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May 2021

The Department of Communication represented by Drs. Archana Krishnan, Annis Golden and Masahiro Yamamoto along with doctoral student Olivia Mata won the Best Poster Award at the 5th Annual Conference of the Center for mHealth and Social Media (CHASM). Check out the award-winning animated video poster on documenting disparities in technology access, information-seeking and vaccine hesitancy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pallavi Khurana

The Department of Communication is pleased to announce that Pallavi Khurana, a PhD student from Delhi, India, is the recipient of the 2020-2021 Graduate Student Research Award. 

Pallavi’s research focuses on impression management and health issues in the context of social media. Pallavi had four conference papers accepted in 2020-2021. One of these papers was presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (the most prestigious international conference for communication scholarship). Two of Pallavi’s conference papers received Top Paper Awards (New York State Communication Association Convention, BEA2021). Pallavi also has three manuscripts currently under journal review.

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The Department of Communication is pleased to announce that Natalie Cosentino is the winner of the 2020-2021 Richard W. Wilkie Award for the Outstanding Undergraduate in Communication. Please watch Natalie's recorded commencement address to the Department of Communication’s Senior Class of 2021.


April 2021

Congratulations to graduating Communication senior Chidiogo Igboekwe who has received two major awards: the 2021 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and the President’s Distinguished Scholar-Leader Award.

Igboekwe, a Nigerian-American from Queens, is an honors student with a passion for social justice. A Communication major with minors in Criminal Justice and Education, she hopes to make education more accessible for incarcerated people, both during prison sentences and post-release.


August 2020

COM doctoral student, Pallavi Khurana, who along with her co-author, Thora Knight from the Department of Information Science and under the guidance of Professor Teresa Harrison, have won the Top PhD Paper Award at the NYSCA Annual Conference 2020. Title of the Paper: Content Analysis of Athletic Brand Posts on Instagram; Author: Pallavi Khurana, Department of Communication, University at Albany, SUNY;  Co-author: Thora Knight, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cyber Security, University at Albany, SUNY. 


July 2020

Assistant Professor Archana Krishnan from the Department of Communication was recently awarded the 2020 Emerging Scholar Research Grant by the International Communication Association’s Mobile Communication Interest Group (MCIG). The announcement was made during MCIG’s business meeting at this year’s ICA conference which was converted to a virtual conference due to COVID-19. Dr. Krishnan’s winning proposal aims to examine third-person perception of compulsive mobile phone use and its effect on behavioral outcomes.


May 2020

Chia-Heng Chang

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Communication Department 2019-2020 Graduate Research Award is Chia-Heng Chang, a second year doctoral student. Chia was nominated for her research productivity which includes three first-author accepted papers at the 2020 Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), 2020 Annual Conference of Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), and 2020 Feminist Studies Consortium. The nominators noted that “Chia is one of our program’s most self-motivated doctoral students and showcases a genuine curiosity and outstanding abilities.” 


February 2020

Congratulations to MA student Oscar Malaco Jr. for receiving a top student paper award from the Health Communication Division of the International Communication Association for his paper, “Do You Hear the People Sing: The Dengvaxia Fiasco in the Philippines as a Social Drama”. This is a competitive division to get papers accepted for presentation.


August 2019

Patricia Gettings

The Department of Communication welcomes Professor Patricia Gettings this Fall 2019. She earned her PhD from the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University (2016) and, most recently, was a member of the faculty at Indiana University Southeast. Her research interests include organizational communication, interpersonal communication and mixed methods. Gettings' research has been published in outlets including Communication Monographs, Communication Research, and Annals of the International Communication Association and has received awards such as Top Paper from NCA’s Communication & Aging Division (2017). Joining the Department is a homecoming for Professor Gettings as she grew up in the Capital Region and is excited to be returning.


May 2019

Karlie Flood

Karlie Flood of Kingston is the 2019 recipient of the Richard W. Wilkie Award for the Outstanding Undergraduate in Communication. She was selected for her outstanding academic record, an effective delivery of an extemporaneous speech and the ability to demonstrate strong critical thinking during a panel presentation. Ms. Flood will be the student speaker at the Saturday morning multi-department recognition ceremony on commencement weekend 2019.


April 2019

Zhuozhi Shao and Annis Golden

Lindsey St. Clair joins the professional staff as our undergraduate studies advisor for our Communication and Journalism students. Ms. St, Clair received a Bachelor's degree in Human Development from SUNY Plattsburgh and a Master's degree in College Student Services Administration from The College of Saint Rose.

PhD Student Zhuozhi Shao, right, is the recipient of the 2018-2019 Graduate Student Communication Research Award. Ms. Shao was selected for showing a promising research trajectory. She has or soon will have presented at 4 different conferences within a time span of about 1.25 years. Her recent scholarly work includes a full paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association, a paper presented in a poster session at the International Communication Association in 2018 and another full paper presentation upcoming at the ICA 2019 convention, and a poster presentation at the 10th Annual International Conference on Social Media & Society. Ms. Shao is pictured here with Department Chair Annis Golden at an April Proseminar meeting.


August 2018

The Department welcomes two new faculty members for Fall 2018. Associate Professor Rukhsana Ahmed will be teaching Communication classes. She comes from the University at Ottawa. Assistant Professor Chang Sup Park joins our Journalism Program. He was most recently at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.


May 2019

Doug Mortman '01

The featured speaker at the 2018 Department Recognition Ceremony was Communication alum Doug Mortman ’01, vice president of Sports and Talk Operations at SiriusXM Radio. Doug has covered every major sporting event in the U.S. including World Series, NBA finals, golf and tennis majors, NCAA Final Fours and 14 straight Super Bowls. He also works with name brands to create live broadcast events integrated with fan activation. More recently Doug has worked on news and entertainment events including town halls with Tyler Perry, Jenny McCarthy, Andy Cohen, Dan Rather, and Cardinal Dolan to name a few. He's also the co-creator and former host of SiriusXM's hit show Busted Open.

Sammantha Cardona

Samantha Cordona of Staten Island was selected as winner of the 2018 Richard W. Wilkie Award for the Outstanding Undergraduate in Communication. The award is named after Dr. Wilkie, an emeritus member of the Communication faculty who urged his students to attain excellence, especially in argumentation and public discourse.

Photos of the 2018 Department Recognition Ceremony can be found on the Department's Facebook page.


April 2018

Professor Piotr Szpunar has authored "Homegrown," a book on terrorism in America published by NYU Press. Szpunar examines the ways in which identities are blurred in the war on terror, amid debates concerning who is “the real terrorist.” He specializes in concepts of identity, conflict and media, and critical communication theory.

Professor Emerita Anita Pomerantz is widely acknowledged to be one of the pivotal figures in the development of the research field of conversation analysis, having written many of what are regarded as “true classics” in contemporary CA research.

Recently, the International Society for Conversation Analysis (ISCA) has chosen to present Profesor Pomerantz with their Lifetime Achievement Award. She will accept the award at the annual conference of the ISCA in July 2018 in Loughborough, England.

This is her second lifetime achievement award in one year, the prior one having been awarded by the Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analytic Section of the American Sociological Association in 2017.


August 2017

The Department of Communication would like to welcome Assistant Professor Fan Yang, who earned her PhD at Pennsylvania State University. Professor Yang's research interests center on new media and strategic communication. She studies the psychological effects of new communicative technologies using survey, experiment, and other quantitative methods, with a special focus on strategic use of new media to enhance information processing and decision-making. She also examines the effects of emerging media using advanced data analytic techniques such as meta-analysis and social network analysis to harness the power of large data sets. Her teaching interests include persuasion, new media in strategic communication, and big data analytics. The Fall she is teaching Public Relations Research Methods.


May 2017

Scott Felenstein '90, Chief Revenue Officer at National Cinemedia, was the featured speaker at the 2017 Department of Communication Recognition Ceremony for Communication and Journalism students on May 20. Photos galleries are available on our Facebook page. You can also check out the video of of the full ceremony.

Several longtime members of the Department of Communication are retiring this month after many years at the University at Albany, SUNY. They've worked with thousands of students over the years. We will miss them and wish them well on their next adventure. Best wishes to:
* Professor Teresa Harrison, former Department Chair, who is stepping down from full-time teaching but she'll be on campus as an O'Leary Professor.
* Associate Professor Rosemary Armao, Journalism Program Director, who is returning to work in Journalism overseas (…/see-you-soon-professor-…/10741/)
* Lecturer BJ Fehr (COM 265x instructor), who we expect to be tending to her garden
* Secretary Debbie Bourassa, who after 33 years at UAlbany, plans to spend time with her grandson and husband who is also retiring this month.
Thank you for your service and dedication to the students at UAlbany!

The winner of the 2017 Richard W. Wilkie Award is Gabrel Reid, born and raised in the Bronx, a first generation American. Raised in a West Indian household, Gabrel and her siblings were taught the value of education, dedication, and hard work. Attending public school all her life, Gabrel attended the Collegiate Institute for Math and Science where she became inspired to become a professional school counselor. Gabrel has had many academic successes at UAlbany. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Nu Alpha chapter of Lambda Pi Eta. For the past 4 years, Gabrel has received the Dr. Seth W. Spellman Academic Achievement Award, and has been on the Dean’s list of Distinguished Students. This fall, Gabrel will be continuing her education attending Mercy College for an M.S. in counseling.  The Richard W. Wilkie Award for the Outstanding Undergraduate in Communication is given each year. The award is named after Dr. Wilkie, an emeritus member of the Communication faculty who urged his students to attain excellence, especially in argumentation and public discourse.
Gabrel spoke to her classmates at the department recognition ceremony on May 20. You can find her speech at the (~23:30) mark of this video.


April 2017

Lorenza Mondada, Chair in General Linguistics and French Linguistics at the University of Basel, will present a talk on "Language, Body and Mobility in Social Interaction: Talking and Walking Together." Using video recordings, she will discuss the complexities of analyzing social interaction that takes place in a mobile environment. Monday, April 24, 2017, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. HU290. Free


March 2017

Dr. Archana Krishnan of the Department of Communication and Dr. Frederick Altice of Yale University have been awarded a two-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) R21 grant (R21DA039842) to study the impact of mHealth tools on medication adherence behaviors among HIV-infected cocaine users. Project SMART will implement cellular-enabled electronic pill boxes and smartphones to track real-time medication intake and use automated versus clinician feedback to improve adherence and consequently HIV health outcomes.


February 2017

Scott Felenstein '90, Chief Revenue Officer at National Cinemedia, will be the featured speaker at the Department of Communication Recognition Ceremony for Communication and Journalism students at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, in the PE Gym. We do not anticipate tickets will be necessary for guests, though students are limited to 10 guests and should sign up on the UAlbany Commencement page. A photo gallery from the 2016 ceremony in SEFCU Arena is available on our Facebook page.


December 2016

Dr. Matthew Matsaganis recently presented the official report on New York City’s Ethnic Media in the Digital Age, a study funded through a grant from the Center for Community and Ethnic Media and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. Three COM graduate students, two PhD students (Xin Zhou and Cici Cui-Laughton) and MA student (Zhong Zheng), assisted in the research project. To download the report and view the slides, click here. Matsaganis, principal investigator of the study, shared key findings based on a survey of more than 100 ethnic media outlets and numerous follow-up interviews with ethnic media producers. The report offers a detailed look at how the ethnic media sector in NYC is adopting technological innovations, what challenges these media face in incorporating new communication technologies into their everyday professional practices, and ideas about how to address these challenges successfully.


November 2016

Department of Communication welcomes a new Undergraduate Studies Advisor, Kate Sechler. Ms. Sechler will be advising all COM and JRL majors and minors. Her office is located inside the Communication Department suite in Social Science 351. Undergraduate students can reach Ms. Sechler at [email protected] or call 518-442-4875 for an appointment. Ms. Sechler replaces Daniel Capogna who left UAlbany earlier this year. We’re looking into using a new system of signing up online for advisement appointments; more information about that will follow soon. All undergraduate majors will continue to have a faculty mentor whose name is listed on your DARS report.


September 2016

Dr. Archana Krishnan of the Department of Communication and Dr. Frederick Altice of Yale University have been awarded a two-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) R21 grant (R21DA039842) to study the impact of mHealth tools on medication adherence behaviors among HIV-infected cocaine users. Project SMART will implement cellular-enabled electronic pill boxes and smartphones to track real-time medication intake and use automated versus clinician feedback to improve adherence and consequently HIV health outcomes.


August 2016 

Two new full-time faculty have joined the department this fall. Piotr Szpunar, PhD University of Pennsylvania, 2014, is teaching a new course "Communicating Terror: Political Violence & Media." Masahiro Yamamoto, PhD Washington State University, 2012, is teaching a new course "Digital and Social Media in Strategic Communication." 


May 2016

Congratulations to the Communication and Journalism students who graduated in Spring 2016. Our featured speaker was Communication alum Chris Brennan '88, senior vice president of Global Retail Development for the NBA. He was also the guest speaker at a September 2016 event on campus where he spoke about his career, what he currently does and how UAlbany helped get him there, as well as the NBA's internship program. Commencement photos can be seen on our Facebook page.


April 2016

Assistant Professor Archana Krishnan was named an mHealth Scholar for the 2016 UCLA mHealth Training Institute (mHTI) to be held at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from August 8-12, 2016. This week-long immersion program provides 30 selected participants with a core educational grounding in mHealth perspectives and methodologies and helps foster the intrapersonal and interpersonal skills and attitudes necessary for transdisciplinary collaborations.

Assistant Professor Alyssa Morey has been selected for the Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Leave Program for the Fall 2016 semester. This competitive award enhances employment opportunities for people who are preparing for permanent or continuing appointments with preference given to minorities, women, employees with disabilities, or an employee with military status.  

The Department of Communication launched a new professional development series this semester called "Communication, Careers, and Cookies". Undergraduate students studying Communication and/or Journalism are invited to the event which is intended to be an intimate conversation with a UAlbany Department of Communication alum or another professional with a Communication background who is working in a communication-based field. Our inaugural speaker was alum Mary Christiano '91 '93 (communication director with PIA Management Services and current PhD student) on landing that first job and beyond in public relations. Our speakers on the field of marketing were Brittany Gilman (Zone 5 social media strategist) and Victoria Barbeisch (former Zone 5 account executive and current lecturer and PhD student at UAlbany).


February 2016

The Department of Communication Recognition Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 14, at 12:30 p.m. at SEFCU Arena. Fall 2015 and Summer 2016 COM graduates who wish to participate should contact the COM office at 518-442-4871. A photo gallery from the 2015 ceremony can be found on our Facebook page.


January 2016

Assistant Professor Nicolas Bencherki and MA student James P. Snack recently published a paper in Management Communication Quarterly where they criticize the way organizational communication researchers tend to emphasize the interpretations “members” make of their organization. However, they show that there are many organizations – and this is particularly true of community-based organizations (CBOs) – where membership is not always clear. For example, volunteers may work for several organizations at once, and CBOs often work in partnerships, making the boundaries of membership unclear. The two researchers therefore suggest a research strategy that allows observing the way people themselves make sense of who’s a member and who’s not, rather than assuming that formal membership represents the actual intricacies of everyday work at CBOs.


December 2015

COM Department Chair Annis Golden, Project Director and Associate Professor, and Matthew Matsaganis, COM Associate Professor were on the team that helped the Women's Health Project in Hudson, NY, obtain a $50,000 Dyson Foundation grant which will provide funding for peer counselors, training and programming critical to the functions of WHP.


October 2015

Check out a talk by Steve Greenstein '94 who returned to campus on Oct. 8 to speak to students about careers in TV.  The video stops at about 56 minutes.


September 2015

COM alum Steve Greenstein '94, founder of Squad 47 Films, will speak about his experience getting into the TV business and what kinds of careers exist after graduation. The talk is Thursday, Oct. 8, 4:15-5:45 p.m. in Humanities 354. Reception to follow. Thank you to the UAlbany Alumni Association for their support. 


For Fall 2015, 162 students, including 29 transferring here from other colleges, were admitted to the Department of Communication. For more information about how to become a COM major, visit our website:


August 2015

The Department of Communication welcomes new faculty members Lauren Bryant and Archana Krishnan, as well as undergraduate studies advisor Dan Capogna.


June 2015

In June 2015, the College of Arts and Sciences announced an administrative change that moves Journalism to the Department of Communication: "Currently housed in the Department of English, effective Fall 2015 the Journalism program will move to the Department of Communication. All faculty will retain their current departmental affiliation (two have their home in Communication, one in English). The Journalism program is more in alignment with the Department of Communication and this change will facilitate further collaboration between faculty in both areas."


May 2015

Ben Kallos

The 2015 Department of Communication Recognition Ceremony was held on May 16 at SEFCU Arena with 213 undergraduates earning Bachelor's Degrees and 9 earning Master's Degrees between Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.

Thank you to Communication alum NYC Council Member Ben Kallos '02 for returning to campus to be our guest speaker.

Cecilia Guo was given Richard W. Wilkie Award for the Outstanding Undergraduate in Communication. The award is named after Dr. Wilkie, an emeritus member of the Communication faculty who urged his students to attain excellence, especially in argumentation and public discourse. Ms. Guo, the first in her family to graduate from college, plans to work for a socially-responsible company or non-profit.

For photos and a video from this year's ceremony, check out the photo album on our Facebook page.


Crystal Brandow

Congratulations to Crystal Brandow of Catskill who was named as the 2015 Graduate Student Research Award winner.

Ms. Brandow has worked with the Department of Communication as both an adjunct professor and a research assistant.

Her research interests include broader, interdisciplinary topics related to mass media representations, health disparities, and public health communication.


January 2015

Congratulations to 113 UAlbany students and 18 transfer students to date who have been admitted to the Communication major for Spring 2015. Welcome! Students interested in majoring in Communication can check out our online information for admission requirements. Students considering minoring in Communication can fill out a form provided by the Registrar.

Journalism News

May 2021

Jordan Duncan from Oahu, Hawaii, is honored to receive the 2021 Ronald R. Schafer Memorial Fund Scholarship for the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Journalism. During her time at UAlbany, Jordan dedicated herself to crafting feature articles about the people she encountered during her numerous travels. 

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Congratulations to Meghan Brink and Max Weissman, winners of the 2021 William E. Rowley Award for outstanding journalistic writing.

Meghan, a junior from Allegany, NY, earned 1st place for her article "University hopeful for increase in state aid, budget cuts still likely"

Max, a junior from Longmeadow, MA, earns 2nd place for his report "Byrdhouse: It's All About the Music"

April 2021

Veteran journalist and adjunct professor James M. Odato’s publication of an engrossing biography of Lucy Gwin (1943-2014), disability rights activist and founder of Mouth magazine. "This Brain Had a Mouth: Lucy Gwin and the Voice of Disability Nation" can be found at 

March 2021

Professor Thomas Bass was recently interviewed on PBS NewsHour as part of their report on the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Professor Bass, who teaches Journalism at #UAlbany, has written seven books, currently working on a book about nuclear exclusion zones, including #Fukushima. (His interview starts at 4:28 mark.)

And Professor Bass also published this article in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on the disaster anniversary:

September 2020

Professor Thomas Bass has published a cover story in American Scholar on our post-privacy world. "Almost every aspect of our daily lives is now open to government and corporate surveillance."

May 2020

Two of this year’s Chancellor’s Award Winners for 2020 are Journalism students Michael Apollo of New Rochelle and Jeremy Tu of Brooklyn. Congratulations! Find the story here.

April 2020

This year, because of the extraordinary quality of our graduating senior class, the Journalism Program faculty members are delighted to announce two first-place winners of the Schafer Award: Michelle Mullen and Jackie Orchard. Honorable Mention is awarded to Jeremy Tu. The Ronald R. Schafer Memorial Fund Scholarship is awarded in memory of a former director of development at the university, who died in 1984. It is intended to assist a graduating senior who has demonstrated notable academic achievement and shows strong potential for a career in the media.

March 2020

The 2020 Rowley Award has been won by Tom Marra for his photo blog on first responders: 

Second place goes to Ray Drumsta for his article about the opioid crisis:

Honorable mention goes to Chad Arnold for his article, “New York has closed 17 prisons since 2011. Why their redevelopment has failed,” which was published by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle on Oct. 16, 2019.

The William E. Rowley Award for Journalistic Writing is open to any student, regardless of major or minor, first year through senior year, for one piece of journalistic writing.

February 2020

Check out this Spectrum News story featuring Journalism graduate Christopher Payne '19, who is working at New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID), a not-for-profit that connects companies looking for workers or services with organizations that support people with disabilities.  

January 2020

Congratulations, Awkwafina (Nora Lum '11) on your Golden Globe win! #UAlbany…/awkwafina-wins-golden-globe-best-mus…/

November 2019

Journalism graduate Awkwafina (Nora Lum '11) is featured on the Nov. 25 cover of Time magazine. She says though she's known around the world, she feels like the same person she's always been. Video on this link. 

May 2019

The 2019 Ronald R. Schafer Memorial Fund Scholarship for outstanding graduating senior goes to Elise Coombs of Cicero. The 2019 William E. Rowley Award for outstanding journalistic writing goes to junior Michelle Mullen of The Bronx.

October 2018

Professor Thomas A. Bass will be the featured speaker at the CAS 25th Anniversary Dinner for CAS faculty and staff on Oct. 25. He'll be discussing his recent travels to the Fukushima and Chernobyl exclusion zones.

August 2018

Welcome to Assistant Professor Chang Sup Park who joins the Journalism Program from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He has a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.

Awkwafina (aka Nora Lum '11) is stealing the show in hit movie Crazy Rich Asians.

Professor Thomas A. Bass' article on a Vietnam patriot dying far from home was published in The Wall Street Journal.

Lecturer Tom Palmer commentary on Time magazine's misuse of a photo was published on

May 2018

Professor Thomas Bass recently published Lansdale's ghost in the Mekong Review.

Lecturer Mark Marchand's travel book U.S. Route 1: Rediscovering The New World is available now on

April 2018

Lecturer Mark Marchand's opinion piece on Starbucks backs its words with actions was recently published in the Daily Gazette.

March 2018

Lecturer Laney Salisbury will be speaking at the "Cons and Scams: Their Place in American Culture" symposium on April 23 & 24 at the New School in NYC.

February 2018

Professor Thomas Bass' article on the 50th Anniversary of the Tet Offensive - The Journalist-Viet Cong Spy Who Changed the Course of the Vietnam War - was published in The Daily Beast.

October 2017

UAlbany's New York State Writers Institute will host a 2-day symposium "Telling the Truth in a Post-Truth World" Oct. 13-14 at Page Hall. More than 2 dozen panelists will be in Albany for the event that will look into the discussion on alternative facts, fiction and fake news. Details to come.

August 2017

Professor Thomas Bass' article America's amnesia was featured in the Mekong Review. He writes: Everything wrong with the new ten-part PBS documentary on Vietnam War is apparent in the first five minutes. 

July 2017

Journalism Program lecturers recently published opinion pieces in the Times Union: Mark Marchand: Community joint effort effects change and Barbara Lombardo's blog posting was re-printed online: Tweets offer look at basic Trump.

Spring 2017

The spring edition of UAlbany Magazine features Journalism graduates Nora  Lum '11 (a.k.a. Awkwafina, and Chris Mueller '09.

Guest speaker

Professor Thomas Bass, back right, and students in the Spring 2016 Entrepreneurial Journalism course welcome Ann Marie Gardner, front center, founder of Modern Farmer which won a National Magazine Award after its third edition, co-founder of Monocle and former editor of T, The New York Times' style and travel magazine. Gardner talks with students as they pitch their own ideas for starting media companies and developing new forms of news gathering and reporting. Photographer: Paul Miller

The following list is an archive of news related to the Journalism Program: 

    • April 21, 2017: Lecturer Thomas Palmer of the Journalism Program has been awarded Disability Resource Center recognition for his service and efforts on behalf of students with disabilities. Students themselves nominate faculty members or departments for the honor. Palmer works closely with his students in digital skills classes who are coping with disorders such as ADHD. He has tailored assignments to make them more accessible, and made other accommodations in working with students. He was presented with his award by College of Arts and Sciences Dean Edelgard Wulfert during a reception April 21.
    • The Daily Gazette published Journalism Professor Mark Marchand's commentary "United had plenty of chances to save its reputation."

    • Journalism Professor Elaine Salisbury writes about "Readers remain the first defense against 'fake news'" in the Times Union. Subscription required.

    • Jan. 28, 2017: The Times Union recently published Journalism Professor Elaine Salisbury's commentary "Consider the credibility of news stories." (pdf)

    • January 2017: Journalism Professor Thomas Palmer was recently selected as a 2017 Reynolds Week Fellow. The program was held Jan. 3-7 at Arizona State University's Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business Journalism.

    • Friday, 4/8/16: The Albany Student Press, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in April 2016, was featured in the Times Union newspaper.

    • Thursday, 3/31/16: Journalism Lecturer Thomas Palmer has been selected to win the University's 2016 award for Excellence in Teaching, and will be recognized at a public ceremony and reception May 3 in the Campus Center Ballroom. University at Albany President Robert Jones informed Palmer of the award in a letter March 28. It is based on a recommendation from a peer review committee that examined a statement of nomination that came from the Journalism Program along with supporting testimony from students and materials showing Palmer's dedicated work and effort to update our curriculum and to work closely not only with his own classes but with student organizations, especially the Albany Student Press. There are few bigger boosters of journalism or of Albany students than Thomas Palmer. The Journalism Program is pleased for Prof. Palmer and very proud that he joins lecturer Elaine Salisbury and adjunct Katherine Van Acker as recent recipients of this meaningful award. Strong teaching is a feature of our program. -- Rosemary Armao

    • Wednesday, 3/15/16 Recent graduate Gina Valentino '14 credits her experiences at UAlbany to help her write her future stories of success. Her advice to current Journalism students? "Your education does not end after college. Never stop learning. And most importantly, make the most out of your time at SUNY." Read her story on the SUNY website.

    • Friday, 3/11/16:  Prof. Nancy Roberts has been awarded the 2016 Prize for the Best Article in Literary Journalism Studies by the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS). Her winning piece titled “Meridel Le Sueur, Dorothy Day, and the Literary Journalism of Advocacy during the Great Depression” can be read here.

    • Tuesday, 3/8/16:  Prof. Thomas Bass’ review of Adam Kucharski’s book The Perfect Bet appears in the March 8, 2016, edition of The Wall Street Journal. Bass has written about the nexus of science and gambling and Kucharski in this book tackles questions like whether poker is a game of skill or luck and how investing and gambling are similar.

    • Tuesday, 3/8/16:  2010 grad Kate Hoit's role in helping veterans cope with that change won special recognition last week from First Lady Michelle Obama at a Women's History Month Event at the U.S. Capitol.

    • Monday, 3/7/16: Journalism Program Director Rosemary Armao along with Albany Law Professor Donna E. Young, and History Professor Barry C. Trachtenberg, will participate in a panel and Q&A on Academic Freedom Friday, March 25, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The event will be held in Assembly Hall. It is being sponsored by UAlbany and the UUP.

    • Tuesday, 2/23/16: Professors Rosemary Armao and Thomas Bass will lead workshops in investigative reporting in Tunisia this summer, where they are helping to develop a Center for Investigative Reporting.

    • Monday, 1/25/16: Prof. Thomas Bass, who has worked in and written extensively about Vietnam, has an article in the Jan. 22 edition of Foreign Policy magazine titled, "The Ugly Thugs Running Vietnam Aren't Experimenting with Democracy." It posits that while tourism and international trade negotiations indicate things are going well with America's old enemy, censorship, religious oppression, and human rights violations tell a different story about the "new" Vietnam.

    • Tuesday, 1/11/16:  2016 Journalism scholarship application forms are now available on our Awards and Prizes page.

    • Sunday, 12/13/15: Prof. Thomas Bass has been selected as a fellow to the Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute, which will be held in January at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. This five-day workshop for competitively selected professors will be followed by UAlbany offering its first course in Entrepreneurial Journalism in Spring 2016.

    • Tuesday, 10/27/15: WAMC will be taping its Media Project program at UAlbany on Thursday, Oct. 29. The local NPR affiliate has invited Journalism students to listen in and to pose questions about current media news to panelists Alan Chartock of WAMC, Rex Smith, executive editor of the Times Union and UAlbany Prof. Rosemary Armao. The program, sponsored by the Capital District Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Program will run from 1:15 to 2:35 p.m. in the Standish Room of the Science Library. (An SPJ business meeting will precede the taping at 1 p.m.)

    • Wednesday, 9/30/15: Prof. Rosemary Armao wrote about Journalism Program alum Danyal Mohammadezeh’s near two-year quest to win asylum in the US. Mohammadezeh, an Iranian national, became endangered when Wikileaks dumped 225,000 secret diplomatic cables into public view in 2010. One of those cables talked about his conversations with American diplomats in Turkey about student protests in Tehran. Unhappily he can’t prove he’s in danger because American officials are not allowed to look at Wikileaks information .

    • Tuesday, 9/29/15: Prof. Nancy Roberts published an op-ed piece on social activist and pacifist Dorothy Day one day after Pope Francis named her as one of four notable Americans in a speech before Congress. Right Wing commentators were furious at the inclusion of Day, whom they consider a Communist. Roberts who has researched and written extensively about the founder of the Catholic Workers’ newspaper set the record straight.

    • Fall 2015: Prof. Elaine Salisbury is writing science/environment stories for the Watershed Post, a weekly that covers the Catskill region. See some of her work here and here

    • Fall 2015: Prof. Thomas Bass has been appointed a founding board member of the Museum of Political Corruption which explores New York State's history of political corruption and those mechanisms that have allowed corruption to flourish.

    • Monday, 6/22/15: Professor Nancy Roberts' article, "Meridel Le Sueur, Dorothy Day, and the Literary Journalism of Advocacy During the Great Depression" was recently published in Literary Journalism Studies (Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 2015, pp. 44-57). Read the article here

    • Tuesday, 4/21/15:   UAlbany Journalism alumna Crystal Baumes '14 joins the Times Union newsroom staff full-time as an editorial designer.

    • Monday 2/9/15:  Professor Thomas Bass publishes an editorial in The Washington Post and a 13-part series in Index on Censorship.

