Journalism Students and Faculty to Present 31 Papers at 2006 AEJMC Conference

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By Kim Trokey

Columbia, Mo. (July 17, 2006) — Thirty-one scholarly papers – including five receiving top recognitions – will be presented at this year’s Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference by Missouri School of Journalism faculty and current and recent graduate students. Their work covers an impressive breadth of topics including advertising, public relations, newspaper journalism, international communications, media ethics and media law.

The upcoming AEJMC convention will bring together more than 2,000 of the leading scholars in the journalism and mass communication field. Scheduled for Aug. 2-5 in San Francisco, Calif., the annual meeting is held to encourage academic, industry professionals and students to investigate field trends and issues as well as to create and expand personal networks.

Esther Thorson, associate dean for graduate studies and research, said that the substantial number of papers accepted for the AEJMC conference each year reflects the School’s commitment to scholarly research.

“AEJMC continues to be an important forum for Journalism faculty and student researchers. From studies of freedom of information to how people respond to Internet-based news, the research topics are cutting-edge, and the methodologies and theoretical underpinnings are top notch. Media and journalism research are yet another reason that the School of Journalism is tops,” she said.

Top paper awards will be presented to four doctoral students and one master’s student.

Fred Vultee earned the “Top Student Paper” in the International Communication Division for “No Press, No Peace: Media Freedom and the Onset of International Conflict.”

Tayo Oyedeji and Felicity Duncan will receive the “Top Student Paper Award” by the Radio-Television Journalism Division for “The Relationships among Audience Loyalty, Perceived Quality, and Media Credibility of Cable News Networks.”

Youngkee Ju received the “First Place Student Paper” prize in the Mass Communication and Society Division for “Framing People in Crises: An Analysis of the New York Times Coverage of 9/11.”

Tayo Oyedeji earned a “Second Place Student Paper” award by the Media Management and Economics Division for “The Effect of Audiences’ Ideological Views on the Consumer-Based Brand Equity of CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.”

Master’s student Reuben Stern is the winner of the Carol Burnett/University of Hawaii/AEJMC Award Prize by the Media Ethics Division for “Stakeholder Theory and Media Management: An Ethical Framework for News Company Executives.”

Missouri Journalism faculty will also be serving as moderators, panelists and discussants at numerous paper sessions. These include Clyde Bentley, Stephanie Craft, Charles Davis, Cynthia FrisbyLynda Kraxberger, María Len-Ríos, Glenn Leshner, Geneva Overholser, Keith Sanders, Zoe Smith and Wayne Wanta.

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Faculty and students are engaged in research throughout the year. Faculty and students presented 31 papers at the International Communication Association annual convention held in June in Dresden, Germany, including two top paper student awards. In all more than 100 papers, lectures and other seminars were published and presented in the 2005-06 academic year.


Following is information about the AEJMC paper presentations.

Advertising Division

Attention, Attitude and Experience as Predictors of Advertising Avoidance Behaviors Among Five Different Media Jensen Moore, Missouri Journalism doctoral student.

Communication Theory and Methodology Division

  • Assessing the Role of Information-processing Strategies in Learning from the News about Sources of Social Capital Kenneth Fleming, PhD ’05, director of the School’s Center for Advanced Social Research, Esther Thorson, Missouri Journalism graduate dean.
  • Race, Social Distance, and the Third-Person Effects: The Case of Hurricane Katrina Donation Advertising Hyo Jung Kim, Missouri Journalism doctoral student.

Cultural and Critical Studies Division

Mythical Themes in Iraq War Images, Time Magazine, 2003 Sun-A Kim, Missouri Journalism doctoral student, Zoe Smith, Missouri Journalism professor.

International Communication Division

  • How the World Looks to Us: International News in Award-Winning Photographs from the Pictures of the Year, 1943-2003 Keith Greenwood, Missouri Journalism doctoral student, Zoe Smith, Missouri Journalism professor.
  • Media framing of Hurricane Katrina and foreign correspondents’ journalistic expectations from the US media coverage of the disaster Yusuf Kalyango, Missouri Journalism doctoral student, Petya Eckler, Missouri Journalism doctoral student.
  • Frames and agendas: a time series analysis of how the US President and the US media portray foreign leaders Jeongsub Lim, Missouri Journalism doctoral student.
  • Terrorist or freedom fighter: the effects of the United States’ and the United Kingdom’s ideological views and global policies in the coverage of the trial of Jomo Kenyatta by the New York Times and The Times of London Tayo Oyedeiji, Missouri Journalism doctoral student.
  • No press, no peace: media freedom and the onset of international conflict Fred Vultee, Missouri Journalism doctoral student.

