CMU faculty present at the National Communication Association Annual Conference

School of Communication, Journalism, and Media faculty represented CMU at the NCA Conference in Maryland

The National Communication Association advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry.

NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems.

The School of Communication, Journalism, and Media did a great job of representing the great work coming out of Central Michigan University’s College of the Arts and Media.

Professor Elizabeth Carlson standing at a podium speaking at a conference. You can see two other panelists seated at a table next to her. You can also see a slide from her powerpoint displayed on a large screen behind her.

Competitively-selected papers presented by CMU faculty

Elizabeth Carlson – Communication
"Do More Complete Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Messages Work Better than Less Complete Messages? Testing a Risk Communication Consensus"
Applied Communication Division
This was one of five top papers in the Applied Communication Division. 

Steve Coon – Journalism; Elizabeth Carlson
"Freedom of the Press? How Journalists Use Professional and Market Logics to Determine Public Engagement"
Organizational Communication Division
This paper is based on Steve Coon's MA thesis. 

Ed Hinck - Communication
"Do U.S. Federal Agencies Constitute Argument Coalitions Capable of Challenging Anti-climate Change Assemblages?"
Argumentation and Forensics Division 

Richard Ren – Public Relations
"Multiple Frames and Different Emotions. Emotions Activated by Messages with Multiple Frames Can Influence the Messages’ Effects on Stigma toward People Living with HIV"
Health Communication Division 

Kirsten Weber – Communication; Marni Lorenz (CMU MA alumnus and now Wayne State PhD student)
"A Generational Approach to Grief Studies: Bereavement Experiences of Generation Z on Reddit"
Scholar-to-Scholar Session 

Zuflia Zaher - Journalism
"COVID-19 and Social Media Strategies of Top Hospitals" Public Relations Division

Service to the discipline

Elizabeth Carlson - Invited respondent for a paper session in the Organizational Communication Division. (This means that you read four to six panelists' papers ahead of the conference and provide thoughtful feedback.)

Ed Hinck - Session chair for one paper session, invited respondent for another paper session, and invited respondent for a Research Round Table session.

Zuflia Zaher said, “It was a great pleasure to witness numerous familiar faces and names from CMU among such an illustrious gathering.”

View latest news