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HIHIC News

10/29/14

  • Michael Etter, Ph.D., a communication scholar at the Copenhagen Business School, is visiting the College of Media and Communication. Etter received his doctorate from the University of St. Gallen in organization studies and cultural theories. His research interests are in the field of corporate social responsibility, organizational reputation and new media. He researches the new challenges organizations face related to strategic communication, stakeholder engagement, organizational identity, and reputation in a changing communication environment. More information about Dr. Etter may be found here. His email address is me.ibc@cbs.dk

    Dr. Etter, along with Lea Hellmueller, Ph.D., and Lindsey Blumell (Ph.D. student), are preparing a study for submission to the 2015 ICA conference. The study focuses on social media guidelines in the liberal market system (U.S.A.) and the democratic corporatist system (Germany), investigating whether these guidelines complement or disrupt existing reporting styles and media systems under the umbrella of the news paradigm.
  • Seven current and former Media & Communication graduate students presented papers at the Global Fusion 2014 conference in Austin October 24-26, 2014: -

    Jennifer Huemmer and Daniela Contreras Diaz - "Transcending Cultural Gender Boundaries: From Mexican to American Marianismo"

    Crystal Price - "Man or Machine: Does the Male Gaze Apply to Gundams?"

    Nathian Rodriguez - "From Oppression to Asylum: A Global Perspective on LGBTI Refugees" and "#FIFAputos: A Twitter Textual Analysis Over the Debate on the Use of Puto at the 2014 World Cup"

    Qiu "Yvonne" Yiwen and Lindsey Blumell - "Pacifying the Dragon: The Role of Expatriates in Chinese Media"

    Mehrnaz Rahimi, Ph.D. - "How Tolerant Are People in the Diaspora of Opposing Political Views? An Evaluation of Media Use and Political Tolerance Among Iranians in the U.S.A."

10/23/14

  • Texas Tech's diverse student population is growing rapidly – Hispanics now comprise 22% of students. Find out more.

10/2/14

9/16/14

  • Congratulations to Lea Hellmueller, Ph.D., for her The Washington, DC Media Corps in the 21st Century book getting published.

5/29/14

  • On May 19, 2014 HIHIC director Kent Wilkinson presented a talk about representation of social groups in U.S. media to students and faculty at the Universidade Dinamica das Cataratas in Iguazu, Brazil. Find out more.

3/31/14

  • Lily Luo, Ph.D. had her article, "The Internet and Agenda Setting in China: The Influence of Online Public Opinion on Media Coverage and Government Policy," accepted for publication in the International Journal of Communication.

2/3/14

  • The World Media Economics and Management Conference in May has accepted papers for honors student Katie Penkert and Geoffrey Graybeal's "Getting a Foot in New Markets: A Case Study of Television Management and Programming Strategies for Soccer in the United States."
    Ph.D. student Mehrnaz Rahimi and Kent Wilkinson's paper "Sanctions and Crisis: A Study of the Translation Industry in Contemporary Iran" was also accepted. Congratulations!

11/12/13

  • The Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication was pleased to be a Gold Sponsor for the 2nd Annual Hispanic Communication Conference at Florida International University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, November 7-8, 2013. Dr. Kent Wilkinson moderated a panel regarding "Hispanics and Media Ownership: Politics, Economics, and Representation" and participated on a roundtable of industry professionals and academic researchers who discussed "Legacy and Prospects of Latin American Communication Research: Hispanic Media Markets Here and There." Dean David Perlmutter delivered the conference's closing keynote address. We look forward to further collaborations with our friends and colleagues at FIU.

11/1/13

  • Congratulations to Ph.D. student Arijit Basu. His presentation, "Mash-up Advertising: A viable advertising tool for Integrated Marketing Communication Campaigns," was awarded second place in the Texas Tech Arts & Humanities Graduate Research Conference last week. A $100 scholarship accompanied the award.

10/8/13

  • The Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication is pleased to announce two open positions in Hispanic Media for a tenure-track assistant professor and a two-year post-doc. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

9/26/13

9/16/13

  • Senior Public Relations major Angela Barrera is representing Texas Tech in the 2013 Hispanic College Quiz Bowl, which is being aired nationwide as part of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15).

9/15/13

  • KTXT-FM Radio Program About "El Grito," Mexico's Independence Celebration on September 16
    This 30-minute program includes interviews of Texas Tech faculty and students that were conducted by students enrolled Prof. Kent Wilkinson's International Electronic Media class in Fall 2012. The show was produced by College of Media & Communication graduate students Daniela Contreras-Diaz and Nate Rodriguez.
    listen to the program here

9/4/13

6/25/13

  • Dr. Dane Kiambi successfully defended his dissertation "Country Reputation: Measurement and Audience Effects." His research interests include reputation management, organization-public relationships, crisis communication, and health communication. Dane is now an Assistant Professor of Public Relations in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

5/14/13

  • Merle, P., El-Khoury, J., & Rahimi, M. (2013). Revolution 2.0: Deciphering a cross-national newspaper discourse. Southwestern Mass Communication Journal.

