Academic journal article Global Media Journal

Graduate Guest Editor's Note

Academic journal article Global Media Journal

Graduate Guest Editor's Note

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Dear Colleagues:

Welcome! The 6th Annual Global Fusion Conference of 2006 held in downtown Chicago, IL presented extraordinary scholarship done by graduate students from a variety of backgrounds, institutions, and interests. I am pleased to present 10 outstanding papers and invited papers from the graduate student competition of Global Fusion 2006, which was held under the able guidance of Dr. Yahya Kamalipour and Dr. Lee Artz. All papers of the Global Fusion paper competition have been blind-refereed by readers from AEJMC, BEA and ICA. Further information about the Global Fusion Conference can be found at: http://globalfusion.siu.edu/ .

The diverse interests of our contributors represent the diverse responses needed to address issues concerning Nation, State, and Culture in the Age of Globalization, our conference theme. Representative of this is our top paper, Framing the Biotechnology Debate authored by Hannah Reinhart, Master's candidate at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her examination of how the subject of agricultural biotechnology is framed in editorials and letters to the editor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 1997 to 2006 explores issues that range from media framing to the complex concerns brought about by globalization. Reinhart's paper was selected as the best among many worthy articles through the same rigorous blind review process as faculty submissions.

Young Soo Shim penned the second-place paper titled, The Impact of the Internet on Students Face to Face Communication, which is a quantitative analysis detailing that our interactions with media do have an effect on the time communicators spend in dyadic communication. Sueen Noh's work, Intersecting Gender and Race in Globalization: Beyond the Evolution from Cultural Imperialism to Cultural Hybridity, is our third place work. Noh's work takes us on a journey, laying the foundation through the exploration of hybridity and its connection to modern pop-culture in Asia while also connecting this concept to her feminist voice. Omolola Fumiyawa contributed our fourth-place paper, A Place on the Edge: Fumiyawa's research is personal and poignant, inspired by her own experience with students' limited understandings of her homeland - Africa. Through examining online media articles, she shows us just how limited information presented to readers is. Rounding out our selection of top papers is Tania Cantrell's Killing US Softly with Their Story: New York Times Coverage of the My Lai and El Mozote Military Massacres. …

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