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Journalism Professor to Study How New Media Breaks Government Barriers

Maggie Jones Patterson, associate professor of journalism and media arts, has received a Kappa Tau Alpha Chapter Adviser Research Grant to study how iconic images carried by new media circumvent barriers created by governments that historically have blocked traditional news media.

She will compare images of the widely Web-distributed video of the death on Neda Agha-Solton on a Tehran street with photos of China’s “Tank Man” during the Tiananmen Square demonstrations.

Patterson has served as adviser of the Duquesne chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national college honor society for journalism and mass communication, for 19 years. She resides in Squirrel Hill.

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