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Archive for October, 2013

M.A. Students Take on the NCA Conference

MA Students present at the 2013 NCA Conference in Washington, D.C.

MA Students present at the 2013 NCA Conference in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to three M.A. students who have been chosen to present research papers at the 2013 National Communication Association (NCA) Conference in Washington D.C. next month.   Ryan Cassella will present his paper, “Living in TV’s digital age: Is the television producer the new starving artist?”  Ryan draws inspiration from his current position as a producer at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and commented that he was happy to focus on a topic that reflects both his career and his personal interests.  When asked about his thoughts on his research, he stated, “The digital era has brought some profound changes to the mass media industry and the individuals working within it are fully immersed in this ongoing revolution, whether they like it or not!”

Angela Rudas and Matthew Beasley will together present their research titled, ““The effects of diversity demographics on inclusiveness in the workplace.”  This was originally a project started in Dr. Zhang’s Communication Research Methods course that both students chose to continue to work on due to a shared interest in diversity and communication. Rudas said, “Diversity is rapidly growing and increasingly prevalent within the U.S. workforce. However, minimal research has empirically investigated the specific attributes and practices for diversity and inclusion within organizations.”  Beasley, who currently works in finance, stated, “It is evident that our world has been impacted by globalization. Due to globalization, our workplace has become more diverse, therefore employee diversity and inclusion has become critical to productivity and ultimately doing business.”

Dr. Michael Pagano, director of the M.A. in Communication program, said, “The faculty in the Department of Communication are extremely proud of our graduate students and recognize their very impressive research, critical thinking, and writing in our courses.  It is however, even more gratifying when we see our national association further attest to our students’ accomplishments.”  He added, “It is wonderful to see the fruits of our students’ hard work rewarded academically and scholarly, but also rewarded professionally as many of our students have earned promotions and new leadership roles based on their successful completion of our program.”

Congratulations again on these wonderful accomplishments, Matthew, Angela, and Ryan, and good luck in Washington!

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Fairfield Media Career Nights To Hold A Presentation About The Value of Media Knowledge in the Real World

Fairfield University’s Communication, Journalism and newly named Film/Television and Media Arts programs will be hosting a fun and educational event for students. The Fairfield Media Career Nights will take place on Thursday, October 24th and will feature Fairfield U. alums currently working in media. In a presentation style event, our alums will share their stories of work after college, how they’ve gotten to their successful positions, and any advice they have for students. After the presentations, students will have a chance to chat with the guests to gain even more valuable insight.

The all-star lineup of alumni presenters includes Becky Krause, an associate producer at MTV Networks, Augusta Mellon, a publicist working for Buzzfeed.com, Stephanie Hill, a communications and digital specialist at GE Capital, Kristen Prestano, senior account executive and Kate Dillon, account supervisor at Prosek Partners, Ben Doody, the group managing editor for both The New Haven Register and Digital First Media, and Meghan Doody, who has worked on digital media for Brides Magazine and The Oprah Magazine.

Communication students should not miss out on such a relevant, informative event. As we learn more about the discipline of Communication, it is apparent just how important knowledge of new media is, not just for Communication-related positions, but for all careers. The Fairfield Media Career Nights presentation will take place in the first-floor meeting space of the Barone Campus Center and will begin at 7:30 pm.

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