Doctoral CandidateUniversity of South Carolina
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ABOUT

PERSONAL DETAILS
9004 Moray Way, Indian Land, SC
ksboling@gmail.com
704.724.6258

BIO

ABOUT ME

After a wonderful career in the world of integrated marketing communications, I decided to leave corporate America to run my photography business full-time. While enjoying my business and the flexibility of setting my own schedule, I had the opportunity to teach one of my favorite subjects at my undergrad alma mater and immediately fell in love with academia. I'm now beginning a totally new chapter in my life - PhD! I am currently a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication with an anticipated graduation date of May 2020.

HOBBIES

INTERESTS

"I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list." - Susan Sontag

Traveling is as essential to my life as breathing. If I don't have a trip on the calendar I'm probably planning one! Favorite destinations include Italy, Paris, and Hawaii, but I also have a large place in my heart reserved for Surfside Beach, SC, and Disney World. When I'm not planning a vacation or traveling you can probably find me reading in a big comfy chair.

FACTS

FACTS ABOUT ME

"I am and always will be the optimist, the hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams." - Matt Smith/Doctor Who

Here are a few random facts that you probably wouldn't know about me unless we shared a cup of tea:

- I'm an avid Harry Potter, Doctor Who and Star Trek fan.

- I got my black belt in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 36.

- I am an adoptive Mom of 2 beautiful girls from Peru.

- I love movies and frequently quote lines from my favorites (my apologies in advance).

- I firmly believe that everything is better with cheese and chocolate.

- I am addicted to Burts Bees Lip Balm.

- I love veggies. No meat please.

- My husband gave me a miter saw for Valentine's Day 3 years ago and it's been the best. gift. ever. A day in the garage with my power tools is almost as good as a massage. Almost.

USC's Breakthrough Magazine Article (Fall 2018)

An article in Breakthrough magazine discussing my true crime podcast research.

Article on Ozy.com featuring my True Crime Podcast Research

Why True Crime Is Podcast Crack — for Women
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CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION
  • Present
    2016
    COLUMBIA, SC

    MASS COMMUNICATIONS - PHD (ANTICIPATED GRADUATION MAY 2020)

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    Certificate in Women & Gender Studies

    Research interests: the intersection of emerging media and society focusing on gender-specific implications, and audience impact on media

  • 2007
    2001
    COLUMBIA, SC

    MASTER OF MASS COMMUNICATION

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    MMC in Integrated Marketing Communications
  • 1999
    1995
    ROCK HILL, SC

    BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

    WINTHROP UNIVERSITY

    BS in Business and Marketing with elective classes in journalism
ACADEMIC POSITIONS
  • 2020
    2019
    COLUMBIA, SC

    INSTRUCTOR

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    Spring 2019, Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 Instructor for JOUR 311/WGST 331, Minorities, Women, and Mass Media
  • 2020
    2019
    COLUMBIA, SC

    INSTRUCTOR

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    Spring 2020 Instructor for JOUR 416: Creative Strategies in Advertising
  • Fall
    2018
    COLUMBIA, SC

    INSTRUCTOR

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    Fall 2018 Instructor for JOUR 220, Account Planning
  • 2017
    2018
    ROCK HILL, SC

    INSTRUCTOR

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Instructor for JOUR 436, Public Relations Writing
  • 2016
    2019
    COLUMBIA, SC

    GRADUATE ASSISTANT

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    Graduate research assistant for multiple professors throughout the department
  • 2014
    2012
    ROCK HILL, SC

    INSTRUCTOR

    WINTHROP UNIVERSITY

    Adjunct instructor for Spring 2012, Spring 2013, and Spring 2014, teaching Advertising Principles (MCOM 341), a sophomore level class focusing on introductory advertising concepts.
PROFESSIONAL MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS EXPERIENCE
  • 2016
    2005
    INDIAN LAND, SC

    OWNER/PHOTOGRAPHER

    RED K PHOTOGRAPHY

    Launched and operated a profitable photography business specializing in corporate events and weddings.
  • 2012
    2009
    CHARLOTTE, NC

    MARKETING MANAGER

    RED VENTURES

    Managed marketing efforts that drove inbound phone calls into the sales center and generated a positive ROI.

    Managed a team of five creative professionals designing websites, writing copy and executing online campaigns.

  • 2009
    2004
    CHARLOTTE, NC

    MARKETING MANAGER, BRAND & MEMBERSHIP

    AAA CAROLINAS

    Managed all marketing efforts related to general brand awareness, membership acquisition and retention for the 1.7-million-member organization.

    Coordinated and tracked direct mail efforts of over nine million pieces of mail each year to result in over 282,000 new members annually.

    Developed and maintained yearly budget for membership growth across all acquisition and retention channels.

    Conducted market research and performed demographic analyses of current and potential customers.

