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Spring 2009

April 29, 2009 -Telecom graduate Sunitha Chitrapu received the Top Dissertation Award of ICA

Sunitha Chitrapu, who defended her dissertation," Linguistic diversity and changing technology in India’s regional film markets” in December, 2008, has received the Top Dissertation Award of the Global Communication and Social Change Division of the International Communication Association.

April 24, 2009 - Sujin Choi awarded the best graduate student paper award at the ITERA

Telecom graduate student Sujin Choi was awarded the best graduate student paper award at the ITERA (International Telecommunications Education and Research Association) conference last weekend in Atlanta. The title of her paper is “Winner-take-all Online Search Advertising Market and Implications for Antitrust Policy.”

April 22, 2009 - GameZombie Wins 2nd Straight Webby Honoree Award, a video game-based web production team run by the students of T436, recently won a prestigious Webby Honoree Award for a student production for the 2nd year in a row. Over 10,000 websites were screened, but only a handful were chosen for the award that is considered the Oscar of the Internet.

"The Webby Awards honors the outstanding work that is setting the standards for the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. "'s Official Honoree selection is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators."

Freshman Ryan Padgham, GameZombie's business developement leader said, "It's incredible to see what our team has been able to produce in such a short time period. Competing against some of the top websites in the world and being recognized as one of the elite is truly inspiring for young media producers like ourselves."

(If you are interested in learning what it's like to be part of the GameZombie team, check out its internship program by contacting Andrew Benninghoff at


William TayorApril 17, 2009 - Telecom Students win campus-wide awards

William Taylor, a graduating senior in our department, received the 2009 Ronald E. McNair Scholar of the Year award on April 15. He has also been accepted into our graduate program and will become an MA student in Fall, 2009.

At the same ceremony, Younei Soe, a Ph.D. candidate in our department, received a Grant-in-Aid Award from The University Graduate School for her doctoral research. Her dissertation titled, New Media, Youth, and Political Socialization, is in progress. Professor Erik Bucy is her dissertation advisor.


February 26, 2009 - Student-run garnering millions of views

The students of T436 - 'Web Video & the Game Industry' have produced over 200 original videos centered on the video gaming community that have been seen by millions around the globe. They were also just shortlisted for their 2nd consecutive Webby Award. The students complete every step of the production process and build connections that will last long after their tenure at IU. was founded by IU alumni Spencer Striker. Currently, Striker is the instructor for T436, the class out of which creative GameZombie content is produced.

The class offers positions in movie editing, 3D motion graphic design, production management, web design, acting, and new media marketing and public relations, alongside more specialized classifications. The students work with industry standard programs to create professional-level web videos.

GameZombie allows IU students to interact with industry professionals from around the world, providing them with invaluable contacts for later in life.

To date, GZ videos have accumulated over 6 million impressions across the web, and have been featured multiple times on the front page of top-100 websites, including YouTube, Bebo, and Dailymotion.

A Google search will turn up over 400,000 web results for GameZombie's videos, indicating its wide syndication. is producing some of the highest quality web videos on the Internet, and it's all being powered by IU students. The website's success is sure to spread far beyond video sharing sites, giving young women and men experience in a cutting edge field.


February 9, 2009 - Rob Potter presented research to the Indiana University Neuroimaging Group research entitled Brain Activation and Risk The Influence of Trait Motivation on ACC Activation during Choice and Consequence. It is work he co-authored with the ICR's Annie Lang along with Josh Brown, Adam Krawitz, and Rena Fukunaga of the Cognitive Control Lab in IU's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.


Fall 2008

Meet our new Professors! - The Telecommunications Department welcomes Nicole Martins as our newest faculty member. We are also pleased to announce that Matt Pierce has now become a permanent member of our faculty. Read more about Nicole Martins & Matt Pierce.

New Honors Students - The department would like to welcome the following students to the Telecom Honors Program: Alba Berdala, Nathaniel Gold, Chris Headley, Eric Kelly, Yoon Young Lee, Caleb Levell, Page Louisell, Joe Martinez, Lauren Mayber, Aaron Mervis, Adam Peterson, Erica Weiss, John C. Weston, & Taylor Zitman. Congratulations!

