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28th Annual Symposium - February 3, 2006

The College of Communication and Information held its 28th Annual Research Symposium on Friday, February 3, in the University Center. Dr. Lawrence W. Lichty, Northwestern radio/television/film professor and historian for the movie, "Good Night, and Good Luck," presented a keynote address based on the theme of the event, "Moving Toward the Future: Convergence of Communication and Information." In addition, faculty, staff and graduate and doctoral students presented original research, outlined below.

Session 1 - Convergence in Education

Moderator: Dr. Ed Caudill, School of Journalism and Electronic Media

Digital Communication Design: Teaching “Sisomo” Convergence in an Interdisciplinary, Project-Based Seminar.
Linda E. Menck, Professional-in-Residence, Marquette University

Communication-Information Convergences in Internet Use by International Teaching Assistants (ITAs): “Sense Making” in a Culturally Alien Information Environment. Paper
Bharat Mehra, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee
Dean Papajohn, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

First Amendment Rights and the Private College: Exploring First Amendment Rights of the Student Press at Private Institutions of Higher Education.
James E. Miller, PhD Student, University of Tennessee

Session 2 - Health and Disasters

Moderator: Dr. Michelle Violanti, School of Communication Studies

Cultural Values in Disaster News: A Content Analysis of Korean vs. U.S. Newspapers’ Tsunami Coverage. Paper |
Karen J. “Kitty” McClanahan, PhD Student, University of Tennessee Jinsuk Jung, MS Student, University of Tennessee

  • Stones Unturned: A Secondary Analysis of Health Information-Seeking Orientation, Resource Characteristics, and Health Consumer Demographics.  Presentation
    Karen J. “Kitty” McClanahan, PhD Student, University of Tennessee
  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)’s Privacy Rule: Adding Oil to the Long-Burning Fire Between Personal Privacy and Public Interest.
    Kunka D. Ignatova, PhD Student, University of Tennessee

Session 3 - Special Populations

Moderator: Dr. Margaret Morrison, School of Advertising and Public Relations

Perceptions on Ownership of Creative Expressions: the Case of Traditional Musicians in Uganda. Paper 
Dick Kawooya, PhD Student, University of Tennessee

  • Nightly News and the Child’s Perspective: A Content Analysis of Children Featured in Nightly Network Television News Broadcasts.
    Rebekah L. Andrews, MS Student, East Tennessee State University
  • The Impact of Regionalism on Perceived North Korean Nuclear Risk of South Koreans Presentation
    Sora Kim, PhD Student, University of Tennessee

Poster Session 1

  • Experiences of Women in Local Politics: A Qualitative Examination.  Presentation
    Linda P. Jurczak, PhD Student, University of Tennessee
  • Effects of Computer Mediated Communication on Workplace Relationships Research Agenda. | Presentation
    Martijn J. Van Kelegom, MS Student, University of Tennessee
  • George W. Bush and His Images During the 2004 Presidential Campaign: A Study of Second-Level Agenda Setting. Paper | Presentation
    Antoneta M. Vanc, PhD Student, University of Tennessee
  • Comparison Analysis on the Difference of Broadcast News Stories and the Station’s Website Version of the Same Story. Paper | Presentation
    Felicia McGhee-Hilt, PhD Student, University of Tennessee
  • Thomas Jefferson and Freedom of the Press.
    Tiffany J. Shoop, PhD Student, University of Tennessee
  • Concepts of Ethics in Public Relations Management: A Practitioners Perspective. Paper | Presentation
    S. Tanner Smith, PhD Student, University of Tennessee

Session 4 - Politics

Moderator: Dr. Michael Palenchar, School of Advertising and Public Relations

The 2004 U.S. Elections and News/Talk Radio Audience Shares. Paper |

TV Market and Congressional District Mismatches: Effects on Campaign Spending and Election Outcomes. Paper |
Dr. Mark D. Harmon, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee

  • Cracked Rear View Mirror: How Perceptions of Modern Presidents’ Attitude Regarding Open Government Records Compare to the FOIA Request Statistics for the Administrations. Paper | Presentation
    Marcus Fitzsimmons, Student, University of Tennessee

Session 5 - Social Responsibility and Image

Moderator: Dr. Dania Bilal, School of Information Sciences

Shock and Awe: Context Effects on Advertising Offensiveness. Paper 
Timothy P. Christy, Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas
Sora Kim, PhD Student, University of Tennessee
Cheryl Ann Lambert, PhD Student, University of Tennessee
Dr. Eric Haley, Professor, University of Tennessee

Did the Enron Scandal Affect the Print Media Coverage on Corporate Social Responsibility?

The Value Selection Process in Corporate Image Campaigns: A Conceptual Model and Research Propositions. Paper |
Sora Kim, PhD Student, University of Tennessee
Dr. Eric Haley, Professor, University of Tennessee

Poster Session 2

  • Health Information Need and Seeking of Elderly Residing in an Independent Living Retirement Community: A Qualitative Study. Paper | Presentation
    Sheri L. Edwards, MS Student, University of Tennessee
  • Media Coverage of Chemical Manufacturing Accidents: Legal Representatives Filling the Crisis Information Void. Paper | Presentation
    Dr. Michael J. Palenchar, Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee
    Sunny Lipscomb, MA, University of Tennessee Emma Wright, MA, PhD Student, University of Tennessee
  • U.S. Network TV Newscasts and the Vietnam Veterans Against the War: An Historical Case Study in Media and Social Movement Theory. Paper | Presentation
    Dr. Mark D. Harmon, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee
    Dr. Catherine A. Luther, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee
  • A Convergence of Organizational Communication and Axiology: An Exploratory Evaluation of the Work of Robert S. Harman. Paper | Presentation
    Abby M. Brooks, PhD Student, University of Tennessee
  • Thinking Globally and Reading Diversely: Issues of Gay and Lesbian International Literature for Young Adults. Paper | Presentation
    Amy M. Elliott, MS Student, University of Tennessee
  • The Persona of Leadership: Rhetorical Visions in Times of Crisis and Tragedy. Paper | Presentation
    S. Tanner Smith, PhD Student, University of Tennessee
    Antoneta M. Vanc, PhD Student, University of Tennessee
  • Gender Portrayals: Advertising Images of Males and Females in Media. Paper | Presentation
    Dr. Carolynn McMahan, Assistant Professor, University of North Florida
    Tiffany J. Shoop, PhD Student, University of Tennessee

Session 6 - Technology and Government Policy

Moderator: Dr. Ken Levine, School of Communication Studies

Semantic Framing of the Iraq War, Sept. 11th to Oct. 11, 2002. Paper
Dr. Mark Harmon, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee
Fall 2005 Public Opinion Class

  • You Will All Be Syndicated: RSS as Two-Way “Mass” Communication. Paper | Presentation
    Dr. Bob Stepno, Lecturer, University of Tennessee


Symposium Committee

Dr. Kendra Albright, School of Information Sciences
Ms. Mary Bartolini, Center for Information Studies
Dr. Dania Bilal, School of Information Sciences
Dr. Ed Caudill, School of Journalism and Electronic Media
Dr. Mark Harmon, School of Journalism and Electronic Media
Dr. Mariea Hoy, School of Advertising and Public Relations
Ms. Diana King, Administrative Services Assistant
Dr. Ken Levine, School of Communication Studies
Dr. Sally McMillan, College of Communication and Information
Dr. Margie Morrison, School of Advertising and Public Relations
Dr. Carol Tenopir, Chair, School of Information Sciences
Dr. Michelle Violanti, School of Communication Studies

Technology Committee

Dr. John Haas, School of Communication Studies
Professor Rob Heller, School of Journalism and Electronic Media
Mr. John McNair, Director of Technology, College of Communication & Information
Dr. Michael Palenchar, Chair, School of Advertising and Public Relations
Dr. Gretchen Whitney, School of Information Sciences