The University of Akron School of Communication is pleased to announce a strong showing at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Meeting in April 2014, including four top papers and a wide variety of other accomplishments by our faculty and graduate students.
Dr. Rebecca Britt won a Top Paper award for her paper titled: "Connecting Social Cognitive Theory and Affordances in Mobile-Mediated Navigation: A Qualitative Study on Mobile Device Exploration." (Research Division).
Dr. Phil Hoffman will present a paper, lead a training session, and serve as chair of the the Student Media Advisors interest group meeting.
Dr. Hoffman will present his paper, “Production Companies, Entertainment and Transmedia Studios in Academic Programs: Models, Experiences, Outcomes.”
Dr. Hoffman is the Chair of the Student Media Advisors interest group and in this capacity he will lead the first of its kind training session to provide faculty a chance to get hands on experience with new versions of Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere.
And Dr. Hoffman just received word that Z-TV is a finalist for the National Signature Station contest.
Former Graduate Student, Hailey Mills, won a Top Paper Award for her paper based on her thesis research titled, "Avatar Creation: The Social Construction of “Beauty” in Second Life." Dr. Tang directed Hailey’s thesis, which grew out of the Quantitative Research Methods course.
Dr. Kathleen Stansberry is presenting her research on a panel titled New Media’s Impact on the Social Television Experience: Community Responses to News Involving Cancellations and Firings. Her paper discusses the fan movement to bring Arrested Development back to broadcast. The title of her paper is, "The Power of Fandom in Social Media: How an Engaged Public Revived Arrested Development."
Graduate Student Brandon Sweitzer and Dr. Tang will present a paper titled "Guiding a Participatory Audience: Understanding the Role of Social Media Structures".
Dr. Tang Tang has also earned two Top Papers this year, including:
Tang, T. and Cooper, R. "Predictors of Simultaneous New Media Use During the 2012 Olympics" won the Top Paper Award at the 2014 Broadcast Education Association paper competition (Sports Division).
Tang, T. and Cooper, R. "Gender and the Attributes for Career Success Among News Professionals" won the Top Paper Award at the 2014 Broadcast Education Association paper competition (Gender Division).
Dr. Tang and her coauthor Roger Cooper have set a record for the most consecutive Top Paper Awards at BEA. This is the fifth year in a row that they have won a Top Paper Award at the BEA sports division paper competition (since 2010), and the eighth year in a row that they have won a Top Paper Award at BEA paper competition (since 2007).
All totaled, members of the University of Akron School of Communication will deliver seven papers, chair two interest groups/divisions, be honored with four Top Paper Awards, and possibly garner best station honors.