5/2/13

  • Wilkinson, K. T. & Saragoza, A. M. (Univ. of California at Berkeley). Cuando potencias hegemónicas riñen: "Televisa vs. Univision" Communications vista a través de una lente de gestión de medios. ("When hegemons quarrel: Televisa vs. Univision Communications viewed through a media management lens.") Global Media Journal Mexico 9, no. 18 (Fall 2012) pp. 16-34.

4/15/13

  • Congratulations to doctoral students Mehrnaz Rahimi, Niyi Bello and Boni Cui! They presented to the 2013 Cultural Awareness Seminar about cultural success in their home countries of Iran, Nigeria and China, respectively. The Seminar, focused on "Worldwide Perspectives of Cultural Success," is an annual event organized by Tech Tech's Latino/Hispanic Faculty & Staff Association.

3/22/13

  • Dr. Patrick Merle successfully defended his dissertation "Political Aptitude: A pas de deux with Agenda-Setting?" and is now Assistant Professor of Public Relations at Florida State University teaching a graduate seminar in International Public Relations, and Political Communication at the undergraduate level. He will continue his research on political communication in a cross- national context, political aptitude and agenda-setting, and further investigate the academic-practitioner gap in public relations.

2/19/13

  • Congratulations to IHIC-affiliated faculty and staff who recently had papers accepted to the International Communication Association conference in London in May.

2/15/13

  • Congratulations to graduate students Clay Craig, Mary Brooks, Sherice Gearhart, Patrick Merle, Mehrnaz Rahimi and Matt Vandyke! They recently found out their papers were accepted to the World Association for Public Opinion Research. The papers are:

    Gearhart, S., Merle, P., Craig, C., Vandyke, M., Rahimi, M., & Brooks, M. E. (2013, May). A revolution in survey research?: A bibliometric review of public opinion studies between 2000 and 2012. Paper to be presented at the 66th annual conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research, Boston, MA.

    Merle, P., Gearhart, S., Craig, C., Rahimi, M, Brooks, M. E., & Vandyke, M. (2013, May). Computers, tablets, & smart phones: The truth about web-based surveys. Paper to be presented at the 66th annual conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research, Boston, MA.

2/11/13

  • The Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication is pleased to be co-sponsoring the Global Lens Film Series for the fifth consecutive year. The screenings take place on Thursday evenings at 6:00 in CoMC 083 February 21 through May 2 (except March 14). The series schedule is available at www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/programs/globallens/index.php

2/8/13

  • The Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication is pleased to be assuming the editorship of the Journal for Spanish Language Media. Launched at the University of North Texas by Dr. Alan Albarran in 2008, the Journal has published six issues and served as an important source of information on this fast-developing industry segment. Dr. Kent Wilkinson will serve as editor for the Journal.

1/24/13

  • Congratulations to faculty and graduate students for having papers accepted for presentations at the ICA conference in London, June 17-21, 2013. See the list of acceptances here.

12/12/11

  • Franklin, M.I. & Wilkinson, K. T. (2011). Transnational communications in action: A critical praxis. Communication, Culture & Critique, 4, 361‐381.

1/1/00

  • Michael Etter, Ph.D., a communication scholar at the Copenhagen Business School, is visiting the College of Media and Communication. Etter received his doctorate from the University of St. Gallen in organization studies and cultural theories. His research interests are in the field of corporate social responsibility, organizational reputation and new media. He researches the new challenges organizations face related to strategic communication, stakeholder engagement, organizational identity, and reputation in a changing communication environment. More information about Dr. Etter may be found here. His email address is me.ibc@cbs.dk

    Dr. Etter, along with Lea Hellmueller, Ph.D., and Lindsey Blumell (Ph.D. student), are preparing a study for submission to the 2015 ICA conference. The study focuses on social media guidelines in the liberal market system (U.S.A.) and the democratic corporatist system (Germany), investigating whether these guidelines complement or disrupt existing reporting styles and media systems under the umbrella of the news paradigm.
  • "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.
  • Seven current and former Media & Communication graduate students presented papers at the Global Fusion 2014 conference in Austin October 24-26, 2014: -

    Jennifer Huemmer and Daniela Contreras Diaz - "Transcending Cultural Gender Boundaries: From Mexican to American Marianismo"

    Crystal Price - "Man or Machine: Does the Male Gaze Apply to Gundams?"

    Nathian Rodriguez - "From Oppression to Asylum: A Global Perspective on LGBTI Refugees" and "#FIFAputos: A Twitter Textual Analysis Over the Debate on the Use of Puto at the 2014 World Cup"

    Qiu "Yvonne" Yiwen and Lindsey Blumell - "Pacifying the Dragon: The Role of Expatriates in Chinese Media"

    Mehrnaz Rahimi, Ph.D. - "How Tolerant Are People in the Diaspora of Opposing Political Views? An Evaluation of Media Use and Political Tolerance Among Iranians in the U.S.A."