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KU graduate student’s paper on ‘fauxtography’ in news wins award

November 10, 2008

Kansas University
1314 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045

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Jennifer Kinnard, William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, (785) 864-7644,


LAWRENCE - A University of Kansas graduate student's paper on the use of doctored photographs in news media won the Top Graduate Paper award from the New York State Communication Association conference held Oct. 17-19 in Kerhonkson, N.Y.

J.J. De Simone, Lee's Summit, Mo., won the award for his paper "Blogs and Fauxtography in the 2006 Israel/Hezbollah War: Were Traditional Media Frames Rejected?"

His paper examined the administrative policies of Israel and the Lebanese political organization Hezbollah and asked if Americans changed their perceptions of these groups upon seeing doctored photographs used by U.S. news organizations. De Simone concluded that although U.S. news organizations made changes to prevent the use of doctored photos in the future, the changes were not substantive.

De Simone is a graduate teaching assistant in KU's William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications and plans to graduate with a master's degree in spring 2009. He plans to earn a doctorate and pursue a career in teaching and research, especially in entertainment and new media.

He wrote his award-winning paper in fall 2007 for a journalism class taught by David Perlmutter, professor of journalism. This past summer, De Simone worked as an assistant to Perlmutter for his research on blogs and higher education.

De Simone is a 2007 graduate of Baker University in Baldwin City. While completing a bachelor's degree, De Simone worked as a sports writer for the Eudora News and held positions on the Baker Orange student newspaper.

He is the son of Joe and Norma De Simone of Lee's Summit, Mo., and a graduate of Lee's Summit North High School.

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