2020-2021 News

CMJ Alumnus featured in MAINE Alumni Magazine

Brendan Walsh (’00) is a detective with the Boston Police Department who recently highlighted his experience studying communication at UMaine. In the Winter 2021 issue of MAINE Alumni Magazine, Walsh said he uses the communication skills he learned “every single day” both on and off the force.

Read more here: https://www.umainealumni.com/magazine/black-bear-on-the-blue-line/

Lambda Pi Eta Meeting Announcement

Greetings from the UMaine chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (LPH), a national honor society  dedicated to recognizing the academic achievements of students majoring in Communication, Media Studies, and Journalism. Our local chapter focuses on organizing professional development and social events for CMJ majors and on celebrating CMJ excellence. If you’d like to learn more about the honor society, upcoming events, as well as why and how you should get involved, please join us at a Lambda Pi Eta meeting(s): Wednesdays ~ Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Nov. 18, and Dec. 2 ~ 5.30 – 6.30 pm. All meetings are virtual via Zoom.
Password: LPH2020
Or Telephone: US: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 408 638 0968  or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 972 2391 6488

Looking forward to talking with you and please don’t hesitate to e-mail with any questions or ideas!

Colleen Gallagher, UMaine LPH President (colleen.m.gallagher@maine.edu)
Leanne Nisbet, UMaine LPH Vice President (leanne.nisbet@maine.edu
Danielle Jarosz, UMaine LPH Secretary & Social Media Coordinator (danielle.jarosz@maine.edu)
Dr. Lily Herakova, UMaine LPH Faculty Advisor (liliana.herakova@maine.edu)

Dr. Rosenbaum publishes new book

Judith Rosenbaum, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism, is co-editor of a new book of essays from Palgrave Macmillan. “Twitter, the Public Sphere, and the Chaos of Online Deliberation” provides a critical view of the nature and quality of political and civic communication on Twitter. Combining an overview of perspectives in the field and 11 empirical case studies, the book draws attention to the chaotic, insular, uncivil and emotionally charged nature of debate and communication on Twitter.

Dr. Socolow gives talk and is quoted in NBC news story

Michael Socolow, Director of the McGillicuddy Humanities Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism, delivered a talk on September 10 to the Maine Chapter of the International Women’s Forum. The talk, titled “Political Journalism in a Pandemic Year,”  offered observations about how coverage of the 2020 election differs from traditional campaign reporting.  For instance, as audiences turn more to social media, and amplify both information and misinformation, the power of established media to channel political discussion through classic “campaign trail” reporting has significantly diminished.

Dr. Socolow also spoke with NBC News for a story titled “Bob Woodward criticized for not releasing Trump’s COVID-19 comments sooner.” Socolow said the veteran Washington Post journalist, known best for his coverage of the Watergate scandal involving former President Richard M. Nixon, has used the same reporting practices for more than four decades and the ethics of his work “have been debated and discussed ad nauseum.” “The bigger issue … is that journalists hold incredibly damaging information all the time, for all kinds of reasons,” said Socolow. “To assume reporters always rush to publish all the valuable information they collect is to overlook a lot of the history of U.S. journalism … They might hold stuff for political reasons, or to enrich themselves, or for other reasons — and we can debate the ethics of that — but they withhold stuff. That’s reality.”

2019-2020 News

2020 CMJ Award Winners

Please join us in congratulating the following undergraduate and graduate student award winners and click this link for congratulatory notes:


  • Outstanding Graduating Senior in Journalism, Liz Theriault
  • Outstanding Graduating Senior in Media Studies is Kira Barra
  • The Raymie McKerrow Award: Distinguished Undergraduate Student in Communication & Journalism, Mari Smith
  • Wofford Gardner Award: Outstanding Academic Achievement in Communication, Byron Winslow
  • Brooks Hamilton: Spirit of Excellence Award and Outstanding Senior in CMJ, Ali Tobey (note forthcoming)


  • Outstanding Grad student excellence in Research and creative activity, Kevin Duffy
  • Outstanding MA Student, Tim Rocha
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences TA Award, Jaquel Eley
  • Department of Communication and Journalism TA Award, Tabitha Boze

CMJ students receive prestigious Maine Press Association scholarships

The Maine Press Association has just announced $5,000 in scholarships to five journalism students this year. Recipients of 2020 scholarships are Hailey Bryant, of Gorham, a senior at the University of Maine and part-time employee of the Bangor Daily News; Olivia Shipsey, of Old Town, a senior at the University of Maine and editor-in-chief of the Maine Campus; Leela Stockley, of Orono, a junior at the University of Maine and contributor to the Maine Campus; Elizabeth Theriault, of Orono, a senior at the University of Maine and opinion section editor for the Maine Campus; and Amelia Bodge, of Sanford, a junior at the University of Southern Maine and contributor to USM’s Free Press.

Bryant was a recipient in 2019 as well. The other 2019 recipient, Nina Mahaleris, now works for a Maine Press Association member newspaper, The Penobscot Times.

“We wish all of the recipients luck as they complete their studies and pursue careers in Maine journalism,” said J.W. Oliver, president of the Maine Press Association Board of Directors. “It gives us special pride this year to award scholarships to several students who have connections to our member newspapers, as employees, interns, and even a newspaper carrier.”

The Maine Press Association awards at least one scholarship every year to a junior or senior with financial need who plans to pursue a career in journalism, but the $5,000 amount and the five recipients greatly exceed figures from recent years.

The scholarships are possible through the generosity of bidders at the Maine Press Association’s annual scholarship auction and the donors who provide the auction items.

To inquire about the 2021 scholarship, contact scholarship committee Chair Sindhu Manjesh at sindhu.manjesh@maine.edu.

Established in 1864, the Maine Press Association works to protect the freedom of the press and the public’s right to know, and to promote and foster high ethical standards in journalism.

Drs. Laura Rickard and Bridie McGreavy receive grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Their project, entitled “Fish, Farms and Shared Futures: Defining public perceptions of land-based aquaculture to support sustainable decision-making”  takes a two-pronged approach to explore local Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) siting dynamics, focusing on 1) perceptions and 2) communication. On the perception side, Rickard, McGreavy and collaborators propose to explore several complementary social psychological constructs that may assist entrepreneurs and regulators, as well as local communities, in identifying and addressing potential barriers to siting aquaculture facilities, including sense of place and perceived naturalness. Check out this news clip featuring Dr. Rickard describing this award and a UMaine feature story.

Dr. Sindhu Manjesh to publish blog with Times of India:

CMJ’s Lecturer in Journalism, Sindhu Manjesh, has been commissioned by the Times of India to publish a blog on international politics and society with a focus on the U.S. Her posts can be found here. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/soapbox/

2018-2019 News

Congratulations to Olivia Reese!

Olivia Reese, a Media Studies major, has been selected to be this semester’s McGillicuddy Humanities Center fellow. Her research aims to reconceptualize cultivation theory to consider elements of social media usage. She is the first non-English major to receive this honor. 

Paul Grosswiler to give talk Tuesday, March 12

On Tuesday, March 12th, Professor Paul Grosswiler will be giving a talk in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union titled “James Carey and Canadian Media Theory: Communication is Culture.” Box lunches and hot beverages will be available.