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Top-Notch Communication Faculty Head to Chicago

By Amanda Nyang'oro

Lindsay Green-Barber and Caty Borum Chattoo

Professor Caty Borum Chattoo (right) and co-author Lindsay Green-Barber won top prize in the Newspaper & Online News division competition.

Leading communication researchers from American University School of Communication (AU SOC) will share their expertise at the annual convening of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in Chicago this week.

Executive in Residence and Director of the Center of Media and Social Impact Caty Borum Chattoo, professors John Watson, W. Joseph Campbell and professor Kathy Fitzpatrick are among the SOC faculty who will participate in the event as panelists and moderators.

Borum Chattoo won the Top Paper prize in the Newspaper and Online News Division for her paper, An Investigative Journalist and a Stand-Up Comic Walk Into a Bar: The Role of Comedy in Public Engagement with Environmental Journalism, with co-author Lindsay Green-Barber. Chattoo will also be presenting on a panel, which will be moderated by SOC PhD graduate Jan Lauren Boyles, to discuss her paper on Wednesday.

Watson will be moderating a panel on Friday that includes his SOC colleague Professor W. Joseph Campbell. The panel is titled, "Order in the Court vs. Transparency of the Court: The Clash of Judicial Values and the Journalist's Mission".

Earlier in the week, Kathy Fitzpatrick and a colleague from Florida International University will be releasing a remarkable new report from the JMC Innovation Project, for which she serves as co-director. The focus of the report, which is based on interviews with 70 JMC deans and directors, is creating cultures and innovation in US schools and colleges of journalism, media and communication (JMC).

Fitzpatrick will also be moderating a panel discussion for the Public Relations and Media Ethics Division titled, "The Ethics of Advocacy" on Saturday.