For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the online conference by commenting and engaging the parallel sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award recipients are as follows:
Yating Yu is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a member of the Research Centre for Professional Communication in English (RCPCE). Her research interests are in gender studies, corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, and metaphor studies. She has previously published in SSCI-indexed journals such as Social Semiotics, Gender and Language, and Feminist Media Studies.
Khushboo Sahrawat is a final-year master’s student at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Gandhinagar in Gujarat, India. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University in Delhi, India. Her masters’ dissertation deals with the case stories of pioneering women voices in 20th-century Indian news media, focusing on the study of the genre of Life Writing. Her research interests are autobiography/biography studies (life writing research) and media cultures, including the lives of journalists, journalism history, 20th-century Indian journalism, and climate news analysis.
Izuchukwu Raphael Onwusonye is a graduate of Public Administration, strong business development professional with a Post-Graduate Diploma focused in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism. A self-motivated, hard-working, reliable individual who enjoys working under pressure. An excellent communicator with the inherent ability to rise to any challenge. Also able to work unsociable hours to meet modern employment demands and societal needs. Displays commitment to duty and integrity and harbors interpersonal skills essential in fostering good working relationships. With a demonstrated history of working in the Public Relations and communications industry. Skilled in Journalism, Microsoft office, Creative writing, social media, and writing with years of working experience and very eager to learn more. He is a future leader who possesses good inspirational skills and is a good team player. An Author of four Books accessible on Amazon.com. He is a Member of the NIGERIA UNION OF JOURNALISTS and a Member of the WORLD FEDERATION AGAINST DRUGS –WFAD.
Akosua Frempong is currently a Ph.D. in Communication student at Regent University, Virginia. She recently achieved the status of ABD. She also has a master's degree in journalism from the school and a Bachelor's degree in English with French from the University of Westminster, England. Additionally, Akosua is a journalist, having worked in print, broadcast, and digital media across three continents: Africa, Europe, and North America. Her research interests lie in topics related to media cultures and theories. Her most recent scholarly research and works include ones on the topic of fake news reporting and media ecology and theorists.
Daniel Edem Adzovie is a Ph.D. scholar at the Audio-visual Arts Department of Faculty of Multimedia Communications, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic. Edem has worked in many creative establishments in the advertising agency space in Ghana before joining the Department of Communication Studies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana as a researcher and teacher. He has presented research findings at international conferences and published them in reputable refereed journals. Edem’s current study focuses on the multimodal analysis of dynamic audio-visual artefacts such as films particularly, sex portrayals and culture. His research interests include general media analysis, Ghanaian cinema/film, health communication, advertising, marketing communications, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, multimodality, new media and visual culture.