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Shannon Felton, Emerson College

Today was the first day of the IABD conference. First, we're in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada! Could you ask for a better setting? Although we got in very late last night, we were up early to attended the first breakfast of the conference. It was great to see everyone, and Dr.Payne introduced us to several people.


At 1:30 we went to our comrades Emjaye and Efe's panel presentation during the Political Communication presentation. Having been at the National Communication Association conference in November, I went into the panels with a lot of preconceived notions about how it would run. I was totally wrong! IABD is much more laid back and casual! It's great!! I feel like I really made some genuine connections with people by attending panels, which was not the case at NCA. Emjaye and Efe both did very well in their presentations, and John King from Eastern Tennessee State had a very interesting take on "face-ism" in the 2008 presidential campaign. I found his conclusions fascinating, an aspect of the campaign I had never thought about. One of those things that once it is introduced to you, it makes total sense. King concludes that the media crops pictures of female candidates lower than they do for male candidates. He found this to be true in the 2008 campaign. However, his other hypothesis that male candidates also get preferential photo placing in the media, was found to be wrong. We finished our session early, and thus had about an hour discussion with everyone in the room about the presentations we had just heard. Honestly, it was wonderful! Again, something that a smaller conference allows for.

At 3:30 we tried to bounce around to several presentations to cover as much ground as possible. We attended an interesting Cross Cultural Marketing presentation, and then caught the end of Nada's Students for Life presentation. As a college-student who is not an organ donor, I found her campaign proposal very interesting. WE also met Dr.Payne's mother and sister, which was a wonderful treat! WE LOVE ZULENE!!

The day was full but it's not over yet, we are attending an all conference gala at 7:30 for more networking and fun! Tomorrow is my presentation, I am a little bit nervous but after witnessing the casual and open-dialog style of IABD, I know it will be a lot of fun!
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