt will be published as an article in Leadership & Organization Development Journal. She’ll also receive a cash award of 1,500 pounds. Joy is now working as an assistant professor in the School of Communication in the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Congratulations – Dr. Joshua Atkinson’s new book published

Dr. Atkinson’s book has just been published – Alternative Media and Politics of Resistace: A Communication Perspective, published by Peter Lang Publishing (

Harvard’s Lawrence Lessig here on Dec. 2

Harvard Law professor, Creative Commons founder and free culture activist Lawrence Lessig will be on campus Dec. 2.

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Lessig has spent his career battling overly restrictive copyright regulation in front of the U.S. Supreme Court and in the U.S. Congress. He’ll address his role in the copyright wars and his new role as head of Harvard’s Safra Center for Ethics. There, he is focusing on questions of governance, corruption and the growing use of private money in public institutions.

Thanks to Tech Trends, the Dept. of Journalism and Public Relations, the School of Media and Communication, the College of Technology, the Dept. of American Cultural Studies, BGeXperience, the Dept. of Telecommunications and the Dept. of English for supporting his visit.

His lecture, titled “From Copyright to Corruption and Back Again,” will be at 7 p.m. in the BTSU theatre. All are welcome.

Congratulations to Dr. Ha and Dr. Yun for their research grants

Dr. Ha and Dr. Yun were awarded with grants from Toledo Blade and BGSU SPAR office.

This research project consists of two parts.  The first one is a Northwest Ohio newspaper and media use tracking study for three consecutive years.  The second one is a study of netbook distribution as a new newspaper business model.

Dr. Park and Dr. Yun’s new publication in Communication Research

New publication by Dr. Park and Dr. Yun

Park, S., McSweeney, J., & Yun, G. (2009) Intervention of eating disorder symptomatology using educational mass communication messages. Communication Research, 36(5), 677-697.

This study explored an intervention of body image disturbance by employing short educational messages. A public service announcement (PSA) comprised of a realistic body image photo and a text emphasizing genetic diversity of body types improved young women’s body satisfaction, although it did not affect the size of ideal femalebody norm. A variation of the PSA, an alignment ad, generated a similarly positive effect on body satisfaction. The alignment ad, in comparison to a control, also increased the size of ideal female-body norm. At the same time, these positive main effects were mostly due to the gains in body satisfaction and the size of ideal female-body norm by women whose body satisfaction was relatively undamaged to begin with. For women who were already suffering from low body satisfaction, the educational messages interacted with the predisposition to further deteriorate body satisfaction and the norm of ideal female body. Theoretical implications of these effects were discussed and practical suggestions were made for healthy body image advocates.

Dr. Ekstrand ICS Lecture, November 10th at 1:00

Revealing John Doe: The Origins and Culture of Anonymous Speech in U.S. Law

Victoria Ekstrand
Tuesday, November 10th at 1:00
Room 207 (Mylander) BTSU

Is there a disjunction between how the law recognizes anonymous speech and how the public perceives it?

Professor Ekstrand’s talk provides a discussion of anonymous speech in U.S. historical and cultural traditions. Central to her talk is the examination of arguments by parties that have appeared before courts to defend its protection, while also drawing on interviews with those who have used anonymous speech in these cases to advance some political or social cause.

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