…Peter Laufer is back with his third book in a trilogy that explores the way humans interact with animals. The attack of a trainer at Sea World by a killer whale in February 2010 is the catalyst for this examination of the controversial role animals have played in the human arenas of entertainment and sports. From the Romans throwing Christians to lions to cock-fighting in present-day California, from abusive Mexican circuses to the thrills of a Hungarian counterpart, from dog training to shooting strays in the Baghdad streets, Laufer looks at the ways people have used animals for their pleasure. The reader travels with Laufer as he encounters fascinating people and places, and as he ponders the ethical questions that arise from his quest.
“This book is a wild romp through backyards and bedrooms full of exotic—sometimes dangerous—creatures. And it is an exploration of the human psyche: What drives some people to become outlaws just to satisfy their desire to subjugate nature’s other beasts? Laufer has hit another home run.”
—Mark Bauman, National Geographic Society
Carol Ann Bassett moderated a panel with Cecilia Alvear, “Galapagos: Challenges for the Evolution of Journalism in the Islands Darwin Made Famous” at the Society of Environmental Journalists 21st Annual Conference in Miami on Oct. 22nd. Alvear is former director of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a board member of UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc. Carol Ann was also invited to lecture on conservation issues in the Galapagos at Pacific University’s Biology Department on Dec. 10th.
Kati Tusinski Berg (Ph.D., 2006) received a $3500 from the Center for Teaching and Learning at Marquette University to develop an online version of ADPR 1800 Principles of Public Relations which will be offered summer of 2012.
Over the summer, Tom Bivins redesigned the J397: Media Ethics course website to include a series of “Ethics Comics.” They’re designed to augment class lectures/presentations and readings. This is an ongoing project with seven comics completed so far. They can be downloaded in pdf format at: http://j397mediaethics.weebly.com/ethics-comics.html. He also designed a series of reproductions of early American print publications (newspapers, advertisements, and books). Each reproduction uses text transcribed from the originals (which are often in poor condition), set in period type, close to or exact dimensions and page color/texture, and designed to look as if they had just come off the press. These will be used to introduce students to the look and language of 18th century journalism. You can view these in high resolution at: http://j387communicationhistory.weebly.com/index.html (under “images” on the menu)
Ashley Fogle (Ph.D., 2002) is now lecturer at Cal State University San Marcos, where she is teaching a course on the political economy of mass media. She is working on extending her dissertation research on media coverage of the “anti-globalization” movement to the current Occupy Wall Street movement.
Tiffany Gallicano and Katie Stansberry’s manuscript titled “Assessment of a diversity assignment used in a PR principles course” was accepted to Communication Teacher and will likely be published in April 2012.
Following the massacre of so-called exotic pets in Ohio, Peter Laufer published op-eds in the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. He presented a paper titled “Is Crowd Sourcing a Threat to Journalists” at the Gutenberg University Convergence Conference in Mainz. His book, Slow News: Manifesto per un concumo critico dell’informazione, was published in Milan.
Twange Kasoma has accepted an invitation to serve on the advisory board of the Global Media Journal – American Edition. Additionally, on Oct. 26, she served as a panelist on a community event organized by YWCA (Bristol, Virginia) in conjunction with Blue Ridge PBS focusing on women’s roles in peace and conflict resolution as part of a five-part PBS series on “Women, War and Peace.” Her role on the panel was to discuss media portrayal of women in war. The event made front-page news in the local newspaper, Bristol Herald Courier, and is available at http://www2.tricities.com/news/2011/oct/27/melila-preptit-knows-somethin… 1413470/
Ed Madison’s research paper on 4th and 5th grade journalists who covered one of President Obama’s rallies for John Kitzhaber was accepted from among 11,000 entries for presentation at the American Education Research Association (AERA) annual conference, taking place in Vancouver, BC in April. AERA is the dominant academic research association in education. Ed and Alina Padilla-Miller are working with a team to establish JAM (Journalism, Arts & Media), a network of after school programs that expose K-12 students to journalism. They have produced a Youtube video that documents their work: (http://bit.ly/skbKJa). Additionally, Ed will present “Publishing to Mobile Devices Taught by the University of Oregon,” a live webinar sponsored by Adobe and the Chronicle for Higher Education on November 10, 2011 at 10am Pacific. (http://adobe.ly/t0eTRb )
Gabriela Martínez’ and Sonia De La Cruz’ proposal for a panel/workshop presentation on International Media Community Service at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) 2012 has been accepted.
