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Associate Professor Matt Mogekwu presented two papers this summer at international conferences.

Mogekwu attended the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) in Hyderabad, India, and presented "Global Media Ethics: The Challenge of National Identity and Cultural Boundaries."

Following that conference, he attended the 25th General Conference of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) in Istanbul, Turkey. There he presented a paper, "Community Theater: The Medium as the Message for Peace." At the conference, he was re-elected to the Governing Council of the Association for a two-year term.

Mogekwu chairs the Department of Journalism.

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Stephen Tropiano, associate professor of screen studies, contributed an essay “‘A Safe and Supportive Environment’: LGBTQ Youth and Social Media” to a recently published anthology, Queer Youth and Media Cultures (Palgrave-MacMillan).

Tropiano’s essay examines how two organizations dedicated to enriching and saving the lives of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) youth--the It Gets Better Project (IGBP) and the Trevor Project--are utilizing social media in unique and creative ways to reach out to young LGBTQ people.

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Assistant Professor Joshua Bonnetta will be exhibiting his audio-visual installation Strange Lines and Distances in Rennes, France at a gallery dedicated to the exhibition of sound art, Le Bon Accueil. The work will be installed from Oct. 10 through Nov. 22 as part of an exhibition exploring telecommunications and utopia.

His video work, Remanence III, created as part of a series of studies on electromagnetic remanence, will be screened on Oct. 16 as part of the Moscow Contemporary Science Film Festival. The work will screen in a program curated by the Moscow Polytechnic Museum that explores the intersection of art and science.

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Andrew Utterson, Assistant Professor of Screen Studies, delivered an invited address at the British Film Institute (BFI)’s annual conference in London, U.K. In a lecture and workshop entitled “Early Cinema: Learning to Love the Past,” delivered to an audience of film educators, he placed his academic research on film history and digital culture within a broader pedagogical context of how best to teach the films of the past to the students of today.

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Anthony Adornato, recently presented a paper at the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Montreal. His paper was titled “Forces at the Gate: Social Media’s Influence on Editorial and Production Decisions in Local Television Newsrooms.”

Adornato, an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism, conducted a nationwide survey of news directors. The results show popular, or trending, content and topics on social media are a significant factor in choosing stories to cover. The study also explored how these stories are treated in newscasts versus those gathered through more traditional sources, and how relying on social media can increase the chance that newsrooms will spread misinformation.
 

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