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Michael Bruce to be Named President of BEA

Dr. Michael Bruce

Dr. Michael Bruce, associate professor of journalism and creative media at The University of Alabama, has been elected president for the Broadcast Education Association.

Bruce begins his one-year term at the conclusion of the BEA’s annual conference in Las Vegas, April 25.

Bruce is the third BEA president from UA, joining Dr. Ray Carroll, who served as president from 1991-92, and Dr. Glenda Cantrell, who served from 2009-10. No other institution has had more than one BEA president among its faculty.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Bruce is taking on such an important leadership position in BEA,” said Dr. Cory Armstrong, UA department chair of journalism and creative media. “This position is a natural fit for him. He is a proven leader in the classroom and industry, and I look forward to the new ideas he will bring to BEA.”

During his term, Bruce will work to increase membership to the BEA, raise the visibility of academic research presentation opportunities and develop partnerships raising funds for creative scholarship within the association.

Additionally, the BEA will become a leader in developing standards for comparing research to creative activity for faculty seeking tenure promotion through creative ventures.

“My service to the organization stems from my appreciation for the numerous friendships and professional development opportunities I’ve been blessed with over my 24-year association with BEA,” said Bruce.

Bruce serves the BEA as vice president for academic relations and formerly served as its secretary treasurer. He was also the first division chair of the sports division of the BEA at its inception in 2008.

The Broadcast Education Association is an academic media organization made up of professors and students who serve to promote excellence in media education. The association provides platforms for scholarly presentation and production competition through its publications, annual convention, web-based programs and regional district activities. For more information about the BEA, visit its website.

Source: The University of Alabama News.

Media Day to Feature Alabama Talent

Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist, David Mattingly
Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist, David Mattingly speaks with UA students on J-Day, 2016.

UA’s College of Communication and Information Sciences’ will host its annual Media Day on March 2.

Sponsored by the department of Journalism and Creative Media, Media Day is an annual program highlighting many of the career paths available for students majoring in creative media and news media.

Students can hear guest lectures and interact with the guests participating in the panel discussion. This year’s media day features an abundance of Alabama industry professionals in fields such as broadcast news, talk radio, media production, sports writing and journalism.

“Media day offers a panoramic view of the wide-reaching and diverse opportunities available to students studying journalism and creative media,” said Dr. Cory Armstrong, professor and chair of the department of journalism and creative media. “Our distinguished guests embody the vast array of skills needed to convey meaningful stories to a variety of different audiences.”

Media Day events are open to the public and will be held in the college’s Digital Media Center, housed in Bryant-Denny Stadium, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Speakers include Dylan Lard and Cody Eldridge of Pitts Media, Greg Garrison of The Birmingham News, Jon Lunceford of Jox FM radio, Chelsea Brentzel of WHNT-TV Huntsville, John Talty, sports editor for Alabama Media Group, and the winner of the 2017 Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing, Dr. Patricia Foster.

Click here to view full program.

J-Day began in 2008 as an initiative to connect journalism students on campus with industry professionals by discussing their work and the evolving industry landscape. J-Day became Media Day when the department of journalism and the department of telecommunication and film merged into the department of journalism and creative media in 2017.


“Town Hall” Meetings on the New JCM Curriculum

From JCM Department Chair, Cory Armstrong:

All JCM majors are invited to two Town Hall meetings to learn more about our JCM curriculum changes:

JCM Town Hall meetings:

  • Jan. 26, 3:30 p.m. in 118 Graves Hall
  • Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. in 216 Phifer Hall

As many of you know, the Departments of Journalism and Telecommunication & Film have merged into a new Department of Journalism & Creative Media. As of Fall 2017, we will have new and revised courses, all under the new JCM prefix.

While some of the names, numbers, and content of our traditional courses have been revised, all of the active courses under the former departments are still available to ensure you can graduate on time. More than 12 new courses are being offered in areas such as: global media systems, sports communication, and film and media theory. All courses in the department will transition from “JN” and “TCF” to “JCM” in Fall 2017.

