Department News

Department News (Spring, 2018)

Congratulations to Bryan Picciotto

Bryan Picciotto, doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication and Journalism, received the Provost’s Innovative and Creative Teaching Award at the 2018 UMaine Student Symposium. More information about the Symposium awards can be found here.

Additionally, Bryan’s book review of “Under Pressure: Coal Industry Rhetoric and Neoliberalism” was published in Rhetoric Society Quarterly (Volume 48, Number 2). 

Congratulations, Bryan!

Aliya Uteuova Awarded CLAS Outstanding International Undergraduate Student 

Aliya Uteuova, double majoring in Journalism and Political Science, has received the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Outstanding International Undergraduate Student Award. The Department of Communication and Journalism warmly congratulates her accomplishments. 

2018 Steve Grady Awards Open for Submission

The Spring 2018 Steve Grady Awards for print and multimedia journalism are now open for submission. Applicants must be undergraduate journalism majors who have completed 53 hours by the end of the Spring 2018 semester. Three categories for submission – News, Feature and Opinion – will be awarding a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize total of $350, $250 and $100 respectively. The deadline for submission is April 20, 2018. Submission details here.

Spring 2018 CMJ Colloquia Announced

The schedule for the Department of Communication and Journalism’s Colloquium Series for the semester has been announced and proceeds as follows:

March 5: Constructing the Social: What Does the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Media Have to Do with Collaboration?
Tyler Quiring, CMJ Doctoral Student

March 26: #JeSuisParis?: An Appeal to Hypocrisy and the Rationalization of Mass Casualty Violence
Karyn Sporer, Assistant Professor, Sociology

April 2: On Rhetoric and the Civic Arts in Precarious Times Candice Rai, Associate Professor, English, University of Washington

April 9: Pedagogy Workshop Social Media Use: Teacher’s Addition

Abby Roche, CMJ Doctoral Student
Lily Herakova, Lecturer, Communication & Journalism

April 16: Gain vs. Loss: Message Framing and Policy Support for Aquaculture in the U.S.
Sandaruwan Kumara, CMJ Master’s Student

CMJ Professors on “Maine Calling”

Dr. Judith Rosenbaum appeared on the MPBN radio show “Maine Calling” in January. She discussed the role of Twitter in politics, how it is impacting social movements, and changing political discourse by giving a voice to ideas and people that are traditionally marginalized.

Dr. Bridie McGreavy will appear on Feb. 9 to discuss primary challenges affecting the bivalve industry in Maine and opportunities to address them.

Dr. Michael Socolow will appear on Feb. 13, World Radio Day, to discuss how people continue to listen to radio and the future of the radio industry.

Department News (Fall, 2017)

Graduate Student Carter Hathaway publishes “Made By History” column in The Washington Post

The “Made By History” column in The Washington Post published an essay by Carter Hathaway, a graduate student in Communication and Journalism, on November 8, 2017.  The piece uses the lens of the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act to discuss the innovative PBS TV series “An American Family.”

Clam Cam Project Featured in Bangor Metro Magazine

Bangor Metro Magazine featured a CMJ project called Clam Cam, an engaged digital media research project led by Ph.D. student Tyler Quiring, Dr. Bridie McGreavy, and Master’s student Carter Hathaway, in the September 2017 issue. The article showcases the important and challenging work that clammers do to produce sustainable local seafood. It also described how CMJ researchers work with clammers in the field to document, celebrate, and learn about clamming through body-mounted video recordings and related ethnographic methods.

Welcome Dr. Rosenbaum
The Department welcomes Dr. Judith Rosenabaum to the Faculty this fall! Dr. Rosenbaum is a mass communication and media studies specialist. Her research examines how people interact with the media and what factors drive this interaction. Moreover, she is interested in how people’s media use can become a tool to engender individual and social change.  Her office is 414 Dunn Hall, and you can read more about her research here.

Communication Class Project Develops a UMaine Bucket List for Students

This past spring, 23 University of Maine seniors in a communication course collaborated on a capstone project to create a useful resource for UMaine and its students for years to come.

The project, “50 Things to Do Before You Graduate from the University of Maine,” is a UMaine bucket list for students by students. It was developed by Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism Claire Sullivan in collaboration with UMaine’s Division of Marketing and Communications.
Undergraduates in Sullivan’s class conducted in-person interviews with 286 UMaine students in different majors and years in school to get their input to compile the list of 50 must-do activities and places to see.

Watch this WVII report on the project, broadcast on August 27, 2017.