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AEJMC Gene Burd Award Winners Announced

AEJMC Gene Burd Award Winners Announced

Jiwon Kim and Ariadne A. Gonzalez, faculty members at Texas A&M International University, are the recipients of AEJMC’s $2,000 Gene Burd Award for Research in Urban Journalism Studies. Their research project is titled “LaGordiloca’s Live-Streaming on the Streets of Laredo: Social Media and Urban Journalism on the U.S.-Mexico Border.” The purpose of this new, annual grant is “to stimulate research that explains, enlightens, inspires, and improves the practice and study of journalism and communication, in order to advance our understanding of journalism in urban environments.”

The award, which honors Gene Burd, professor emeritus of Journalism at the University of Texas and a pioneer in urban journalism studies, is jointly sponsored by AEJMC and the Urban Communication Foundation (UCF).

The Kim-Gonzalez project will explore the current status of border-city journalism through a case study of Priscilla Villareal, the controversial citizen journalist in Laredo, Texas, known as “LaGordiloca.” The scholars intend to examine new forms of urban citizen journalism – focusing on controversial, uncensored, social-media formats – and to explain how journalism functions in border cities. They will present preliminary findings and analysis during the session sponsored by the Urban Communication Foundation at next summer’s AEJMC conference in Toronto.
A three-member panel of judges, representing AEJMC and UCF, made the award. The judges praised the overall quality of this year’s entries. “Many of the submissions were excellent,” one judge stated. “However, the winning proposal was distinctive in its timeliness, its creativity and its commitment to shedding light on communication dynamics in border cities.”
The full call for the program will be issued in mid-2019. For the grant’s second year, research proposals will be due on or before Oct. 18, 2019. The grantee, who will be selected in December 2019, will present preliminary research results at the AEJMC conference in San Francisco in August 2020.

Brian Lehrer Awarded 2018 Gene Burd Urban Journalism Award

Brian Lehrer Awarded 2018 Gene Burd Urban Journalism Award

The Urban Communication Foundation is awarding broadcast journalist Brian Lehrer the 2018 Gene Burd Urban Journalism Award.

The award recognizes high quality urban media reporting, critical analysis and re- search relevant to city problems, programs, policies, and public priorities in urban life and culture. Lehrer is being recognized for his two-hour daily call-in radio program at WNYC and for being an “insightful and enduring presence in broadcast journalism dedicated to the urban condition.”

The award will be presented during the Urban Communication Foundation’s meeting at AEJMC’s Washington, D.C., conference.

2018 IAMCR Conference

2018 IAMCR Conference

Andrea Papallas (right), Cyprus University of Technology, presented his UCF supported research, Social

 Media as Tool to Identify Urban Segregation and Aggregation, at the 2018 IAMCR Conference in Eugene, OR. On the left is James Tice , Professor of Architecture, University of Oregon.

Rachel Reis Mourão: 2017 Winner of the Gene Burd Outstanding Dissertation in Journalism Studies Award

Rachel Reis Mourão: 2017 Winner of the Gene Burd Outstanding Dissertation in Journalism Studies Award

2017 Winner of the Gene Burd Outstanding Dissertation in Journalism Studies Award

After extensive review the committee voted to award the prize to Rachel Reis Mourão for her dissertation entitled “From Mass to Elite Protests: How Journalists Covered the 2013 and 2015 Demonstrations in Brazil.” The reviewers found the dissertation to be sophisticated and nuanced in its analysis of the changing journalism landscape. Dr. Mourão’s work was supervised by Stephen D. Reese at the The University of Texas at Austin.

Her dissertation uses a media sociology approach to untangle how multiple influences shaped journalistic coverage of two waves of protests in Brazil. In 2013, small demonstrations against bus fares evolved into a series of large protests expressing generalized dissatisfaction with conditions in the country. Following the reelection of center-leftist Dilma Rousseff, another wave of protests returned in 2015, this time with a clear agenda: the removal of the President. Communication research has long examined the “protest paradigm,” a pattern of news coverage that legitimized social movements. The study departs from an understanding of protest coverage as paradigmatic towards a more complex view of the relationship between protesters and the press. The analysis helps elucidate the conditions under which the protest paradigm fails and how favorable coverage can occur. The experience of Brazil shows that when an elite opposition supports protests, journalistic norms and routines validate demonstrations, regardless of journalists’ own attitudes.

Honorable Mention: Dr. Rodrigo Zamith

The runner up for the prize was Dr. Rodrigo Zamith for his dissertation entitled “Editorial Judgment in an Age of Data: How Audience Analytics and Metrics are Influencing the Placement of News Products,” which was a theoretically sophisticated exploration of the extent to which audience analytics—i.e., digital metrics that track the preferences of users based on click behaviors—appear to affect news content.

Spotlight on San Diego: The New Urban Agenda: Applications and Interventions

Fri, May 26, 18:30 to 19:45, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 5, Cobalt 500

Session Submission Type: Panel

Habitat III took place in October 2016 culminating in an outcome document entitled “The New Urban Agenda”, adopted to “guide the efforts around urbanization of a wide range of actors — nation states, city and regional leaders, international development funders, United Nations programs and civil society — for the next 20 years.”
The Agenda includes a call for compact cities, polycentric growth, mixed-use streetscapes, prevention of sprawl and transit-oriented development.
The New Urban Agenda is a 23-page document that promises that no one will be left behind through inclusive development, economic growth and environmental sustainability. It deals with rights to the city, and unique needs of vulnerable urban populations including women, the LGBT community, the poor, disabled and indigenous peoples. Urban land policies should guarantee housing, for people, for economic profit and for social interaction. The internet, mobility, “smart cities” were acknowledged and incorporated in the discourse of implementation. Social interaction, community and communication technologies were evident but unarticulated in the New Urban Agenda. With the adoption of the New Urban Agenda attention turns to implementation and intervention. Around the world, there are now efforts to judge existing programs, standards, and achievements while develop innovations designed to achieve New Urban Agenda goals. This panel will explore the host city, San Diego through the lens of communication and the New Urban Agenda.

The panel will be chaired by Paula M. Gardner, McMaster University.

The distinguished panelists include:

Gary Gumpert, Urban Communication Foundation

Peter Haratonik, The New School

Susan Drucker, Hofstra University

Angela Booker, BINACOM – Binational Association of Schools of Communication of the Californias

Kieth Pezzoli, BINACOM – Binational Association of Schools of Communication of the Californias


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