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School of Communications publishes fall issue of undergraduate research journal

The School of Communications has published the Fall 2010 issue of the Elon Journal of Undergraduate Research in Communications, the first journal of its kind in the nation.

The online journal is at http://www.elon.edu/e-web/academics/communications/research.

The Council on Undergraduate Research catalogs 57 student research journals in the nation, and the Elon Journal is the only one that specifically publishes undergraduate student research in journalism, media and communications.

The Fall 2010 issue contains 10 research papers authored by School of Communications students. The lead article is titled "The Daily Show and Meta-Coverage: How Mock News Covers the Political Communications System." Other published articles focus on social media use, health communication strategies, public relations framing of a merger, podcast advertising, digital music, legality of live blogging from sports events and media framing of female presidential candidates.

The inaugural issue in Spring 2010 contained 12 research papers, with the lead article titled “Mom Just Facebooked Me and Dad Knows How to Text: Influences of Computer-Mediated Communication through Generations.”

Byung Lee, associate professor in the School of Communications, serves as journal editor. He assembled an editorial board of 17 Communications faculty members who participated in the multiple blind-review process to select the best student work.

“This journal reflects what we enjoy seeing in our students – intellectual maturing,” said Paul Parsons, dean of the School of Communications. “This journal celebrates the life of the intellect through undergraduate research. This journal helps reinforce all that we think a university should be.”

The journal is published online twice a year, with spring and fall issues.

Colin Donohue,
9/17/2010 3:18 PM