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For Immediate Release
April 5, 2005

Communication Studies Students from TCNJ Win National and New Jersey Recognition


EWING, NJ . Communication Studies students from The College of New Jersey won national and international recognition on April 1, 2005, presenting refereed papers at a national honors conference in Indiana and the annual conference of the New Jersey Communication Association in Trenton, NJ.

Juniors Caitlin Gaughan, Stefanie Gratale and Samantha Griffiths presented a paper on "Nationwide Newspaper Coverage of the Medicare Patients' Prescription Drug Bill: A Community Structure Approach" at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, March 30 - April 3. The DePauw Communication Undergraduate Honors Conference is the oldest and most prestigious communication student honors conference in the United States, and the paper authored by Gaughan, Gratale and Griffiths was one of only 30 selected from throughout the nation in blind, refereed competition.

Kendall Anderson, Anthony Miscia and Aline Guzzo, also juniors, presented papers selected in blind, refereed competition at the annual conference of the New Jersey Communication Association at the Statehouse in Trenton, NJ. Anderson presented several papers, among them one co-authored with   junior JaNea Wilson, seniors Brian Epstein and Nicole Bullock, and Gratale, Griffiths and Gaughan on "Nationwide Newspaper Coverage of Ethnic Profiling: A Community Structure Approach." Anderson, Miscia and junior Christopher Hayes co-authored a paper presented by Miscia on "Nationwide Newspaper Coverage of the Patriot Act: A Community Structure Approach."   A paper co-authored by Stefanie Gratale, and seniors Jennifer Hagert and Laura Dey was presented by Kendall Anderson on "Global Coverage of United Nations Efforts to Fight AIDS: A Community Structure Approach."

A special New Jersey Communication Association award for "Top Paper" was given to Aline Guzzo for her paper, co-authored with junior Brianna Moles and senior Meghan Roth on "Nationwide Newspaper Coverage of Abortion: A Community Structure Approach."   In addition, Kendall Anderson was elected to the position of "Undergraduate Student Representative" for 2005-2006 on the board of directors of the New Jersey Communication Association.