• Natalie Tindall, associate professor of communications, was interviewed for an article in Diverse Issues in Higher Education about African-American women faculty using Twitter chats to foster communication on diversity and equity issues in higher education. Tindall participated in a chat that posed questions such as, “What is the number one quality anyone needs to persist to a Ph.D.?” and “What stereotypes have you confronted as a black woman pursuing and receiving your Ph.D.?” “Sometimes, people don’t feel a welcoming space to talk about these things or have the discussion or even ask questions about, ‘How do you find a mentor?’ when traditionally everybody has a mentor in a graduate program,” Tindall said. Here is the Storify archive of the entire chat.
  • An essay by Jason Jarvis has just been published in an edited volume, Social Media in Asia (ed. By Michael Prosser and Cui Litang, 2014).  The chapter is entitled, “Mad cow blues: Clay Shirky, South Korea and the digital public sphere”; the volume is published by Dignity Press. At the Western States Communication Association meeting happening later this month in Anaheim, California, Jarvis will present a research paper, “Shark fin soup: Collective imagination in the transnational public sphere.”  And then, at theInternational Studies Association conference running in March 2014, in Toronto, Jason will present “Networked revolution: Hillary Clinton’s rhetorical approach to new communication technology as Secretary of State.”
  • This past weekend the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) hosted its annual TV Fest, a set of events that feature industry panels and blend academic and practitioner perspectives.  Elizabeth Strickler participated one of those panels. “Beyond Passive Entertainment: TV Everywhere,” included Strickler, Tom Arcuragi (an integrated media and content development consultant), Steve Carlisle (Director of Strategic Development at Crawford Media Services), and Frank Radice (“Expert-in-residence” for Definition 6). The panel was moderated by Graham Jefferson, Los Angeles based technology columnist for USA Today, and the host and producer of USA Today’s Talking Your Tech and Talking Tech video series.
  • The Signal topped its previous record for first place finishes at the Georgia College Press Association’s “Better Newspaper” contest this past weekend. The paper received twelve first-place finishes among 21 placements in 17 categories in a ceremony at the Classic Center in Athens, GA on February 8. Mesha Wind, treasurer of the Georgia Press Institute and reporter for The Cairo Messenger, presided over the awards ceremony, which honored work from December 2012 through the end of November 2013. Former Signal Editor-in-Chief Sabastian Wee introduced Wind and received a plaque of appreciation for his service as GCPA President. The newspaper topped the General Excellence category for the second straight year and also placed 1st in the categories News, Sports, Features and Layout & Design in the 4 Year Division A bracket. Division A refers to student newspapers from 4 Year Georgia colleges and universities with enrollments above 8,000 students. Members include The Technique (Georgia Institute of Technology), The Bell-Ringer (Georgia Highlands College), The Emory WheelThe George-Anne (Georgia Southern), The Cluster (Mercer), The Spectator (Valdosta State), The District (Savannah State), and The Inkwell (Armstrong Atlantic State). The Signal also placed second in the 4A Advertising category and itswebsite finished second amongst all 4 Year GCPA members. Seven Signal staffers topped 4-Year (all division) individual categories. Winning entries included: Andres Cruz-Wellman and Jesus Diaz’ story on the disqualification of Student Government Association candidate Christian Hill (Best News Article based on Investigative Reporting);Daniel Camacho’s article on campus housing safety (Best News Article based on Objective Reporting); Johnny Gipson’s profile of Soul Food Cypher (Best Entertainment Story); Andres Cruz-Wellman’s photo of a student embracing Monica Pearson at the Modern Media Conference (Best News Photo); Candra Umunna’s cover photo of the November 12 issue; Ami Dudley’s entry in the Best Column category (based on three collected entries); the staff entry in the Best Editorial or Editorial Series category (based on a series of editorials regarding the 2013 GSU SGA Election). In addition to its first-place finishes, three Signal students placed 2nd in Individual 4-Year categories: Adjoa Danso in Best Entertainment Feature (for her overview of the Sweet Auburn Curb Market), Mike Eden in Best Sports Photo (for his shot of GSU basketball player TJ Shipes’ dunking against Shorter College), and Alec McQuade in Best Sports Story (for his profile on GSU athlete Alisha Andrews). Placing 3rd in their respective categories were Samantha Reardon (in Best Column), Asia Thomas (Best News Article Based on Objective Reporting),Rhett Lewis (Best Sports Photo), and the staff’s Best Editorial Entry arguing for GSU purchasing Turner Field. Congratulations to all these students for their terrific work!
  • If you’ve been on the university main page, you may have noticed that the most recent “Your Minute With a Professor” features Tony Lemieux.