GRADUATE AWARDS/2010-2011 Lokey Awards: Arthur Santana, Randall Livingstone 

Price Outstanding History Paper: Mara Williams
Price Scholarships: Lauren Bratslavsky; Mara Williams
Outstanding Dissertation: Andre Sirois
Outstanding Strategic Communication Project: Luke Kintigh
Outstanding Journalism Project: Lisa Heyamoto
Starlin Award: Teddy Workneh
Outstanding GTF Award, Ph.D.: Jacob Dittmer
Outstanding GTF Award, Master’s: Lisa Heyamoto
Politz Awards for Continuing Writers: Catherine Ryan Gregory; Chris Wig 

Kati Tusinski Berg (Ph.D., 2006) has published her article, “Hired Guns and Moral Torpedoes: Balancing the Competing Moral Duties of the Public Relations Professional” (with K. Gibson), in PRism. She is also Chair of the Media Ethics Division of AEJMC this year.

Pat Curtin, Tiffany Gallicano, and Kelli Matthews’ paper, “Millennials’ Approaches to Ethical Decision Making: A Survey of Young Public Relations Agency Employees,” was accepted for the Public Relations Journal (Vol. 5, No. 2), and is available at:

Tiffany Gallicano and Katie Stansberry’s paper, “Communication with Diverse Audiences through a Case Study Approach,” was accepted for Public Relations Review. Tiffany also published, “Relationship Outcomes in an Organisation with a Mechanical Structure” (with co-author Teresa Heisler) in PRism, which is available at: She also has been invited to join the editorial board of the Journal of Public Relations Research.

An article by Harsha Gangadharbatla, Toby Hopp, and Kim Sheehan, “Changing User Motivations for Social Networking Site Usage,” has been tentatively scheduled to appear in Volume 7, Number 2 of the International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising. They also have submitted a book chapter titled, “How Motivations for Social Media Usage Can Change and
What it Means for E-businesses,” to be included in Cain Evans and Eldon Li (eds.), Social Media and E- Business Transformation (IGI Global).

Over the summer, Michael Huntsberger (Ph.D., 2007) produced a 25-minute documentary video. The Pinot Chronicles tells the story of the International Pinot Noir Celebration, the annual event that brings together international Pinot Noir producers, journalists, wine and food enthusiasts, and Northwest chefs for a weekend of tasting, dining, and learning. The video premiered at this year’s 25th anniversary IPNC in McMinnville, Oregon.

Ammina Kothari’s (MA, 2008) review of Bella Mody’s book, The Geopolitics of Representation in Foreign News: Explaining Darfur (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010), was published in the August 2011 issue of Journalism.

Early September, Peter Laufer sped 3,900 miles from DC to San Francisco in a big Buick from Hertz, retracing his post-9/11 route, searching for the interviewees he spoke with ten years ago. A series of his reports ran in the San Francisco Chronicle, and he is working with Matt Schmidt and his students producing a documentary film based on the now and then interviews. Calexico: True Lives of the Borderlands was just published by the University of Arizona Press, and the third of the animal trilogy, No Animals Were Harmed, will be released by Lyons Press in October. Peter returned to Jordan in June, where he and colleagues from UNESCO and Iraqi universities and technical schools completed work on a draft reformed curriculum for journalism education in Iraq. The recommendations are before the Ministry of Higher Education.

Randall Livingstone’s article, “Better at Life Stuff: Consumption, Identity, and Class in Apple’s ‘Get a Mac’ Campaign,” was published in the Journal of Communication Inquiry in July. Randall is presenting two posters, “A Scourge to the Pillar of Neutrality: A WikiProject Fighting Systemic Bias,” and “Places on the Map and in the Cloud: Representations of Locality and Geography in Wikipedia,” at the International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration (WikiSym) in Mountain View, California, October 3-5. Also, his paper, “Medium Matters: Newsreaders’ Recall and Engagement with Online and Print Newspapers,” was featured in Jack Shafer’s “Press Box” column in Slate magazine on August 19th.

