Department of Communication News

Fall 2015 - Worcester State University


Communication Students Achieve Finalist Status on NESN's Next Producer!

WSU Department of Communication recent graduates Matt Collamer and Andrew O’Connor had their documentary “The Death and Rebirth of Baseball in Worcester” featured on NESN prior to last spring’s opening day for the Red Sox. Their film placed in the finals of the NESN Next Producer contest. The video documents the fall of the semi-pro baseball team, the Worcester Tornadoes, and the rise of the new team that began competing last year, the Worcester Bravehearts. The contest provides New England college students the chance to have a film they create featured on NESN and the chance to be given a job opportunity at NESN. The Department of Communication was extremely proud to see its students make it this far through their initiative and with the support of its faculty. Students interested in sports journalism should consider producing a video and submitting it to this year’s NESN’s Next Producer.

Student Gwen Mason Callahan Places in Top Five Screenplays for 2015 Mass Indie Film Festival

The Department of Communication is proud to announce the success of another one of its students, Gwen Mason Callahan, who placed in the final top five screenplays for the 2015 Massachusetts Independent Film Festival. Her feature length screenplay was entitled "Lost and Bound." She credits her professor John Lynch and the Communication Department program at Worcester State University for her success.

Recent Graduate Nathan Herrera hired to be WSU Marketing Coordinator

The Communication Department is proud of the stellar achievements of recent graduate, Nathan Herrera, who began his career in marketing by applying his skills from Communication to an internship with Tara Probeck, Executive Director of Marketing. Nathan was hired this Fall and now serves as the WSU Marketing Coordinator.

Graduate Meghan Alaire uses Social Media Marketing Skills as Chartwells Marketing Manager

The Chartwell Dining Marketing Manager, Meghan Alaire, is a 2012 WSU Communication Department Graduate with a concentration in Public Relations. She is in her third year with the Chartwells team at Worcester State University as the regional Marketing Manager. She attributes her successes in part to her social media courses and internships with the Communication Department faculty. The Communication Department continues to work with Meghan by providing new department interns who help develop Chartwell's social media outreach.

Communication Students Present their Scholarship and Creativity!

Students of the Communication Department were well represented at the 2015 WSU Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity Event held on campus. Student presentations included the following:

  • The Visual Framing of the Boston Marathon Bombings by Allyson Hassett and Sarah Reynolds (Faculty Advisor: Professor Daniel Hunt, Ph.D.)
  • Curation of the History of Comics and Sequential Art by Alex MacDougal (Faculty Advisor: Professor Barbara Zang, Ph.D.)
  • The Death & Rebirth of Baseball in Worcester by Andrew O’Connor, Matthew Collamer (Faculty Advisors: Professor Julie Frechette, Ph.D., and Tom White)
  • Writing Matters by Isaiah Mutesasira (Faculty Advisor: Prof. Barbara Zang, Ph.D.)


New Book: Media Education for a Digital Generation

Julie Frechette, Ph.D., Communication, published the book Media Education for a Digital Generation as part of the Routledge Research Series in Cultural and Media Studies. Co-edited with Dr. Rob Williams, and drawing from the scholarship of over twenty contributors, the book offers a new paradigm for critical digital media literacy education. By asking, “what does it mean to be digitally literate in our new media age,” Frechette and Williams explore the socio-cultural impact of mobile technology, social media and converging content as they drive the new information economy. A sample of the book’s content can be found at Google Scholar.

Book Chapter: The Selfie, Photographic Communication, and Digital Literacy

Dan Hunt, Ph.D., Communication, published the chapter The Selfie, Photographic Communication, and Digital Literacy, in the book Media Education for a Digital Generation co-edited by Julie Frechette and Rob Williams (Routledge, 2016). Through the aperture of photography and photographic practice, Dr. Hunt considers the ways in which the constructed nature of “selfie”—the Oxford English Dictionary’s 2013 word of the year—provides deeper understandings about our digital world and new pedagogical possibilities for visual literacy to merge with digital culture.

Project Censored Radio Interview on Pacifica Radio

Julie Frechette (Communication) and Bill Yousman, director of the graduate program in Media Literacy and Digital Culture at Sacred Heart University in Conn., were recently featured on the Pacifica Radio Show “Project Censored,” co-hosted by Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips, to discuss critical media literacy. Both Frechette and Yousman are part of a new collaborative effort between their respective institutions and Project Censored called the Global Critical Media Literacy Project. You can listen to the episode here.


Take Action: Media Literacy Week is November 2–6, 2015

We encourage you to join us in celebrating Media Literacy Week. Although media literacy is needed every day, this is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness and promote action: Share media literacy strategies with friends. Question advertisers and toy manufacturers. Join a debate about media representation in political dialogue. Unplug from your digital devices and go outside. Create alliances within schools and communities. In today’s always on, always connected digital media environment, it is crucial that we learn to approach media with well-developed critical thinking skills and thorough understandings of the central role media industries play in shaping our social, cultural, and political worlds. For more information, click here.


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