Spring 2008

April, 2008 - Asta Zelenkauskaite, a first year Ph.D. student to present at two upcoming conferences.

Asta Zelenkauskaite is going to give a presentation entitled "Media convergence: Old medium, New applications - Lithuanian iTV SMS" in a 'Media, Communication' panel at the conference entitled 'Baltic Crossroads:Examining Cultural, Social, and Historical Diversity' organized by Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies 21st Conference on Baltic Studies at Indiana University May 29 to June 1, 2008.

She will also present a paper along with Professor Susan Herring (SLIS) entitled "Gender Differences in Personal Advertisements in Lithuanian iTV SMS," which was accepted to the peer-reviewed conference Cultural Attitudes Towards Technology and Communication 2008 (CATaC'08). Asta will give the presentation in Nîmes, France, June 24-27 where the conference will take place.

March, 2008 - Two Top Paper Awards Among Seventeen Departmental Papers Accepted for Presentation at International Communications Association Annual Meeting in Montreal, May 22-26.

Information Systems Division
Top Paper Award:
Zheng Wang, Annie Lang & Jerome Busemeyer-- Motivational Processing and Choice Behavior during Television Viewing: An Integrative Dynamic Approach.

Ted Castronova--A Virtual World Experimental Test of the Law of Demand

Seth Finn, Robert F. Potter & Sungkyoung Lee--Every Word Matters:  Correlating Word Information Value In Persuasive Messages with Physiological Arousal Responses.

Satoko Kurita, Sungkyoung Lee, Zheng Wang & Annie Lang --How much is too much?:  Media Structure, Content, and Cognitive Load, and Overload

Robert F. Potter, Annie Lang, Josh Brown, Rena Fukunaga & Adam Krawitz-- Brain Activation During Risk:  The Influence of Trait Motivation on ACC Activation During Choice and Consequence.

Robert F. Potter, Paul D. Bolls, Jacob Koruth, Kevin Wise, Rachel Bailey & Annie Lang, Heart Rate Variability Analysis Suggests a Reinterpretation of Cardiac Responses During Media Messages.

P.G. Nadorff, Sungkyoung Lee, Brian Wilson, Annie Lang, Bernice Pescosolido & Jack Martin-- Mass Media and Stigma: How portrayals of mental illness impact social stigma

Andrew Weaver, Soyoung Bae & Robert F. Potter--Physiological Responses to Manipulation of Violence in a Primetime Drama

Brian Wilson & Julia R. Fox-- Exploring the Effects of Audience Laughter on Information Processing

Narine S. Yegiyan, Brian D. Wilson, Ya Gao, Sharon Mayell, Zheng Joyce Wang & Annie Lang-- Approach? Avoid? Both? Processing Coactive Motivational Media Messages

Game Studies Division
Top Paper Award:
Chase Bowen Martin & Mark Deuze-- The Independent Production of Culture: A Digital Games Case Study

Law & Policy Division
Xiaofei Wang & David Waterman -- The Economics of Foreign Language Media in the U.S.: An Empirical Study of Radio Markets

Mass Communication Division
Betsi Grabe & Erik P. Bucy-- The struggle for control: Visual framing, news coverage, and image handling of presidential candidates, 1992-2004.

Betsi Grabe, Narine Yegiyan & Rasha Kamhawi-- Experimental evidence of the knowledge gap: Message arousal, motivation, and time delay.

Sojung C. Kim & Erik P. Bucy-- International Crisis News and the Evaluation of Threat: Viewer Responses to News Coverage of the North Korean Nuclear Test

Global Communication and Social Change Division
Enyonam Osei-Hwere & Patrick Osei-Hwere -- Nollywood: A multilevel analysis of the international flow of Nigerian video films.

Journalism Studies Division
Mark Deuze-- The Media Logic of Journalism


Fall 2007

November 26, 2007 - Current Issue of Media Psychology Features Four Articles with
Department of Telecommunications Ties

The latest issue of the academic journal Media Psychology (Volume 10, Issue 3) contains seven peer-reviewed articles, four of which were authored by scholars with ties to Indiana University’s Department of Telecommunications and the Institute for Communication Research. 

