Brelynn Hess ’19 wins national thesis award

Contact: Vincent Pham

Selected from a competitive national pool, Hess will present her research at the NCA conference.

Every year communication studies scholars gather for the National Communication Association convention. This year’s conference is in Baltimore, Maryland, and is inspired by the theme “Communication for Survival.” We are excited to share that Brelynn Hess ’19, civic communication and media major, has been selected from a competitive national pool of applicants to present her thesis: “Posting Over the Paint: Instagramming Central European Street Art and Digital Cultural Tourism.”

Inspired by her Spring 2018 semester abroad in the Czech Republic, Hess explored touristic and social media practices, focusing on Instagram photos and captions and its consequences for cultural tourism. Written over the fall 2018 semester under advisement by Assistant Professor Vincent N. Pham, this paper has been selected as one of two papers to be awarded the Stephen A. Smith Top Paper Award.

Congratulations, Brelynn!