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journalism and media studies Accomplishments

May 24, 2017
Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies) is the author of an article, "YouTube Kids: The App Economy and Mobile Parenting," which recently was published in the journal Social Media + Society. The article was part of a special issue on infancy and media and explores the growing relationship between media industries and the everyday viewing patterns and lives of young children. Specifically, this research focuses on the development of the YouTube Kids app, with well over 10 million downloads, which seeks to capture and monetize youth attention.    YouTube Kids: The App Economy and Mobile Parenting YouTube Kids: The App Economy and Mobile Parenting YouTube Kids: The App Economy and Mobile ParentingYouTube Kids: The App Economy and Mobile Parenting       YouTube Kids: The App Economy and Mobile Parenting  

Mar 9, 2017
Nancy Lough, James Hines (both Educational Psychology and Higher Education), and Margo Malik (Athletics) participated in the Sport and Recreation Law Association's 30th annual conference in Las Vegas this month. Lough, the invited keynote speaker, titled her talk, "If We Build It, Will They Come? Considering 30 Years of Sport Law and Policy." Additionally, Lough and Ph.D. student Hines presented "First and What's the Goal? A Legal Examination of North Carolina House Bill 2 (HB2) and Intercollegiate Athletics." Malik and Lough presented: "Title IX Compliance and Athletic Department Webpages: A Content Analysis." Malik also is a UNLV alum, having earned a master's degree in journalism and media studies in 2016.      

Mar 6, 2017
Gregory Borchard (Journalism and Media Studies) is the author of "Beyond Radicalism: The New-York Tribune's Whiggishness and Constructive Democracy," which appears in the March edition of Journalism & Communication Monographs.

Dec 16, 2016
Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) has written an article, “Annie and the Shaman: Exploring Data via Provocative Artifacts” that has been accepted by Leonardo, an MIT Press peer-reviewed journal exploring the application of contemporary science and technology to the arts. The article covers the development of an exploratory data visualization connecting two contexts with notable data histories: Nevada’s aboveground atomic testing and its Basin and Range region. The project uses onsite data visualizations to encourage researcher and public engagement, and the article’s subject is currently on a two-year tour throughout Nevada as part of the "Basin and Range" exhibit, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the state of Nevada.  

Oct 3, 2016
Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) presented his work in the U.S. Senate Rotunda in Washington, D.C., as part of the competitively selected “Home Means Nevada” exhibit highlighting federally managed lands in Nevada and sponsored by the National Parks Conservation Association, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Nevada Arts Council. His contribution, a documentary photograph, “Camping at Shaman Knob, Dusk,,” features a location rich in petroglyphs in Lincoln County surrounded by a wide expanse of the recently protected Basin and Range National Monument. The work builds on his earlier “Aesthetic Evidence” exhibit examining empirical evidence in imagery, sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Aug 23, 2016
Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) recently published a research article titled "All About Whom? Stock Photos, Interactive Narratives and How News About Governmental Surveillance Is Visualized" in Visual Communication Quarterly examining how media covers surveillance and the implications for public understanding. The research analyzes coverage before and after Edward Snowden's leaks, and builds on his "Media, Privacy, and Surveillance" Honors College course, finding that just as surveillance has shifted from visual evidence to dataveillance, journalism is shifting its notion of visual evidence from photojournalism to journalistic data representations. Such techniques are particularly appropriate for difficult-to-document topics such as surveillance, but other topics with similar characteristics can also benefit, as indicated by recent coverage of police shootings.

Mar 31, 2016
Nikki Davis (Journalism and Media Studies) was named one of the most promising multicultural students of 2016 by the American Advertising Federation (AAF). She was one of 50 students selected for the prestigious program’s 20th anniversary class. She was one of only three students from the western United States. In recognition of her achievement, Davis traveled to New York earlier this semester for a four-day industry immersion boot camp with professional development workshops, agency visits, and a recruiter expo. Davis’ mentor, Kathy Callahan (World Languages and Cultures), recommended her for the program saying, “I felt Nikki would be an ideal candidate for the AAF Most Promising Multicultural Student program: she is passionate about the industry, and is also looking for the right area in which to focus her career. I knew the week-long intensive immersion with advertising professionals would be a huge benefit to her, and at the same time was proud to introduce the top companies and agencies in advertising to one of our best graduating seniors.“ It was a fast-paced visit for Davis, who said the organizers kept them on the move from morning until late night. She toured multiple agencies and media outlets and interviewed with prospective future employers, including Proctor and Gamble. Davis believes programs like these are critical for enhancing the success of the advertising world through more diversity. “Having people from different racial, cultural, and social backgrounds helps advertisers reach wider audiences and better understand cultural norms.”

