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Communication Abstracts


ESPERANZA Y SU EXITO (HOPE AND YOUR SUCCESS)

Julian Berrian, M.F.A., and Alta Carroll, Ph.D.

Student interns produce “Esperanza y Su Exito” (Hope and Your Success), sponsored by and edited in the Center for Community Media. Targeting Worcester County’s Hispanic community of over 62,000 and hosted by Latina activist Esperanza Donovan-Pendzic, the show features segments on health, parenting, cooking, money management, cultural arts/activities, and information on city, county, and state governmental services. Thirtyminute episodes are shot on digital videotape, on location and in the campus TV Studio, in collaboration with Worcester Community Connections. Current student interns include Jonathan Alexander, Zachary Brackman, Stephen Minor, Brian Robinson, and Stephanie Parretti, with volunteer assistance from Laura McGill.

INDYMEDIA: THE GLOBAL TURN IN THE ALTERNATIVE
MEDIA MOVEMENT

Carlos Fontes, Ph.D.

This piece is a chapter in a book entitled Understanding Community Media, which will be published by Sage in September 2009. Based on research the author carried out for the last five years, the chapter argues that alternative media need to be defined as a set of common practices reaching from the level of small groups to the global sphere and theorizes that the emergence of the Indymedia Network represents a new global stage in the development of the Alternative Media Movement.

MASSACHUSETTS BIOMEDICAL INITIATIVES (MBIDEAS) PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

Donald Bullens, M.Ed.

Donald Bullens has nine photographs on permanent display at Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives and at MBI/ WPI Gateway Park. The photographs are part of his nature/wildlife portfolio. The images are printed in large format (2’ x 3’) and mounted on foam board. All photographs were shot using a Cannon EOS 40D camera, and edited with ADOBE LIGHTROOM and PHOTOSHOP CS3. Several of these photographs are on exhibit at Dees Designs and the Redbone Gallery in Islamorada, Florida.

UNFORGETTABLE REGGAE

Donald Bullens, M.Ed.

A concert photograph of Bob Marley has been on display at the “Unforgettable Reggae” exhibit in the Alba Adriatic on the Adriatic Rivera of Abruzzi, Italy. The exhibit contains photographic and artistic material, portraits, and illustrations from all over the world.

GENERATION Y STUDENTS SEEK TO FIND TRUTH IN 2008 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN MEDIA COVERAGE

Julie Frechette, Ph.D.

In fall 2008, Media Criticism students worked with the Center for Community Media to present the college-wide forum: “Informed Voting During Fiscally Uncertain Times: Generation Y Students Seek to Find Truth in 2008 Presidential Campaign Media Coverage.” In addition to writing and delivering speeches at a political forum before the November election, students wrote media press releases, gave a radio interview on the WTAG Jordan Levy Radio Show, and received press coverage in a Telegram and Gazette article on October 19, 2008.

MULTIPLE LITERACIES FOR THE INTERNET AGE

Julie Frechette, Ph.D.

This scholarship was presented at the Seventh Annual Northeast Media Literacy Conference at the University of Connecticut. With growing interest in confronting the challenges presented by the emergence of new information technologies in schools and other learning environments, Frechette devoted serious thought to the multi-dimensional opportunities and obstacles presented by digital technology. By addressing pedagogical questions centered on the integration of new telecommunications technology in the classroom, she outlined how multiple literacies can enable educators to develop curricula that encourage students to judge the validity and worth of Internet content as they strive to become critically autonomous in a technological world.


BRYCE/OXBOW LONE PINE/MONADNOCK

Suzanne Gainer, M.F.A.

Bryce/Oxbow is a digital photographic composite of two barren trees. The tree on the left was photographed at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, the one on the right at OxBow National Wildlife Refuge in Harvard, Mass. Lone Pine/Monadnock is a digital photographic composite of rock formations from the Southwest and Northeast regions of the United States. The rocks on the left were photographed in the Alabama Hills area of Lone Pine, Calif. On the right are the granite formations from the summit of Mt. Monadnock near Jaffrey, NH. The photographs are part of a series of works that compare the terrain, ecology, and plant forms from various geographic locations around the globe.


 
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