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WIU Professor Named to Prestigious Committee

August 5, 2014

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MACOMB, IL - Western Illinois University Broadcasting Professor Richard Ness has been named to the Student Writing Awards Committee of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS).

The society is dedicated to the scholarly study of film, television, video and new media. The Student Writing Award Committee evaluates graduate students who show outstanding ability in the field of film, television and media scholarship.

The awards are presented at the society's annual conference, which will next be held in Montreal, Canada in March 2015.

Ness began teaching at WIU in Fall 2000. He earned his bachelor's degree in communication/telecommunicative arts in 1981 and his master's degree in journalism and mass communication in 1991, both from Iowa State University. and his doctoral degree in film studies from Wayne State University in 2002.

He is the author of "From Headline Hunter to Superman: A Journalism Filmography" and "Alan Rudolph: Romance and a Crazed World." He has also had articles and reviews published in Cinema Journal, the Hitchcock Annual and The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and in the anthologies "A Companion to Alfred Hitchcock," "Robert Altman: Critical Essays" and "Michael Moore: Filmmaker, Newsmaker, Cultural Icon."

In 2004, he was invited to participate in the ""Newsfront: Cinema and Media" retrospective at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland and contributed an essay to the anthology "Print the Legend," published by Cahiers du cinema in conjunction with the festival.

Ness has participated in SCMS since he was a graduate student, beginning in 1998. During his 16 years of membership, he has presented 13 papers to the society, chaired 10 panel discussions and participated in a workshop with film director Alan Rudolph.

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