Category: TCF Faculty

Professor Nick Corrao and Alabama Art Seen

Nick Corrao and his students.
Nick Corrao and his students.

TCF Professor Nick Corrao and his students are featured in a UA Dialog article about their on-going documentary series on Alabama artists, Alabama Art Seen:

The state of Alabama is home to an ever-expanding community of artisans and performers, and part of Nicholas Corrao’s mission is to shine a spotlight on them.

Corrao, an instructor in the department of telecommunication and film, recently received a grant from the Alabama Council on the Arts to assist with the production of “Alabama Art Seen,” a program Corrao and his students produce for WVUA-TV, focusing on the arts in Alabama.

“The show is valuable in that it profiles artists living and working in Alabama,” Corrao said. “It’s not only a great resource for the public to see what’s happening in their state – and hopefully we’re introducing them to some things they didn’t know are happening – it’s also a great promotional tool, both for the state and the artists themselves.”

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TCF Prof. Matthew Payne on “Critical War Play”

TCF faculty member Matthew Payne’s “Critical War Play” is the lead article in Communication Currents, the newsletter of the National Communication Association. Dr. Payne’s essay is distilled from an article published earlier this year in Critical Studies in Media Communication.

Payne, M. T. (2014, December). Critical war play. Communication Currents, 9(6).

Payne, M. T. (2014). War bytes: The critique of militainment in Spec Ops: The Line. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 31, 265-282.

Butler analyzes TV shot length trends in new issue of Cinema Journal

Shot Logger screen shot
Shot Logger iIllustration from article.

In an article just published in Cinema Journal, TCF faculty member Jeremy Butler examines what statistical analyses of shot length can tell us about TV editing.

Butler, Jeremy G. “Statistical Analysis of Television Style: What Can Numbers Tell Us About TV Editing?” Cinema Journal 54, no. 1 (Fall 2014), 25-45.

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New article on the TV framing of the Arab Spring

Just out in the Journal of Middle East Media is as an article by TCF faculty member Michael Bruce, a study of how Al Jazeera and other transnational TV channels covered the Arab Spring conflicts.

Bruce, M. D. (2014). Framing Arab Spring conflict: A visual analysis of coverage on five transnational Arab news channels. Journal of Middle East Media, 10, 1-26.

Journal of Middle East Media

Professor Kim and C&IS students co-author paper on journalists’ Twitter use

TCF faculty member Yonghwan Kim is first author of “Tweeting the public: Journalists’ Twitter use, attitudes toward the public’s tweets, and the relationship with the public,” which has been accepted for publication by the journal Information, Communication & Society.

Dr. Kim’s co-authors include four C&IS graduate students: Youngju Kim, Joongsuk Lee, Jeyoung Oh, and Na Yeon Lee.

Information, Communication & Society

TCF students cover Magic City Miracle for WVTM-TV

TCF faculty member Chandra Clark supervised a team of TCF students who covered yesterday’s Magic City Miracle community service event in Birmingham for WVTM, Channel 13, Birmingham’s NBC affiliate station. As explains:

“[On] Sunday, September 28, 2014, WVTM-TV Alabama’s 13 and hosted student journalists from the University of Alabama and the University of Montevallo. Participating students came together to cover the 2014 Magic City Miracle Community Service Event. They wrote web stories, captured photographs, and produced video stories about the numerous volunteer projects on the day of the event. Their work was showcased on”

A live-streamed 30-minute newscast about this event featured student anchors and reporters and aired last night. A rough recording of the newscast has been posted to YouTube for those too impatient to wait for a more authorized version of the newscast:

“Magic City Miracle mobilizes thousands of volunteers for third consecutive year”
WVTM: Alabama’s 13