You can choose to stay in your current major or transition to one of the modified majors, described below. Advisors will work with you to make these decisions and ensure your continued progress. We recommend that those who have already taken JN 311, TCF 286 or TCF 201 not switch to the revised majors.

The creative media major looks at the film and television industry, examining how to write, produce, edit and critique fictional and non-fictional material. Students will learn to shoot and edit video, produce films, write scripts and examine storytelling and how it influences culture and society.

The news media major focuses on gathering, analyzing and communicating meaningful information. Students will focus their storytelling studies on news and informational media studies through various media platforms. They will learn writing, broadcasting and web design and will conduct in-depth investigations.

These majors better reflect the digital technologies and concepts that have become the norm of our media landscape. While students in both majors will be able to select electives that match their areas of interest across the entire department, students in the creative media major will be able to apply for a concentration in production (with limited admission) and students in the news media major can elect to complete a concentration in sports media (open to all interested).

A brief overview of the JCM courses and proposed pathways for those interested in various career paths can be found here: Please note that all course titles are tentative pending official university approval. Course equivalency documents will be available soon.

If you are interested in learning more about our curriculum and course changes, please plan to attend one of our JCM Town Hall meetings.

This is a thrilling time for us in JCM and we’re looking forward to this new endeavor.

New JCM Curriculum Announced

The newly merged Department of Journalism and Creative Media allows students to immerse themselves into any aspect of storytelling. From the written word to short-film production, students may focus on their individual areas of interest in our new curriculum, will be available as of fall semester, 2017.

Details about the courses students should take for specific interest areas within the JCM major are now available.

Please click here for further information.


Chair of JCM Department Named: Cory Armstrong

Cory Armstrong, professor and director of the Mayborn School of Journalism, at the University of North Texas, has accepted the position of chair of UA’s newly merged Department of Journalism and Creative Media.

She will begin her appointment July 15, 2016.

According to her UNT faculty information page:

“Armstrong is the editor of the book Media Disparity: A Gender Battleground, and her research has focused on race, gender, class and media. Armstrong participated in the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy and is active in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, where she serves on the Standing Committee on Research.

She is associate editor for Mass Communication & Society, is on the Newspaper Research Journal editorial board and is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

She earned her Ph.D. in mass communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.”

TCF Department and Journalism Department to Merge

“The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences will begin the process of merging its department of journalism and its department of telecommunication and film in fall 2016.

The new department will be named the Department of Journalism and Creative Media.

The merger comes as a result of the College’s strategic planning efforts that began in the summer of 2014. The overall goals of the merger are to better serve the educational mission of the departments and respond to disciplinary and professional trends in the field of communication and information sciences.

No faculty, staff or academic degrees will be eliminated as a result of this merger.”

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Matthew Payne’s New Book on Military Video Games

TCF faculty member Matthew Payne is the author of Playing War: Military Video Games after 9/11, just published by NYU Press. From the publisher’s promotional material:

Playing War provides a cultural framework for understanding the popularity of military-themed video games and their significance in the ongoing War on Terror. Matthew Payne examines post-9/11 shooter-style game design as well as gaming strategies to expose how these practices perpetuate and challenge reigning political beliefs about America’s military prowess and combat policies. Far from offering simplistic escapist pleasures, these post-9/11 shooters draw on a range of nationalist mythologies, positioning the player as the virtual hero at every level. Through close readings of key games, analyses of marketing materials, and participant observations of the war gaming community, Playing War examines an industry mobilizing anxieties about terrorism and invasion to craft immersive titles that transform international strife into interactive fun.”

Payne, Matthew Thomas. 2016. Playing War: Military Video Games after 9/11. New York: New York University Press.

Panek article in Journalism & Mass Comm Quarterly

In a new article, TCF faculty member Elliot Panek reports evidence that consumers’ media choices are influenced by the quantity of choices on offer.

Panek, E. (2016). High-choice revisited: An experimental analysis of the dynamics of news selection behavior in high-choice media environments. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/1077699016630251