2012 Award Winners

Barrow Scholarship

CT&M congratulates Rowena Briones, University of Maryland, for winning the 2012 Barrows Scholarship Award winner.

The scholarship honors the late Professor Lionel C. Barrow, Jr., of Howard University, in recognition of his pioneering efforts in support of minority education in journalism and mass communication. The award is designed to aid doctoral students in journalism or mass communication programs to complete their dissertation research and academic studies. The students’ work does not need to address issues of race.

The award is sponsored by the CT&M Division and is made possible in part through contributions from the Minorities and Communication Division, the Commission on the Status of Minorities and personal donations.

Briones will be recognized at the CT&M business meeting in Chicago August 11, 2012.

Article of the Year Award

The Communication Theory and Methodology division has announced the winner of the “Article of the Year” published in the division’s journal, Communication Methods & Measures. Klaus Krippendorff’s, University of Pennsylvania article “Agreement and Information in the Reliability of Coding,” appeared in Volume 5, Issue 2. Krippendorff will be recognized with an honorarium and certificate at the CT&M members’ meeting in Chicago on August 11, 2012.

One reviewer commented, “Krippendorff’s article starts with a review much needed in the field before it spends the last part of the article developing a new tool to complement the standard IR measures. It is also ably explained, accessible, needed in the field, and will probably be in wide use soon.”

Honorable mentions went to Teresa Myers, George Mason University, for her article, “Goodbye, Listwise Deletion: Presenting Hot Deck Imputation as an Easy and Effective Tool for Handling Missing Data,” which appeared in Volume 5, Issue 4. Another honorable mention recognized an article co-authored by Douglas Luke and Charlene Caburnay from Washington University, St. Louis, and Elisia Cohen, University of Kentucky. The article, “How Much is Enough? New Recommendations for Using Constructed Week Sampling in Newspaper Content Analysis of Health Stories” appeared in CM&M Volume 5, Issue 1.

Summer 2012 Newsletter

The CT&M summer newsletter is now here.

This issue highlights:
-The 2012 CT&M Chicago program
-Info about the 2012 preconference workshops
-An update of the 2012 research paper competition
-Articles about the CM&M Article of the Year and the Barrow Scholarship winner
-Call for a special issue of CM&M
-Call for nominations for the 2012-2013 CT&M executive board

Also, remember when registering for AEJMC 2012, you can also renew your CT&M membership by checking the box on the form. The AEJMC conference registration form also includes the preconference sign up.

The CT&M members’ meeting is on Saturday, August 11 at 7 pm. Remember to send nominations for the executive board to mmh25@psu.edu by the end of July.

Smith Slated For Two Social Network Analysis Workshops in Chicago

The Communication Theory & Methodology Division and the Mass Communication & Society Division of AEJMC announce their preconference workshops “Using NodeXL for Social Network Analysis – For Beginners” and “Advanced Social Network Analysis” with Dr. Marc A. Smith. Smith’s NodeXL program is an easy to use, open-access program for social network analysis. It can be used to examine message boards, blogs, wikis, and friend networks.

Two sessions will be held on Wed., August 8, 2012 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown. The first session is for those who are new to social network analysis. The session will be held from 1 – 5 p.m. Smith will provide some background on the theory of social network analysis, before ending the beginner session with some “hands on” training using NodeXL. This intro session will be similar to the session Smith presented in 2011 in St. Louis (back by popular demand).

Smith will then present an advanced social network analysis session from 7 – 9 p.m. for those who have previous experience using NodeXL.

Participants will need to bring their computers since Smith will provide guidance and “hands on” training during the session. He’ll provide all registered participants information prior to their arrival in Chicago.

Smith is a sociologist specializing in the social organization of online communities and computer mediated interaction. He currently leads the Connected Action consulting group in Silicon Valley, CA. He founded and managed the Community Technologies Group at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA. He led the development of social media reporting and analysis tools for Telligent Systems. He is co-founder of the Media Research Foundation (http://www.smrfoundation.org/) “which is dedicated to Open Tools, Open Data, and Open Scholarship related to social media.”

Smith’s research focuses on computer-mediated collective action: the ways group dynamics change when they take place in and through social cyberspaces. Smith visualizes social cyberspaces, mapping and measuring their structure, dynamics and life cycles. At Microsoft, he developed the “Netscan” web application and data mining engine that allows researchers studying Usenet newsgroups and related repositories of threaded conversations to get reports on the rates of posting, posters, crossposting, thread length and frequency distributions of activity.

Registration information can be found on the AEJMC conference registration site (http://www.aejmcchicago.org/). Cost to attend is $45 for AEJMC members and $25 for graduate students. Members will be able to register for the preconference at the same time they register for the AEJMC conference. Please email Michel M. Haigh (mmh25@psu.edu) if you have any questions.