School of Communications
faculty members had one of their most prolific summers ever in 2004,
producing books, articles and presentations, working on research
projects and traveling all over North America and the world in service
to their scholarship and teaching - all this in addition to teaching
summer school sessions at Elon University.
served as a field office coordinator in the Institute for Shipboard
Education's Semester at Sea program. His ship, the Explorer, served
as a floating university for more than 500 college students and
visited eight countries. The itinerary included Russia, Korea, Japan,
Vietnam and China. Kenn was responsible for overseeing a shipboard
field office that planned, organized and implemented field practica
in each of the ports of call; these included university exchanges,
homestays and visits to attractions such as the Great Wall in China
and Hiroshima in Japan. A book proposal he co-prepared with Pat
Curtin at UNC-Chapel Hill was accepted by Sage Publishers. The book,
tentatively titled "Public Relations Theory: Culture, Power, and
Difference," is slated for completion in 2006.
completed his book on the press and the War of 1812, part of the
Greenwood series "U.S. Wars and Media," for which he is series editor.
He also edited 12 other books in the series this summer, including
a volume on World War II in the Pacific by Brad Hamm and one on
War from the Persian Gulf through the Iraq war by Brooke Barnett.
At AEJMC in Toronto, Copeland presented a paper in a myth and media
history session on setting the record straight on the colonial press.
Copeland also moderated the research session "Images, Criticism
and Reporting from the 19th Century." He served on an AEJMC panel
on how to publish your research in books. a book on the Press and
the War of 1812.
and George Padgett attended the UNITY Conference in Washington,
D.C., which included speaking appearances by President Bush, John
Kerry, Colin Powell and Jesse Jackson. Among the 8,000 attendees,
they met up with School of Communications Advisory Board members
Angel Hawthorne of HGTV and Bill Warren of Disney. Padgett has a
contract to produce a book on diversity.
Ward-Johnson attended an American Press Institute seminar in
June. She served as a discussant at the AEJMC conference in Toronto
in the research session "Let's Talk about Race: News, Health and
Community." She also moderated a teaching session on instituting
diversity in the curriculum.
"Digital Television: DTV and the Consumer" was introduced at AEJMC
by Blackwell Publishing (formerly Iowa State University Press).
She also completed field research examining the impact of high-definition
video on news package construction at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, with funding
from a summer research fellowship.
Makemson presented an AEJMC-Toronto research paper on the weapons
of character assassination, specifically the anti-Blaine political
cartoons during the 1884 presidential campaign. He also spent a
week in Columbia, S.C., at the University of South Carolina's Newsplex,
attending a workshop on converged media.
traveled across the United States - the typical wandering, inquisitive
Tom Nelson summer. He spent a good chunk of his time in Utah, and
he was a guest lecturer at Brigham Young University in Provo, working
with two classes focusing on television news reporting and producing.
He also wrote a guest column about the demise of a Greyhound bus
lines route that ran in a Sunday edition of the Bismarck (N.D.)
and Don Grady completed book chapters about indirect measures
of Assessment for the new title "Assessing Media Education," edited
by William G. Christ. Grady and Parsons, along with Brad Hamm,
led a large delegation of Elon faculty members to the annual AEJMC
conference in Toronto. Parsons
and Grady helped lead a half-day workshop on assessment at AEJMC.
Parsons led a session for teaching chairs of AEJMC divisions and
interest groups and introduced the Administrator of the Year award.
Hamm participated in a panel discussion on media coverage of immigration
and moderated a History Division research session on legacies of
World War II. Grady and Ray Johnson wrote and produced two
videos for an awards ceremony highlighting the National Journalism
Teacher of the Year and the National Journalism Administrator of
Grady moved his office to the main School of Communications suite
and began new responsibilities as Department Chair. This is the
second time he has held this position. He also moved his home to
Burlington after 19 years of commuting to Elon from the Research
and former Elon faculty member Betty Hatch began work on
a documentary film about David Rhodes, California's deputy attorney
general, a quadriplegic with an uplifting personal story.
presented a paper titled, "Who Broke Up These Two Families? Transnational
Coverage of a Japanese Abductee and Her American Husband" at the
International Communication Association annual conference in New
Orleans. His paper examines press coverage of Hitomi Soga and her
husband, Charles Robert Jenkins. Soga was one of at least a dozen
Japanese nationals abducted in the 1970s by North Korean agents.
Five finally returned to Japan in late 2002. While in North Korea,
she met and married Jenkins, who the Army lists as a 1965 deserter.
Their story remains in the news as the U.S. and Japanese governments
continue to sort out the status of Jenkins after he and their two
daughters joined Soga in Japan this summer. Scott also served as
a lecturer and judge for the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association's
summer institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Frontani worked on a research project at the Museum of Television
and Radio in Manhattan, in part thanks to a grant from Elon's Faculty
Research and Development fund. Frontani's study of the depiction
of the Beatles in the 1960s will be spun into a book to be published
by University Press of Mississippi.
traveled to Washington, D.C., to take part in the Summer Institute
on International Affairs. The workshops covering global issues were
taped and have been run as programming on CSPAN.
served as a judge at a national speech conference in Lynchburg,
Va. He traveled to Kenya for the fourth time over the past several
years, to spend several days training pastors. He spoke at a home-schooling
conference in Winston-Salem. He taught Interpersonal Communications
at Verity College in Michigan. He revised and expanded a book he
wrote in 1998 entitled "Who's Afraid of Public Speaking?" (It's
aimed at homeschoolers, but others have used it). He also started
writing a weekly column for the religion page of the Daily Times-News.
attended AEJMC in Toronto, where she co-presented a paper. She helped
set up and run focus-group research sessions for the Pew Internet
& American Life Project in July at Elon. She also created marketing
materials as a volunteer for an exhibit called "A Thousand Words:
Photographs by Vietnam Veterans" at the Sawtooth Center for Visual
Art in Winston-Salem.
presented a paper at the AEJMC conference co-authored with Barbara
Moore of Tennessee. It examined online fandom and audience activity.
Hatcher participated in events at AEJMC in Toronto in August.
On the drive to Toronto, he gathered research for his Media History
class from the Women's Rights Museum in Seneca Falls, N.Y., site
of the first summit organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and attended
by Frederick Douglass and other 19th century notables. Hatcher also
wrote an article on religious magazines for the Encyclopedia of
Religion, Communication, and Media, slated for publication in 2005.
worked with Evans Witt of Princeton Survey Research Associates and
Lee Rainie of the Pew Internet & American Life project to produce
a survey of internet luminaries gauging their projections for the
future of digital communications. The survey results will be publicized
along with the unveiling of the Elon/Pew Internet Predictions Database
sometime later this year. Anderson also worked on "Imagining
the Internet," a book based on the Elon/Pew predictions research.
In addition, she spent 18 days traveling across Europe, visiting
Italy, Croatia, Greece, France and Spain.