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5/25/16

  • Dr. Robert Peaslee will co-chair the opening panel at the 2016 Comic Con International Comic Arts Conference in San Diego, CA, entitled "The Joker: A serious study of the Clown Prince of Crime."
  • Dr. Miglena Sternadori will present her paper "Damaged women, godlike men: rape mythologies in news coverage of Bill Cosby and Inder Kumar" at ICA in June, which she co-authored with recent COMC doctoral graduate Lindsey Blumell. Dr. Sternadori will also assume the Chair of the Magazine Division at AEJMC this summer.
  • Dr. Lily Luo learned recently that a paper for which she is first author - Luo, Y., Burley, H., Moe, A., & Sui, M. (2016). "A meta-analysis of news media's agenda-setting effects, 1972-2015" - has won the top faculty paper and top theory paper award in the Communication Theory & Methodology Division at AEJMC in August. She will also present a second paper at AEJMC.

5/2/16

  • Ashlyn Tubbs, EMC 2014, picked up a Regional Edward R. Murrow award from RTNDA on April 19! Her story Love and Order that aired on KCBD-TV will be up for a national Murrow later in the year! Here's a link to the story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE4jZNRd_VM

4/14/16

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  • The book "Marvel Comics into Film: Essays on Adaptions Since the 1940s," which was edited by Texas Tech faculty and staff members Robert Peaslee, Matthew McEniry and Robert Weiner, is now available for purchase.

    Peaslee, chairperson of the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media in the College of Media & Communication, said the book was the result of trying to trace the early development of what has become the "Marvel Cinematic Universe."

    "This book came out of a fascination with the rise of Marvel Studios as a filmmaking force in American cinema, something that one takes for granted today, but for decades prior to the late-2000s was more or less unimaginable," Peaslee said.

    McEniry, an assistant metadata librarian at Texas Tech, said the project that launched the book began in September 2014, and, when the editors submitted the draft, it was a total of 570 pages.

    "The volume itself is a unique look into the historical machinations of what worked and what failed before the Marvel Cinematic Universe beginning with 2008's Iron Man," McEniry said. "While some modern films appear in the chapters, most are focused on what has transpired between the 1940s and early 2000s in film, television, and other Marvel-themed media."

    Weiner, a popular culture/humanities librarian at Texas Tech, called the Marvel Universe "one of the most vast and complicated networks in the history of graphic narrative storytelling," and he said that with more than 3,000 characters to work with, it is natural that many of them would have filmic iterations.

    "We included essays on animated films such as the Japanese Tomb of Dracula, Black Panther, Ultimate Avengers and Planet Hulk," Weiner said. "In addition, we have essays on films that were licensed properties at the time the films were made during the 1980s like Conan, Transformers, My Little Pony and G.I. Joe."

    Peaslee noted that most of the book explores lesser-known Marvel properties, their adaptation into feature film properties, their relationship to the television industry, and the way their histories underpin the phenomenon they have become today.

    "We hope the book provides useful perspective on the Marvel Cinematic Universe as something long in gestation, a product of countless fits and starts, and as a network of international affiliations and relationships that go back to the earliest days of the superhero phenomenon," Peaslee said.

    McEniry said the intent of the editors was to create a book that gives the most historical context of Marvel productions and includes international influences, balanced by enough theory to keep it interesting.

    "If you've always wanted to know more about the Japanese and Toei influence on Marvel, the rock-and-roll adventure in Transformers: the Movie (1988), critical and post feminism commentary of the super heroine Elektra, Captain America's journey to the silver screen, or why Howard the Duck (1986) was a really bad movie, then this book has something in it that will be sure to grab your attention," McEniry said. 

    Weiner said he has had the idea for book for years, and he hopes readers can appreciate how much Marvel has grown and changed over the years and how that change relates to society.

    "We hope readers will come away with a greater understanding of how sequential art characters are translated to film throughout history and come away with just how important these characters are to the collective consciousness of our global society," Weiner said.


3/9/16

  • Justin Rex, a junior electronic media & communication major, was named as a finalist in Photographer's Forum's 36th annual College & High School Photography Contest.

    Rex said his entry photo depicts a candlelight vigil held by the Texas Tech French Club for the victims of the Paris, France terrorist attacks, at Memorial Circle on Nov. 18, 2015, and it was taken while he was on assignment for the Daily Toreador, the Texas Tech student newspaper. 

    "I learned about this competition while still in community college and had a finalist photo in last year's competition as well," Rex said. "With that experience I chose to enter three photos this year because I thought they were well suited for the competition."

