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Winter 2020 Newsletter


Headshot: Cindy VincentDear CTEC Members,
I hope everyone’s winter has been relatively mild as we move into the spring season. As we continue to work on building a strong and robust CTEC community, I want to point your attention to ways in which the officers and I are trying to increase the value of your membership.
You may have received an email recently about the use of Twitter in your research. Based on the responses we received, the officers voted to begin supporting a Twitter database called TCAT. Through your member dues, CTEC members will now have access to this database. Additionally, we will be holding a pre-conference on social media analysis that includes an introduction to TCAT at this year’s AEJMC conference.
In other division news, if you find yourself in the Norman, Oklahoma area this March, I encourage you to attend our Midwinter Conference and check out some emergent CTEC scholarship. This year’s conference will be March 6-7.
I also want to remind everyone that the AEJMC paper deadline is quickly(!) approaching on April 1. As you are putting the final touches on your manuscripts, we kindly ask you to sign up to review 2020 research papers. You can find the sign-up link below in the newsletter. Also, don’t forget to renew your membership when you register for the conference! CTEC’s network of scholars is stronger with you as a member. 
As you prepare for the April 1 submission deadline, don’t forget to clean your paper and remove all personally identifying information within the manuscript. The award for the top faculty paper (where at least one author is a faculty member) is $1,000. Papers solely authored by students are encouraged to type “Jung-Sook Lee Competition” on the title page so they are considered for the Jung-Sook Lee Award.
Good luck finishing your manuscripts! We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco.
Cindy S. Vincent
AEJMC CTEC Division Head
Table of Contents
1. Call for Reviewers!
2. AEJMC 2020 Midwinter Conference this Weekend!
3. Our Role as Communication Technology Scholars in the 2020 Presidential Race

4. AEJMC 2020: A Preview of our CTEC Panels
5. BoW/BoD
2020 Competition
1. Call for Reviewers
By Hyosun Kim, Ph.D., CTEC Research Chair

Person scrolling on laptopThe Communication Technology division at AEJMC invites you to review manuscripts for the upcoming 2020 AEJMC paper competition, which will be held in San Francisco, CA.
Please access the link and fill out the form. Thanks!



2. AEJMC 2020 Midwinter Conference This Weekend!

The AEJMC Midwinter Conference is an annual forum for the presentation of research and debate, and will be hosted by Gaylord College at the University of Oklahoma on March 6-7, 2020. Areas of research range from social media to augmented and virtual reality, human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, technology studies, big data, artificial intelligence, social network sites, crowdsourcing, digital news, crisis, and other technologically-mediated social interaction and networking at all levels of analysis. In particular, the Midwinter Conference provides a platform for presentations and extended discussions in a relaxed setting. 


Abstracts accepted at the Midwinter Conference are also eligible for submission to the national AEJMC Conference held in August. Thus, it is a good opportunity for authors to receive feedback and fine-tune their papers before submitting them to the national conference. It is also a great opportunity for scholars to showcase their current research interests and in-progress projects, and to meet other researchers in the communication technology field. Conference participants can benefit from the small setting, which provides in-depth group discussion and networking opportunities. 


Outside of conference activities, conference participants will enjoy Gaylord College’s state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, including world-class museums and art galleries, as well as many winter diversions. The University of Oklahoma is located in Norman, 20 miles south of Oklahoma City, with easy access to the Will Rogers World Airport. For more information about the conference, please visit the AEJMC website, or contact Hyunjin Seo at

Communication Technology Division Program

Session 1: Cognitive and Affective Approaches to Social Media


“I probably just skipped over it:” Using eye tracking to examine political Facebook advertising effectiveness (and avoidance)

Matt Binford (University of Georgia); Bartosz Wojdynski (University of Georgia)

Top Abstract


Under the Influence: The Relationship Between Gender, Ethnicity, and Credibility of Instagram Advertising

Holly M Speck (Kansas State University); Raluca Cozma (Kansas State University)


The power of technology: How do graduate students use social network sites to seek social support?

Annalise Baines (University of Kansas)


Dislike and Warn: Different Levels of Corrective Actions on Social Media

Liefu Jiang (Chicago State University)

Session 2: Technology Uses and Gratifications


Listen Up!: Applying the Theory of Planned Behavior to Analyze Young Adult Podcast Use

Mary E Brooks (West Texas A&M University); Clay Craig (Texas State University); Shannon Bichard (Texas Tech University)


Research Gate or Revolving Door? Uses and Gratifications of Academic Social Media among Mass-Communication Scholars

Raluca Cozma (Kansas State University); Daniela Dimitrova (Iowa State University)


Forming a social-help movement for breast cancer patients in Iran: Exploring the hashtag #WeEightWomen

Fatemeh Shayesteh (University of Kansas)


The Political Use of Search Engines: Differences in the Information Seeking Habits Between Right-leaning and Left-leaning Users

Chau Tong (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


The Niche of Immersive Technologies in Journalism: Exploring Issues Relating to Accessibility and Usability

Mohammad Yousuf (University of New Mexico)

3. Our Role as Communication Technology Scholars in the 2020 Presidential Race
By Devin T. Knighton, Ph.D., APR,  CTEC Communications Chair

No president used Twitter the same way Donald Trump did in his race to win the election in 2016, and no president has used Twitter the way Trump has as acting president of the United States of America. In response, Michael Bloomberg hired more than 500 people at a rate of $2,500 a month to post on social media in support of Bloomberg for president. Bloomberg also reportedly hired Meme 2020, a company that has created some of the most popular memes on Instagram, to run a series of sponsored posts to promote his now ended campaign for president. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders is reported to have online savvy on par with Donald Trump. 


