Department News

Some important upcoming dates to note:

Enrollment for Spring 2019: October 22 – November 16.
Veterans’ Day: Monday, November 12.
Last day to withdraw from a class and receive ‘W’ grade: Friday, November 16.
Thanksgiving break begins: Wednesday, November 21.
Classes resume: Monday, November 26.
Classes end: Friday, December 14.
Final exams begin: Monday, December 17
Final exams end:  Friday, December 21

Winter Session: December 27, 2018 – January 16, 2019.

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

Graduate School Information Session: November 15, 2018

The Department of Communication and Journalism will host an information session for students interested in graduate education. Participants will have an opportunity to talk with current graduate students in Communication, as well as with faculty and alumni. Join us for pizza and information on Thursday, Nov. 15, 5:00 pm in Dunn Hall.

Multicultural Community Forum, November 14, 2018

Communication and Journalism students will present on the topic of learning with difference at the Maine Multicultural Center’s Forum Series on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6 pm in the Bangor Public Library. In the Spring 2018 semester, the students took a part of a CMJ class on Narrative, Performance, and Social Change and developed an interview-based performance about immigration experiences in Maine. In this community dialogue, students will discuss what they learned and continue to learn from their involvement with this project. They will also engage the audience in practical activities of engaging storytelling as a way to learn with difference in our complex world.

Book Co-Edited by Dr. Bridie McGreavy Wins 2018 Tarla Rai Peterson Distinguished Book Award

Tracing Rhetoric and Material Life: Ecological Approaches, a co-edited book by Bridie McGreavy, Justine Wells, George McHendry, and Samantha Senda-Cook won the 2018 Tarla Rai Peterson Distinguished Book Award from the Environmental Communication Division of the National Communication Association (NCA). This award recognizes the book published in Environmental Communication that addresses significant questions about the relationship between communication and the environment and has the potential to influence future research in the field. This volume attempts to synthesize and build upon emerging intersections across the fields of environmental rhetoric and composition, environmental communication, and environmental studies more broadly, specifically around concepts of materialism, affect, and ecology. Check out the book’s home page at and Facebook page at

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