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Visiting Assistant Professor Tori Arthur was a panelist at the WVU Chapter of the Hugh O’Brien Youth (HOBY) discussion at the Mountainlair in March, along with journalists from WVAQ and WBOY, on the subject “Does the Media Report or Create the News?” High school students from across the region attended the conference and participated in team-building and personal-development workshops.


Associate Professor Joel Beeson’s documentary, “Fighting on Two Fronts: The Untold Stories of African American WWII,” won an Award of Excellence for Long Form Documentary in the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts Awards.

In April, Beeson presented a portion of his documentary and served as keynote speaker at the 63rd Annual J. Edward Kelley Awards ceremony at Keyser (W.Va.) High School. The awards were named in memory of Kelley, who served as a member of the 78th Lightning Division and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for bravery during World War II.


In April, Advising and Enrollment Coordinator Jan Boyles served as a moderator/discussant for a panel discussion focused on new media and online political communication at the Midwest Political Science Association’s annual conference in Chicago.


Teaching Assistant Professor Gina Martino Dahlia served as the keynote speaker at the State Capitol in March 2008 for West Virginia Women’s Day at the Legislature in Charleston, where Gov. Joe Manchin presented her with The Distinguished Mountaineer award, recognizing her contributions to the state.

Dahlia also was selected to Generation Next 2008 by The State Journal, which highlights “40 under 40” promising leaders throughout the state.


In August, George Esper, Ogden Newspapers Visiting Professor in Journalism, served on a panel, “The Associated Press, War, and The Right to Know,” at the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum in Chicago. In March, he served on “The Media and the Vietnam War,” a panel discussion at Texas Tech University Vietnam Center’s Sixth Triennial Symposium in Lubbock, Texas.


Director of Advising Pam Hanson presented two workshops at the West Virginia Writers Inc. 30th anniversary conference held in June 2007. She also co-wrote a book for Guideposts Publishing Inc. with her mother and writing partner Barbara Andrews.

Hanson also received the Golden Key International Honour Society Golden Apple Award for advising, making her the first person ever to be the recipient of two Golden Apple Awards.


Assistant Professor Sammy Lee attended the American Academy of Advertising Conference in San Mateo, Calif., in March, presenting a paper entitled, “The Effects of Brand Familiarity on Puffery Expressions.”

In May, Lee presented his paper, “The Impact of Repetition on Puffery Advertising Claim,” at the International Communications Association Conference in Montreal, Canada. He also attended the Marketing and Public Policy Conference in Philadelphia, Pa., presenting a paper entitled, “False But Not Illegal: The Effects of Brand Familiarity and Repetition in Puffery Advertising.”


Visiting Shott Chair of Journalism Toni Locy was a guest speaker at the Society of Professional Journalists’ regional conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. in March. She also was the keynote speaker at the National Freedom of Information Coalition’s conference in Philadelphia, Pa., in May.


Diana Martinelli, Widmeyer Communications Professor in Public Relations, was one of 60 public relations professors nationwide selected to attend a New Media Summit in New York City, sponsored by Edelman Public Relations and PRWeek.

In August, she became chair of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Mass Communication and Society Division, which has some 600 members. In March, she presented a health communications research paper, “Applying the Extended Parallel Process Model to Stroke Communication,” at the 11th Annual International Public Relations Research Conference in Miami, Fla.

Martinelli also is a co-investigator on two grant-funded projects, in which she is partnering with faculty from WVU’s College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.


Visiting Assistant Professor Maria Ines Miro-Quesada presented a poster, “Latin American Election Coverage in U.S. and International News Magazines: The Economist and Time,” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s annual conference in August in Washington, D.C. She also was a panelist on the “Latin American Perspectives on Journalism and Research” panel at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Conference in August.


Elizabeth Quilliam, Harrison/Omnicom Professor of Advertising, presented a paper with Nora J. Rifon entitled, “Can You Have It Your Way’ Parental Response to Food Marketing Strategies Targeting Children,” at the American Marketing Association Marketing & Public Policy Conference, Philadelphia, Pa., in March.

Quilliam and Rifon also presented “Happy Meals, Happy Parents: Food Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility” at the American Academy of Advertising 50th Annual Conference, San Mateo, Calif., in May.

Quilliam and Richard Cole co-wrote a chapter in the peer-reviewed Handbook of Research on Effective Electronic Gaming in Education (Richard E. Ferdig) entitled “Online Games: Powerful Food Advertising to Children.” The book is in press.


In February, Assistant Professor Bonnie Stewart was a panel member at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Midwinter Conference at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pa. The panel discussed “Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities in the Communication Field.”

Stewart was awarded a Faculty Senate Research Grant and an SOJ Faculty Summer Grant to continue her research on the 1968 Consolidation No. 9 Mine Disaster in Farmington, W.Va.


Assistant Professor John Temple received a Faculty Senate Public Service Grant for a project he is doing next year called “West Virginia Uncovered: Multimedia Journalism in the Mountain State.” Temple and six students will conduct multimedia training and develop multimedia packages for weekly newspapers around the state. The Charleston Daily Mail also will run the packages.


Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Steve Urbanski presented his paper, “Benin, West Africa: Home of the Dissident Media,” at the 66th Annual National Conference of the Midwestern Political Science Association in Chicago, Ill., in April. He also presented “The Identity Game: Michele Foucault’s Discourse-mediated Identity as an Effective Tool for Achieving a Narrative-based Ethic” at the 99th Annual Eastern Communication Association’s national convention in Pittsburgh, Pa., in May.


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