Baylor JPRNM graduate students present papers at 2013 AEJMC Midwinter Conference

March 5, 2013

Representing Baylor at the 2013 AEJMC Midwinter Conference were Savanah Landerholm, Michelle Rava, Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., Liz Cohen, Claire Fournon and Danielle Brown.

Several Baylor graduate students in the Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media presented papers at the 2013 AEJMC Midwinter Conference, held March 1-2 at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma.

The AEJMC Midwinter Conference is an annual forum for the presentation of research and debate in areas relevant to the 11 AEJMC groups (divisions, interest groups and commissions) sponsoring the event.

The conference, held in Norman, Okla., provides a platform for presentations and extended discussions in a relaxed setting.

"Attending this conference was a great opportunity for students to present their research to their peers and to get feedback on how to make it better," Moody-Ramirez, sponsor, said. "I was very pleased with the number of papers we had accepted."

Moody-Ramirez and students plan to revise the papers and submit them to the annual AEJMC conference, which will be held in Washington D.C. this summer. The papers will ultimately be submitted to academic journals.

Baylor journalism students attending the conference were Danielle Brown, Savanah Nisbett Landerholm, Michelle Rava, Claire Fournon, Liz Cohen.

Here's what the students had to say about the conference:

Savanah Landerholm

"The conference was a great place to go as a first-time paper presenter. The small and attentive audiences mixed with the helpful discussant created an encouraging atmosphere. I think it is a great place for any beginner, but it seemed to be just as enjoyable and beneficial for veteran attendees."

Danielle Brown

"I'm very thankful for the support of Baylor University's graduate school and the Department of Journalism Public Relations and New Media as I prepared to present at the AEJMC midwinter conference. This was a great opportunity for graduate students to network with other scholars as well as to present our research in a supportive and constructive environment."

Claire Fournon

"As a French exchange student, it was an amazing opportunity for me to be able to participate in this conference, present our team work and talk to other researchers. I would never have this opportunity in France as a student pursuing a master's degree.

Liz Cohen

"AEJMC was the first conference I have presented at, and I was grateful for the opportunity. The academic environment fostered there was exciting, abuzz with new ideas. I felt I learned a lot both through presenting and being an audience member. Overall it was a beneficial experience I hope to repeat someday."

Titles of team research papers coordinated by Moody-Ramirez and co-authored by students are:

•Obama Facebook Hate groups - Kyle Beam and Cate Westenhover
•Negativity in Twitter: How Politicians are Adapting to Social Media - Liz Cohen and Claire Fournon
•Fortune 500 Companies' Best Practices for Using Pinterest - Savanah Landerholm and Michelle Rava

Individual research paper titles and authors are:

•Direct or Watch: Audience Differentiations Between Traditional and Emerging Documentaries - Danielle Brown
•An Exploratory Study of the Use of Apple TV - Savanah Landerholm
•Online Image Repair Tactics of Lance Armstrong - Kyle Beam
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