Greg Blake Miller (Ph.D., 2010) was named Nevada’s Outstanding Journalist of 2011 by the Nevada Press Association, the state’s highest individual honor. He is managing editor of Vegas Seven Magazine.
Bryce Peake’s manuscript entitled “The aural politics of colonial space on Main Street Gibraltar” has been accepted for publication in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies.
Randy Nichols (Ph.D., 2005) appeared as a panelist on Action Speaks, a radio program that airs in 300 markets across the U.S. He was a panelist for the episode “The Birth of Pong and Video Games.”
Kathleen Ryan (Ph.D., 2009) Debbie Macey (Ph.D., 2008) organized a panel for the NCA conference on “The Voice from the Hearth: Television’s Role in the Social Construction of Self.” Debbie is the moderator of the panel and Kathleen is the respondent. The panel is part of a larger project on the role of television in identity and learning, tentatively entitled “Everything I Know I Learned from Television.” Kathleen is also presenting research entitled “Augmenting the Voice of Oral History: One Step Beyond the Screen and Web” on a panel about the role of multimedia in ethnographic research. She has also been invited to show a preview of the film, “Homefront Heroines,” at the Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium in Washington, D.C. on March 5-6, 2012. The event is a gathering of women from all the branches of military service and next year will be honoring the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the WAVES. The film is scheduled to premiere in September 2012 at the WAVES National Biennial Convention in Orlando, FL.
Fatoumata Sow had a paper accepted for a conference entitled, “Gender and the Media in Africa,” organized by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). The conference was held in Cairo, Egypt, 1-3 November.
Janet Wasko presented the keynote lecture entitled, “Intersections between Feminism and Political Economy in Communications: How Capitalism and Patriarchy Influence Women’s Development in Media Industries,” at a seminar at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) on Oct. 27. While in Mexico City, she was interviewed by one of the government television channels about the US media. She also has been invited to serve on the International Advisory Board of the new ICA-Wiley series of sub-disciplinary encyclopedias that has grown out of the International Encyclopedia of Communication.
David Weiss (MA, 2002) will present a paper titled, “ ‘The Whole Thing Is In God’s Hands’: Post-Disaster Media Messages about Deity and Prayer” at the NCA conference in New Orleans. He also will be the respondent for an NCA panel entitled “Narratives in Opposition: Exploring the Construction of and Choices between Contemporary Religious Narratives.”
Kyu Ho Youm has signed a contract with Kluwer Law International in The Netherlands to contribute to its International Encyclopedia of Laws project. He will prepare a manuscript of 100,000 words on South Korean media law by December 2012. His book review of Ashley Packard’s Digital Media Law (2010) has been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Educator (Autumn 2011). He presented a research paper and chaired a panel at the East Asian Law and Society conference in Seoul in late September, as well as delivering a guest lecture on American libel and privacy law at the Seoul National University Law School. Meanwhile, Forbes.com’s columnist Ben Kerschberg has noted Kyu Ho Youm’s tweeting (@MarshallYoum) in “Eight Great Law & Technology Resources”:
Professor Youm uses Twitter as his own online collection of research note cards—an invaluable resource for him. The kicker, of course, is that he shares that research with all of us. In addition to his expertise—even with only 140 characters, his Tweets are filled with commentary—the key to his feed is focus. Any First Amendment scholar will learn from them without having to worry about the intrusion of unrelated topics or social discussions. It’s no surprise that his feed has been internationally recognized as “one of the best media and law resources on Twitter.” In my opinion, this is Twitter at its best when it comes to research, and is a perfect and easy model to follow—or at least aspire. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/benkerschberg/2011/09/14/eight-great-law-tec…)