Graduate students receive top paper award

University of North Dakota Communication and Public Discourse PhD students Joshua Young and David Potter have been awarded the Douglas M. Trank Award by the Central States Communication Association for Top Paper in the Basic Course Interest Group for the 2014 Central States Conference.  Their paper cites a distinction between an advertising model and a democratic model of public speaking  and argues that the field has abandoned their more democratic roots in favor of a public relations based basic course.  Their paper, utilizing mixed methods, found that students who were taught differing notions of audience other than listening audience models were able to find more connections to democratic practices while still maintaining the advantages of a PR centered class, including lower speech anxiety and improved speech quality.  

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