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Dr. McIntyre and Dr. Alkazemi win national AEJMC awards

Aug 11, 2020

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Mariam Alkazemi (left) and Karen McIntyre

Robertson School faculty members Dr. Karen McIntyre and Dr. Mariam Alkazemi were honored with national awards at the virtual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) last week. The conference was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Dr. McIntyre's research study "Press Freedom in East Africa: Perceptions from journalists in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya" was selected as the recipient of this year’s African Journalism Studies Best Paper Award for Journalism Research by the International Communication Division of AEJMC. Dr. McIntyre, who is an associate professor of journalism and the Robertson School's Director of Graduate Studies, conducted the study with her co-author Dr. Meghan Sobel Cohen from Regis University

Dr. Alkazemi won a third-place award in AEJMC's 2020 Best Practices in Teaching Competition, which had the theme "Difficult Topics in a Polarized Society." Dr. Alkazemi, assistant professor of public relations and the School's Coordinator for Research and Global Initatives, won the award for her submission "Films, Readings and Reactions: Reflecting on Media Portrayals of the Middle East through Film and Readings," which is based on her teaching philosophy in her new course "International Media Coverage: The Middle East" this spring semester. 

"We are so exited for Dr. McIntyre and Dr. Alkazemi for these national recognitions," said Dr. Marcus Messner, director of the Robertson School. "It speaks to our faculty's impactful research and teaching."

In total, nine Robertson School faculty presented about their research and teaching at the virtual AEJMC conference last week. 

- Dr. Tim Bajkiewicz, associate professor of broadcast journalism, spoke on a panel about "Struggling with Standard 9: How Journalism Programs Across America Grapple with the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes."

- Dr. Minhee Choi, who will start as an assistant professor of public relations this fall semester, presented her latest reseach study on "From Advocacy to Activism: Scale Development of Behavioral Steps" with Dr. Brooke McKeever, Dr. Robert McKeever and Shudan Huang of the University of South Carolina.

- Professor Jessica Collins, assistant professor of advertising, spoke on a research panel about "Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship and Advertising Divisions." She also spoke on a panel about "Generational Divides: Preparing Gen Y and Z Students to Work with Gen X and Boomers."

- Dr. Jeanine Guidry and Dr. Nicole O’Donnell, assistant professors of public relations, presented their study "Stay Socially Distant and Wash Your Hands: Determining Intent for COVID-19 Preventive Behaviors" with their research partners Dr. Lucinda Austin from the University of North Carolina and Dr. Ioana Coman from Texas Tech University. In addition, Drs. O'Donnel and Guidry presented their study "Beyond Personal Responsibility: Analyzing How Fear Appeals and Attribution Frames Affect Behavioral Intentions and Policy Information Seeking." Dr. Guidry also spoke on a panel about "Pedagogy in a Pandemic: Keeping Your Classes and Yourself Together While Things Are Falling Apart."

- Dr. Mallory Perryman presented her research study "Same Scandal, Different Standards: The Effect of Partisanship on Expectations of News Reports about Whistleblowers" with her research partners Dr. Megan Duncan and Brittany Shaughnessy of Virginia Tech University. 

 - Dr. Baobao Song had her study "Building Consumer Communal Relationships through Cause-Related Marketing: From the Perspective of Persuasion Knowledge" accepted for presentation at the conference. She collaborated with Dr. Weiting Tao from the University of Miami and Dr. Taylor Wen from the University of South Carolina.

“This is again a very strong showing of our faculty at this leading academic conference,” said Messner. “I am so proud of my colleagues for being able to continue with their outstanding work in this challenging time."