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Greg Hall with yard sign
 
 

Yard signs placed all around campus, including the Quad, remind passersby to socially distance, wear face coverings, take the COVID-19 test, and more. The sign on the east side of Gregory Hall says: "It's a great day to practice smizing"—smiling with your eyes! 

 
   
 
 
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Faculty 
 

Cause to celebrate: Faculty promotions and new faculty

The College of Media congratulates two faculty members who have been promoted: Amanda Ciafone (Media & Cinema Studies) and Harsh Taneja (Advertising) began the semester with their new titles of Associate Professor with tenure. We also welcomed three new faculty members in August: Associate Professor Angela Aguayo (Media & Cinema Studies); Clinical Assistant Professor Chris Evans (Journalism); and Assistant Professor Jacob Fisher (Advertising).

 
 
 
Chambers and Reisner 
 

Inaugural Dean's Fellows to address diversity, equity, and inclusion, and experiential learning

Jason Chambers, associate professor of advertising, and Ann Reisner, associate professor of media and cinema studies, were appointed by Dean Tracy Sulkin as inaugural College of Media Dean’s Fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year to help address strategic priorities. Chambers will lead initiatives on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and Reisner will lead initiatives on experiential learning.

 
 
 
ICR 
 

Institute of Communications Research mission to advance interdisciplinary research continues with new leadership

The Institute of Communications Research, the doctoral program housed within the College of Media, will usher in the academic year with new leadership. This fall, Sela Sar, associate professor of advertising, and Mira Sotirovic, associate professor of journalism and Karin and Folke Dovring Scholar in Propaganda, will serve as the ICR’s director and director of graduate studies, respectively. 

 
 
 
Interns 
 

Department of Journalism offers paid summer internships for students

In the aftermath of COVID-19, many students found themselves without summer internships or summer jobs. Some had internships that were canceled, while others were still searching for any available opportunities.

 
   
 
 
Faculty Research
 
 
 
Usher and Ng 
 

Journalists’ Twitter use shows them talking within smaller bubbles

Journalists in Washington, D.C., have long been accused of living in a “Beltway bubble,” isolated from the broader public, talking too much to each other. Their interactions on Twitter, however, show them congregating in even smaller “microbubbles,” according to a recent study by journalism professors Nikki Usher and Yee Man Margaret Ng. This raises "additional concerns about vulnerability to groupthink and blind spots,” they said.

 
 
 
Valdivia 
 

Valdivia elected a fellow in the International Communication Association

Receiving one of the highest honors in the broad field of communication studies, Angharad Valdivia, Institute of Communications Research professor, has been elected a fellow in the International Communication Association. As part of the ICA Fellows Class of 2020, Valdivia is recognized for her record of distinguished scholarly contributions to the field.

 
   
 
 
Virtual Events
 
 
 
Author books 
 

Blackness and Anti-Blackness in American Public Life

Friday, September 25
3-4:30 p.m. CST
Register to join via Zoom

Blackness has been (and continues to be) under attack globally, but particularly within our country. As colleges and universities across America begin to grapple with some of the wider ranging and material effects of racism, particularly anti-Blackness, three scholars will hold a joint book talk to chart cultural histories of Blackness through law, politics, and media. Featuring authors Lisa M. Corrigan, Alfred L. Martin, Jr., and Anjali Vats, this symposium is co-sponsored by the Institute of Communications Research and the Department of Communication.

 
 
 
Ebert Symposium Series 
 

Ebert Symposium Series

The Movie Industry in a Time of Change
Thursday, October 8

Documentary Film and Social Change
Thursday, October 22

Representation in Media
Thursday, November 5

The 2020 Chaz & Roger Ebert Symposium will be presented as a virtual series this fall, bringing together filmmakers and scholars to discuss a variety of issues relevant to the media industry. The series, which is free and open to the public, will premiere on October 8 with a panel moderated by Ebertfest co-founder Chaz Ebert and Ebertfest director Nate Kohn. College of Media faculty members will moderate the panels on October 22 and November 5. Each event will be broadcast on both the Ebertfest YouTube channel and Facebook page at 5 p.m. CST on their respective dates. 

 
 
   
 
 

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