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Valenti School weekly update 10.31.14

BOB HEATH shared his ideas on the rhetorical discourse approach to public relations with Hongmei Shen’s graduate Public Relations Theory class (San Diego State University) via Skype on October 27, 2014.

BOB HEATH has been invited to serve as a consultant to Sage Publications Editorial staff to assist other authors who are considering doing second editions of topic encyclopedias. This invitation was based on the publication of the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Public Relations, Sage.

BOB HEATH, Tim Coombs, Lee Edwards, David McKie, and Michael Palenchar.(M.A.) (in press). Shaping the field: Bob Heath and the two volumes of the Encyclopedia of Public Relations. Public Relations Review.

TEMPLE NORTHUP was a guest on Houston Public Media’s Houston Matters. Dr. Northup was part of a panel discussing the impact of technology on our lives. You can listen to the segment here:

Darius Clark Monroe (B.A.) used a Kickstarter campaign to finance a wider release of his film “Evolution of a Criminal” to theaters, schools, and prisons. As director, he will receive Ithe International Documentary Association’s Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award, which recognizes the achievements of a filmmaker who has made a significant impact at the beginning of his or her career in documentary film. The winner of the Emerging Documentary Award receives $5,000 in cash and a donation of post-production services valued at $50,000, made possible by sponsors Red Fire Films and Modern VideoFilm. EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL, Monroe’s feature film debut, premiered at SXSW 2014. It won the Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award and The Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and was selected for a Spike Lee Production Fellowship and a Warner Bros. Film Award. The film has received a grant from Cinereach and other significant support. Monroe is a MFA Graduate from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has won screenplay awards including one from the National Board of Review, and has been selected to participate in the Screenwriters Colony and as a fellow at the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive.

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Dr. Temple Northup

Dr. Northup is a professor at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication. He lived in LA for seven years where he wrote in the entertainment industry. After writing for television, he decided to study the effects that watching television has on an individual. He currently teaches a documentary film class and persuasion.

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