Published on August 11, 2022 by Diamond Nunnally  
Daniel Haun receives AEJMC research Award
Daniel Haun (center) received the AEJMC Management, Economics, and Entrepreneurship Division’s Top Faculty Paper research award from Division Head Dr. Min Xiao of Wichita State University (left) and panel discussant and moderator Dr. Xiaoqun Zhang of the University of North Texas. Courtesy: Department of Communication and Media

Faculty from the Department of Communication and Media at Samford University presented research at the 105th Annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference (AEJMC) Aug. 3-6 in Detroit. This is the first time the conference has been held in-person in two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 The conference provides a space for professors to present new or ongoing research on a particular topic. Each submission undergoes a peer view where judges determine its value to the scholarly community. On average, about half of the submissions get selected. Three Department of Communication and Media faculty members were among those chosen. 

 Assistant Professor Daniel Haun’s “Blue Ticks, Retweets, Moments and Fleets – Investigating Brand Personality and Consumers’ Self-Concept on Twitter” received the AEJMC’s Media Management, Economics, and Entrepreneurship Division’s Top Faculty Paper research award.

 “It was an honor to receive a Top Faculty Paper award at this year’s AEJMC conference. Dr. Ignatius Fosu, our Communication and Media department chair, helped me greatly to refine my research,” said Assistant Professor Daniel Haun.

 Assistant Professor Danielle Deavours presented three pieces of research at the conference: “The Effects of Topic and Sourcing on Nonverbal Neutrality of Broadcast Journalists,” “The Passing of Aretha, Elvis, John Lewis, and RBG: A Four Way Analysis of Cultural Icons in American Newspapers,” and “The Effects of Gender and Race on Nonverbal Behaviors during Crisis Coverage.” 

 Deavours also gave a presentation titled “Teaching the Foundations of Broadcast through Mobile and Digital Journalism” during a pre-conference workshop, where she discussed how to use mobile journalism tools and technology in mass communication classrooms.

 “AEJMC is an excellent way to collaborate on research and pedagogy with scholars around the world. The fact that multiple Samford CAM faculty were represented and awarded at AEJMC, speaks to the strength of the department. I’m excited to bring all we learned to our classrooms this fall,” said Assistant Professor Danielle Deavours.

 Associate Professor Clay Carey presented his research: “Representation and Resistance: Social Identity Expression in Podcasts from Appalachia.” 

 Carey also spoke during a panel called “Creating an ‘Ace’ Publication: Serving a Niche Community through Magazine Production,” where he discussed The Local, Samford’s award-winning student-produced magazine. 

 “The camaraderie and spirit of collaboration at Samford and the Communication and Media Department make it easy to pursue our research goals, and I’m happy to be a part of it,” Haun said.

 The conference is an opportunity for participants to receive feedback on research projects before they submit their work for publication.

 Visit Samford’s Department of Communication and Media website to learn more about the program.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.