The lead article, written by Annie Lang (Professor and Associate Dean of Research for The College of Arts & Sciences) and four graduate students is entitled “Cognition and Emotion in TV Message Processing:  How Valence, Arousing Content, Structural Complexity, and Information Density Affect the Availability of Cognitive Resources.”  It explores the common psychological measurement tool, secondary task reaction time (STRT), and shows that STRT measures cognitive resources available at during the task of encoding information, and that this remains consistent when the information is particularly emotional.

Rob Potter (Assistant Professor and Director of the Institute for Communication Research) is a co-author with Francesca Dillman Carpentier on the article “Effects of Music on Physiological Arousal:  Explorations into Tempo and Genre.”  The article reports results from two experiments validating the concept of tempo (measured as average beats-per-minute) as an index of auditory structural complexity.  Faster tempo was associated with increased activation of the sympathetic nervous system as measured through skin conductance levels during music exposure.

Also featured in the issue are articles by two IU Department of Telecommunications doctoral program graduates.  Samuel D. Bradley (Ph.D., 2005) authored “Neural Network Stimulations Support Heuristic Processing Model of Cultivation Effects.”  Bradley is currently an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University.  Ron Tamborini (Ph.D., 1983) is a co-author with Paul Skalski on “The Role of Social Presence in Interactive Agent-Based Persuasion.”  Tamborini is currently a Professor and Director of Doctoral Programs in the Department of Communications at Michigan State University.

Media Psychology is published quarterly by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates and describes itself as “an interdisciplinary journal devoted to publishing theoretically-oriented empirical research at the intersection of psychology and mass communication.”

Questions regarding Lang’s work can be sent via email at
Questions regarding Potter’s work can be sent via email at

November 5, 2007 - Three Telecom to Teach Intensive Freshmen Seminars in 2008

Mike McGregor, Rob Potter, and Andrew Weavers have each been selected to teach courses for the Intensive Freshman Seminar (IFS) program in August of 2008.  The IFS provides new IU students with a concentrated classroom experience focusing on interesting topics for the three weeks prior to the fall semester.

McGregor, who is returning for his fourth summer as an IFS faculty member, will be teaching Freedom of Speech in the United States.  The course studies the philosophical underpinnings and rationales for allowing and stimulating free expression, considers the various arguments formulated in favor of and against extending free speech, and theorizes about how free speech precedents might be extended to new situations. 

Potter’s course, This is Your Brain on Media:  How TV, Computer Games, and Radio Capture Your Attention & Play with Your Emotions, exposes students to concepts central to the field of cognitive psychology such as attention, emotion, attitude, and memory.  It does so through readings of published research in the areas of both cognitive psychology and media processes & effects.  Students will also be exposed to research methods employed in cognitive psychology such as secondary task reaction time, continuous response measurement and psychophysiological measures such as heart rate, skin conductance, and facial electromyography.

Weaver’s course, Human Aggression:  Causes and Consequences uses a multidisciplinary approach to examine the topic of human aggression.  Students will journey through biological, psychological, and sociological explanations for the root of aggressive behavior, addressing questions like:   Are humans, by nature, aggressive beings?  What causes people to go on violent crime sprees, or abuse their spouse or children, or fight with strangers at a bar?  Is the media to blame?  Is the responsibility on the shoulders of parents?  What can we, as a society, do to reduce aggressive behavior?

Incoming freshmen interested in these courses should contact the professors directly, as well as the IFS (

September 2007 - Mark Deuze's new book, Media Work published - Mark Deuze’s Media Work focuses on the working lives of professionals in the global media industries, and shows that careers in the media industry are not open, inclusive, or a ‘free for all’ as often suggested in the popular press. It is a cut-throat and precarious business where the ‘feminine’ qualities you need to get in – excellent communication and social skills, a talent for team work – are the same that will keep you from moving to the (male-dominated) top. Furthermore, digital media – think YouTube, Wikipedia, Ohmynews – threaten to make the work and role of media professionals obsolete, as creative production gets increasingly outsourced to consumers. What makes this research relevant on a broader scale is the fact that the working lives of media professionals are looked at by all other industries as pioneer-models for the management and organization of labor in the global cultural economy.
(download information - PDF)