    Andrea Watson, an assistant director and media adviser with Texas Tech student media, said Rex's work has been a valuable asset for both the Daily Toreador and La Ventana, Texas Tech's annual yearbook.

    "As a photographer for The Daily Toreador and La Ventana, Justin showed he has a great eye for capturing unique images at any type of event, and his candlelight vigil photo is a great example of that," Watson said. "This will certainly be a nice resume builder for him."

    A native of Houston, Rex said he was inspired to pursue a career in photography after viewing the work of Tim Hetherington, a British photojournalist who documented the war in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2010.

    "I was a senior in high school in early 2011 when I first saw his photos before he unfortunately died several months later in Libya," Rex said. "Since then, I have closely followed other photographers, but something about his images resonated with me and helped to inspire me to pursue a career in photojournalism."

12/16/15

  • The Hub@TTU was named a finalist in the College Digital News category of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association 2016 Crown Awards.

    Sarah Self-Walbrick, the Hub's graduate managing director, said this is the organization's first time competing in the Crown Awards, and she is excited that the site has been named a finalist in a category that judges overall content.

    "The Crown Awards recognize overall excellence, not just for one particular story, so it is nice to essentially be told that we are doing an excellent job," Self-Walbrick said. "It is very competitive, and we are just honored to be finalists. But, of course, we hope to win it all!"

    Miglena Sternadori, Ph.D., the faculty adviser for the Hub, described the Columbia Scholastic Press Association as an international organization affiliated with Columbia University in New York City, which is an Ivy-League university with one of the top journalism schools in the country.

    "I think it means that The Hub@TTU stands out as an online-only student publication in comparison to dozens or even hundreds of other such digital publications in the country," Sternadori said. "And this recognition is well-deserved because the Hub's content meets both high journalistic standards and the multimedia potential offered by its digital platform."

    In addition to being nominated for the award, one of the highlights of Fall 2015 was the Hub's partnership with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Sternadori said. The AJ agreed to print certain stories that were previously published on the Hub's website.

    "For students who see their stories published by a professional media organization, it is an enormous recognition of their work and a valuable addition to their portfolio," Sternadori said. "Most recently, the AJ ran Maddy McCarty's investigative piece, 'Changing a culture of assault.'"

    Self-Walbrick said she has watched the Hub grow and change immensely during the two years she has been involved, and she looks forward to watching it continue to develop in the coming semesters.

    "I hope the Hub continues to grow and produce astounding content," Self-Walbrick said. "I think the fact that we have been so successful with such a small staff says a lot, but I would love to see our staff and production numbers increase. But, for now I think we're headed in the right direction."

    Sternadori said the Hub is also working on a new investigative and features microsite looking at diversity on campus and in Lubbock that will be launched in Spring 2016.

9/22/15

  • The Department of Journalism & Electronic Media is celebrating National News Engagement Day with a guest lecture by Dahlia Lithwick at 2 p.m. on Oct. 6, in room 281 of the College of Media & Communication.

    An award-winning writer, Lithwick is currently the senior editor at Slate, a daily online magazine that covers the topics of politics, business, technology and the arts. She also writes columns for the magazine such as "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence."

    Lithwick has a BA from Yale University and a JD from Stanford University. She covers political, educational and legal topics, and has been the guest on networks such as CNN and ABC, and on shows such as "The Colbert Report" and "The Rachel Maddow Show."

    Rob Peaslee, Ph.D., chairperson for the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media, described Lithwick as an individual who has spent several years crafting cogent, timely, and precise writing on issues related to media, law and society.

    "We are very pleased to invite her to speak to our students as part of National News Engagement Day," Peaslee said. He also noted that Lithwick is an ideal guest for this year's NNED, because the event will focus on the effect the news media have on the democratic process.

    "Last year, we marked NNED with a panel discussion on what engagement looks like today, particularly from the perspective of campus and local news producers," Peaslee said. "This year, we focus on the stakes surrounding engagement and particularly on news engagement's relationship to democratic citizenship, privilege and responsibility. Ms. Lithwick is ideally placed to speak on these issues, and we feel fortunate to be hosting her at Texas Tech."

9/9/15

  • Sweethearts of the Gridiron - The film "Sweethearts of the Gridiron" will be screened on the Texas Tech University campus at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 in room 001 of the English/Philosophy building.

    The documentary tells the story of the Kilgore College Rangerettes, the first drill team to perform during half time at a football game. Following the screening, attendees will have the opportunity to attend a Q&A session with producer Mikaela Addison, who graduated from Tech with a bachelor's degree in electronic media & communication in 2012.

