Costello teaches at USC;
directs Vegas awards show


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.

Participants 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.

Other participants 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:

Costello has 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.

Activities 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.

Costello has 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.



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