  • 2004
    1999
    ROCK HILL, SC

    MARKETING DIRECTOR

    FAMILY TRUST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

    Lead and managed the marketing, advertising, and promotion of the $145 million asset credit union including: coordinating advertising efforts with local media, conducting marketing research, and managing the credit union’s image in the five branch lobbies.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & MEMBERSHIPS
  • 2014
    2014
    ONLINE

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    MOOCs

    University Teaching 101 from John’s Hopkins University (Coursera – April 2014)

    Verified Certificate Number R69M4882WY

    How to Change the World from Wesleyan University (Coursera – March 2014)

    Verified Certificate Number 93JSZYTRNX

  • 2018
    2016
    COLUMBIA, SC

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    PREPARING FUTURE FACULTY CERTIFICATE

    Certificate program designed to prepare students to serve in faculty roles by requiring completion of activities in the areas of teaching, research and service.
  • 2019
    2019
    COLUMBIA, SC

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    TEACHING ONLINE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS CERTIFICATE

    An eight-week certificate program designed to prepare graduate students for online class instruction.
  • Present
    2016
    ONLINE

    MEMBERSHIPS

    ACADEMIC ORGANIZATIONS

    Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)

    International Communication Association (ICA)

INVITED LECTURES & GUEST SPEAKER
  • January
    2020
    Columbia, SC

    Race, Gender, Media, and Reality: Fostering Inclusivity and Empowering Change

    University of South Carolina - Center for Teaching Excellence

    Workshop for graduate students and faculty members, focusing on those participating in the Teaching for Inclusive Excellence certificate program.
  • August
    2019
    Toronto, Canada

    #SocialJustice as Branded Content: The Politics of Visibility

    AEJMC 2019

    Invited panelist on a joint panel with the Magazine Division and the Commission on the Status of Women. Description from AEJMC program: "This panel analyzes the ways consumer media represent and co-opt social justice discourse and messages of resistant political action. In recent decades, marginalized groups including women, LGBTQ people, and people of color have fought for and improved representation in virtually every mass medium, raising questions about the mainstreaming of once-transgressive discourses."
  • September
    2018
    Columbia, SC

    #ShePersisted, Mitch: An Attempted Instagram Feminist Revolution

    University of South Carolina

    Invited guest lecturer for JOUR 311, Women and Minorities in the Media
  • March
    2019
    Columbia, SC

    SIPA Photography Workshop

    University of South Carolina

    Invited photography workshop co-host for the 2018 Southern Interscholastic Press Association (SIPA). SIPA is an organization for middle and high school students operated by the University of South Carolina College of Information and Communications.
  • March
    2017
    Columbia, SC

    Podcasting Conversation

    University of South Carolina

    Podcasting Panel Discussion (JOUR 499)
  • November
    2016
    Columbia, SC

    Adobe InDesign Review

    University of South Carolina

    Graphics for Visual Communication (JOUR 346)
  • 2011
    2011
    Rock Hill, SC

    Campaign Metrics

    Winthrop University

    Integrated Campaigns (MCOM 456)
AWARDS
  • January
    2020
    Columbia, SC

    Breakthrough Graduate Scholar

    University of South Carolina

    One of 14 graduate students recognized campus-wide for excellence in teaching and research
  • August
    2019
    Toronto, Canada

    Mass Comm & Society Graduate Research Award

    AEJMC MC&S Division

    Graduate Research Award from the MC&S Division of AEJMC ($5,000)
  • August
    2019
    Toronto, Canada

    Mary Gardner Award for Graudate Student Research

    AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women

    Graduate Research Award from the Commission on the Status of Women at AEJMC
  • August
    2019
    Toronto, Canada

    THIRD PLACE STUDENT PAPER - LAW & POLICY DIVISION

    2019 AEJMC National Conference

    Third place student paper for the Law and Policy Division
  • April
    2019
    Columbia, SC

    THE GRADUATE SCHOOL AT USC CONFERENCE TRAVEL GRANT AWARD

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    $500 to travel for conference presentation
  • March
    2019
    Columbia, SC

    TOP STUDENT PAPER - Newspaper & Online News Division

    2019 AEJMC SOUTHEAST COLLOQUIUM

    Top Student Paper in the Newspaper & Online News Division
  • August
    2018
    Washington, DC

    THIRD PLACE STUDENT PAPER - HISTORY DIVISION

    2018 AEJMC National Conference

    Top student paper award for the History Division
  • April
    2018
    Columbia, SC

    EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD

    University of South Carolina

    Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award ($500)
  • March
    2018
    Tuscaloosa, AL

    TOP PAPER - LAW AND POLICY DIVISION

    2018 AEJMC Southeast Colloquium

    Top student paper award for the Law and Policy Division
  • August
    2017
    Chicago, IL

    SECOND PLACE STUDENT PAPER - MINORITIES AND COMMUNICATION DIVISION

    2017 AEJMC National Conference

    Second place student paper in the Minorities and Communication division at the 2017 AEJMC national conference
  • 2016
    2019
    Columbia, SC

    GRADUATE SCHOOL FELLOWSHIP

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    Graduate school fellowship, funded at $26,000 per year for 3 years
  • April
    2017
    Columbia, SC

