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Briones, Rowena L.; Shen, Hongmei; Parrish, Candace; Toth, Elizabeth L.; Russell, Maria – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2017
Public relations is well known for its adaptability through continual change, and as a result, public relations master's programs have been re-conceptualized to remain rigorous and competitive. To further assess both the state and changes of these programs, 20 in-depth interviews were conducted with administrators of public relations master's…
Descriptors: Public Relations, Masters Programs, Educational Development, Educational Practices
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Mak, Angela Ka Ying – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2017
Involvement in international and multicultural career-related practices is ever on the rise in a global economic and political society, especially in public relations. This article reported an update of examining the attributes of public relations educators and their institutions in teaching of international public relations (IPR) through an…
Descriptors: Public Relations, Teaching Methods, International Relations, International Studies
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Maksl, Adam; Craft, Stephanie; Ashley, Seth; Miller, Dean – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2017
A survey of college students showed those who had taken a news literacy course had significantly higher levels of news media literacy, greater knowledge of current events, and higher motivation to consume news, compared with students who had not taken the course. The effect of taking the course did not diminish over time. Results validate the News…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, News Media, Usability, Outcome Measures
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Gotlieb, Melissa R.; McLaughlin, Bryan; Cummins, R. Glenn – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2017
As with previous years, enrollments in journalism and mass communication programs in the United States have continued to decline. In 2015, such decline among undergraduate student enrollments was particularly prevalent in journalism sequences; in contrast, undergraduate enrollments in strategic communication sequences have seen some growth since…
Descriptors: Journalism Education, Mass Media, Enrollment Trends, Barriers
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Kononova, Anastasia G.; Yuan, Shupei – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2017
A survey (N = 524) examined how frequently college students engage in multitasking with social media, texting/instant messaging (IM), and music while studying/working and what motivates them to multitask with each medium. Four out of five participants multitasked with Facebook and texting/IM, and two out of three multitasked with music. Habit was…
Descriptors: College Students, Task Analysis, Student Motivation, Learning Motivation
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Spillman, Mary; Kuban, Adam J.; Smith, Suzy J. – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2017
Journalism education may be at a tipping point. It is unclear, however, what new form curricula might take. Through an analysis of individual course titles and descriptions that appeared in the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalogs of 68 selected universities, this exploratory study finds that most departments/schools are not offering classes that…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Journalism Education, Undergraduate Study, School Catalogs
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Auger, Giselle A.; Tanes-Ehle, Zeynep; Gee, Charlie – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2017
Studies suggest that the goal of convergence curriculum should be one in which students are prepared both conceptually and practically. The purpose of this study was to examine the experience of students working with new and traditional technologies to develop and produce news stories. The results indicate that participation in the course…
Descriptors: Phenomenology, Journalism, Interviews, Technological Literacy
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Alkazemi, Mariam F.; Al Nashmi, Eisa; Wanta, Wayne – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2017
Kuwaiti students intending to major in mass communication face a long process that begins in high school. A survey of students at Kuwait University examined whether the process led to disillusionment of the mass communication field and/or mass communication education. Findings show that all respondents viewed the field of journalism positively.…
Descriptors: Mass Media, Student Motivation, Foreign Countries, Journalism
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Weber, Joseph – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2017
Rankings of universities and colleges are common and controversial. However, few rankers produce useful lists that assess and compare journalism and mass communications programs. The few currently available involve superficial reputational surveys or are less than transparent about their methodology. To determine potential criteria for a useful…
Descriptors: Journalism Education, Mass Media, Achievement Rating, College Programs
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Collins, Janice Marie – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2017
While men ease their ways into positions of authority, the number of women holding top-level leadership positions in media is declining. This study sought to explore how the professional socialization process found in college newsroom labs contributes to the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of female leadership development. Mixed methodology…
Descriptors: College Students, Leadership Training, Journalism Education, News Media
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Smith, Jeffrey S. – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2017
Objectively assessing student creative work in the fields associated with mass media can be problematic. Communicating expectations to students, as well as providing them with a clear yet flexible rubric for evaluation of copywriting, newswriting, audio production, video production, and web-design, requires examination of the relevant student…
Descriptors: Creativity, Scoring Rubrics, Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials)
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Tindall, Natalie T. J.; Waters, Richard D. – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2017
Grounded in literature stemming from higher education research, this study examines how students evaluate public relations educators by gauging their perceptions of the professors' professional competency, professorial warmth, course difficulty, and industry connectivity. Using an experimental design, students (N = 303) from four U.S. universities…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Student Attitudes, College Students, College Faculty
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Bobkowski, Piotr S.; Cavanah, Sarah B.; Miller, Patrick R. – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2017
Prior scholastic journalism research did not adequately address the possibility that journalism students perform better academically because of their backgrounds and inherent abilities. Using Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 data, this study shows that high school journalism attracts better students. Although for-credit and extracurricular…
Descriptors: Journalism, Student Participation, Secondary School Students, Longitudinal Studies
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Shemberger, Melony – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2017
This case study focusing on journalism curriculum in Tennessee sheds light on the obstacles that journalism schools face in efforts to include more instruction of sunshine laws into courses. Journalists use these laws to gather information to write their stories, either by attending public meetings or by filing open records requests. This study…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Journalism, Journalism Education, Case Studies
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Gersamia, Mariam; Freedman, Eric – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2017
Since achieving independence in 1991, the Republic of Georgia has made significant progress with democratization and now has what is considered the freest, most independent, and most diverse press among the ex-Soviet Caucasus and Central Asian countries. Improvements have been made in the quality of journalism education as part of a national…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Democracy, Journalism Education, Politics of Education
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