A number of
School of Communications faculty and staff members and students
have been invited to play important roles in the Broadcast Education
Association's annual conference in Las Vegas April 20 to 23. Groups
of students representing Elon Student Television, the radio station
WSOE and the Elon chapter of the Radio & Television News Directors
Association will make the trip to enjoy both BEA and National Association
of Broadcasters convention highlights.
Most Elon participation will come in the events of the Broadcast
Education Association conference.
is the vice-chairperson for the Faculty Interactive Multimedia Competition
Awards of BEA. Winners will be honored at the Media Arts Festival
April 22. Costello will also be the moderator and a panelist at
the session "Digital Storytelling 101: Teaching Basic Principles
of Design and Production in a Convergence Curriculum."His portion
of the presentation is titled "Digital Media Boot Camp: Laying the
Foundation of Transferable Concepts and Skills."
will join this panel, presenting "How the Mind and Eye Work: Visual
Theory and Digital Media Production."
will moderate a panel titled "Endangered Species: The TV Newsroom
Internship," which will examine a trend toward fewer slots for students
in the nation's newsrooms. In addition to Brian Trauring of WTVG-TV
Toledo, participants will include Jala Anderson, internship
director at Elon; Matt Belanger, a senior from Elon who has
already accepted a post-graduation job at KELO in Sioux Falls, S.D.;
and David Overton of Emerson College.
and Don Grady will be panelists for a session titled "Assessing
Media Education: Developing and Measuring Student-Learning Outcomes."
The panel will share useful information about the measurement of
student learning outcomes. The session was inspired by the greater
emphasis today on assessment in higher education. Legislatures and
regional and professional accrediting bodies are requiring programs
to not only explain who they are and what they do (an inputs model)
but also are requiring that programs document what their students
are learning (an outputs model). Parsons will discuss the use of
institutional data, surveys, interviews, and advisory boards. Grady
will focus on internships, competitions, and careers.
Grady and Connie
Book will make a presentation summarizing the results of their
NAB Research Grant-funded project "Consumer Adoption of New Radio
Distribution Systems." Book will also take part in the Research
Division Business Meeting, as a discussant of research in progress,
and she will moderate the presentation of the "Research in Progress"
competition Ð a separate session.
will participate in the panel "The Realities of Teaching Broadcast
Journalism in an Environment of Changing News Values." His segment
of the panel is titled "Convincing Students that Broadcast News
is Journalism, Not Just Another Reality Show."
with Elon senior Brandi Little and Harry Jessell, former
editor-in-chief of Broadcasting and Cable, to take first place in
the Open Research Competition in the Broadcast Education Association's
gender issues division. The research is titled "An Examination of
the Women Featured in Broadcasting and Cable."