    THE GRADUATE SCHOOL AT USC CONFERENCE TRAVEL GRANT AWARD

    University of South Carolina

    $500 to travel for conference presentation
SERVICE
  • 2018
    2017
    Chicago, IL

    Task Force on Graduate Education

    AEJMC

    A one-year task force designed to determine how to best position AEJMC to serve graduate education.
  • 2017
    2017
    Columbia, SC

    Public Relations Faculty Search Committee

    University of South Carolina

    Student representative on a search committee for new PR faculty.
  • Present
    2017
    Fort Mill, SC

    Pop Up Dojo Board of Advisors

    Pop Up Dojo

    Pop Up Dojo is a mobile martial arts program focusing on martial arts for those with special needs.
  • May
    2018
    Charlotte, NC

    Ambassador/Marshal Hole 7

    Wells Fargo Championship

    Marshal on Hole 7 of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow
  • 2018
    Present
    Nationwide

    Committee member for Anniversary Celebration of Women's Suffrage

    AEJMC - Commission on the Status of Women

    A two-year committee designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women's right to vote in the United States.
  • 2018
    2019
    Nationwide

    Co-Newsletter Chair

    AEJMC - Commission on the Status of Women

    Co-Newsletter chair for the Commission on the Status of Women at AEJMC
  • 2019
    Present
    Nationwide

    Reviewer

    Journal of Radio and Audio Media (JRAM)

    Reviewer for JRAM
  • 2019
    2020
    Nationwide

    Co-Research Chair

    AEJMC - Commission on the Status of Women

    Co-Research Chair for the Commission on the Status of Women at AEJMC
  • 2020
    Present
    Nationwide

    Reviewer

    Feminist Media Studies

    Reviewer for Feminist Media Studies
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PUBLICATIONS

PUBLICATIONS LIST
20 Jan 2020

“We matter”: The cultural significance of a counter-narrative Black public affairs program in Columbia, S.C.

Journalism History (Under Review)

Currently under review at Journalism History. (Submitted January 2020)

Journals Kelli S. Boling

“We matter”: The cultural significance of a counter-narrative Black public affairs program in Columbia, S.C.

Kelli S. Boling
Journals
About The Publication

Awareness is believed to be the longest-running locally-produced African American public affairs show in the country. Through oral history interviews and archival documents, this article examines how African American public affairs shows, like Awareness, played an integral role in the Civil Rights Movement by presenting a counter-narrative to what was seen on the mainstream news. Through this counter-narrative, Awareness had the unique ability to elevate the conversation beyond protests and demonstrations, and deeply discuss issues that could potentially alter the Southern mindset of stereotypical Blacks and improve race relations in the South. As the show approaches its 50th anniversary, this article covers the launching of the show as well as reflections of those involved in this milestone.

03 Jul 2019

A “travesty of fundamental fairness” or a “mass moral reckoning”: An Op-Ed discourse analysis of the Hill-Thomas and Ford-Kavanaugh hearings

WOMEN'S STUDIES IN COMMUNICATION (UNDER REVIEW)

Under review at Women's Studies in Communication (submitted July 2019)

Journals Kelli S. Boling

A “travesty of fundamental fairness” or a “mass moral reckoning”: An Op-Ed discourse analysis of the Hill-Thomas and Ford-Kavanaugh hearings

Kelli S. Boling
Journals
About The Publication

Using critical discourse analysis to examine Op-Eds during the Hill-Thomas and the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings, this paper explores how the media can function as an arbiter of public opinion in debates surrounding controversial events. Findings show a shift not only in the contributors, from predominantly men in 1991 (75%) to predominantly women in 2018 (70%), but also a shift in the tone of the conversation. Key findings can be attributed, in part, to the voices of women that were present and the worldwide #MeToo movement. What was noticeably absent in 1991 (women’s voices and support), became prominent in 2018, altering the discourse in the public sphere.

09 Dec 2019

Missing, or just Missed? Mediating Loss in the Missing Richard Simmons Podcast

JOURNAL OF RADIO AND AUDIO MEDIA

Journal of Radio and Audio Media (Online 2019).

Journals Kelli S. Boling, Kevin Hull, Leigh M. Moscowitz

Missing, or just Missed? Mediating Loss in the Missing Richard Simmons Podcast

Kelli S. Boling, Kevin Hull, Leigh M. Moscowitz
Journals
About The Publication

This study critically examines the Missing Richard Simmons podcast to explore how producers and participants use media to define and process complex relationships with celebrity figures. Employing qualitative textual analysis, this research demonstrates how audiences mediate celebrity interactions and the potential role these relationships play within a marginalized and fragile community. This project qualitatively explores parasocial interactions to demonstrate the ways expressions of grief and loss are mediated by audiences when a celebrity “relationship” disappears. In using a podcast to rekindle a celebrity connection, this study shows the impact that podcast hosts may have on messages presented to the audience.

