Journalism Profs Attend AEJMC Conference

Posted 9-14-2016 by Marti Harvey

Associate Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith, JOUR, Assistant Professor Dustin Harp, JOUR, and Lecturer Marti Harvey, JOUR, attended the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference held in Minneapolis in early August.

Harp presented her research titled “Rape, storytelling and social media: How Twitter interrupted the news media’s ability to construct collective memory.” Louisiana State University’s Josh Grimm and University of Oklahoma’s Jaime Loke co-authored the research. This study investigates the concept of how social media, coupled with citizen’s voices, interacts with mainstream media in the telling of a story and the construction of collective memory.


Harvey served on the Strategic Planning Committee. The committee proposed a sixth direction for the organization’s strategic plan and the new direction was approved by the board on Aug. 7. The new direction states that one of the goals of the organization is to “Transform teaching, scholarship and service to promote storytelling, innovation and engagement across platforms.”

AEJMC is a nonprofit, educational association of journalism and mass communication educators, students and media professionals. The Association’s mission is to promote the highest possible standards for journalism and mass communication education, to cultivate the widest possible range of communication research, to encourage the implementation of a multi-cultural society in the classroom and curriculum and to defend and maintain freedom of communication in an effort to achieve better professional practice and a better informed public.