Vanessa Bravo receives top paper award at AEJMC

The associate professor of communications analyzed how U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto communicated during the first 100 days of Trump’s term regarding the community of Mexican immigrants living in the United States.

Maria De Moya (left) of De Paul University and Vanessa Bravo of Elon University receive their top poster award from Bryan McLaughlin of Texas Tech University. McLaughlin leads AEJMC’s Political Communication Interest Group. Photo courtesy of Jane O’Boyle
Vanessa Bravo, associate professor of communications, received the Top 3rd Faculty Paper Award from the Political Communication Interest Group (PCIG) at the 2018 conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). The annual event was held Aug. 6-9 in Washington, D.C.

Bravo presented a co-authored paper with Maria De Moya, associate professor of communications at DePaul University, titled “Contesting the ‘bad hombres’ narrative: How the U.S. and Mexican presidents attempt to shape migrants’ image in the media.”

​The co-authors analyzed how President Donald Trump and President Enrique Peña Nieto communicated during the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency about and to the community of Mexican immigrants living stateside. The article highlighted the opposing strategic narratives these presidents chose, using a theoretical framework for which one of the main theorists is Elon faculty member Laura Roselle, professor of political science and policy studies.

The PCIG is the association’s largest interest group with 158 members. This year, the interest group received 94 full-paper submissions, of which 46 were accepted for presentation after a blind review process. The paper produced by Bravo and De Moya was considered among the best three papers submitted by faculty members.

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication is a nonprofit, educational association of journalism and mass communication educators, students and media professionals. The association’s mission is to advance education, foster scholarly research, cultivate better professional practice and promote the free flow of communication.

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