07 Aug 2019

Missing, or just Missed? Mediating Loss in the Missing Richard Simmons Podcast

2019 AEJMC Conference

Presented at the 2019 AEJMC Conference in Toronto, Canada

Conferences Kelli S. Boling, Kevin Hull, Leigh M. Moscowitz

Missing, or just Missed? Mediating Loss in the Missing Richard Simmons Podcast

Kelli S. Boling, Kevin Hull, Leigh M. Moscowitz
Conferences
15 Feb 2019

Eating for change: How media use and social justice impact consumer perceptions of ethical labels.

2019 Winthrop University Interdisciplinary Conference

Presented at the 2019 Winthrop University Interdisciplinary Conference in Rock Hill, S.C.

Conferences Kelli S. Boling, Leigh M. Moscowitz, Carol J. Pardun

Eating for change: How media use and social justice impact consumer perceptions of ethical labels.

Kelli S. Boling, Leigh M. Moscowitz, Carol J. Pardun
Conferences
07 Mar 2019

A “travesty of fundamental fairness” or a “mass moral reckoning”: An analysis of the Op-Ed discourse during the Hill-Thomas and Ford-Kavanaugh hearings

2019 AEJMC Southeast Colloquium - Top Student Paper

Presented at the 2019 AEJMC Southeast Colloquium, Columbia, S.C.

Conferences Kelli S. Boling

A “travesty of fundamental fairness” or a “mass moral reckoning”: An analysis of the Op-Ed discourse during the Hill-Thomas and Ford-Kavanaugh hearings

Kelli S. Boling
Conferences
25 May 2019

#ShePersisted, Mitch: A memetic critical discourse analysis on an attempted Instagram feminist revolution

2019 International Communication Association (ICA)

Presented at the 2019 annual ICA conference in Washington, D.C.

Conferences Kelli S. Boling

#ShePersisted, Mitch: A memetic critical discourse analysis on an attempted Instagram feminist revolution

Kelli S. Boling
Conferences
07 Aug 2019

Lost in translation: The disturbing decision to limit access to audio court files for podcasters.

2019 AEJMC Conference - Third Place Student Paper, Law & Policy Division

Accepted for presentation at the annual AEJMC Conference in Toronto, Canada

Conferences Kelli S. Boling

Lost in translation: The disturbing decision to limit access to audio court files for podcasters.

Kelli S. Boling
Conferences
About The Publication

In its October 2017 decision in Undisclosed LLC v. The State, the Georgia Supreme Court recognized that Georgia Rule 21 allows for public access to court files including both inspecting and copying records. However, the court held that a court reporter’s audio files from trial are not actually court records because only the official transcripts, not the audio tapes, are filed with the court. Therefore, audio tapes cannot be copied by the media for use in podcast production. This article explores the problems with this Supreme Court decision and argues that the courts need to revisit the right to access and produce a definitive answer to the current dilemma for emerging media in the wake of true crime podcast growth.

08 May 2019

#ShePersisted, Mitch: A memetic critical discourse analysis on an attempted Instagram feminist revolution

FEMINIST MEDIA STUDIES (IN PRESS)

Feminist Media Studies (In Press, approved May 2019)

Journals Kelli S. Boling

#ShePersisted, Mitch: A memetic critical discourse analysis on an attempted Instagram feminist revolution

Kelli S. Boling
Journals
About The Publication

Through feminist critical discourse analysis, this article examines the memetic discourse (image-driven conversation) via feminist standpoint theory on Instagram during the digital feminist movement, #ShePersisted. This study explores the digital communications of a networked community during a time of attempted revolution and contributes to the conversation of how future feminist movements (both on and offline), can lead the conversation regarding feminist issues. Examining the first 48 hours of the discourse, this study found that the conversation shifted from the original Coretta Scott King letter to what Elizabeth Warren did, to how the media presented the situation, to the personal story each participant wanted to tell. Analyzing 2,005 memes from February 8 and 9, 2017, this study found that the most prominent theme was “inspiration,” accounting for 73.3% (1,469) of all posts. Not only did the online discourse attempt to elevate the national conversation regarding feminist issues, but the use of the hashtag spurred street-level protests and letter-writing campaigns as well, mirroring the path other successful digital feminist revolts. Ultimately, this study shows how political power impacts females and what can happen in a digital environment when marginalized communities connect and transfer the conversation from their computer screens to the streets.

06 Aug 2018

“We matter”: The launching of a counter-narrative Black public affairs program in Columbia, S.C.

2018 AEJMC Conference - Third Place Student Paper, History Division

Presented at the 2018 AEJMC National Conference in Washington, D.C.

Conferences Kelli S. Boling

“We matter”: The launching of a counter-narrative Black public affairs program in Columbia, S.C.

Kelli S. Boling
Conferences
09 Mar 2018

Lost in Translation: The Disturbing Decision to Limit Access to Audio Court Files for Podcasters

2018 AEJMC Southeast Colloquium - Top Student Paper in Law & Policy Division

Presented at the 2018 AEJMC Southeast Colloquium

Conferences Kelli S. Boling

Lost in Translation: The Disturbing Decision to Limit Access to Audio Court Files for Podcasters

Kelli S. Boling
Conferences
About The Publication

In its October 2017 decision in Undisclosed LLC v. The State, the Georgia Supreme Court recognized that Georgia Rule 21 allows for public access to court files including both inspecting and copying records. However, the court held that a court reporter’s audio files from trial are not actually court records because only the official transcripts, not the audio tapes, are filed with the court. Therefore, audio tapes cannot be copied by the media for use in podcast production. This article explores the problems with this Supreme Court decision and argues that the courts need to revisit the right to access and produce a definitive answer to the current dilemma for emerging media in the wake of true crime podcast growth.

09 Mar 2018

“The Bad Guys”: Examining Consumer Perceptions and Media Myths about Registered Sex Offenders

2018 AEJMC Southeast Colloquium

Presented at the 2018 AEJMC Southeast Colloquium

Conferences Kelli S. Boling

“The Bad Guys”: Examining Consumer Perceptions and Media Myths about Registered Sex Offenders

Kelli S. Boling
Conferences
About The Publication

This study explores the impact that media can have on consumer perceptions and myths regarding registered sex offenders. Using an online survey (n = 200) and four previously-tested scales, this study found that when confronted with dissonant depictions of sex offenders and real-life impact of the law, overall views regarding sex offenders and belief in the laws that govern them lessen. Participants were also found to be more likely to interact with a sex offender socially after being presented with dissonant depictions of sex offenders and real-life impact of the law, indicating that knowledge of the criminal’s gender and the law’s impact on their life affects social distance intent. Belief in common media myths were found to be relatively low, but increased usage of media did impact participant’s attitudes regarding the dangerousness of sex criminals. Fear of crime was found to be a mediating factor between gender and attitudes toward sex offenders. Practical and theoretical implications are also discussed.

06 Aug 2018

Enjoying Crime: Examining Disposition Theory in the True Crime Audience

Washington, D.C.

Presented at the 2018 AEJMC Conference in Washington, D.C.

Conferences Kelli S. Boling

Enjoying Crime: Examining Disposition Theory in the True Crime Audience

Kelli S. Boling
Conferences
01 Oct 2017

Really Social Disaster: An examination of photo sharing on Twitter during the #SCFlood

Visual Communication Quarterly

Visual Communication Quarterly (October-December 2017)

Journals Tara Mortensen, Kevin Hull & Kelli S. Boling

Really Social Disaster: An examination of photo sharing on Twitter during the #SCFlood

Tara Mortensen, Kevin Hull & Kelli S. Boling
Journals
About The Publication

In the open marketplace of visuals where the most valued photographs “rise to the top” via tweets, likes, and retweets rather than being dictated by professionals, the study of what makes an image go really social is merited. One occurrence during which professional photojournalism and nonprofessional photography truly coexist, intermingle, and blur is that of a natural disaster. A body of research exists that has examined the visual framing of disasters, but none has addressed how these differently framed photos go social online or by whom. In this study, 1,078 Twitter photos shared by professional media outlets and nonprofessional tweeters were examined to see what portrayals of photos are elevated in the network. Established frames and new frames were examined: depictions of people, emotional hierarchy, novelty, victims, ordinary people, uniforms, emergency professionals, valence,pragmatic, human interest, and political. The results add empirical evidence to the different ways that professional members of media and other visual sharers understand, visually communicate, and react to disaster and add to the visual framing literature an element of really social visual framing.

Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/15551393.2017.1388704

01 May 2018

Undisclosed Information – Serial is My Favorite Murder: Examining motivations in the true crime podcast audience

JOURNAL OF RADIO AND AUDIO MEDIA

Journal of Radio and Audio Media (May 2018)

Journals Kelli S. Boling & Kevin Hull

Undisclosed Information – Serial is My Favorite Murder: Examining motivations in the true crime podcast audience

Kelli S. Boling & Kevin Hull
Journals
About The Publication

This study explores the true crime podcast audience within the uses and gratifications theoretical frame. Using an online survey (n = 308), this study found that the true crime podcast audience is predominantly female (73%), and five motivations were prominent for users: entertainment, convenience, boredom, voyeurism, and relaxation. All significant motivating factors were found to be more salient for females than for males. Practical and theoretical implications for genre-specific media are discussed.

Publisher link: https://doi.org/10.1080/19376529.2017.1370714

01 Jul 2019

True Crime Podcasting: Journalism, Justice, or Entertainment?

INTERNATIONAL RADIO JOURNAL (IN PRESS)

Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media (In Press, Approved July 2019)

Journals Kelli S. Boling

True Crime Podcasting: Journalism, Justice, or Entertainment?

Kelli S. Boling
Journals
About The Publication

This study examines true crime podcast production with a critical/cultural lens to explore how podcasts are impacting this genre, public opinion, and the criminal justice system. Discussing advocacy and objectivity through four in-depth qualitative interviews with true crime podcast producers offers insight into both the political economy of podcasts and effective audience engagement. Ultimately, this study argues that true crime podcasts are already impacting the criminal justice system in remarkable fashion and that the future of this emerging media could challenge both criminal justice and media reform. Practical and theoretical implications for genre-specific media are also discussed.

23 Apr 2017

TRUE CRIME PODCASTING: JOURNALISM, JUSTICE, OR ENTERTAINMENT?

2017 BEA CONFERENCE

Paper presented at the annual conference for the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) in Las Vegas, NV.

Conferences Kelli S. Boling

TRUE CRIME PODCASTING: JOURNALISM, JUSTICE, OR ENTERTAINMENT?

Kelli S. Boling
Conferences
About The Publication

This study examines true crime podcast production with a critical/cultural lens to explore how podcasts are impacting this genre, public opinion, and the criminal justice system. Discussing advocacy and objectivity through four in-depth qualitative interviews with true crime podcast producers offers insight into both the political economy of podcasts and effective audience engagement. Ultimately, this study argues that true crime podcasts are already impacting the criminal justice system in remarkable fashion and that the future of this emerging media could challenge both criminal justice and media reform. Practical and theoretical implications for genre-specific media are also discussed.

21 Apr 2017

UNDERSTANDING THE TRUE CRIME PODCAST AUDIENCE: AN EXPLORATION OF USES AND GRATIFICATIONS

2017 DISCOVER USC

Paper presented at the 2017 Discover USC day which showcases both graduate and undergraduate research at the University of South Carolina.

Conferences Kelli S. Boling

UNDERSTANDING THE TRUE CRIME PODCAST AUDIENCE: AN EXPLORATION OF USES AND GRATIFICATIONS

Kelli S. Boling
Conferences
09 Aug 2017

UNDISCLOSED INFORMATION – SERIAL IS MY FAVORITE MURDER: EXAMINING MOTIVATIONS IN THE TRUE CRIME PODCAST AUDIENCE

2017 AEJMC CONFERENCE

Paper presented at the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Chicago, IL.

Conferences Kelli S. Boling

UNDISCLOSED INFORMATION – SERIAL IS MY FAVORITE MURDER: EXAMINING MOTIVATIONS IN THE TRUE CRIME PODCAST AUDIENCE

Kelli S. Boling
Conferences
About The Publication

This study explores the true crime podcast audience within the uses and gratifications theoretical frame. Using an online survey (n = 308), this study found that the true crime podcast audience is predominantly female (73%), and five motivations were prominent for users: entertainment, convenience, boredom, voyeurism, and relaxation. All significant motivating factors were found to be more salient for females than for males. Practical and theoretical implications for genre-specific media are discussed.

11 Aug 2017

“HANDS UP, DON’T SHOOT”: MEDIA PORTRAYALS OF RACE AND RESPONSIBILITY FRAMING IN POLICE SHOOTINGS

2017 AEJMC CONFERENCE - 2ND PLACE WINNER MINORITIES AND COMMUNCATION DIVISION

Paper presented at the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Chicago, IL

Conferences Denetra Walker & Kelli S. Boling

“HANDS UP, DON’T SHOOT”: MEDIA PORTRAYALS OF RACE AND RESPONSIBILITY FRAMING IN POLICE SHOOTINGS

Denetra Walker & Kelli S. Boling
Conferences
About The Publication

This study examines race and responsibility framing in newspaper articles on police shootings. By performing a content analysis of nine newspapers (N = 442), this study found that newspapers were more likely to blame society as being responsible for the issue of police shootings. Findings also indicate that there are differences in the attributes used when covering police shootings as well as differences in the mention of race among conservative, liberal and African American papers.

01 Aug 2018

“I WAS VERY INTOXICATED”: AN EXAMINATION OF THE IMAGE-REPAIR DISCOURSE OF RYAN LOCHTE FOLLOWING THE 2016 OLYMPICS

IN PRESS

Accepted for publication as a book chapter in "Case Studies in Sport Communication: You Make the Call."

Book Chapters Kevin Hull & Kelli S. Boling

“I WAS VERY INTOXICATED”: AN EXAMINATION OF THE IMAGE-REPAIR DISCOURSE OF RYAN LOCHTE FOLLOWING THE 2016 OLYMPICS

Kevin Hull & Kelli S. Boling
Book Chapters
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RESEARCH

RECENT RESEARCH

2019 AEJMC SOUTHEAST COLLOQUIUM

TOP STUDENT PAPER, NEWSPAPER & ONLINE NEWS DIVISION

2018 AEJMC NATIONAL CONFERENCE, WASHINGTON DC

THIRD PLACE STUDENT PAPER, HISTORY DIVISION

2017 AEJMC CONFERENCE

SECOND PLACE STUDENT PAPER, MINORITIES AND COMMUNICATION DIVISION

CURRENT PROJECTS

Missing, or just missed? Mediating loss in the Missing Richard Simmons podcast.

