EIU Graduate Student Receives Top Student Paper Award

Eastern Illinois University graduate student Audra Clodfelter received the Top Student Paper Award from the Public Relations Division of the Central States Communication Association.

Clodfelter’s award-winning paper “Responding to Boston: Improving Marathon Reputations and Stakeholder Relations through Pre-Crisis Communication” analyzes the strategic communication of the World Marathon Majors series after the attacks in Boston. Clodfelter presented her paper at CSCA’s annual meeting on April 16 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Clodfelter also presented original research in the Media Studies Interest Group. Her paper “Why Can’t Watson Be a Bear? Examining the Uses and Gratifications of Sherlock Fanfiction” used audience data to explore the gratifications sought and obtained from creating fanfiction.

Currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in EIU’s Department of Communication Studies, Clodfelter specializes in strategic and organizational communication. She developed her public relations research in the graduate class of Dr. Matthew Gill and media studies research with Dr. Scott Walus.

Clodfelter is interested in a career in crisis communication or entertainment promotions. Her next big research project is her thesis on organizational legitimacy and authenticity in the craft beer industry. She can be reached at aeclodfelter@eiu.edu

Central States Communication Association showcases exemplar communication research at its annual conferences.

Central States Communication Association showcases exemplar communication research at its annual conferences.

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One Response to “EIU Graduate Student Receives Top Student Paper Award”

  1. astarrynight Says:

    Reblogged this on a starry night and commented:
    I just want to leave this right here…

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