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Media & Communication and Film Studies
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Department Newsletter - Winter 2017
Monday, April 3rd - Thursday, April 6th
Each spring, the Muhlenberg Media & Communication Department sponsors its annual Alumni Week, giving current students a tremendous opportunity to network with and gain knowledge from alumni who are now on the front lines of such rapidly changing media industries as journalism, film, television, radio, public relations, advertising, and digital initiatives, among others.

2017 marks the department's 8th annual Alumni Week and it is the first year that the Film Studies program will co-sponsor the event. Set to take place from Monday, April 3rd through Thursday, April 6th, the department is excited to announce that this year's Alumni Week is the largest event to date. The week will feature almost 50 Muhlenberg alumni who are now pursuing jobs and careers in a variety of media and film-related fields.

For more information on this year's Alumni Week, including scheduled events and alumni bios, click HERE.
Pictured from left to right: Elijah Ackerman, Gabriel Plesent, Annese Silva, Thomas Littrell, Melissa Kaplan, Mariah Ruben, Alexis Pellechio, & Alyssa Hertel (All Class of 2018).
This spring, eight junior Media & Communication and Film Studies majors are getting a taste of Irish culture, spending the semester in Dublin, Ireland at Dublin City University as part of the department's Study Abroad program. The students are being accompanied by Dr. Kate Ranieri, who is teaching a course entitled "Image Ethics." Along with Dr. Ranieri's class, each student is enrolled in two Media & Communication courses at DCU, and is also completing a media-related internship this semester. When not in class, the students have been keeping busy, spending their time traveling around Dublin, the rest of Ireland, and abroad to other countries. As a group, the students and Dr. Ranieri spent five days in London. The students also got to experience St. Patrick's Day in Dublin. All eight majors are enjoying their time abroad and will be returning to the States at the end of May.

For more information about the Dublin program, click HERE
Featured Student Internships
Each semester, a number of Media & Communication and Film Studies majors complete internships in related fields throughout the Lehigh Valley, the Greater Philadelphia Area and beyond, gaining real world work experience that is invaluable as they continue to work towards their ultimate career goals. Here are two of the featured student internships currently being completed for the Spring 2017 semester:
Jake Krol ('18), Fox News Corp., New York, NY - This semester, Jake Krol ('18) is getting his feet wet in the world of news, working as a Social Media Production Intern at Fox News Corporation in New York City. He is commuting into the city twice a week on Thursdays and Fridays and working a 9-5 shift each day, as well as staying on-call over the the full feature HERE.
Molly Majewicz ('17), Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, PA - Molly Majewicz ('17) has taken full advantage of her senior year spring semester, interning four days a week at Olympus Corporation of the Americas in Center Valley. Olympus is split into three corporate branches: Medical/Surgical, Research Technology, and Consumer Products. Molly is working specifically within the Medical/Surgical branch of Olympus as a member of the "Customer Operations" the full feature HERE.
Student Publications

Meredith Salisbury ('17) and Dr. Jeff Pooley published a paper entitled "The #nofilter self: The contest for authenticity among social networking sites, 2002-2016." They presented the paper at the Theorizing the Web conference in New York City. 

Victoria Marsala ('17) wrote an article while interning with the Muhlenberg Public Relations office about fellow majors Sara Allison ('17), Amanda Quinn ('17), and Maggie Zerbe ('17) and their experience in Dr. Lora Taub-Pervizpour's Documentary Photography course last semester. To read the full article, click HERE.

Chris Barron ('18) published a November post on the Philadelphia Reporting Collaborative. To read the full article, click HERE.

Rachel Brudner ('19), a student in Professor Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz's Video Journalism course last semester, published an article on The Odyssey in September addressing their class experience visiting the Allentown Art Museum exhibit of Latino art, "Our America." To read the full article, click HERE.

Suzanne Brier ('18) published an article last August in the Huffington Post, entitled "Dear Sexist Fox News Commentators, Our Daughters Are Watching." To read the full article, click HERE.