This study critically examines the Missing Richard Simmons podcast to explore how producers and participants use media to define and process complex relationships with celebrity figures.

Employing qualitative textual analysis, this research demonstrates how audiences mediate celebrity interactions and the potential role these relationships play within a marginalized and fragile community.

Ethical eating and compassionate consumption: The impact of quiet ego and media use on the purchase intent of ethical foods.

Examining media use in conjunction with ethical consumption

Combining a psychological scale (Quiet Ego) with media use, this study examines the decisions consumers make regarding ethical consumption.

The (mis)representation of Serena Williams by sports media

Examining the portrayal of Serena Williams in Sports Illustrated and Tennis Magazine

A content analysis on the coverage of Serena Williams throughout her career in two well-known sports magazines.

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TEACHING

teaching philosophy

Curiosity is a funny thing. Nobody can make us curious. People or topics might peak our curiosity, but the actual act of being curious is an independent quest. My curiosity has taken me to amazing, wonderful and sometimes terrifying places. It has also lead me to academia and the adventure of creating a classroom environment where curious minds excel.

Lahaina, Maui: 20° 52′ 21.1368” N 156° 40′ 43.6044” W

I’m in Hawaii, resting under a shade tree in a park, reading a book, watching boats sail in the distance and listening to waves reach the shore. The view is incredible, the book is entertaining, and the curiosity of life change takes root. Every college student is experiencing this same type of curiosity. Students don’t pursue a college degree to maintain the status quo. They are seeking growth and change. It’s easy to lose this level of curiosity in assignments and classwork, but as an instructor, I want my students to enjoy the act of learning and crave new information. By assigning exercises that are linked to real world concepts, students can see the application of classroom topics and remain curious about life after graduation. By helping students discover their own knowledge gaps with in-class quizzes and polls, I can peak their subject-level curiosity and desire to learn. We all have a beautiful blue Hawaiian wave working to reach the shore. We just need to be alert and expectant.

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne: 48° 50′ 55.968” N 2° 20′ 30.7716” E

Until I experienced other cultures I didn’t fully understand my own. Learning to speak another language, enjoy foods I couldn’t pronounce, and navigate a map written in French while speeding through the countryside helped me to see the world from a different perspective. Students arrive at college with their own unique history, culture and goals. Genuine curiosity can’t begin until students are taken out of their comfort zone and put in a situation they have never experienced. Confidence, critical thinking and teamwork across cultures can be found when students work together on a common task. Group work both inside and outside of the classroom helps students to not only learn the subject, but also how other people interpret the concepts. Seeing the world through the eyes of someone else is the most interesting way to maintain curiosity about a familiar topic. By assigning cross-cultural groups, I want students to see beyond the application for their life and into the lives of others.

Johnson 101 at Winthrop University: 34° 56′ 11.0076” N 81° 1′ 52.0608” W

The best way to learn something is to do it. When I decided to dip my toes in the waters of academia I did so as an adjunct instructor at my undergraduate alma mater. I found myself at the front of a classroom where I had once sat, terrified but excited. After my first semester as an instructor I realized that I was destined for a career change. The energy in the classroom was contagious and I found myself looking forward to Tuesdays and Thursdays. That energy and excitement is how I want my students to feel when they enter my classroom. I want to go on a semester-long adventure together where we’ll discover distant shores and share unique experiences. This quest for curiosity and adventure is the first step in generating emotional contagion in the classroom and a thirst for knowledge after the semester is complete.

The field of mass communications changes every day. To be successful, students can’t just learn how to write a story or produce an advertisement, they must learn how to be curious about the subject and cover it in a way that generates curiosity in others. I remember the exact location of places where my curiosity was peaked and challenged, and my goal is to make my classroom a place of intrigue and adventure for my students.

CURRENT TEACHING
  • SPRING
    2019
    COLUMBIA, SC

    Instructor

    University of South Carolina

    JOUR 311/WGST 311 - MINORITIES, WOMEN AND MASS MEDIA
  • FALL
    2018
    COLUMBIA, SC

    Instructor

    University of South Carolina

    JOUR 220 - ACCOUNT PLANNING
  • SPRING
    2018
    COLUMBIA, SC

    INSTRUCTOR

    University of South Carolina

    JOUR 436 - Public Relations Writing
  • FALL
    2017
    COLUMBIA, SC

    INSTRUCTOR

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    JOUR 436 - PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING
TEACHING HISTORY
  • SPRING
    2014
    ROCK HILL, SC

    ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR

    WINTHROP UNIVERSITY

    Instructor for Advertising Principles (MCOM 341), a sophomore-level class focusing on introductory advertising concepts.
  • SPRING
    2013
    ROCK HILL, SC

    ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR

    WINTHROP UNIVERSITY

    Instructor for Advertising Principles (MCOM 341), a sophomore-level class focusing on introductory advertising concepts.
  • SPRING
    2012
    ROCK HILL, SC

    ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR

    WINTHROP UNIVERSITY

    Instructor for Advertising Principles (MCOM 341), a sophomore-level class focusing on introductory advertising concepts.
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PROFESSIONAL WORK

MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS EXPERIENCE
PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

About The Project

Photography was a passion-turned-profession for me. As a marketing manager, I often needed photos for advertising campaigns and publications. Naturally, the I was asked to either be the photographer or find the photo using as little money as possible. I found myself getting just as excited about that portion of the job as I was about tracking the campaign results, so I bought my first DSLR. Most of my personal photography is of destinations where we’ve traveled, and most of my professional photography work is of corporate events and weddings.

