Communication and Media Studies Department

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Media Studies Maine Association of Broadcasters Award Winners

Media Studies seniors Julia Giancola and Cathlin Smith have been chosen to receive the Maine Association of Broadcasters Award for spring 2015. Cat and Julia were chosen as a result of nomination from the media studies faculty at USM based on interest in broadcasting and their promise in the field. Thank you Maine Association of Broadcasters for funding this award! Read the recipients’ interviews …

Media Studies Student to Kickstart S(her)lock

Read about Media Studies senior Kate Tracy's Kickstarter campaign to fund a new web series, "S(her)lock". The series features a cast and crew of mostly USM students and aims to play with traditional gender roles and feminist theory. The Press Herald article is available here: http://www.pressherald.com/2014/12/30/usm-media-student-casting-female-lead-for-sherlock-web-series/ To check out the Kickstarter campaign, go to Kickstarter.com and search for S(her)lock.

Media Studies Senior Projects

Student work from Professor Killmeier's media studies senior project class is now available on the Communication and Media Studies Production Vimeo page. Enjoy the show at http://vimeo.com/cmsvideo/videos.

Communication and Media Studies Student Podcasts

Table Talk, podcasts from Students in the Communication and Media Studies course, CMS 220-Radio Production I, are now available in the WMPG archive. (http://www.wmpg.org/archivefiles/mes220.htm) Interviewed guests include Elise Johannsen of Equity Maine, Patty Guette of End 68 Hours of Hunger, Dr. Patrice Lockhart, and Catherine Lake. Also, Professors Matthew Killmeier of Communication and Media Studies, Lisa Walker of English, and Michael Hillard of Economics are interviewed.

Media Studies Majors Serve on Maine Association of Broadcasters Panel

Patrick Higgins and Cody Marcroft, both juniors in the media studies major, served on a panel on millenials' media usage at the Maine Association of Broadcasters' 2014 Convention on September 27 in Portland. Higgins and Marcroft, along with two other area college students, discussed how they and their peers use media with fellow millenial Madison Zinsenheim, a Client Service Executive at Nielsen, Inc., in New York, and fielded questions from Maine broadcasters.

Geoffrey Leighton's Film ARRT! Wins Competition

Geoffrey Leighton, CMS Instructor, was one of nine winners of the Maine Film and Video Association's 2014 Maine Short Film Competition. Leighton's short documentary, This Is ARRT! looks at the the Union of Maine Visual Artist's group, the Artists Rapid Response Team (ARRT!). The film is available on Vimeo ( http://vimeo.com/92197599).

Professors Shedletsky and Beaudry to Teach Visual Literacy Webinar

Communication Professor Lenny Shedletsky and Associate Professor of Education Jeffrey Beaudry will present a webinar on the topic of visual literacy to faculty of the University of Maine System. The webinar will introduce faculty to visual literacy and concept mapping and will provide opportunities for collaboration on classroom applications. The event time is Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Professors Shedletsky and Beaudry have recently edited the publication, Cases on Teaching Critical Thinking Through Visual Representation Strategies, with IGI Global. Several contributing authors of this text will participate in the webinar. A tech grant from University College Faculty E-Learning funded this endeavor.

Professor Ebben Contributes to USM's Cyber Security Research Cluster

Maureen Ebben, PhD, Communication and Media Studies, is acting as Faculty Research Associate with USM's new Cyber Security Research Cluster where she contributes to research, education, and outreach efforts.

Service Learning Project Makes Lasting Impact

Marie Sheffield, multicultural coordinator at the Center for Grieving Children and program participants discuss their work with Your Song, Your Story, with 98.9 WCLZ's Ethan Minton. USM media studies alum Billy Libby founded the non-profit, Your Song, Your Story, after working with the Center during his media studies service learning practicum course. The full interview is available on the 98.9 WCLZ website.

Kathryn Lasky Award for Public Service Winners Chosen

Media Studies majors Ayrie Calhoun-Lang, Derek Goodrich, Heather Guaciaro, and Michael Maurice have been selected as the 2014 recipients of the Kathryn Lasky Award for Public Service.

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