New Publications
Dr. Sue Curry Jansen published a new book, entitled "Stealth Communications: The Spectacular Rise of Public Relations.” You can purchase Dr. Jansen's book HERE.
Dr. Jeff Pooley published a new book, entitled "James W. Carey and Communication Research: Reputation at the University's Margins." You can purchase Dr. Pooley's book HERE.
Other Faculty News
  • Dr. Beth Corzo-Duchardt presented a paper, "The imaginary Other spectator: a paradigm for early cinema spectatorship" at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Chicago, IL in March.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Nathanson presented a paper at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Chicago, IL in March. The paper was titled "The Labor of Unruly Celebrity: Nostalgia for Authentic Stardom in Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work."
  • Dr. Amy Corbin chaired and presented during a workshop "Approaches to Teaching Moving Images of and about Police Violence" at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Chicago, IL in March.
  • Last semester, Dr. Kate Ranieri, Department of Media and Communication, and Susan Falciani, Muhlenberg College Archivist, launched  "The Muhlenberg Memories Project." The project is open to contributions from all alumni and is a new, collaborative initiative to capture and archive treasured memories throughout Muhlenberg College's history. To learn more about "The Muhlenberg Memories Project," click HERE.
  • Dr. Paul McEwan, Director of the Film Studies program and an associate professor of Media and Communication, was quoted in a January article on Vox about celebrity performers at the presidential inauguration.
  • Dr. Irene Chien presented a paper entitled "The Digital Seriality of Candy Crush and Free-to-Play" at the Extending Play conference at Rutgers University on Saturday, October 1st, 2016.
  • Professor Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz and Dr. Lora Taub-Pervizpour presented at the Visible Evidence Conference in Bozeman, Montana this past September. Ebrahimi Bazaz presented "Web 3.0 and Transformative Documentary Practices" and Taub-Pervizpour presented "Documentary Storymaking in the Lehigh Valley: Greater than the Sum of Our Parts."
  • Professor Roberta Meek was featured in two podcast episodes about Michael Jackson and Prince, as part of Michael Jackson's Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation. You can listen to the episodes HERE and HERE.
Alum and lifelong HYPEster Jonathan Nelson's ('09) documentary "I Lived" will premiere at the 2017 TriBeCa Film Fest! To see a trailer of Jonathan's documentary, check out his Facebook page!
Alum Madison Ferris ('14) was highlighted in a March New York Times piece about actors with disabilities being featured in stage roles. She is currently starring as Laura Wingfield in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie. Ferris was also featured in this February article, written by her uncle.
Insley Fowler ('09) was featured in a December New York Times article photo along with CNN anchor, Jake Tapper. Read the full article here.

Alum Anthony Dudo ('00) recently received tenure at The University of Texas at Austin. Dudo is an Assistant Professor at the Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations.

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SUMMER CLASSES: Two Media and Communication courses will be offered to students for the Summer 2017 semester. The courses, New Information Technologies and Writing for the Media, will both be offered as online classes. For more information on summer study, please visit this page on the Muhlenberg College website.

FALL 2017:

COM 381: Documentary, Archives, and Activism

Course Description:
This special topics course offers a timely look at the sometimes spontaneous work of documenting social movements.  With the 2017 Women's March on Washington (and sister marches around the world) as the focus, students will contribute to campus efforts to document this historic event.  In collaboration with Trexler Library Special Collections, library and instructional technology experts, students will collect march posters and other materials and build an archive and exhibit from these documentary artifacts.  Students in the course will gain hands on experience in oral history interviewing and conduct short oral histories with march participants for inclusion in the archive.  From these archival sources, students will create original multimedia documentary projects that explore notions of gender, history, activism, and social change. Throughout the course, this experiential learning project will be informed by studies of the ways that archives and documentary have recorded and contributed to movements for social change.

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Newsletter creator/editor: Alyssa Kratz ('17)
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