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School of Communications publishes Fall 2013 issue of research journal

This semester's edition marks the eighth in the history of the Elon Journal.

The School of Communications has published the Fall 2013 issue of the Elon Journal of Undergraduate Research in Communications, featuring student work on topics ranging from the gaming experience to the latest presidential election.

The online journal is at http://www.elon.edu/e-web/academics/communications/research.

The Fall 2013 issue contains nine research papers authored by School of Communications students. The lead article focuses on how to define the concept of film authorship, using “Blade Runner” and “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” as case studies. Other articles in this edition include image restoration strategies of college athletes, how social media and study abroad experiences intertwine, the construction of Southern identity via reality TV, and the appeal of athletic ads to Generation Y women.

Accompanying the online articles are video introductions by the authors, who explain their research methods and their interest in the topics they chose to study.

Byung Lee, associate professor in the School of Communications, serves as journal editor. He assembled an editorial board of 25 Communications faculty members who participated in the multiple blind-review process to select the best student work.

The Elon Journal began in Spring 2010, with spring and fall editions each year. The Fall 2013 journal marks the eighth edition.

“Each semester I’m fascinated by the research topics that students pursue,” said Paul Parsons, dean of the School of Communications. “Their research reflects intellectual maturing based on a natural curiosity about the world around them.”

The Council on Undergraduate Research catalogs 120 student research journals in the nation, and the Elon Journal is the only one that focuses on undergraduate student research in journalism, media and communications.

Colin Donohue,
11/27/2013 10:25 AM