Faculty engaged in research, community, campus

Posted 9-11-2015 by Barrie Hill

The Department of Communication prides itself on faculty members who are engaged in research projects, community and campus events and service learning opportunities.

Dr. Chyng-yang Jang presented an original research paper titled "The (Lack Of) Use of Facebook by Small Businesses” at the Social Media & Society 2015 International Conference in Toronto in July.

Communication Lecturer Stacy Salmon was invited to speak to the UTA McNair Scholars Program in July. Salmon assisted the students on oral presentation of research projects, including delivery tips on appropriate dress, eye contact and voice quality.

Broadcast Lecturer Lance Liguez spent summer months at KDFW –TV Fox 4 as part of a fellowship awarded by the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE). Liguez studied current newsroom practices, including social media strategies, which will serve as additional teaching material for broadcast writing and broadcast management classes. WITH PIC

Dr. Andrew Clark wrote an article about the shootings of Virginia broadcast Journalists Adam Ward and Alison Parker that was featured in The Conversation. http://theconversation.com/lessons-for-media-educators-from-the-virginia-on-air-shootings-46786

Students in Communication Lecturer Melanie Mason’s BCMN Broadcast Announcing connected with 2011 BCMN Alumnae Alanna Quillen at station KTBS, the ABC affiliate in Shreveport, LA through The CUBE. Quillen shared reactions to the Virginia shootings. Students learned what the reporter does to ensure her safety on live shots and what impacts the recent shootings may have on station policies.

BCMN Lecturer Julian Rodriguez, Department of Communication engineer Joe Carter, and broadcast students were also interviewed by local media for their reactions to the Journalists’  shootings and implications for student journalists.

Rodriguez
was honored by the Association of Opinion Journalist for his work with students and Spanish-language media. Rodriguez is the 2015 recipient of the Barry Bingham Sr. Fellowship, an award that “recognizes an educator’s outstanding efforts to encourage and mentor college students of color in the field of journalism.”

Rodriguez
traveled to Bogota, Colombia July 29- Aug. 4 to serve as a panelist for Information and Communication Technologies as a Mechanism to Fight Corruption at the Catholic University of Columbia. Rodriguez also traveled to Austin in August to attend a regional conference for the National Association for Hispanic Journalists. Rodriguez will also be traveling with 10 BCMN students this month to the NAHJ Excellence in Journalism conference in Orlando, FL. Rodriguez and the students will have the chance to meet with representatives from CNN, NBC, Universal, Univision, Telemundo, CBS, ABC, ESPN, and Fox, resulting in internship and job contacts for UTA students.