Department News

Department News (Fall, 2018)

Welcome Back!

Classes begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. 

Some important dates to note:

Last day to add classes: Monday, September 10, 2018.
Last day to drop classes: Monday, September 17, 2018.
Application for December (2018) Graduation: October 1, 2018.

Here’s a link to the University of Maine 2018-2019 Academic Calendar.


McGreavy and Collaborators Examine Media’s Coverage of Dam Decision-Making in Maine

UMaine Research News recently published an article describing the work of Dr. Bridie McGreavy and her collaborators that “asks questions about how news articles represented the Penobscot River Restoration Project and the role of Penobscot Nation in the dam removal decision-making process.”  Dr. McGreavy and her collaborators, including CMJ Ph.D. student Tyler Quiring, are investigating “how news media coverage can shape the public understanding about important science issues.”  Read more here


Dr. Bridie McGreavy and Dr. Laura Rickard Announced As Collaborating Researchers on $2.9 million National Science Foundation Award

Helping train the next generation of interdisciplinary environmental conservation leaders is the goal of a five-year, $2.9 million National Science Foundation (NSF) award to the University of Maine.  Dr. McGreavy and Dr. Rickard will be collaborating on the five-year, $2.9 million grant.  Read more here.

A Welcome To New Faculty: Dr. Sindhu Manjesh
The Department of Communication and Journalism welcomes Dr. Sindhu Manjesh to the University of Maine. Dr. Manjesh earned her Ph.D. in 2017 from American University, where her dissertation (“‘Citizen Journalist’: A Case Study of Audience Participation in Mainstream TV News Production in India”) explored interactivity and engagement in the news production process. She earned an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of London (2005), and was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Maryland in 2011-2012.  Dr. Manjesh was an editorial writer and Op Ed editor at The Times of India, and she’s been a contributing writer for Huffington Post India.  She also has radio and television experience, having broadcast for the British Broadcasting Corporation and stations in Mumbai and New Delhi.  While completing her doctorate, Dr. Manjesh taught “Digital Media and Culture” at American University.
This fall, Dr. Manjesh will be teaching CMJ 111: Introduction to Journalism and CMJ 137: Journalism Across Platforms.  Her office is 416 Dunn Hall and she be contacted at
CMJ Graduate Student Casey Kelly Reports on the Consolidation of Local Newspaper Ownership in Maine in Columbia Journalism Review.
Read Kelly’s article about the unprecedented level of newspaper consolidation in Maine here.