Big Ten journalism and mass communications deans and directors visit Andersen Hall

Friday, September 15, 2023 - 12:15pm

Journalism and mass communications deans and directors from the Big 10 conference held their fall meeting at UNL’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications on Tuesday, Sept. 12, in Andersen Hall.

The following deans, directors or designees attended: Elisia Cohen, Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Marie Harden, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University; Jerry Kosicki, Ph.D., The Ohio State University; Melissa Tully, Ph.D., University of Iowa; Gordon Stables, Ph.D., University of Southern California; and Shari Veil, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

The academic administrators spent the morning discussing the utilization of AI, study abroad programs, working with donors, funding student media and working with state associations. In the afternoon, they discussed international enrollment and listened to flash talks by CoJMC faculty members:

  • Associate Professor Bryan Wang: “Algorithmic Literacy and AI-Driven Tools in Mitigating Health Misinformation”
  • Professor Frauke Hachtmann: “When the World Stood Still: Crisis Response Advertising During COVID-19”
  • Assistant Professor Jason Stamm: “We Love You, We Hate You: Fan Twitter Response to Top College Football Recruits’ Decisions”
  • Associate Professor Adam Wagler: “Product Design as a Form of Owned Media: Strategies for Brand Building with User Experience”
  • Assistant Professor Ciera Kirkpatrick: “TikTok as a Health Comm Tool? Strategically Using TikTok to Improve Public Health”
  • Assistant Professor Kelli Boling: “I’m not a journalist. I don’t think that I necessarily fall under the same rules that they do’.: Journalistic ethics in true crime podcast production”
  • Professor Cory Armstrong: “Are you watching or warning: The role of comprehension, warning time and prior experience on individual preparation of tornadic events”
  • Associate Professor Changmin Yan: “Understanding older people’s voice interactions with artificial intelligence-powered smart voice assistants: A new modified rule-based natural language processing model with human input”

The deans and directors finished the day with a tour of the Experience Lab. Dean Veil led the tour and Experience Lab student leads Abel Ue-Bari, Buoy; Krystin Collins and Bobby Hessling, Unlimited Sports; Alex Neill and Helen Howard, KRNU, and Jay Quemado, Nebraska Nightly, spoke to the group and shared their experiences in the program.

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