Communication Department News

Showing stories between February 1, 2012 and February 29, 2012.

Faculty papers accepted

Posted February 20, 2012 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category faculty

Several Department of Communication faculty members have had papers accepted for conference presentation in recent weeks.

Assistant Professor Dr. Mark Tremayne's study "Anatomy of Protest in the Digital Era: A Network Analysis of Twitter and Occupy Wall Street," has been selected for the International Communication Association conference in May, 2012.


Dr. Shelley Wigley has had the paper, "Breaking News Coverage: A Comparison of Sources used in the Coverage of the Shootings at Virginia Tech and Tucson, Arizona," accepted for presentation at the International Communication Association 2012 conference in Phoenix.

Journalism Professor Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith won Top Faculty Paper in the History Division's research paper competition for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The paper will be presented at the annual southeast colloquium, taking place March 8-10 in Blacksburg, Va. The paper is entitled "'Political Demagogues and Over-zealous Partisans': Tariff of Abominations and Secession Rhetoric in the 1828 South Carolina Press."


BCMN grad lands top award

Posted February 17, 2012 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category accomplishments

Patrick Modrovsky, May 2011 broadcast graduate, received a Lone Star Emmy Award for his producing work on The High School Spotlight for FOX Sports Southwest.

"It's one of those things that you don't think in a million years will happen to you," said Modrovsky about learning he had garnered the coveted industry award.

The Department of Communication alum started out as a production assistant, working for FOX while taking classes at UTA. He worked his way into a producer slot, producing his first show when he was 21.

Modrovsky credits his UTA broadcast professors, Dr. Andrew Clark and Julian Rodriguez, with providing a solid foundation and a strong broadcast background.

"Because they have both worked in the industry, they know what works and what doesn't," he said. "They taught me the importance of meeting deadlines and not being statisfied with the average -- that a little bit of extra work can really make a project stand out."

Modrovsky continues his work for FOX Sports Southwest as a freelance associate producer/editor. He is producer of FOX's "DQ Big Game of the Week."




Grade exclusion requests being accepted online now

Posted February 9, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category students

Students needing to do a grade exclusion may now do so. The period for grade exclusions started  Feb. 2 and continues through March 30.

Only grades of D or F may be excluded and you may have a total of only three (3) grade exclusions.

For more info, see the following link.

If you need assistance with a grade exclusion, visit the advising office during normal advising hours, 9-4 M-TH.

Graduation application deadline nears

Posted February 9, 2012 by Barrie Hill in category urgent

Students planning to apply for Spring 2012 undergraduate graduation only have a few more weeks to fill out an online application. The deadline is Feb. 27.

In addition to the $40 application fee, an additional late charge of $60 now applies.

Undergraduate applications will continue to be accepted online through Feb. 27.

If you have questions about a pending graduation, please visit the Department of Communication Advising office in Room 126 in the Fine Arts building. Advising hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.