Tell Your Story: Dr. Danna Young Speaks at Drexel University

Dr. Danna Young, an Assistant Profesor at the Department of Communication, visited and spoke at Drexel University on Tuesday, May 6. Her talk, entitled “Satire, Citizenship, and the Strong Case of Irony,” was a part of the Drexel “Great Works Symposium.”

In her talk, Dr. Young specifically discussed satire and parody, focusing on Colbert’s SuperPAC and his coverage on the Citizen’s United decision. Dr. Young also referenced the recent drama of the Twitter “#CancelColbert” trend and how irony is a dangerous rhetorical device.

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Tell Your Story: Communication Student Wins 2014 Broadcast Pioneers Scholarship

Congratulations to Communication student, Briella! She recently won the Broadcast Pioneers Scholarship. Check out her post below to find out how she won.


I discovered the Broadcast Pioneers Scholarship while scrolling through my emails. I came across an email from my COMM345 professor, Dr. Juliet Dee. She sent me the link to the entry form on the committee’s website and I filled it out. The entry form was very simple and required basic information such as my name, major, GPA, and campus involvement.

A few weeks later, I received another email informing me that I was selected one of 40 finalists out of almost 300 applicants! As a finalist, I was required to write an essay about where I envisioned myself in 10 years, send in my official transcript, and send a letter of recommendation (written by my adviser, Dr. Signorielli).

I found out that I was one of 20 winners (the largest number of scholarships the Broadcast Pioneers has ever awarded) when the committee chairman, Gerry Wilkinson, called me personally. He called me on April Fools’ Day when I was laying out by the pool in Florida, so I was skeptical at first and thought it was a prank from my friends.

I met many connections in the radio and television industry on Wednesday, April 16th, at the scholarship recipient luncheon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I mingled with current broadcasters, as well as, some veterans in the industry from whom I gained some great advice. I even had the opportunity to walk up to the podium and formally accept my award. I have a great interest in the field of meteorology, so I am looking forward to gaining an internship in the TV industry and am very excited for what lies ahead!

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Supreme Court and UD Communication Dept. Unite

The Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor’s visit generated one of the largest turn-outs in years as a speaker at UD! Justice Sotomayor shared her early life experiences from her memoir, My Beloved World. The First Year Common Reader program picks a book to engages students in the intellectual life of the UD community.

You can read the full story on her visit  here

Check out the COMM department representing front and center!

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks Thursday at the Bob Carpenter Center. With her on stage are N’Kosi Oates(COMM’ 14) and Shylah Duchicela.

UD COMM Alumna Might Dance on MTV, Help Her Win!

Leary'10 is a finalist in MTV's Burlesque movie dance competition.

Every girl who has ever put on a pair of ballet flats dreams of making it big and dancing along side a pop star, but only a lucky few actually make their dreams come true. Well, UD Communication Alumna Pam Leary’10 has a shot at being one of the lucky few.

Leary, a former captain and co-choreographer of the University of Delaware Dance Team, competed in a promotional dance competition at the Manhattan Mall in New York City for the movie Burlesque, staring Christina Aguilera and Cher. She won the New York Competition and is now competing with 19 other regional city winners for the chance to have her dance video aired on MTV.

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UD COMM Alumni Named PR News 15-to-Watch

Being recognized by experts in one’s career is something most strive for through out their lives.  Everyone wants their hard work to be appreciated and acknowledged. UD Communication Alum and current senior editorial coordinator for national media at the University of Delaware Office of Communications and Marketing, Andrea Boyle, recently received the career recognition most crave.PR News placed Boyle on its 15-to-watch list.

Boyle coordinated national press surrounding the university’s purchase of the former Chrysler Plant, got an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer for alumni David Plouffe and Steve Schmidt and worked on other university national news attention.

Boyle graduated form UD with a bachelor’s degree in communication and history, then earned a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.  She began working for the Office of Communications and Marketing in 2008, after previously working as a broadcast journalist.

For more information, read the UDaily news release on Boyle.

Did You Miss the Delaware Senate Debate?

Have you seen the Delaware Senate Debates yet? Probably, between CNN, other national coverage, international, local and campus media on it, it seems impossible for someone to have missed it.  They would have to be living under a rock.  But just in case a few people actually were living under a rock for the past few weeks,  check out UDaily‘s extensive information on Coons and O’Donnell’s debate.