It's gratifying, as we move into our second year of publication, to note the growth of TBS in terms of the coverage we provide, the audience we reach, and the people who have become involved in the publication. There are several new faces to welcome with this issue: we have two new Editorial Advisory Board members, Dr. Yahya Kamalipour, professor and acting head of the Department of Communication and Creative Arts at Purdue University Calumet and editor of "The U.S. Media and the Middle East: Image and Perception"; and Dr. Mary E. Beadle, associate professor of communications at John Carroll University, who has done extensive research work in Latin America and is currently vice-chair of the Broadcast Education Association's International Division. Her article "The Influence of U.S. Media Use and Demographic Factors on Argentine Men and Women About Perceptions of U.S. Lifestyle" is published in this issue.
Dr. Kamalipour will also be editing a new electronic journal, Global Media Monitor, expected to launch later this year. TBS would like to wish our colleagues the best of luck with this new project, and we'll keep our readers posted.
We'd also like to welcome new contributing editor Janet Fine, an American film and television journalist based in New York and India. She is a contributing editor for Video Age International and a correspondent for various publications, including working as Middle East film and TV contributor for Variety. In addition, she works for Indian TV in New York as entertainment correspondent for Vision of Asia, and as a TV producer with CMM Studios in Bombay. In this issue of TBS, she reports on the Cairo TV Market and Festival and gives us a preview of this November's Cairo Film Festival.
Last but certainly not least, we'd like to welcome TBS Reviews Editor Amos Owen Thomas of Griffith University in Australia. Dr. