Television Writer to Headline Laurel Highlands Communications Conference

Posted on 9/29/2015 1:11:08 PM

The Laurel Highlands Communications Conference is an academic research conference sponsored by the Department of Communications Media at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The conference will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, Indiana, Pa. Presentation submission and additional information is available at the Laurel Highlands Communications Conference website.

Professor John Tchernev will be the keynote speaker for the 2016 Laurel Highlands Communications Conference. Tchernev spent eight years in Los Angeles working in television production and film development. Tchernev worked as a production assistant on a variety of television shows, including Futurama, Reba, and Second Time Around, among others. He spent two years writing for the animated comedy Class of 3000 on Cartoon Network and wrote several freelance screenplays, becoming a member of the Writers Guild of America.

Working as a writer led Tchernev to become increasingly interested in entertainment media as a potential tool for promoting public engagement with social issues. He returned to the academic world in 2009 and earned an MA and PhD in Communication from the Ohio State University.

Tchernev’s research builds upon his background as a writer and explores how factors of message content, narrative structure, and audience psychology interact to determine whether a persuasive message is successful. Tchernev is currently working on a series of studies that utilize dynamic methods of data collection, including psychophysiological recording, to examine real-time audience responses to narrative persuasion.

Tchernev is an assistant professor of Strategic Communication in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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