ICA in Phoenix

Friday, 1 June 2012

I attended my first large media academic conference last week in Phoenix. I'm a member of the International Communication Association and even though I didn't present a paper (that's the goal), I was able to support Dr. Nick Geidner who is a professor in the Journalism and Electronic Media school. We are also conducting two research projects together this summer.

Dr. Geidner presenting research

One of the sessions I attended was moderated and designed in an interesting way. At least five presenters gave a 3-4 minute talk about their project and findings. Then, participants broke out into groups and we were able to speak individually to all presenters about findings and ask specific questions. This was efficient and gave attendees a chance to delve into the details rather than just watch Power Point presentations.

The other goal of a conference is networking. I met some great people who help organize ICA events and also folks from some of the universities I'm interested in working at someday. I also became great friends with a UTK doctoral student that I knew before the conference but just didn't have much time to talk with. Looking forward to AEJMC (journalism's biggest academic conference) in Chicago this summer. 

UTK represents

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