    • Fri 1/26/2015: Professors Rosemary Armao and Thomas Bass led journalism workshops for master’s students at the Tunisian Press Institute in January 2015. The UAlbany Journalism Program and the Organized Crime and Corruption Program of southeast Europe have been working together under a U.S. State Department grant for three years to develop one of the first graduate programs in investigative reporting in the Arab World.

    • Tues 11/25/2014: Professor Nancy Roberts publishes her keynote address about literary journalism scholarship: Nancy L. Roberts, “Firing the Canon: The Historical Search for Literary Journalism’s Missing Links,” Keynote address, International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, Toronto, Canada, May 2012, Literary Journalism Studies, vol. 4, no. 2 (Fall 2012), pp. 81-94. Click here. And here is the response:  John Tulloch, “Kicking the Canon in the Breeches,” Literary Journalism Studies, vol. 4, no. 2 (Fall 2012), pp.95-99.

    • Wed 4/9/2014:Professor Thomas Bass has an article published in the Daily Beast. The Daily Beast

    • Wed 1/8/2014: Former Journalism Program Editor-In-Residence and beloved teacher Don Forst passes away at 81. Times Union  NY Times  Fox News

    • Thu 11/21/2013: Thomas Bass publishes op-ed in The Washington Post

    • Wed 10/9/2013: Celebrate the 40th anniversary of UAlbany's Journalism program on Wednesday, October 10th with prize-winning author William Kennedy

    • Sat 6/22/2013: Journalism prof Thomas Bass publishes an article in The Atlantic on politics and religion in Tunisia

    • Mon 3/14/2013: Journalism Program student Eric Krupke posts an audio report from Rosemary Armao's broadcast class.

    • Thu 2/14/2013:  Journalism Program student Christopher Kear has article published in Times Union.

    • Fri 2/1/2013:  Journalism Program graduate Wenwen Ren screens her 40-minute documentary, "500 Kilometers to Summer," about migrant workers' children in China, at the NYU News and Documentary film festival on February 9, 2013.

    • Thu 11/15/2012:  UAlbany Journalism alum Erin Pihlaja, a writer for Metroland, talks about careers in Journalism.

    • Fri 11/9/2012:  Journalism prof Steve Barnes talks about lap dances, art on The Colbert Report.

    • Wed 11/7/2012: UAlbany, Tunisia partner in Journalism program

    • Mon 9/10/2012:  Oprah describes Professor Laney Salisbury as having written "one of this summer's best books."

    • Mon 9/10/2012:  In May, Nancy Roberts gave the keynote address in Toronto at the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies . In March, she moderated a panel at the Joint Journalism and Communication Historians annual meeting in New York City. Since Fall 2011, she has been the book review editor for Literary Journalism Studies

    • .Mon 9/10/2012: Thomas Bass writes for The Huffington Post and Tablet.

    • Mon 9/10/2012:  Emeritus professor William Rainbolt makes a movie on mummies.

    • Thu 11/3/2011:Rosemary Armao wins international investigative reporting award.

    • Tue 9/6/2011: Rosemary Armao blogs for the Albany TU and co-hosts "The Media Project" at WAMC

    • Wed 6/15/2011: UAlbany JRL student anchors news for major New York TV channel - Wenwen Ren, who graduated from the UAlbany Journalism Program in 2010, has been hired as a full-time reporter for Sinovision, the major Chinese broadcaster in the New York Metropolitan area.

    • Wed 6/8/2011: Graduation Ceremony 2011

    • Tue 9/21/2010: Rosemary Armao to be featured speaker at news conference in Washington DC

    • Fri 7/30/2010: Rosemary Armao writes groundbreaking report for NED

    • Sat 7/10/2010: JRL students make news

    • Wed 5/26/2010: Rosemary Armao profiles Don Forst for the TU

    • Thu 5/13/2010: Jon Campbell, '10, talks about the ASP

    • Mon 5/10/2010: Rosemary Armao appears on The Media Project (WAMC)

    • Wed 5/5/2010: 2010 Journalism Program award winners

    • Fri 4/30/2010: 35th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War

    • Tue 4/13/2010: Q & A with author Ryan Smithson

    •  JRL student Samantha Irvin profiled on UAlbany website
    • Fri 3/26/2010: ASP Profile

    • Tue 3/9/2010: Chancellor Zimpher speaks to AJRL 499 Senior Honors Project in Journalism Students

    • Thu 1/21/2010: Cristina Rodriguez-Ruiz covers student life for the Times Union