School of Communications
faculty member Vic Costello participated in a conference hosted
by the University of South Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass
Communications October 14-16. The conference theme was The Digital
Revolution: The Impact of Digital Media and Information Technologies.
included more than 60 journalism and communications educators from
across the United States. Costello moderated the panel "Media
Without Borders! Practical Advice for Designing an Introductory
Skills Course." His presentation, "The Backpack Professor:
Teaching Digital Storytelling in a Convergence Era" evolved
out of his involvement teaching Digital Media Convergence (JCM 220),
a relatively new core requirement for communications and Journalism
majors at Elon.
in the panel included Christopher R. Harris, a photojournalist and
visual communication professor from Middle Tennessee State University;
Ed Youngblood, who teaches courses in digital media production and
web design at Texas Tech University; and Cher Cornett, Program Coordinator
of the Digital Media Center at East Tennessee State University.
For more information,
here is a link to the conference webpage: http://www.jour.sc.edu/pages/blog/index.htm.
had a busy fall. He directed the 2004 Electronic Retailing Association
Awards Show at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas Sept. 27. The awards
show celebrated the 20th anniversary of the infomercial and featured
a guest appearance by television host and actress Daisy Fuentes.
Elon student Daniel Turk accompanied Costello and served as a convention
intern and production assistant for a daily video digest for ERA's
annual convention and trade show.
of the convention were shot and edited on site and distributed to
conference attendees via the hotel's in-house cable system. The
Electronic Retailing Association is the trade association for companies
who use the medium of direct response to sell goods and services
to the public on television, online and on radio.
served as a director and production consultant to ERA for 12 years.
He also found
out in October that his article "Cultural Outlaws: An Examination
of Audience Activity and Online Television Fandom" has been
accepted for publication in Television and New Media. The article
is co-written with Dr. Barbara Moore of the University of Tennessee.