Month: November 2013

Q&A With Dr. Rachel Raimist, From Tuscaloosa News

This week we [the Tuscaloosa News] spoke with University of Alabama media production professor and co-director of Creative Campus Rachel Raimist. Raimist is well versed in video production and photography thanks to her schooling and various jobs in New York, California and Minneapolis.


Q:Who are you?

A: I am a mother, teacher, storyteller, media maker, mentor and professor with boundless energy who has been known to run the hallways of UA’s Reese Phifer Hall with everyone from singer/songwriter Gifted (who flew in to film an award-winning music video with TCF students), to the big man Shaq (who collaborated with UA students to produce an anti-binge drinking public service announcement that showed on the Jumbotron at the 2013 National Championship game). If I am not loaded down with camera bags, pushing a big yellow wagon of lights, or leading a herd of eager students running to and from filming locations, colleagues usually ask me if I am feeling OK… I’m that lady!


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TCF This Week

Andy Billings had a productive fall!  Here are a few new articles/chapters that were accepted for publication:

  • Billings, A.C., Angelini, J.R., MacArthur, P.J., Smith, L.R., & Vincent, J. (2014, in press). Fanfare for the American: NBC’s primetime telecast of the 2012 London Olympiad.  Electronic News.
  • Angelini, J.R., MacArthur, P.J., & Billings, A.C. (2014, in press).  Spiraling into or out of stereotypes?: NBC’s prime-time coverage of male figure skaters at the 2010 Olympic Games.  Journal of Language and Social Psychology.
  • Brown, N., Billings, A.C., & Brown, K. (2014, in press).  ‘May no act of ours bring shame’: Fan enacted crisis communication surrounding the Penn State sex abuse scandal.  Communication & Sport.
  • Billings, A.C., & Kim, Y. (2014).  The biggest spectacle on television’s grandest stage: Shaping viewer experiences.  In V. Girginov (Ed.) The 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games (pp. 184-194).  London: Routledge.

Michael Bruce presented a paper at the 18th conference of the Arab – US Association of Communication Educators in Tangier, Morocco  and was awarded 2nd place English-language paper.  The title was: “Images of the Arab Spring:  A Visual Framing Analysis of Conflict Coverage on Five Transnational Arab News Channels.”

Michael has also been accepted as a faculty fellow at the 2014 NATPE Conference in Miami in January.

Andy Grace just returned from LA, where he participated in yet another screening of his award-winning Eating Alabama.

Zom-Com is propelling forward, with production to begin on December 2.  Please give a word of encouragement to Adam Schwartz, Matt Payne, and Maya Champion if you see them sleep-walking in the hall.