AEJMC Report 2010

AEJMC Report
August, 2010 in Denver, CO

Year 2010 was another productive conference for KACA with four major events: the research session, business meeting, KACA social, and graduate student social. The KACA research session was on August 5, addressing a variety of topics related to the media and other forms of communication in Korea. Dr. Sei-Hill Kim moderated the session and a total of four papers were presented:

•Finding Publics within the Blogosphere: The Blogger Public Segmentation Model Nohil Park, JiYeon Jeong, Jung Ho Han
•A Study on the Rhetoric of President Myungbak Lee and Former President Moohyun Roh in Political Crises Using a Computerized Text Analysis Program Ah-Hyun Park
•Conditioned Impact of Negative Economic News on Presidential Popularity through Economic Reality: A Time-Series Analysis of Economic Communication in South Korea, 1998-2007 Jae Chul Shim, Wan Soo Lee, Jae Yoon Kim
•The Usage of Emoticons in Mobile Communication: Motivations and Social Presence SungBok Park, Ha Sung Hwang
The research session this year was particularly competitive with a total of 14 papers received and reviewed for the four slots available for presentation. I would like to express one more time my sincere appreciation to those who volunteered to review these papers. Our KACA social, with a dinner, was at 7:00 on the same day (August 5).

The dinner was at Seoul BBQ, a Korean restaurant located in Aurora (15-20 minutes drive from the hotel in Denver).Seventy five members joined social and we had such a great time, getting to know each other better. In particular, we had an opportunity to celebrate and congratulate Dr. Kyu Ho Youm for being elected as the vice president of AEJMC. He has been elected AEJMC Vice President for 2010-2011. He will become president-elect in 2011-2012 and president in 2012-2013. Our business meeting was originally scheduled on August 6 (Friday).

This meeting was canceled and we instead had the business meeting during the social. Dr. Nojin Kwak moderated the meeting. We discussed a number of topics, including how to use the funding made available for graduate students, whether or not to extend our membership to those who received a degree in the U. S. and now work in Korea. We also talked about different membership categories available, different uses of member information, and financial report.

We had our first KACA graduate student social at this year’s AEJMC. This was an excellent opportunity to connect with other Korean graduate students from various universities within and outside of the United States. I would like to thank our graduate representatives for making this happen: Sunyoung Lee, Yeuseung Kim, Hyojung Park, and Jiyoung Kim.

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