By Keelin Moran (’18) and John C. Pollock
Presenting more papers than undergraduates from any other college or university in New Jersey, six student research teams from TCNJ presented as many papers at the annual conference of the New Jersey Communication Association held March 25, 2017, in Lakewood, New Jersey. The conference was held at Georgian Court University and hosted, in addition to well-known scholars, various speakers with distinguished careers at media institutions such as CBS and ESPN. All written by teams of two to four students in communication research methods classes taught by Dr. John C. Pollock, The TCNJ papers all used Pollock’s nationally-recognized “community structure” theory exploring the impact of city demographics on metropolitan coverage of critical events. The papers explored coverage of myriad human rights and health communication issues, including: rape and rape culture on college campuses, solitary confinement, immigration reform, rape Post-Traumatic Stress, security surveillance, and gun safety. The conference was an excellent opportunity for TCNJ students to showcase the depth of professional training and student-faculty engagement offered by the TCNJ communication studies department.