With or without Russia or foreign interference, technology continues to play a significant role in the communication strategies of the presidential candidates for 2020. No doubt, during this year of a presidential election when money flows like a massive river, we will witness as a CTEC Division multiple attempts to innovate, manipulate, and harness the power of digital on behalf of those wanting to win the presidential election. 


The questions before us as a Division are: What opportunities are immediately present before us this year? Where we can exert influence for good from our position as scholars, researchers, and professors? We could simply advocate for the candidate that we think best aligns with our values. However, I think we can do more. 


We who belong to the Division that researches, reflects, and writes about the role communication plays in society have an opportunity to speak up this year about what is appropriate and not appropriate in communication technology, especially in the realm of politics. Our voice carries authority, and we can speak about how technology can be used for good.


One way we can speak up is to advocate for the first value in the AEJMC Code of Ethics - that “free expression should be and protected at all levels.” We can advocate for the need to keep and protect free expression, which means we can talk about what is “free” compared to “paid” expression, as well as what is “expression” compared to “deliberate character assassination.” 


No matter our political persuasion, I am confident that this year affords all of us in our Division the chance to help our students, alumni, peers, and society at large think more deeply about the influence technology has on major decisions, such as who serves as the next president of the United States of America.

Devin Knighton is an Assistant Professor of Public Relations in the School of Communications at Brigham Young University. He earned his Ph.D. in Public Relations from Purdue University in August 2019 and his Masters in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University in May 2010. Knighton also earned his Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Universal Accreditation Board in 2016.

4. AEJMC 2020: A Preview of Our CTEC Panels

By Mike Horning, Ph.D., CTEC Division Vice Head

Logo: AEJMC 2020 SFI’d like to thank all of our members who took the time to send in their panel proposals for our upcoming conference in August. We worked hard to get as many of these proposals co-sponsored with other divisions, and also choose panels that would represent a wide variety of Division interests. In total, CTEC is co-sponsoring three research and teaching panels as well as two professional freedom and responsibility panels. In addition, our proposals are co-sponsored by five different divisions, two interest groups, and one commission, which I think speaks to our broad appeal in the conference. This year’s topics also drew from some of the expertise available in our San Francisco location, and so a number of panels will highlight professionals and academics from Silicon Valley. 


Our research panels this year focus on three key areas. One panel will explore the growth of misinformation online, and how academics can collaborate with industry partners in this research area. A second panel will explore media narratives about women in Silicon Valley and highlight the unique challenges, opportunities, cultural shifts, and generational differences women experience in high tech culture. A third panel will focus on the political power of social networks and present research on the role virtual communities, social network sites, network clusters, and community activism play in our political processes. 


Our teaching panels also explore a number of emerging trends relevant to communication technology instruction. We have an exciting panel focused on the growth of eSports. Academic experts will share how they have created a curriculum based on this growing area of competitive online gaming. A second panel will bring together both academics and professional journalists to discuss how science fiction can help journalists think about the challenges and affordances technologies may pose in our future. Finally, a third teaching panel will provide educators with insights into Blueprint, a portal created by Facebook for educators. The panel will discuss how instructors and students can obtain certifications in digital marketing and other best practices and tips from classroom assignments and curriculum.


Our Professional Freedom and Responsibility panels will examine disruptive changes brought about by both innovations in social media and the growth of video-on-demand services. It is becoming more common for sections of the tech industry to share certain types of user data with academics. This panel will explore projects like Facebook's recent Social Science One initiative and how these collaborations have led to certain successes, failures, and lessons learned from early partnerships. A second panel is focused on the rise of video platforms such as Netflix and Hulu that compete with traditional television programming. It will bring in content strategy and programming professionals and educators to discuss the business practices and challenges of television content programming in the ubiquitous content and multiplatform era.


This year’s panels promise to provide us with a great deal to think about as we explore how communication technologies shape both our professional and personal lives today and into the future. I’d like to offer an additional thanks to our panel organizers who have taken the time to pitch what promises to be an exciting week of discussion. Our Division will be offering a wide range of expertise, and it would not be possible without the efforts of our members. 


Thank you for your investment in the Division.


Mike Horning is professor in the Department of Communication at Virginia Tech and a faculty affiliate with the Center for Human Computer Interaction and ICAT Institute. I am interested in how technology innovations impact the news industry. As an HCI researcher, I’ve worked on designs for civic and information apps that help to support citizen engagement with news content. As a social scientist, I use an experimental approach to study how people interact with news and information technologies.

5. BoW / BoD 2020 Competition
The deadline for the 2020 Best of the Web/Best of Digital competition is April 8, 2020

The Communication Technology (CTEC) and Visual Communication (VisComm) Divisions of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC) co-sponsor this great Web and app design contest competition every year, and we invite you and your students to enter.
Work submitted to this competition should advance education or research in journalism and/or mass communication.
Past winners have included student online magazines, multimedia presentations, apps and photo essays. Please see CTEC for past winners.
The contest is open to faculty and/or students who work for or attend an institution that is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) or are current (paid) members of the AEJMC. University and college staff are not eligible.
There is no entry fee, so please spread the word among your colleagues and students. The full call for the competition will be posted by the end of this year. Please keep an eye on our newsletters and social media pages.
Hope to see you in San Francisco!

Hyun Yang & Peg Achterman, Ph.D.
Best of the Web/Best of Digital Competition Chairs

Headshot: Hyun YangHeadshot: Peg Achterman
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