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VIP visitors enlighten faculty, students

Seven accomplished communications professors from around the world shared information with faculty members and students at the School of Communications in three separate visits the week of May 20-24.

Phil Jeter, a Florida A&M professor spending this year as a visiting professor at Marshall University (West Virginia's oldest university), spent May 20 at Elon. He gave a talk to faculty members on "The Reality of Black Ownership of Electronic Media," a piece of research in progress. He also spoke about a book he is writing outlining the history of the first black newspaper in Los Angeles. Jeter has been a member of 17 site visit teams for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. He also shared observations on the ways schools of communication can work toward accreditation success.

Margaret "Peggy" Blanchard, Kenan Professor in Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, spent time with faculty on campus May 21. She is the author of "Revolutionary Sparks: Freedom of Expression in Modern America," "Exporting the First Amendment: The Press-Government Crusade of 1945-1952" and "History of the Mass Media in the United States: An Encyclopedia."

On May 23, Elon hosted the seminar "International Perspectives: Communication Research Trends in Turkey and the United States." The visit was a joint project sponsored by the Elon University School of Communications and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Serra Gorpe of Istanbul University spoke on "The History and Development of Public Relations in Turkey." Dr. Erkan Yuksel of Anadolu University gave a talk titled "The Function of the Turkish National Security Council in the Agenda-Setting Process." Following the presentations by the guest lecturers from Turkey, a four-person panel tackled the topic "Building Community Agendas: News Writing and Reporting in Horizontal Society." The group was led by renowned researcher and teacher Donald Shaw of UNC-Chapel Hill. Other panelists included Brad Hamm of Elon, Maria Marron of Central Michigan University and Charles McKenzie of UNC-Chapel Hill.

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