Recent Achievements | RTVF alum works on Ph.D. dissertation

29 09 2011

Congratulations to former RTVF major Nicholas Park, who is now working on his Ph.D. dissertation.  He checks in with the following update:

After graduating with a double major in RTVF and sociology in 2007, I briefly worked as a board-op for KFOX before leaving to pursue a graduate degee in sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  I received an MA degree in 2009 and then continued on for the Ph.D.  I am now officially ABD and plan to defend my dissertation this coming May. My research focuses on gay and lesbian families, infertility, and adoption, but I have also been dabbling in criminology and media studies–the media part being my attempt to stay connected to my RTVF background.  To earn my keep, I teach Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, and Marriage & Family courses at the university.  I escape the corn and get back to the Bay Area whenever I can, but, in the meantime, I am living it up in the Midwest with my partner of 6 years, David, and our numerous fury friends.  It’s been fun.

Great work!


Recent Achievements | Congratulations to RTVF grad Carla Yahiro!

26 08 2011

Check out the recent success of one of our RTVF graduates! Carla Yahiro will TA a popular course, “Marketing and Social Media Strategy“ at Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program which explores some of the most exciting social media tools (including: social networks, blogs, communities, mobile, and social gaming) and how companies can use these exciting new technologies in their marketing and communications.”

To quote her bio: Carla Ivette Yashiro is an entrepreneur, a marketing communications specialist, and an Emmy® Award-Winning producer. Carla started her career in Marketing at Telemundo NBC Universal. During her 12-year tenure, she held a variety of positions in which she gained significant experience in marketing, branding, promotions, PR, and social media. After Telemundo, Carla co-founded “Gather Your Crowd,” a marketing consultancy firm that allowed her to dive deeper into the Social Media space consulting small companies and emerging web 2.0 startups. After Gather Your Crowd, Carla led the corporate marketing efforts at GoldSpot Media, a technology startup innovating in the Mobile Advertising space. Today, Carla consults technology startups in the social an mobile spaces. Carla has presented at Berkeley Haas School of Business and Stanford University on the use of social media tools for business. She has also been interviewed by a wide variety of national Spanish and English media for her expertise on the topics of branding and social media marketing. Carla earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Radio-TV-Film from San Jose State University in California.

To read the entire article with Carla’s photo, go here:

Meet RTVF radio historian, scholar, and former DJ Professor Mike Adams

28 06 2010

RTVF Professor Mike Adams needs no introduction:   he’s the former Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Arts and former Chair of the Department of Television-Radio-Film-Theatre.

Mike’s is the voice we all hear on SJSU’s phone system, narrating interesting and unusual facts about the university.  You can thank his experience as a top-40 disc jockey during the golden age of rock and roll AM radio for that. In fact, Mike  spent 12 years as DJ and Program Director of legendary station WCOL-AM in Columbus, Ohio.

But did you know that Mike is a also a first-rate radio historian and scholar?

Mike has presented papers on broadcast history topics at conferences sponsored by the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) the IEEE, the Antique Wireless Association (AWA), and the Audio Engineering Society (AES).

In fact, Mike’s scholarly work is of such high caliber that the AWA awarded him the prestigious “Houck Award” for historical documentation in 1995.

In addition, Mike has written numerous articles for historical radio journals and periodicals and two books on radio and television production, the biography Charles Herrold, inventor of radio broadcasting.

Mike is currently writing a book  about Lee de Forest and his invention of Phonofilm, the first sound-on-film process, that eventually became Movietone in 1927.  Most of the  materials he needs to consult are  in museums and private collections. Fortunately, the de Forest paper collection is at History San Jose, where, as he says, “I have spent many days with it over the past four years.”

Mike’s passion for the research and writing he does in early broadcast technology history (1900-1920) extends to speaking engagements as well.  This summer he will speak twice on the topic of his book (under contract at Springer) — first at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in July and then in Rochester, New York  in August.

