School of Communications hosts AEJMC Southeast Colloquium

The three-day virtual event, which features numerous Elon faculty and students, kicked off with a moderated discussion with Nikole Hannah-Jones, founder of the 1619 project, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times Magazine reporter.

Beginning on Thursday, March 18, the School of Communications hosts the 2021 AEJMC Southeast Colloquium, a three-day virtual event featuring roundtable discussions, research panels, and authored and co-authored papers and presentations. This year’s colloquium theme centers on mentorship.

The program and logo for the the 2021 AEJMC Southeast Colloquium were created by Elon University senior Samantha Haseley.

The oldest and most successful regional journalism and mass communication meeting, the Southeast Colloquium has often given students their first crack at presenting their scholarly research at an academic conference. And the 2021 edition is no exception.

This year’s conference kicked off with a moderated discussion with Nikole Hannah-Jones, founder of the 1619 project, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times Magazine reporter. Joining Communications Dean Rochelle Ford in this conversation with Hannah-Jones are Dion Cummings G’21, an interactive media graduate student, and Maeve Ashbrook ’21, a senior journalism major. During the colloquium, Jack Taylor ’21 will live tweet news and events with the hashtag #aejmcsec2021.

The colloquium is jam-packed with Elon contributions:

  • Megan Boericke ’20, G’21 presents “Crowdsourcing Qualitative Feedback for Twitch Audience Analysis” – Friday, 8 a.m.
  • Associate Professor Dan Haygood will present “The Contributions of Sportscaster Bill Currie to the Rise of UNC and ACC Basketball” – Friday, 9:30 a.m.
  • Associate Professor Vanessa Bravo will co-present “Twitter Messaging by the ‘Hardliners’ Versus the New Cuban Diaspora” – Friday, 11 a.m.
  • Claire Latimer ’22 and Assistant Professor Shaina Dabbs present “#JumpingThroughHoops: A Case Study on Differences in Marketing Men’s and Women’s Basketball on Twitter” – Friday, 5 p.m.
  • Jackson Spivey ’21 will present “Conflict Made Visible: A Content Analysis of the Murals of Northern Ireland” – Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
  • Professor Naeemah Clark will join Elon faculty colleagues Buffie Longmire-Avital, Amy Johnson and Cherrel Miller Dyce in a panel titled, “Mentoring Faculty toward Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Anti-Racism” – Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
  • Associate Professor Bill Anderson will present his top faculty paper titled, “Can Public Relations Overcome Anti-Semitism?: War Refugee Board Public Relations During World War II” – Saturday, 10 a.m.
  • Amanda Gibson ’21 and Associate Professor Glenn Scott will present “Journalists’ Dilemma: Human Rights Coverage during the Argentinian 1978 World Cup” – Saturday, 10 a.m.

Other colloquium highlights include Assistant Professor Shannon Zenner’s work spearheading the event’s Creative Contest, a competition for all members of AEJMC and the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), and Associate Professor Vic Costello’s work to help facilitate a collaboration between BEA and AEJMC with a Friday research panel, titled “Grand Plans and Great Expectations,” featuring Associate Professor Derek Lackaff, who directs the Interactive Media graduate program.

Associate Dean Kenn Gaither served as the colloquium’s director and was supported by Genevieve Barnes and Samantha Haseley ’21.

For a comprehensive list of all Elon contributions as faculty moderators, discussants and panelists, view the colloquium’s program. Visit the colloquium’s website,, for more information. Registration is free to all Elon faculty and students.