Ed Madison will be a guest presenter at Journalism Interactive, a conference on journalism education and digital media, at the University of Maryland, October 28-29. ( The topic is “Creating Digital Student Publications for iPads” and his presentation will feature documentary highlights of SOJC students engaged in assembling the OR Magazine project this past spring. Ed is UO’s 2011 recipient of the University Club of Portland Foundation Fellowship Award, which will be presented to him at an awards banquet on November 9th in Portland. Ed presented two papers: “Digital Natives, Journalism and Civic Engagement: Cultivating Citizenship with Technology,” and “Hyperlocal News Internships and Digital Practicums: Blurring the Distinction Between Students and Professionals,” at the AEJMC conference in August.

Kim Mangun (Ph.D., 2005) presented new research at AEJMC in August in a paper titled, “Marshall ‘Major’ Taylor and the Summer of 1910: Salt Lake City Newspapers Cover the Bicycle Racer’s Final Season.” She also is presenting new research at AJHA in October in a paper titled, “‘A Giant in Birmingham’: Editor Emory Overton Jackson and the Fight for Civil Rights in Alabama in 1950.”

Joy Chavez Mapaye (Ph.D., 2010) has been selected by the University of Alaska Anchorage’s College of Arts and Sciences as the featured faculty researcher for its fall Relevant Research event. Joy will present her research titled, “The Evolution of Television: How TV Shapes our Lives in the New Digital Ecosystem.” The featured faculty member receives a $1,000 honorarium.

Jane Marcellus (Ph.D., 2004) will present an invited panel presentation at AJHA. Her presentation is titled, “Imagining the Self: The Struggle for Women’s Self-Representation in a Myth-Saturated Culture,” and will be included on a panel titled, Gender Through Cultural Myths.” “Girls, Gaps, and Miss-Conceptions: Press Constructions of Gender Through Cultural Myths.”

Mark Massé’s (MS, 1994) latest work of narrative nonfiction, Trauma Journalism: On Deadline in Harm’s Way, will be published October 6th by Continuum International Publishing (NY, London). For more information, see Mark’s website (

Randy Nichols (Ph.D., 2005) presented two papers at the IAMCR Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, in July: “Playing At Economics: Video Games as Economic Educator,” and “The Economic Impact of Video Game Ratings Systems Internationally.” He also contributed the cover photo for the most recent Democratic Communiqué, the Union for Democratic Communication’s journal, which has moved to an online, open journal system. In August, Randy presented his exhibition, “Independent of What? Ways Out of the Mainstream Industry’s Shadow,” as part of the In Media Res theme week on independent game development in August (his exhibition can be viewed at:…). And his chapter, “Who Plays, Who Pays? Mapping Video Game Production and Consumption Globally,” will be published as part of a forthcoming collection on global video gaming to be published by Palgrave.

Andy Opel (MS, 1998) published his first children’s book this summer, The Witches: A Winnipesaukee Adventure.

Jon Palfreman filmed in Japan and the US for his forthcoming FRONTLINE documentary about the Fukushima nuclear accident. The show is slated to air on November 8.

John Russial and Arthur Santana’s paper, “Newspapers Favor Specialization, not Role Convergence, in Most Jobs,” has been published in the Newspaper Research Journal Summer 2011 issue. Russial also was discussant for the top student papers panel in the Communications Technology Division at AEJMC.

Kathleen Ryan (Ph.D., 2009) will present “Style + Substance: Crafting a Uniform Work Identity,” at the 2011 annual meeting of the Oral History Association in Denver. She was elected head of the Electronic News Division (former Radio Television News Division) at the AEJMC conference in St. Louis in August. Kathleen also sends thanks to everyone who backed her “Homefront Heroines” project on Kickstarter. The project made 120% of its goal and a new website will be launched on October 7th at

Arthur Santana’s paper, “Online Readers’ Comments Represent News Opinion Pipeline,” was published in the Newspaper Research Journal Summer 2011 issue.