    The event is cosponsored by the Texas Tech International Film Series, the College of Media & Communication's Department of Journalism & Electronic Media, the Media Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group, and the Texas Tech Association of Student Electronic Media.

3/5/15

  • "The Joker: A Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime is the first book-length, academic study of the infamous villain, co-edited by Rob Weiner, a librarian at Texas Tech University, and Rob Peaslee, Ph.D., associate professor and the interim chair for the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media.

    The book is a project Weiner said he first thought of eight years ago. He explained, "When I gathered my ideas for the book, I wrote a proposal and asked Rob Peaslee if he would work with me on this. It has taken us four years, but this was a project we wanted to do justice."

    Peaslee explained, "We worked together on a previous volume on Spider-Man, and not long after that manuscript was at the printer, Rob asked me about doing something on the Joker. He's always been one of my favorite pop culture characters, so I immediately said 'Yes!'"

    Peaslee described The Joker as a character who breaks the mold of most villains by projecting a certain aura of attraction. "Like the many archetypal and mythical characters from which he has evolved, he is not opposed to the system of social organization so much as a symptom of it. He is not black or white; he simply rejects the notion of color, and in so doing, is both horror and rebirth,"Peaslee said.

    Weiner said he delved into studying The Joker, because he found it odd that there was so much literature devoted to exploring the characters of superheroes such as Spiderman, Batman and Superman, yet there was none devoted to the villains.

    Weiner concluded, "You can't have a really good superhero narrative without a great villain. There are a lot of great villains and there are a lot of terrible villains, but The Joker stands apart from them all."

    Peaslee said, "Contributors come at the Joker from cultural, historical, sociological, philosophical, aesthetic and mythological points of view, and the result is a collection that we think is as productively fragmented, provocative and incomplete as the Clown Prince himself."

    "The Joker: A Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime" is available for purchase through various retailers.

4/2/14

  • Dr. Robert Peaslee, Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Electronic Media, along with Dr. John Barkdull (Political Science), Dr. Kanika Batra (English), and Dr. Rich Rice (English) have been awarded a grant as part of the Transdisciplinary Research Academy to study the impact of international and intercultural programming among Texas Tech University students.

    They will be investigating outcomes of on-campus programming related to intercultural and global issues as well as issues around study abroad.

3/4/14

  • Cummins, R.G., & Hahn, D. (2013). Re-presenting sport: How instant replay and perceived violence impact enjoyment of mediated sports. Mass Communication and Society, 16, 787-807.
  • Cummins, R.G. (2014). Psychophysiological measurement and meaning. [Book review]. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 58, 154-156.
  • Cummins, R.G. (2014). Eye tracking and visual attention to sports in new media. In A. Billings & M. Hardin (Eds.), Handbook of Sports and New Media (pp. 271-284). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

2/26/14

  • Congratulations to Robert Peaslee, Ph.D., for being selected as one of the winners of the 2014 TTU President's Excellence in Teaching Awards.

2/6/14

  • Kelly Kaufhold, Ph.D.,, has been invited to join a panel at the Broadcast Education Association Conference on April 6 in Las Vegas. The panel is, "Top Teaching Tips, How to Incorporate Mobile Journalism Techniques in Basic TV and Radio Reporting Courses."
  • The College of Media & Communication recently recruited 16 student ambassadors to promote the college with on-campus recruiting initiatives. - See more here.
  • The Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics from CQ Press/Sage was recently released. Kelly Kaufhold, Ph.D., has a chapter included, Age (Social Media and Politics). It also included three chapters from Weiwu Zhang, Ph.D., and Sherice Gearhart, Ph.D.

2/3/14

  • Jerod Foster, Ph.D., the Professor Spotlight this month, began teaching at the college in the fall of 2007, after finishing his master's degree in agricultural communication. Foster worked several years as a professional freelance photographer and writer, and continues to pursue his freelance work through publication in popular press and commercial industries. - See more here.

1/2/14

  • Get to know faculty member Bill Dean, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media, Public Relations and Executive Vice President and CEO of the Texas Tech Alumni Association.. Watch here

12/8/13

  • Curious about what you can do with a journalism degree? Interested in electronic media & communication? Find out in this month's Major Spotlight, featured in The Adviser.

12/6/13

  • Learn about Danielle Huston's internship experience in this month's Intern Spotlight. Read the full story here.

12/4/13

  • "You don't always feel like a number," said Clayton Errington, a senior electronic media & communication major from Missouri City, Texas, about why he decided to join the Texas Tech University College of Media & Communication. - See more here.

11/7/13

  • Did you know the College of Media & Communication offers a state-of-the-art facility called the Outpost Social Media Lab? - See more here.