Spring 2007

Students in the Department of Telecommunications course T461 "Advanced Interactive Transmedia Design" were asked to design a promotional web animation for the IU Alumni Association (IUAA). The project was co-coordinated by Norbert Herber (Lecturer, IU Dept. of Telecommunications) and Rachael Crouch (Assistant Director, IUAA Membership). Students were asked to conceptualize, design, and deliver a multimedia presentation suitable for integration within the IUAA’s new graduate web site. The project was required to generate interest in the IU Alumni Association and a complimentary one year membership presented to first time graduates; to engage graduating students from all eight IU campuses, and to encourage exploration of the IUAA home page.

BennyTwelve students in the class submitted project ideas in March of 2007. Staff at the IUAA narrowed these to the three projects they thought had the most potential, and the class was then divided into three teams of four. Each team consisted of the student who developed the original idea (as "project leader") and three of their classmates. Teams were selected by pairing each student's skills and expertise with the project to which they could make the most helpful contribution. In the end, the Alumni Association chose the project "Benny" by Joey Reinisch, project leader (BA Telecommunications '07) with Bill Boese (BA Telecommunications '08), Max Crawford (BA Telecommunications, BA Communication & Culture '07), and Stephanie Zuroff (BA Telecommunications, BA East Asian languages & Cultures '07).

The winning project is hosted at the Alumni Association site:
Or, you can view "Benny" at the T461 class web site.

In reference to all of the projects that were submitted, Rachael Crouch of the IUAA noted, "how impressed we were with your creativity, professionalism, and enthusiasm surrounding the T461 IUAA project. Each member of our focus group (composed of graduating seniors, staff members, and recent graduates) couldn't believe these were student-made projects." Some of the comments from the focus group include:

  • The music is such an appealing aspect of that presentation.
  • Gives me goose bumps every time.
  • The quality of this is unbelievable. The best use of Flash I have seen in a long time. And I am including professional animators in that statement too.    
  • Effective and well done.
  • It's elegant and touching.
  • The use of humor is very effective.
  • Easily relates to each of the eight IU campuses.
  • Visually pleasing to a wide range of ages.

The other submissions are also available at the T461 class web site.

IU Bulletin Board"IU Bulletin Board"
Erica Briggs, project leader (BA Telecommunications '08)
Balakrishna Chennupati (MS Human Computer Interaction Design '08)
Troy Engelhardt (BA Telecommunications '07)
Cristal Jenkins (BA Telecommunications '08)

Book"The Book"
Jeff Mackey, project leader (BA Telecommunications '07)
Ellis Latham-Brown (BA Telecommunications '08)
Eoban Binder (BA Informatics '07)
Shiwon Lee (BA Telecommunications '07)

April, 2007 - Associate Professor Erik Bucy has received continuation funding for his Colloquium on Political Communication Research (CPCR) speakers series through a Multidisciplinary Ventures & Seminars Fund award from the office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. The theme for the next few years will be "politics and the life sciences," in an effort to build bridges and make connections between social science and life science approaches. This will not exclude more conventional political communication scholarship but will, at least a few times each semester, incorporate presentations on political phenomena that are broadly informed by life sciences perspectives.

The colloquium has hosted numerous research talks over the past two-and-a-half years, bringing in speakers from as far away as Stanford and Dartmouth to Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Michigan. This spring the series also co-sponsored a week-long visit by the Dutch scholar Jan van Dijk of Twente University, who specializes in digital democracy. The colloquium has a website and archive, including audio recordings of several presentations (see Although the series has operated on a modest budget, it has thrived by partnering with other departments and schools, including Political Science, Journalism, and Library & Information Science.

To receive CPCR announcements and subscribe to the list, contact Erik at

February 1, 2007 - IU Dept. of Telecommunications Research Accepted for Presentation at International Communications Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, May 24-28.

Betsi Grabe receives Top Faculty Paper Award in Visual Studies Division.
Faculty and graduate student work includes 19 papers spanning 6 divisions.

