Monthly Archives: July 2014

Great practical advice from a Montreal local on how to navigate the city for the AEJMC Conference!

Here is some great useful advice from a friend in Montreal (who is American) on how to navigate the city in terms of transportation, money, shopping, wifi, language and safety!

 

“There are 5 universities in town, and they all use the eduroam wifi service like UMD. So set it up on your phone or computer before you come and it will work here. And of course, almost every restaurant and coffee shop has free wifi.

 

Transportation: Arriving at Trudeau airport, you can take a cab downtown, its about 25 minutes depending on traffic and will cost CAD 60-80. Montréal has excellent public transit, you will see all the locals queuing to take the 747 bus from the airport. It only takes 10 minutes longer, runs every 15-20 minutes, and it costs $10 (coins only, no paper money, or buy a ticket at the machine); if you plan on using the metro or bus system over the weekend, get a weekly pass. This covers the 747 bus too, so it will more than pay for itself. The bus drops off just a few blocks from the hotel. The metro system will get you anywhere in the city quickly, its $3 per ride if you don’t have a pass.

 

Money: All but the smallest shops accept credit cards. The Canadian cards use a chip, only the legacy readers can accept cards with only a magnetic strip. You will be charged a fee by your credit card provider for an international transaction and probably not get the best exchange rate, but of course every card is different. Don’t forget to call your credit card company and tell them you will be in Canada! Tourists’ cards get frozen all the time. I find the best bet is to pull all the cash you will need in one transaction out of an ATM on your network. You only get the international transaction fee once, and the exchange rate tends to be a bit better. Exchanging cash directly from USD to CAD does not offer a good rate.

 

Language: Quebec is unique within Canada, don’t call a Quebecer a Canadian! The conference logo probably should have had a Fleur-de-lis rather than a maple leaf. Everyone here really does speak French, but 99% speak English too. Don’t bother asking someone if they speak English, just start talking. Anyone in the service industry will greet you with “Bonjour, Hi,” announcing they are bi-lingual; if you don’t speak French don’t answer with “Bonjour.” If you want to practice you high school French that is great, but don’t be surprised when the other party just switches to English.

 

Tipping: Don’t be “that” American, 15%-20% is standard on food and drink.

 

Taxes: They are really high, about 20% including federal and provincial, and they are not included in listed prices unless specifically stated. You will find everything is more expensive here.

 

Other: The drinking age is 18. Montréal is a very safe city, you don’t need to be afraid walking alone at 3am. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t petty crime, watch your wallet, especially in tourist areas. Lastly, get out and see the town, in the daytime there is plenty to see within a short walk or bus ride. Montréal is a foodie city and has a great nightlife. The hotel is right in the middle of the quartier des spectacles with bars, restaurants, shopping and strip clubs. But if you want a more authentic experience get out of downtown.
 
Bienvenue à la ville!”

Check your debit/credit cards for travel to AEJMC in Canada

If you travel to the AEJMC Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada, make sure you check your US credit/debit cards and talk with your bank to see if you can use them in Canada. Businesses in Canada often require a card with a pin/chip which U.S. cards most often don’t have. Bring cash in addition to be on the safe side. Your credit cards may not work in Canada, make sure you prepare!

Join the fun, informative and yummy CSW Mentoring Luncheon in Montreal

Now that the conference in Montreal is just a couple of weeks away, we would like to encourage you to attend the CSW Mentoring Luncheon. If you are new to the conference and CSW, this is an excellent way of getting to know other scholars. Don’t be shy and join!

We are delighted to announce that this year’s keynote speaker is Mary Anne Franks, Associate Professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law. An expert and advocate in the areas of cyberlaw, discrimination, free speech, law and gender, Dr. Franks will speak about Internet equality and the concept of cyber civil rights. You may have seen her in numerous recent media appearances (like discussing misogyny on HuffPost Live http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/29/elliot-rodger-misogynist-manifesto_n_5412958.html).

We hope you will join us for her keynote speech, as well as the valuable discussion and mentoring that takes place at the CSW luncheon on Friday, August 8, in Montreal!

Even if you already registered for the conference, you can still sign up for the luncheon at this link https://aejmc2.wufoo.com/forms/2014-conference-workshops-luncheons/ 

Please also encourage friends and especially graduate students to attend – and if you have promising and interested graduate students for whom the cost of the luncheon may prove a burden, please contact me directly at springd@usca.edu

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Montreal — and at the luncheon!


Get ready for AEJMC in Montreal!

Just a couple of weeks are left until the AEJMC Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada starts on August 6!

If you have not checked it yet, it is high time that you make sure that your current passport is still valid. If not, you still have time to renew your passport via an express process, if you are a U.S. citizen.

For international students: Remember that as an international student you also need a valid passport, a valid visa AND a valid travel signature from your university’s office for international students. The signature goes on your current !-20 for F1 students or equivalent for J1 students.

Check with your international student office if you are not certain if your travel signature is still valid, if you have other visa issues or questions for leaving and returning to the US. Check now, in case your international student office is closed for part of the summer or has different open hours. 

Have a safe and happy trip to Montreal!

Brooke Erin Duffy awarded first Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Outstanding Junior Scholar Award

duffyIMG_2640-revosedBrooke Erin Duffy, an assistant professor at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication, is the winner of the 2014 Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Outstanding Junior Scholar Award. 

Kopenhaver, dean emeritus and professor at Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will present the award on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the 2014 AEJMC Conference at Le Centre Sheraton in Montréal, Canada. AEJMC, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, is a nonprofit organization for journalism and mass communication scholars, educators, students and professionals.

Duffy, a member of the advertising faculty at Temple, uses a feminist media approach in her research, which focuses on media, gender and digital culture. Her 2013 book, “Remake, Remodel: Women’s Magazines in the Digital Age,” was published by University of Illinois Press and focuses on women working in media and culture industries. She also is in the process of interviewing women amateur creative workers for a book project that focuses on gender and labor in the digital age. She has co-edited a book, “Key Readings in Mass Media Today: Mass Communication in Contexts,” published in 2009 by Routledge. She also has published several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on cultural production and gender.

The judges were impressed by her volume of work, its significance to the field, and its influence on other scholars who have cited her scholarship. 

Duffy holds a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned a M.A. in communication from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Pennsylvania State University. She also worked in media relations at Yale University and as an external affairs writer at the University of Pennsylvania.

This is the first year the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Outstanding Junior Scholar Award has been given. Kopenhaver, executive director of the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Florida International University, and the AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women founded the award to honor a woman junior scholar who demonstrates outstanding research and great potential for future scholarship. The winner receives a $250 check and a certificate.

The Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication may be reached at 305-919-5623 or email: kopenhav@fiu.edu.