Professor Beagle named to Board

West Liberty University Assistant Professor of Journalism Tammie Beagle is appointed as a charter member of the International Interdisciplinary Editorial and Advisory Board (IIEAB) based at the University of Canberra in Australia. Beagle, a more than 30 year veteran of communications in radio news, programming departments, and education, also serves as faculty adviser to the official student newspaper of West Liberty University, The Trumpet. “The purpose of IIEAB is to develop a body of early/established researchers to promote innovation in Journalism teaching, research, and practice in the interdisciplinary context with the view of launching the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Innovation and Research (IJIIR) in the future,” said Kishor Vaidya, Ph.D., founder and principal researcher. “I am profoundly honored that Dr. Vaidya would ask me to serve on this board,” said Beagle. “His mission is to inspire journalism students to advance the profession, and I believe this latest effort will go a long way in accomplishing that.” Beagle is also a contributor to Vaidya’s new book, “Journalism for the Curious,” which is set for publication later this...

Department secures broadcasting grant

Jeffrey Pfister, instructor and director of WGLZ radio, recently announced that the department of journalism and communication studies secured a $2,500 grant from the West Virginia Broadcasters Educational Foundation (WVBEF). According to Pfister, the grant helps fund the “Vocalize” project and will “assist students in their development, enhancement, and mastering of oral storytelling through technical and artistic means.” The WVBEF funds high school and higher education programs in radio and television to “develop careers in the radio and television broadcast industry.” Each year the foundation awards grants for equipment, studios, and training. The $2,500 grant allows the department to purchase equipment used in the DMD 204-Radio Production and COM 362-Audio Production for Broadcast and Documentary courses. “Each of these courses enrolls nearly a dozen students,” said Pfister. “They will use the new technology to produce audio content for short productions like public service announcements, news features, and audio documentaries.” The grant was officially presented to Pfister by David Harrison, general manager of WCDK/WEIR radio. (Photo; David Harrison (left), general manager of WCDK/WEIR radio, presents Jeff Pfister (right), instructor and director of WGLZ radio, with the WVBEF...

McCullough Presents Scholarly research at National Conferences

West Liberty University’s Ryan McCullough has a busy semester ahead of him. In addition to the communications instructor’s usual WLU courseload of oral communications, argumentation and debate, organizational communication and media ethics classes, and guiding the university’s forensics team, he will be presenting scholarly research at several conferences in 2012. Last year, he and co-author Dan Mistich presented a paper, “Poststructural Prudence: Rethinking Phronesis Through Derrida,” at the National Communication Association’s convention in New Orleans. The research examined the works of Aristotle and the French philosopher Jacques Derrida. During the spring semester, he will present papers at the Appalachian Studies Association conference, the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association’s national conference and at the Rhetoric Society of America’s meeting. “Participating in scholarship,” McCullough said, “makes me a better teacher. It helps me become more familiar with the literature and subjects the students will be studying.” In addition to presenting their research at professional conferences, McCullough and Mistich have co-authored a chapter of a soon-to-be-published anthology about pop culture novelist, philosopher and essayist Chuck Klosterman, “Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy,” edited by Seth Vannatta and published by Open Court. “The chapter we have written is, ‘Is that what you really want?’” McCullough explained. “It is about desire in Klosterman’s writings and how desire is communicated.” In his third year of teaching at WLU, McCullough earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Marshall...

Ryan McCullough Presents at NCA

Journalism and Communication Studies Instructor, Ryan McCullough presented research at the National Communication Association’s (NCA) 97th Annual Convention. The conference was held in New Orleans, Louisiana from November 17-20. The NCA Annual Convention is the largest and most prestigious communication studies-related convention in the country. Mr. McCullough co-authored a paper with Daniel Mistich from the University of Georgia. Their paper, “Poststructural Prudence: Rethinking Phronesis Through Derrida,” was part of a panel entitled, “The Voice of Continental Philosophy in Rhetorical and Communication Theory.” The panel was sponsored by the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division of NCA. Other members of the panel included Matthew Morris from the University of Texas at Austin, Michelle LaVigne from the University of San Fransisco, and Robert Green from Purdue University. Mr. McCullough and Mr. Mistich received very positive responses from the audience members. “I believe we received some very valuable comments, criticisms, and feedback,” stated Mr. McCullough. “Based on the response to the presentation, I certainly believe we can extend this paper into a published article.”...

Communications Faculty Visits Sago Mine Memorial

West Liberty University Instructor Ryan McCullough recently visited the Sago mine disaster memorial and the Sago Baptist Church in Sago, West Virginia. He also visited the memorial to the mining disaster in Philippi, WV. Mr. McCullough was joined by Aron Massey, Instructor of Geography, in WLU’s department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Their visit was part of a collaborative research project.   Mr. McCullough and Mr. Massey are currently studying the ways in which Appalachian towns, communities, and cultures memorialize victims of mining accidents and disasters. The WLU faculty members are planning on presenting their research and findings on this subject at the Appalachian Studies Association’s 35th annual conference held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in March. Their hope is to eventually publish their findings in the Journal of Appalachian Studies.   “For years, public memorials have been studied from geographical and rhetorical perspectives; however, we are not aware of any studies that take an interdisciplinary approach.” says Mr. McCullough. “I think we are really breaking ground by studying these sites from both geographic and rhetorical perspectives, and I think our visit to these sites were very productive. My hope is that we will get a great paper out of it,  and I think we can make some significant theoretical and methodological contributions.”...

Communication Department Appoints New Faculty Member

The Communication department recently appointed Christian D’Andrea as our newest faculty member. Christian comes to West Liberty by way of Harvard and Oxford and has some exciting plans for our students. This fall Christian will be hosting West Liberty University students on his television series, Hurricane Hunters. Hurricane Hunters will premiere in 2012 on the Weather Channel. The HURRICANE HUNTERS are the Air Force Reserve squadron based out of Biloxi, Mississippi, that flies planes into hurricanes to better understand them and get key pieces of meteorological data that can only be gathered by flying into the eye of a hurricane.  The HURRICANE HUNTERS provide the missing information that allows weather services to predict storm path and warn cities.  The stakes are high.  People’s lives depend on them.  The series will track their lives and their missions during the height of hurricane season, from September through November. It’s some of the world’s most extreme meteorology. To read more, please visit: www.storyfoundry.org     Story excerpts from...