Law Division

The Promise of Arbitration: Can it succeed in journalism as it has in other businesses? Daxton R. Stewart, Missouri Journalism doctoral student.

Mass Communication and Society Division

  • Media Usage and Multitasking Among Young Adults Karen Boyajy, Missouri Journalism doctoral student.
  • Better Off Dead: Media Framing of Individual Journalists, News Organizations and “The Media” Stephanie Craft, Missouri Journalism faculty, Tayo Oyedeji, Missouri Journalism doctoral student, Wayne Wanta, Missouri Journalism faculty.
  • Framing People in Crises. An Analysis of The New York Times Coverage of 9/11 Youngkee Ju, Missouri Journalism doctoral student.
  • Party Identification as a Predictor of Perceived News Media Bias: A Test on Hostile Media Effect Zengjun Peng, PhD ’05, St. Cloud State University, and Kenneth Fleming, PhD ’05, director of the Missouri Center for Advanced Social Research.
  • Predictors of News Trust and News Medium Choice in 18-34 Year Olds Esther Thorson, Missouri Journalism graduate dean, Brian Hamman, Missouri Journalism master’s student.
  • Choice of News Media Sources in the New Media Landscape: The Crucial 18-34 Demographic Esther Thorson, Missouri Journalism graduate dean, Kjerstin Thorson, Missouri Journalism master’s student.
  • Agenda for Trouble: News Frames of Mitigation and Responsibility after Hurricane Katrina Fred Vultee, Missouri Journalism doctoral student.

Media Ethics Division

  • Separating rumors from news but not entirely from journalism Karen Boyajy, Missouri Journalism doctoral student, Lee Wilkins, Missouri Journalism professor.
  • Stakeholder Theory and Media Management: An Ethical Framework for News Company Executives Reuben J. Stern, Missouri Journalism master’s student.

Media Management and Economics Division

The Effect of Audiences’ Ideological Views on the Consumer-Based Brand Equity of CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC Tayo Oyedeji, Missouri Journalism doctoral student.

Minorities and Communication Division

Objectivity and The Journalist’s Creed: Local coverage of Lucile Bluford’s fight to enter the School of Journalism Earnest Perry, Missouri Journalism professor, Aimee Edmondson, Missouri Journalism doctoral student.

Newspaper Division

Taking Action on Credibility: Does APME’s Credibility Roundtable Program Have Measurable Effects? Carrie Brown, Missouri Journalism doctoral student, Esther Thorson, Missouri Journalism graduate dean, Ken Fleming, PhD ’05, director of the Missouri Center for Advanced Social Research.

Public Relations Division

  • A Sense of Agency: Utilizing Firms in the Public Relations Campaigns Course Vince Benigni, College of Charleston, J. Christopher Wood, University of Georgia, Glen T. Cameron, Missouri Journalism professor.
  • The Moral Development of Public Relations Practitioners: A Comparison with Other Professions Lee Wilkins, Missouri Journalism professor, Renita Coleman, PhD ’01, University of Texas-Austin.

Radio TV Journalism Division

  • Uses and Gratifications of International Television News: A Two-Way Discourse Analysis Yusuf Kalyango, Jr., Missouri Journalism doctoral student.
  • The Relationships among Audience Loyalty, Perceived Quality, and Media Credibility of Cable News Networks Tayo Oyedeji, Missouri Journalism doctoral student, Felicity Duncan, Missouri Journalism master’s student.

Visual Communication Division

The Emotional Effect of Negative News Photographs Renee Martin-Kratzer, PhD ’05, University of Florida, Esther Thorson, Missouri Journalism graduate dean.

Interest Group: Civic and Citizen Journalism

Sense of Community as a Driver for Citizen Journalism Clyde H. Bentley, Missouri Journalism professor, Brian Hamman, Missouri Journalism master’s student, Hans Ibold, Missouri Journalism doctoral student, Jeremy Littau and Hans Meyer, Missouri Journalism master’s students.

Interest Group: Entertainment Studies

The Images: A Content Analysis of Celebrity Photographs in Three Celebrity Magazines Elizabeth M. Hendrickson, Missouri Journalism doctoral student.

Interest Group: Media and Disability

Advocacy Oriented Behavior and Health Care Access: A Conceptual Model of Health Communication Used in Coordinating Care for Children with Juvenile Arthritis Michael Grinfeld, Missouri Journalism professor, Brian Hensel and Robin Hoecker.


Kim Trokey, BJ ’06, is pursuing a master’s degree in journalism, studying the strategic communication model, and serving as a graduate research assistant. As an undergraduate, she gained experience in public relations, event planning and advertising through internships at Help the Aged Charity in London, England, and at Rodgers Townsend, a full-service advertising agency in St. Louis, Mo. Trokey plans to work in advertising account planning upon graduation.

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