Alumni

Annenberg School well-represented in latest issue of The Communication Review

Ph.D. student Dannagal Goldthwaite Young and recent graduate Emily West (Ph.D. 2004), appear in The Communication Review, January-March 2005, vol. 8, no. 1.

Danna's piece is titled: "Sacrifice, Consumption, and the American Way of Life: Advertising and Domestic Propaganda during World War II." "Scolding John Q.: Articulating a Normative Relationship between Politics and Entertainment" is the title of Emily's.

Dr. West is completing her first year of teaching at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

ABSTRACTS:

Film Produced by Paul Falzone Premiers to Sold Out Audience

As part of his first year mentorship, Paul Falzone spent the summer in New York City, working for WITNESS--an organization founded by musician and activist Peter Gabriel that uses media to fight human rights abuses around the world. While there, he collaborated with a Bay Area nonprofit (Books Not Bars) to produce a 30 minute documentary about rampant human rights abuses in the California juvenile justice system. This past Tuesday (October 19th), the film premiered at the Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland, California to a sold out audience.

Kenski and Falk on Attitudes About Women and the Oval Office

"Of What Is That Glass Ceiling Made?: A Study of Attitudes About Women and the Oval Office" by doctoral candidate Kate Kenski and ASC alumna Erika Falk has just been published this month in Women & Politics (2004, volume 26, number 2, 57-80).

Meyers Receives Top Dissertation Award

Oren Meyers (Ph.D. 2003) is about to receive the Ben Halpern Biennial Award in Israel Studies for Best Doctoral Dissertation in the Study of the Yishuv, Zionism, and the State of Israel. He will receive the award jointly with another candidate at the Association for Israel Studies dinner on Tuesday, June 15th at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalum. The title of Dr. Meyer's dissertation is "Israeli journalists as an interpretative community: the case study of Haolam Hazeh."

Annenberg Alumnus Wins Rober M. Worcester Prize from WAPOR

Yariv Tsfati (Annenberg alumnus, Ph.D. 2002) has won the Robert M. Worcester Prize for the best article in the International Journal of Public Opinion Research for the year 2003. The award is presented by the World Association for Public Opinion Research. "Media Skepticism and Climate of Opinion Perception" is the title of the article.

Dr. Tsfati is a lecturer at the Department of Communication, University of Haifa, Israel.

Remembering Annenberg alumnus George Custen (1950-2003)

The Annenberg community mourns the passing of George Custen (Ph.D. 1980) who died suddenly of a massive brain aneurism, May 9, in Los Angeles. He was 53. Professor Custen was treasured by colleagues and students as a warm, witty, and engaging friend, and will be remembered as a valued member of the extended Annenberg School family.

As a student at the Annenberg School, Dr. Custen worked first with Sol Worth in visual communications and film. After Sol Worth’s death, he continued his work with Larry Gross, completing his Ph.D.--a study of how viewers discuss film.

Brian Southwell receives top dissertation award!

Brian Southwell's (Ph.D. 2002) dissertation, "Mass media and memory traces: Multilevel explanation of encoded exposure to television content," is the 2003 recipient of the NCA/ICA Health Communication Dissertation Award.

Rachel Gans and Brett Mueller present at the Broadcast Education Association

Rachel Gans (Ph.D. candidate) and Brett Mueller (M.A. 2002) presented their research at the Broadcast Education Association in Las Vegas, NV, April, 2003. Their paper was titled Covering Politics On-Air and Online, also known as the E4 Project (Engaging the Electronic Electorate Effectively).

Television News and the Cultivation of Fear of Crime

Why has the public persisted in believing that violent crime is a widespread national problem in the U.S. despite declining trends in crime and the fact that crime is concentrated in urban locations? So ask authors Daniel Romer, director of the Institute for Adolescent Risk Communication, Annenberg Public Policy Center, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Professor and Dean, and Sean Aday (PhD, 1999) in the current issue of Journal of Communication (March, 2003, Volume 35, Number 1).

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