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Eleven Graduate Students Receive McCombs Award For Research Publishing

The 2016 recipients, from left to right: Danille Kilgo, Deepa Fadnis, Seok Ho Lee, Mustafa Oz, Heloisa Aruth Strum, Rachel MourãoPei Zheng and Saif Shahin. (Not pictured: Qian Wang, Vinicio Sinta and Melissa Suran)

The School of Journalism is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the Maxwell McCombs Graduate Student Award for Research Publishing, which were awarded at the annual awards ceremony May 6.

Dr. McCombs established the award in 2006 to encourage scholarly publishing by graduate students. This award recognizes graduate students in the School of Journalism who have published at least one peer-reviewed journal article in the past 12 months. After Dr. McCombs retired in 2010, a $7,500 anonymous donation was made to establish an endowment to honor the legacy of Dr. McCombs and support the award’s cash prizes.

“Because of the generosity of UT journalism faculty and administrators, former graduate students, friends of McCombs, AEJMC members, and Dr. McCombs himself, we were able to reach our goal of $25,000 and become a permanent endowment that produces investment interest for cash prizes for future award recipients,” said Dr. Paula Poindexter, chair of the endowment fundraising effort.

Since its inception a decade ago, 43 graduate students have been the recipient of this prestigious award. This year, 11 students received the award, including two winners from previous years.

2016 Recipients:

Danielle K. Kilgo

Danielle K. Kilgo, “Media Landscape on Tumblr: News organization convergence attributes in youth-oriented social media networks.” Digital Journalism. (Published online November 2015) doi: 10.1080/21670811.2015.1104257 (Direct Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21670811.2015.1104257)

Danielle Kilgo and Vinicio Sinta, "Six things you didn’t know about headline writing: Sensational form in viral news of traditional and digitally native news organizations" #ISOJ: The official journal of the International Symposium on Online Journalism6(1). (April 2016). (Direct Link: https://isojjournal.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/six-things-you-didnt-know-about-headline-writing-sensational-form-in-viral-news-of-traditional-and-digitally-native-news-organizations/)

Melissa Suran & Danielle K. Kilgo, “Freedom from the press? How anonymous gatekeepers on Reddit covered the Boston Marathon bombing.” Journalism Studies. (Published online December 2015) doi: 10.1080/1461670X.2015.1111160 (Direct Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1461670X.2015.1111160)

Seok Ho Lee and Qian Wang

Seok Ho Lee, “When ideology meets bottom line: analysis on market competition and ideological bias in newspapers.” Asian Journal of Communication, Advance online publication, 1-20 (March 2016). (Direct Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01292986.2016.1162820?journalCode=rajc20)

Seok Ho Lee and Qian Wang, "A Comparative Investigation Into Press–State Relations: Comparing Source Structures in Three News Agencies’ Coverage of the North Korean Missile Crisis." International Journal of Communication, 10, 1907-1928. (April 2016). (Direct Link: http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/3239)

Rachel Mourão

Rachel Mourão, “Binders Full of Tweets:” Twitter Coverage of “Women’s Issues” in the 2012 elections. Electronic Journal of Communication, forthcoming

Mustafa Oz

Mustafa Oz, "Mainstream Media’s Coverage of the Gezi Protests and protesters’ perception of mainstream media." Global Media and Communication Journal, forthcoming

Saif Shahin

Saif Shahin, “Right to be forgotten: How national identity, political orientation, and capitalist ideology structured a trans-Atlantic debate on information access and control.” Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. Prepublished online. (April 2016). (Direct Link: http://www.academia.edu/22205634/Right_to_be_Forgotten_How_National_Identity_Political_Orientation_and_Capitalist_Ideology_Structured_a_Trans-Atlantic_Debate_on_Information_Access_and_Control)

Saif Shahin, Pei Zheng, Heloisa Aruth Sturm, and Deepa Fadnis, “Protesting the paradigm: A comparative study of news coverage of protests in Brazil, China, and India.” The International Journal of Press/Politics, 21(2), 143–164. (April 2016). (Direct Link: http://www.academia.edu/20583450/Protesting_the_Paradigm_A_Comparative_Study_of_News_Coverage_of_Protests_in_Brazil_China_and_India)

Saif Shahin, “When scale meets depth: Integrating natural language processing and textual analysis for studying digital corpora.” Communication Methods and Measures, 10(1), 28-50. (April 2016). (Direct Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19312458.2015.1118447?journalCode=hcms20)

Saif Shahin, Pei Zheng, Heloisa Aruth Sturm and Deepa Fadnis

Saif Shahin, Pei Zheng, Heloisa Aruth Sturm, and Deepa Fadnis, “Protesting the paradigm: A comparative study of news coverage of protests in Brazil, China, and India.” The International Journal of Press/Politics, 21(2), 143–164. (April 2016). (Direct Link: http://www.academia.edu/20583450/Protesting_the_Paradigm_A_Comparative_Study_of_News_Coverage_of_Protests_in_Brazil_China_and_India)

Vinicio Sinta

Danielle Kilgo and Vinicio Sinta, "Six things you didn’t know about headline writing: Sensational form in viral news of traditional and digitally native news organizations" #ISOJ: The official journal of the International Symposium on Online Journalism6(1). (April 2016). (Direct Link: https://isojjournal.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/six-things-you-didnt-know-about-headline-writing-sensational-form-in-viral-news-of-traditional-and-digitally-native-news-organizations/)

Melissa Suran

Melissa Suran & Danielle K. Kilgo, “Freedom from the press? How anonymous gatekeepers on Reddit covered the Boston Marathon bombing.” Journalism Studies. (Published online December 2015) doi: 10.1080/1461670X.2015.1111160 (Direct Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1461670X.2015.1111160

Pei Zheng

Pei Zheng, and Xiaoqian Li. "Is social media for everyone?: The role of social capital and communication anxiety in structuring use of social networking sites." Journal of Social Media Studies, 2(2), 75-85(January, 2016).