Baylor-authored journalism paper wins regional award

A scholarly paper written by three Baylor authors, titled “The 2013 Steubenville Rape Case: An Examination of Framing in Newspapers and User-generated Content,” was selected as “Top Paper” at the Southwest Education Council for Journalism & Mass Communication’s 2014 Southwest Symposium, held in October at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colo.

The paper’s co-authors are Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez, associate professor and graduate program director of journalism, public relations and new media, Tonya Lewis, assistant director of media communications and a Baylor graduate student, and Ben Murray, a journalism graduate student.

Moody-Ramirez wrote the paper with Lewis and Murray in the Research Methods and Theory courses she taught in spring 2013 and fall 2014.

“I am very excited about this award,” Lewis said. “Our team worked very hard on this project for two semesters. It is great to see our hard work pay off.”

The three competed with dozens of other scholars in the competition sponsored by SWECJMC. Their paper will be published in the organization’s journal in spring 2015.

The mission of the SWECJMC is to promote the recognition, welfare and progress of journalism and mass communication education in the southwestern part of the United States. The group’s members include dues-paying journalism and mass communications programs in institutions of higher education offering the baccalaureate degree in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

SWECJMC is an affiliate of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.


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