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Professor Named to Adviser Advocacy Committee of College Media Advisers

William O'Connell, associate professor of English and journalism at Ohio Northern University, has been named to the Adviser Advocacy Committee for the College Media Advisers (CMA).

The newly constituted six-member group helps advisers resolve conflicts encountered while adhering to CMA's Code of Ethical Behavior. Begun by the organization's board of directors in 1998, the committee was expanded this year to better serve media advisers across the nation.

The trained CMA advocates investigate cases involving advisers who are punished as a result of performing their duties. Action from CMA in such cases may include efforts to mediate or intervene with educational sessions at the school and, if necessary, officially censure an institution and bring attention to its actions in the local and national press.

Established in 1956, College Media Advisers is an association of higher education professionals that exists to promote established standards and practices in college media advising. Endorsed by professional and college media associations, schools and departments of mass communication, CMA communicates and works with professional media organizations and education associations on the local, state and national levels.

CMA is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., on the campus of the University of Memphis and has more than 700 members throughout the United States.