• ‘Tis the season for thesis and dissertation defenses.  Congratulations to these graduate students who have passed major project milestones:
  • Soo-keung Jung defended her M.A. thesis, “Audience Participation in the Production and Consumption of Gangnam Style,” advised byHongmei Li.
  • Maria Boyd, defended her dissertation prospectuson April 23.  Her project, advised by Sharon Shahaf, is “Unscripted: The Invisible Labor of Reality TV Writers.”
  • James Triplett defended his M.A. creative thesis film, “The Welcoming,” under the direction of Ly Bolia.
  • Stephen Heidt defended his dissertation on March 24, “The Mobile Savage: Presidential Peace Rhetoric and the Perpetuation of Enemies.”  Heidt was advised by Mary Stuckey.
  • Minla Shields defended her M.A. thesis, “Ethics in Photojournalism: Authenticity and Sensitivity in Coverage of Tragic Events,” advised by Carrie Freeman.
  • Scott Howard defended his M.A. creative thesis film, “Milk and Cookies,” under the direction of Ly Bolia.
  • Several students in the doctoral program successfully defended their comprehensive examinations (with oral examinations still underway in other cases).  These include, so far,Phil KostkaWilliam LorickChristian Norman, andEmily Kofoed.
  • These M.A. students have successfully completed a non-thesis program of study and will graduate this May: Jenna FarmerDenise Kennedy, andKristen Everett.
  • Congratulations to Laurel Ahnert, who will receive the 2014-2015 Woodruff Fellowship.
  • Ed Rideout, who worked as visiting lecturer for the department, has just been named a Lecturer in Communication at Georgia Regents University.
  • Jessica Link, who completed her B.A. in broadcast journalism at GSU, is now doing freelance travel writing and social media managing project work.
  • Farooq Kperogi, a doctoral graduate of the program, formerly a journalist in Nigeria, and now on the faculty at Kennesaw State University, has been called back to the University of Louisiana – Lafayette, having been named their 2014 Outstanding Alumnus.  Congratulations!