Jan 13, 2016
Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) has done work that is the subject of an exhibit, "Julian Kilker, Aesthetic Evidence: Place, Context, and Process in the Southwest," sponsored by Nevada Humanities. Sponsored with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the exhibit is on view through Jan. 28 at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery in Las Vegas. The exhibition features multimedia by Kilker, associate professor of emerging technologies, that explores visual evidence in an age of extensive visual manipulation and data analysis. How do we interpret photographs in an age of big data? How is visual information emphasized or disguised? Themes from photojournalism and data analysis are explored together, informed by Kilker’s experiences using the Southwest region as a visual laboratory. Kilker’s experience bridges the humanities and the sciences; he earned his doctorate from Cornell University, taught science courses as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya, and has worked in technical fields in Switzerland, Washington, D.C., and Oregon. He focuses on media technologies and innovation, and has held solo photography exhibitions in Switzerland, California, and Nevada, and published in academic journals including Visual Communication Quarterly, Social Identities, Convergence, IEEE journals, and The Public Historian. Most recently he has explored data collected near the newly protected Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada for a group exhibition at UNLV’s Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, scheduled for a statewide tour in 2016.

May 22, 2015
Katie Cannata (Journalism and Media Studies), Lee Hanover (History), Bella Victoria Smith (Interdisciplinary Studies), and Manuela Bowles (English) recently received the Lance and Elena Calvert Undergraduate Research Award. Given by UNLV's University Libraries, the award recognizes original research and sophisticated critical thinking skills across all disciplines. Winners received up to $1,000 in prize money, recognition at an award reception, and publication of their work in Digital [email protected] Bowles won in the Emerging Scholar category for her work, "Margaret Atwood and the Implications of the Word 'Love.'" Her faculty sponsor was English professor Amy Green. The winners in the senior-level Advanced Undergraduate Research Division are: Cannata for her honors thesis, "Jihad in the Global Village: Al-Qaeda's Digital Radicalization and Recruitment Campaign." Her faculty sponsor was journalism professor Paul Traudt. Hanover for "New York Oneida: Land Claims, Federal Policies, State Intervention, and Casino Development." Her faculty sponsor was history professor William Bauer. Smith for "'Man? Where's a Man? Don't Let Him Go!': Molina's Trans/gender Web in Interpretation and Performance." Her faculty sponsor was professor Sheila Bock of the interdisciplinary degree programs.

Dec 1, 2014
UNLV Collegiate DECA Members recently received several awards at the Utah Collegiate DECA's annual Fall Leadership Conference (FLC). Collegiate DECA is a career and technical student organization formerly known as the Distributive Education Clubs of America. Among those receiving awards at the FLC were: Daniel Dinev (Accounting/Global Entrepreneurship), who took first place in the Adobe Digital Marketing category. Celine Endy (Hospitality/Global Entrepreneurship), who took first place in the Boostability category. Annie Bellorin (Accounting), who took second place in the Boostability category. Dara Tinoco (Entrepreneurship/Political Science), who took second place in the Adobe Digital Marketing category. The FLC is one of the most exciting, intensive, fun, and rewarding experiences for UNLV Collegiate DECA students who decide to attend. The conference always is filled with leadership development workshops, amazing speakers, opportunities to network, and competition. UNLV students who participated this year also include Dyan Baguio (Hospitality/Accounting), Bianca Cseke (Journalism), Blaze Lovell (Journalism), Rebecca Lychock (Philosophy), and Christian Perez (Accounting).