11/5/13

  • Hailing from Switzerland, new faculty member Lea Hellmueller, Ph.D., brings an international perspective to the classroom and the research lab. - See more here.
  • Justin Keene, assistant professor in the Journalism and Electronic Media and Communication Department, is this month's Professor Spotlight. Read the full story in this month's Adviser.

10/3/13

  • Instructor Jerod Foster, Ph.D., takes undergraduate students to Junction, Texas, for a photography course focusing on landscape photography and hands-on experience. - See more here.

9/5/13

  • Electronic media & communication alumni Tim Davila tells us how to be proactive by doing research to solve problems and add value as a job candidate. Read more here.

9/3/13

  • Instructor Jerod Foster, Ph.D., takes undergraduate students to Junction, Texas, for a photography course focusing on landscape photography and hands-on experience. - See more here.

8/5/13

  • Curious about what you can do with a degree in electronic media & communication? Interested in telling a story using today's technology? Find out in this month's Major Spotlight, featured in The Adviser.

7/31/13

  • Congratulations to The Raider 88.1 KTXT-FM for a successful eight-year license renewal from the FCC. We look forward to listening for years to come!

7/15/13

  • Chambers, B. & Peaslee, R.M. Reading Twilight: Fandom, romance, and gender in the age of Bella. In Bucciferro, C., ed. The Twilight Saga: Exploring the Global Phenomenon. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. In press.

7/6/13

  • Robert Peaslee, assistant professor in the Journalism and Electronic Media and Communication Department, is this month's Professor Spotlight. Read the full story in this month's Adviser.
  • Recent advertising and electronic media & communications graduate, Taylor Shofner, talks about his new job at RD Thomas Advertising agency in Lubbock and gives some advice to students. - See more here.

7/3/13

  • Electronic Media & Journalism Department Chairperson and Associate Professor Todd Chambers, Ph.D., takes a Minute to Mentor about building a personal brand and taking advantage of all of the opportunities at Texas Tech. - See more here.

6/7/13

  • Kelly Kaufhold, assistant professor in the Journalism and Electronic Media and Communication Department, is this month's Professor Spotlight. Read the full story in this month's Adviser.

6/1/13

  • The Llano Estacado Photography of West Texas exhibit opened May 3 on the third floor of the Media & Communications building. Seven students in Photography 4300 course showcased their photographs of West Texas. - See more here.

5/7/13

  • Don't miss the Texas Tech Association of Student Electronic Media Showcase tonight at 6 p.m. in CoMC Room 365. Students will showcase photography, video and other projects.

5/6/13

  • Get to know your advisor, Don Ellis, in this month's Adviser. Don Ellis is the advisor for Electronic Media & Communications. He is also a Texas Tech Alum. Read more here.

5/3/13

  • One way students can get hands-on experience working in a television studio and running a newscast is to work for Media & Communication Television, or MCTV. - See more here.
  • Don't forget to check out 'The Llano Estacado: Photography of West Texas' today from 4 to 6 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Student Lounge! Photos are by students in Kippra Hopper's PHOTO 4300 class.

4/25/13

  • Congratulations to Dr. Glenn Cummins for being awarded an Outstanding Researcher award!

4/12/13

  • Please join us in Dr. Peaslee's brown bag talk titled, "Media Conduction: Exploring Power at the Intersection of Media, Tourism, and Festival Studies," April 15 from Noon to 1 p.m. in COMC 156.

4/3/13

  • Learn about advertising and electronic media & communications major Taylor Shofner's internship experience in this month's Intern Spotlight. Read the full story here.

2/9/13

  • Erica Taylor, Josh Koch, and Jason Angoy discuss the evolution of Texas Tech's student produced sports show, the Double T Insider. - See more here.

2/4/13

  • Mr. Justin Keene will join the college faculty on September 1, 2013, as an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Electronic Media. Mr. Keene is completing his Ph.D. at Indiana University. He earned his B.A. and M.A. at Texas Tech University.

12/10/12

  • Electronic Media & Communication and Advertising double major Taylor Shofner created videos that have been nominated and won a Lone Star Emmy award in the Student Production-Commercial category. Shofner is also a member of the 2012-13 Texas Tech Ad Team. Watch the commercials here

10/4/12

  • One of the many wonderful things about the College of Media & Communication is the opportunity for students to learn about not only their area of interest but also the entire communication industry. - See more here.

8/4/12

  • The College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University is preparing to undergo changes in the fall including a new name, a new building, and a new merged department. Also, a unique special topics course is being offered to students who are seeking a hands-on experience in the sports industry. - See more here.

