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Timothy J. Brown, Ph.D.
Department Chair
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Communication Studies Adjunct Professor Maxine Gesualdi was featured on WHYY's Newsworks Tonight radio show on Jan. 7 to provide insight on crying in politics. Gesualdi discussed the cultural norms surrounding politicians - male and female - crying in public, a topic that reemerged after President Obama shed tears during his speech on gun violence. Gesualdi also reviewed her research about former Speaker of the House John Boeher's public crying, which was published in the Journal of Communication Inquiry. For an abstract of that article, see; the full text of the article is available at To listen to Professor Gesualdi's interview, follow the link from our Facebook page below.

Communication Studies Adjunct Professor Maxine Gesualdi was featured on WHYY's Newsworks Tonight radio show on Jan. 7 to...

Posted by Communication Studies at West Chester University on Friday, January 8, 2016

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On November 6, Department of Communication Studies Chair Dr. Timothy Brown accompanied thirteen members of the communication honor society Lambda Pi Eta when they visited Tierney advertising agency in Philadelphia. Students met with Tierney professionals for a facility tour and Q&A session, where they learned more about the agency’s work in the areas of advertising, public relations, social media, strategic planning, and crisis management. Students also received professional advice on networking and resume-building. Lambda Pi Eta chapter President Sarah Budzik looks forward to organizing additional professional development opportunities in the Spring 2016 semester. For more information on Lambda Pi Eta, contact Faculty Advisor Dr. Roger Gatchet at

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Earlier this semester, COM major Amber Key was named a Fox 29 Junior Reporter. Her first story aired on the Philadelphia Fox TV affiliate on Sunday, November 22, 2015. She reported on the "My Smart Hands" program in Allentown, an innovative sign language program for babies and young children. You can watch the report below.

Congratulations, Amber! The Communication Studies department is proud of your accomplishments.

Faculty research on Occupy Wall Street published's picture
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Research conducted by Prof. Michael Boyle exploring news coverage patterns for two different Occupy Wall Street (OWS) locations was published in Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest. The study used interviews with journalists and analysis of newspaper coverage to take a closer look at OWS sites in Philadelphia, PA and Madison, WI. The more organized location in Madison, WI experienced greater success based on their ability to focus the group's mission and build relationships with local media. The Occupy site at Madison ultimately evolved into a homeless advocacy group that continued well past the point where many Occupy sites dissolved. The Philly site, on the other hand, experienced limited success and fell into many of the trappings that negatively affect protest groups including lack of message clarity and leadership, and increasingly negative news coverage as internal conflict escalated.

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