Department News

Department News (Spring, 2018)

2018 Steve Grady Award Winners Announced

The winners of the 2018 Steve Grady Awards for print and multimedia journalism have been announced. They are as follows:

1. Aliya Uteuova, “Recognizing the Land We Stand on Through the Native American Heritage Month”
2. Nina Mahaleris,,”Trustees’ Final Vote Approves Amendments to Political Speech on UM campuses”
3. Olivia Shipsey, “Understanding the Past While Discussing the Future of Wabanaki People”
1. Sierra Semmell, “Me Too”
2. Olivia Shipsey, “Kaepernick’s Bark Is As Big As His Bite”
3. Nina Mahaleris “UMaine’s Futile Efforts to Uphold Student Protections Against Campus Sexual Misconduct”
1. Catherine Gottwalt, “An Ancient Celebration: A Congregation Reflects on Another Year Gone”
2. Olivia Shipsey, “The Storm Which Devastated Many, Helped Heal One”
3. Catherine Gottwalt, “Gone in a Blaze of the Unexpected”
Congratulations, everyone!

CMJ Students Recognized by George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions

Cassie Page, an undergraduate student member of the Diana Davis Spencer Partnership for a Sustainable Maine was recognized for her contributions to the Strengthening Coastal Economies through the Mitchell Center. A highlight of her work is her work on the Maine Bivalve Shellfish Research Compendium. To read Cassie’s profile, click here.

Brawley Benson, an undergraduate research assistant on The Future of Dams project won the undergraduate award for for social sciences at the 2018 UMaine Student Symposium on April 17, 2018. Benson’s poster was titled “How Discourse Shapes Dam Decision Making: News Stories as Sites of Meaning.” Benson is collaborating with Ph.D. student Tyler Quiring and Dr. Bridie McGreavy on the project.

Congratulations to Cassie and Brawley!

CMJ 466 Student Performance Recognized 

Students in Dr. Liliana Herakova’s Narrative, Performance, and Social Change course were recognized by local news outlets in their performance about diversity and immigration. The students partnered with the UMaine Multicultural Center for the event.

To see News Center Maine’s report, click here.

To see WABI 5’s report, click here.

Congratulations CMJ students and faculty!

The Department of Communication and Journalism swept the stage at the 2018 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences award ceremony on April 27. The following students and faculty members were recognized:

Cleo Barker, CLAS Outstanding Senior in CMJ
Aliya Uteuova, CLAS Outstanding International Undergraduate Student
Abby Roche, CLAS 2018 Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award
Liliana Herakova, CLAS 2018 Outstanding Lecturer Award
Michael Socolow, CLAS 2018 Outstanding Faculty Award in Research and Creative Achievement
Fantastic job, everyone!

CMJ 2018 Graduation Reception

The Department of Communication and Journalism’s 2018 Graduation Reception will begin at 7:45 a.m. at the Wells Conference Center, Room 2 on May 12th (Commencement Day). The event will begin with light breakfast and conversation and award recognition will start at 8:15 a.m. The ceremony will end at approximately 8:45 a.m. with plenty of time to line up for Commencement. We hope to see you there!

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.