Corporate Events
As a corporate event photographer I always loved it when the meeting planners would ask for detail shots. The food, the food! Caterers are artists and I loved capturing their stunning edible displays.

Weddings
Apart from the physical demands, I always said that being a wedding photographer was the easiest job I’d ever had because smiles come naturally on a wedding day. Interactions aren’t staged, emotions are real, and love is tangible. Capturing a wedding was a responsibility I took very seriously, and I’m still honored that my clients entrusted me with such important memories.

Integrated Campaign

INTEGRATED CAMPAIGN

INTEGRATED CAMPAIGN

About The Project

As Brand & Membership Marketing Manager at AAA Carolinas, I managed and executed the launch of the first truly integrated campaign, evaluating response measures and metrics across multiple business lines and markets. The campaign included web, TV, radio, billboards, and direct mail.

Design

DESIGN

DESIGN

About The Project

I designed and printed a 10-page magazine for potential wedding photography clients to showcase my services.

Writing

WRITING

WRITING

About The Project

As a photographer I maintained a blog that I would update between 50 – 100 times per year (the photos on this page are from a summer Instagram blog post). In addition to academic writing, I enjoy writing short stories and anecdotes in a conversational and friendly tone. Below are excerpts from a blog post and an academic paper on curiosity in the classroom:

Academic paper excerpt on curiosity in the classroom:

The truth is, I didn’t even know the cat existed. But suddenly, and with total abandon, he appeared. Literally, right in my face. Killing him was unintentional, even though I’m a self-proclaimed “dog person,” but it was necessary. There was only room for one of us on that boat and it had to be me. I had been planning this escape for months and a random feline couldn’t be allowed to interfere.

Right now you’re probably wondering one of three things: (1) did a cat really die, (2) why does the writer need to escape, or (3) this paper seems to be missing the pedagogical backbone I was expecting. You may have also immediately pictured a cat that you know and love (or hate), or imagined a situation that might require escape. No matter which direction your mind went, it was fueled by curiosity.

Blog excerpt from a post about my favorite podcasts:

If someone had told me in 2000 that in 2015 my favorite shows would be on PBS and NPR I would’ve laughed in their face. But life is a crazy ride and sometimes you find yourself falling hard for things you never thought possible.  For example, later today I will sit down with my ipad and log into a website that allows me not only to see American public broadcasting, but also British ITV so that I can stream public broadcasting from across the pond.  I’m also saving some of my favorite podcasts to listen to while on a drive to Greenville later this week and I’m so excited about that drive I could just bust.  I believe that NPR and PBS have gotten cooler as I’ve gotten older, because obviously I can’t possibly be any less hip. Obviously.

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SKILLS

BUSINESS SKIILLS
PHOTOGRAPHY > Proficient in shooting both film and digital cameras, managing off-camera lighting, studio lighting, and advanced editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
LEVEL : INTERMEDIATE EXPERIENCE : 11 YEARS
Nikon Film photgraphy Digital photography Off-camera lighting Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
PRINT MEDIA PRODUCTION > Proficient in printer negotiations and media production, experienced in direct mail campaign design, execution, and measurement.
LEVEL : ADVANCED EXPERIENCE : 10 YEARS
Print media production direct mail campaign execution
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER > Owned and operated my corporate photography business for 11 years. Managed all invoicing, sales, taxes, payroll, marketing, and production efforts.
LEVEL : INTERMEDIATE EXPERIENCE : 11 YEARS
Sales Internet Marketing Blogging/Web Management
COMPUTER SKILLS
Web design > As a marketing manager and small business owner I have created and/or managed websites using programs like Adobe Dreamweaver or apps like WordPress. I've also worked with talented web designers to produce my own websites or those for my employer. While I am not proficient in coding, I can understand most code, and I understand what makes a website perform well in search engines. I built this site using a WordPress template.
LEVEL : INTERMEDIATE EXPERIENCE : 18 YEARS
WordPress Internet marketing Blogging
SQL > I can read and edit SQL queries easily and create simple queries.
LEVEL : BEGINNER EXPERIENCE : 3 YEARS
SQL
Design & Editing > I am proficient with Adobe Lightroom, Bridge, Photoshop, and InDesign. For the first 8 years of my career I was a graphic designer using QuarkXpress.
LEVEL : INTERMEDIATE EXPERIENCE : 18 YEARS
Adobe Lightroom Photoshop InDesign
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