Kim Sheehan’s new book, Small Business Smarts: Building Buzz with Social Media, written with UO alums Steve O’Leary and Sterling Lentz, was published at the end of June. The book uses in-depth interviews with several dozen small business owners to provide a comprehensive view of the opportunities and challenges that small businesses face. Also this summer, Kim completed a book chapter on the FTC Green Guides to be published in a new book on advertising and consumer research about the environment. Some of that chapter will be used in a presentation at the Go Green Portland conference on October 4th, where Kim and Enviromedia President Val Davis will present the luncheon keynote. She also will be speaking on social media, communication theory, and cyberbullying at the Knight Law School in October.

Carol Stabile has published, “’The Typhoid Marys of the Left’: Gender, Race, and the Broadcast Blacklist,” in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (September 2011); “’We Can Remember It For You Wholesale’: Lessons of the Broadcast Blacklist,” in Moment of Danger: Critical Communication History, Janice Peck and Inger Stole (eds.), Marquette University Press; and “The Nightmare Voice of Feminism,” in The Renewal of Cultural Studies, Paul Smith (ed.), Temple University Press. Over the summer, Carol also presented a keynote address at the Association for Cultural Studies’ first summer institute at the University of Ghent, in Belgium, and attended Console-ing Passions in Adelaide, Australia, with two current SOJC grads and two incoming grads.

Katie Stansberry’s paper, “Mapping Mommy Bloggers: Using Online Social Network Analysis to Study Publics,” was accepted for publication in PRism. She presented, “Growing a Blog-based Community: Building Traffic and Promoting Reader Engagement,” at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference in Philadelphia in June. Katie also participated in the

Health Communication Doctoral Fellowship program at the Cancer Communication Research Center in Denver. The three-day immersion program is designed to encourage promising scholars to pursue projects in cancer communication research.

Leslie Steeves and Janet Kwami (Ph.D., 2010) completed a chapter for an edited collection, Development Communication in Directed Social Change: A Reappraisal of Theories & Approaches, Srinivas R. Melkote (ed.), Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC). Leslie spent several days this summer as an external examiner for the School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana, evaluating master’s theses and final exam marks.

Mickey Stellavato helped organize the 2nd annual Digital Storytelling Festival, which will take place October 7th featuring stories of trauma and healing from UO students and community members. She also will begin photography work on the new campaign for the Institute for Equity and Diversity, “Many Voices, One Oregon,” which features portraits and biographies of various and diverse UO community members.

Jessalynn Strauss’s (Ph.D., 2010) article, “Public (Relations) Disturbances and Civil Disobedience: Why I Use ‘The Yes Men Fix the World’ to Teach Public Relations Ethics,” has been accepted for a special edition of Public Relations Review focusing on public relations teaching and pedagogy. The article describes how using the documentary can open up discussion about important critical issues in public relations. Jessalynn also has been selected as a 2011-2012 Fellow by the UNLV Center for Gaming Research. After her two-week residency at the UNLV Special Collections Library in March 2012, she will give a talk and produce a paper on the history of public relations in the Las Vegas casino industry.

Janet Wasko presented the paper, “Critical Crossroads or Parallel Routes?: Political Economy and New Approaches to Studying Media Industries and Cultural Products” (with Eileen Meehan), at the IAMCR conference in Istanbul in July. She also presented one of the plenary addresses at the Political Economy of Communication conference at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand in early September.

Teddy W. Workneh’s article, “War Journalism or Peace Journalism? A Case Study of U.S. and British Newspapers Coverage of the Somali Conflict,” has been published in The Global Media Journal: Mediterranean Edition Spring 2011, 6(1).

Professional News

Raul Reis (Ph.D., 1998) has accepted the position of Dean of the School of Journalism and Mass

Communication at Florida International University in Miami. He begins the new job this December.