7/5/12

  • This past month, the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University announced Connie Watson, M.A., academic adviser for electronic media and communication, as the recipient of the Spring 2012 Staff Excellence Award. - See more here.

7/3/12

  • Two Texas Tech University researchers have contributed in a unique way to the summer's hottest topic: Spider-Man. - See more here.

6/27/12

  • Ph.D. student Robin Haislett has been selected as a TEACH Fellow for 2012–2013.

4/7/12

  • The opportunity was one of a lifetime. This would be her first time to work at a Texas Tech University football game with the worldwide leader in sports communication, Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN). - See more here.

2/10/12

  • Tech Impressions magazine is produced by Texas Tech University College of Media & Communication students. Three positions of the staff are paid, the editor, the photo editor and the designer. - See more here.

1/23/12

  • Robin Haislett's paper, "Third Wave Feminism in Squaresoft's Video Game Final Fantasy VII" has been accepted for presentation at the 2012 AEJMC Midwinter conference at the University of Oklahoma from March 2-3.

1/13/12

  • Ph.D. Student Sungwon Chung has been selected to receive an American Academy of Advertising Dissertation Proposal Award.

    Chung's submission titled "Motivated Cognition In Video Games: The Influence Of Emotional Video Game Content On Cognitive Processing Of Billboard Advertisements Embedded In First-Person Shooter Games" was selected to receive $2000, the highest level of funding. He will receive the first of two checks at the 2012 AAA conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

11/7/11

  • Dr. Rob Peaslee has been selected as a 2012 National Television Program Executive Faculty Fellow. As part of the program, he will attend the January 2012 NATPE Marketplace and Conference in Miami Beach.

10/15/11

10/13/11

  • Dr. Rob Peaslee was selected to be a part of the Texas Tech University Institute for Inclusive Excellence for 2011-2012.

9/27/11

  • Ph.D. student Patrick Merle presented a paper he co-authored with Ph.D. student Jerod Foster at the WAPOR conference in Amsterdam last week.

9/26/11

  • Dr. Todd Chambers was honored with the College of Media & Communication Billy I. Ross Faculty Achievement Award.

9/6/11

  • The College of Media & Communication is adding to its resources with the addition of KTXT-FM from Texas Tech Public Media. - See more here.

8/24/11

7/8/11

5/6/11

  • The recently appointed new general manager of KTXT-TV, Lubbock's local PBS affiliate, will teach a new elective course in the College of Media & Communication, titled Features and Documentaries.

4/4/11

  • The Department of Electronic Media & Communications in the College of Media & Communication has a new student organization, the Texas Tech Association for Student Electronic Media, organized by Todd Chambers, Ph.D., chairman and associate professor of electronic media and communications. - See more here.

4/3/11

  • History repeatedly points to the importance of great storytelling. The medium of cinema produces many examples of telling stories in a profound way. - See more here.

4/2/11

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  • "The Joker: A Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime is the first book-length, academic study of the infamous villain, co-edited by Rob Weiner, a librarian at Texas Tech University, and Rob Peaslee, Ph.D., associate professor and the interim chair for the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media.

    The book is a project Weiner said he first thought of eight years ago. He explained, "When I gathered my ideas for the book, I wrote a proposal and asked Rob Peaslee if he would work with me on this. It has taken us four years, but this was a project we wanted to do justice."

    Peaslee explained, "We worked together on a previous volume on Spider-Man, and not long after that manuscript was at the printer, Rob asked me about doing something on the Joker. He's always been one of my favorite pop culture characters, so I immediately said 'Yes!'"

    Peaslee described The Joker as a character who breaks the mold of most villains by projecting a certain aura of attraction. "Like the many archetypal and mythical characters from which he has evolved, he is not opposed to the system of social organization so much as a symptom of it. He is not black or white; he simply rejects the notion of color, and in so doing, is both horror and rebirth,"Peaslee said.

    Weiner said he delved into studying The Joker, because he found it odd that there was so much literature devoted to exploring the characters of superheroes such as Spiderman, Batman and Superman, yet there was none devoted to the villains.

    Weiner concluded, "You can't have a really good superhero narrative without a great villain. There are a lot of great villains and there are a lot of terrible villains, but The Joker stands apart from them all."

    Peaslee said, "Contributors come at the Joker from cultural, historical, sociological, philosophical, aesthetic and mythological points of view, and the result is a collection that we think is as productively fragmented, provocative and incomplete as the Clown Prince himself."

    "The Joker: A Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime" is available for purchase through various retailers.

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