As Mike says so often himself, the hits keep on coming!

RTVF faculty member will head to Venice

7 06 2010

Congratulations to RTVF professor Dr. Alison McKee whose paper “Real Place/Virtual Space: Venice, Narrative Architecture, and Metaverse-Building in Second Life” has been accepted to the 2010 International Conference on the Constructed Environment.

The conference will be held in Venice, Italy from 17-19 November 2010 in conjunction with the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (la Biennale di Venezia), directed by Kazuyo Sejima and titled People meet in architecture.

From the website of the Venice Biennale:

The Venice Biennale … has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Ever since its foundation in 1895, it has been in the avant-garde, promoting new artistic trends and organising international events in contemporary arts. It is world-beating for the International Film Festival, for the International Art Exhibition and for the International Architecture Exhibition, and continues the great tradition of the Festival of Contemporary Music, the Theatre Festival, now flanked by the Festival of Contemporary Dance.

Dr. McKee’s work in and on Second Life grows out of an interest that was born when she and Dr. Kimb Massey co-taught RTVF 173: Media Theory and Research (now RTVF 180: Critical Studies and Research in RTVF), part of which was devoted to a study of avatars in Second Life.

Her work on Second Life continues in Fall 2010 when she will teach RTVF 135: Special Projects in Production.  Together, she and students in the class will work toward building a sustainable RTVF space in Second Life to augment RTVF’s online presence and identity.

Congratulations, RTVF graduates!

29 05 2010

RTVF major and TRFT department valedictorian Samantha Horn addresses the graduating class of 2010 at the TRFT Graduation Ceremony on May 28, 2010 in the Hal Todd Theatre.

Samantha has left her mark on the RTVF program through her varied achievements, including both radio broadcasting and scholarly excellence.

We wish her luck as she now pursues an M.A.!

RTVF major presents at Bay Area Undergraduate Communication Research Conference

27 05 2010

Congratulations to RTVF major Kelly Strathmore, who presented research at the Bay Area Undergraduate Communication Research Conference Saturday, April 17, 2010.

The panel of which Kelly was a part was “Mediated Communication in the 21st Century,” and her paper was titled “Exploring Rubin’s Research on Audience Motives for Viewing Television. ”

Kelly’s abstract (summary of her paper) reads:

This paper presents a small-scale replication and examination of Rubin’s research in “Ritualized and Instrumental Television Viewing” (1984). This paper compares his findings with the contemporary television viewing environment, which includes new modes of alternative television viewing opportunities such as the DVR (Digital Video Recorder) and Internet sources.  The findings from this study show the possibility that ritualized television use has increased as a result of the new opportunities for television viewing that have developed since Rubin’s study.

Jointly organized by San Francisco State University, Santa Clara University, San José State University, and University of San Francisco, the Bay Area Undergraduate Research Conference promotes undergraduate research in all areas of Communication Studies. It is a professional, peer-reviewed opportunity for undergraduates to meet and exchange ideas about research and methods of study and analysis.

Dr. Ted Coopman, who encouraged Kelly to apply to the conference with a project she did in his RTVF 173 class, observes that “RTVF should be very proud to have such an accomplished and motivated young scholar.”

RTVF graduate and major participate in CSU Research Competition

27 05 2010

Congratulations to recent RTVF graduate Joe Salvatore and RTVF major Katie Wright, finalists at the SJSU level in the CSU Student Research Competition on March 11, 2010.

Now doing freelance film work, Joe presented “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall,” a study of users’ perceptions of self in relation to their Second Life avatars.

Katie presented “Armageddon Meets Apocalypse,” an examination of end-of-the-world themed films and whether it’s useful to think about such films as an apocalyptic genre of their own.

Both sets of research emerged out of Spring 2009’s RTVF 173 (Media Theory & Research), taught by Dr. Alison McKee and Dr. Kimb Massey.