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For Immediate Release
May 9, 2006

TCNJ communication studies students win national, regional honors


EWING, NJ … Students in the Department of Communication Studies at The College of New Jersey won several national and regional honors in early 2006, including: The first undergraduate students in the nation to present a refereed paper at the biannual Kentucky Health Communication Conference (April 21, 2006); two out of forty papers accepted in national competition for the annual communication student honors conference at DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, March 16-19, 2006; and for the fourth year in a row, the award for best undergraduate paper in health communication presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Communication Association, April 28, 2006.

On April 21, juniors Tom Hipper and Dana Eisenberg (both ’07), coauthoring with Tracy Severino (’07) and Ashley Magazzu (’07), gave the first undergraduate paper ever presented at the biannual (University of) Kentucky Health Communication Conference, the most selective health communication scholars’ conference in the nation, titled “Nationwide Newspaper Coverage of Laws Restricting Environmental Tobacco Smoke: A Community Structure Approach.”

From March 16-19, TCNJ communication students presented two out of forty papers selected nationwide for the oldest communication honors conference in the nation at DePauw University. Brittany Hammer and Elyse Mitchell (both ’07), co-authoring with Alexa Shields (’06), presented a paper on “International Media Coverage of Women’s Rights since the 1995 Beijing Conference: A Community Structure Approach”. Samantha Schumacher (’06) and Elyse Mitchell (’07), co-authoring with Laura de Zutter (’05) and others, also presented a paper on: “Gay Rights: Nationwide Newspaper Coverage of Gays in the Boy Scouts, Gay Adoption and Gay Marriage: A Community Structure Approach.”

On April 28, 2006, Pam Braddock (’07) and Kristine Corbin (’06), co-authoring with Michelleslie MalteseNehrbass (’08), presented a paper to the Eastern Communication Association (ECA) that won the award for best undergraduate paper in health communication, titled: “Nationwide Newspaper Coverage of Genetically-Modified Food: A Community Structure Approach.” The 2006 award represents the fourth year in a row that students from the College have won the award for best ECA undergraduate health communication paper. All student papers were derived from projects originally written for courses taught by John C. Pollock, professor of communication studies.