Information Systems Division
James Angelini-- Remembering the typical or the atypical? An examination of memory of gendered sports broadcasts.

Julie Fox, Volkan Sahin, Ashley Sanders-Jackson, Brian Wilson, Glory Koloen & Ya Gao--
No joke: A motivated cognition study of viewing The Daily Show and network TV news.

Betsi Grabe, Rasha Kamhawi & Narine Yegiyan-- Informing citizens: How people with different levels of education process television, newspapers, and web news.

Satoko Kurita, Sungkyoung Lee, P. Gayle Nadorff, & Annie Lang-- YO-MAM! Validating a measure for assessing individual differences in motivational activation in children.

Satoko Kurita, Robert F. Potter & Annie Lang-- Is shorter better? MiniMAM: Developing a short version of the Motivation Activation Measure.

Sungkyoung Lee & Robert F. Potter-- Effect of emotion in processing words presented in radio advertisements.

P. Gayle Nadorff, Sungkyoung Lee, Madhuja Banerjee, & Annie Lang-- The human face specificity for visual processing of human and human-like animal cartoons.

Robert F. Potter & Sojung Kim--Does priming a focus on advertising impact perceptions of increased commercial clutter?

Zheng Wang--The method is the message: Dynamic signal detection theory and its use in analyzing recognition memory of mediated information.

Law & Policy Division
Sung Wook Ji--Piracy impact on the theatrical movie industry.

Jung Seok Kang--Institutional determinants of the structure of the daily newspaper industry: A cross-country study.

Mike McGregor-- Unheard voices: Public comment and FCC policy making.

Mass Communications Division
Walter Gantz & Nancy Schwartz--Food advertising likely to be seen by children: Incorporating viewing patterns in content analyses of non-programming content.

Walter Gantz & Zheng Wang--Health content in local television news: A current appraisal

Betsi Grabe-- Presenting panelist on session Future Directions in Television News Research.

Rasha Kamhawi & Betsi Grabe--Why women are not watching: Gender differences in responding to negative, positive, and valence ambiguous TV news.

Political Communications Division
Jung Seok Kang--Economics of newspapers’ presidential endorsement decisions: Evidence for endogenous product-type choices of media firms.

Visual Studies Division
Betsi Grabe-- The liberal bias accusation against journalism: Contradictory evidence from a visual perspective. (Top Paper Award)

Conference Theme Session
Mark Deuze--Presenting panelist on the conference-wide theme session Creating Communication: Content, Control, Critique.


Fall 2006

Daily Show Study

Which would you think has more substantive news coverage, broadcast television network newscasts or The Daily Show with Jon Stewart? Would you believe the answer is neither? Julia A. Fox, assistant professor of telecommunications at Indiana University, isn't joking when she says the popular "fake news" program is just as substantive as network coverage. While much has been written in the media about the Daily Show's impact, Fox's study is the first scholarly effort to systematically examine how the comedy program compares to traditional television news as sources of political information. She and two graduate students at IU, Glory Koloen and Volkan Sahin, analyzed coverage of the 2004 national political conventions and the first presidential debate by the networks and Stewart's program. Not surprisingly, a second-by-second analysis of The Daily Show's audio and visual content found considerably more humor than substance -- Stewart himself has insisted that he is a comedian and not a journalist. A similar analysis of network coverage found considerably more hype than substance in broadcast newscasts. Examples of such hype included references to polls, political endorsements and photo opportunities. "Interestingly, the average amounts of video and audio substance in the broadcast network news stories were not significantly different than the average amounts of visual and audio substance in The Daily Show with Jon Stewart stories about the presidential election," they wrote in the paper.

The study, "No Joke: A Comparison of Substance in The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Broadcast Network Television Coverage of the 2004 Presidential Election Campaign," will be published next summer by the Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media (copyright Broadcast Education Association, published by Lawrence Erlbaum).
In the meantime, the study has received national media attention from the Associated Press and United Press International, CBS, National Public Radio, Gannett News Service, The Washington Post, The Chicago Sun Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Baltimore Sun, and MSNBC.