Melissa Meade, Ph.D. student in the Department of Media and Communication at Temple University, recently received the National Communication Association's 2015 Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award.
Given annually, the award honors the top-ranked student-authored paper from all NCA units. Meade was recognized for her essay "In the Shadow of the Coal Breaker: Place and Landscape in the Anthracite Coal Mining Region." The essay provides a skillful ethnographic analysis of place and landscape through the use of vivid exemplars that fully capture the intersections of class, trauma, and social reproduction in the only U.S. coalfield containing anthracite coal.
The Communication discipline has a long tradition of exceptional scholarship," said NCA Executive Director Nancy Kidd. "We're proud to recognize Ms. Meade's contributions with this well-deserved award."
Meade said winning the award made clear not only the importance of the Anthracite Coal Region and its people, but a growing academic respect for the research practices in which she engaged: empirically driven, writing-focused ethnography and long-term fieldwork coupled with autoethnography.
"I was humbled to be honored by such a distinctive group of scholars at the National Communication Association," Meade said. "I am grateful to the community in the Anthracite Coal Mining Region where I grew up."
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