Category: TCF News & Notes

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 student wins “Pitch Perfect” competition at New Orleans Film Festival

TCF student Danny Ryan won the “Pitch Perfect” competition at the New Orleans Film Festival. The win earns Mr. Ryan $1,000 to help finance production of the film he pitched. TCF faculty member Nick Corrao stewarded TCF student participation in this competition.

25th Annual New Orleans Film Festival

Pitch Perfect competition at the New Orleans Film Festival

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

TCF’s “Zom-Com” and “Clean Break” at Sidewalk Film Festival

The Sixteenth Annual Sidewalk Film Festival wrapped up Sunday. Featured among its short film entrants was  Zom-Com:

Sidewalk also saw the premiere of TCF professor Nick Corrao’s short film Clean Break:

Together these projects involved dozens of TCF faculty and students. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who helped keep TCF on the program of this competitive and highly-regarded film festival.

Payne on gaming Grand Theft Auto Online

Just out in Media Fields Journal is TCF professor Matt Payne’s “Policing the Sandbox in Grand Theft Auto Online.” It details what happens when gamers acquire gaming capital (e.g., in-game cash) in ways that challenge the gamemaker’s control. Things can get ugly.

Find it here:

Matthew Thomas Payne and Michael Fleisch. “Policing the Sandbox in Grand Theft Auto Online.” Media Fields Journal 8 (2014).

Tuscaloosa Amp and TCF Interns Win Award

The Tuscaloosa Ampitheater won the Venue Education Award from the International Association of Venue Managers. As noted by Tuscaloosa News, “[t]he award, given for venues demonstrating active student involvement, educational opportunities and leadership, was given to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater largely based on its internship program created with the University of Alabama.”

The T-News article notes that more than 45 UA students have interned at the Ampitheater. We’re sure that 95 to 100 percent of these students have been guided by TCF’s Rachel Raimist. Accordingly, congratulations and thanks to Dr. Raimist for putting the Tuscaloosa Ampitheater and TCF in the international spotlight.

See the Tuscaloosa News story:

TCF Professor Wins National James Beard Foundation Award

Professor Andrew GraceAndrew Beck Grace, a University of Alabama telecommunication and film instructor and director of the Documenting Justice program, has been named a 2014 James Beard Foundation Award winner.

Grace was honored in the foundation’s Broadcast and New Media Awards Special/Documentary category for his 2013 documentary “Eating Alabama,” which detailed his and his wife Rashmi’s attempts to “eat like their grandparents ate” for a full year, eating only locally grown foods.

“Winning this award feels good,” Grace said. “It’s funny, because James Beard is known for the food awards. So you still have entities like Martha Stewart, ‘This American Life,’ a whole host of easily accessible, nationally known award winners. It feels good to be among that crowd.”

“Eating Alabama” aired nationally on PBS stations in 2013 and is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Grace is finishing an interactive documentary about the April 2011 tornadoes in Alabama, as well as a project with a former student on the bankruptcy of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1980s.


TCF News and Notes (Spring 2014)


Congratulations to Chandra Clark for her publication in the April edition of JoME. “Producing a Collaborative Video Project across Country” explains how she produced her award-winning work on tornados and hurricanes. You can read it at:

BTW, JoME is edited by one of our TCF adjuncts, Dr. Dave Byland.

Congratulations to Dwight Cammeron, whose film April’s Hero was screened at the Lifetree Film Festival in Loveland, Colorado on Saturday, April 12. For more info on this festival, check out:

April’s Hero has continued to have great success on the festival circuit.

Congratulations to Michael Bruce, whose article “Framing Arab Spring Conflict: A Visual Analysis of Coverage on Five Transnational Arab News Channels” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Middle Eastern Media. We look forward to its publication.

And congratulations to Adam Schwartz, Matt Payne, and Maya Champion, who were invited to present their collaborative work on Zom-Com at the UFVA Annual Convention in August in Montana.


TCF won 3 awards in the UA “Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference”

Oral Presentations

2nd Place Leah Bradford, Drew Bryant, Taylor Crosby, Sarah Hollingsworth (Faculty Mentor: Chandra Clark)

4th Place Danielle Springsteen, Kristen Bolden, Lauria Jenkins, Morgan Wagner (Faculty Mentor: Chandra Clark)

Internationally Focused

Award Recipient – Jeyoung Oh (Faculty Mentor: Yonghwan Kim)

Congratulations to Chandra Clark and Yonghwan Kim for their work with these students.

TCF also had 4 winners and 4 finalists (in 5 different categories) in the SPJ competition (each category gets three finalists and then they choose one winner . . . the others are called finalists).


WINNER “Student On-line identity stolen” by Hailey Swartwout (TCF 334 mini-doc aired on WVUA-FM)
FINALIST: “Red Light Cameras” by Spinks Megginson


WINNER “Preventing More boating deaths” by Tommy Townsend, WVUA-TV
FINALIST “Airport Bomb Threat” by Emileigh Forrester, WVUA-TV


WINNER “Blind Band Student” by Bradley Whittington, WVUA-TV


FINALIST: “A Champion’s Support” by Katie Malone, WVUA-TV


WINNER “Blind Band Student” by Bradley Whittington, WVUA-TV
FINALIST “Bamboo Industry” by Emileigh Forrester, WVUA-TV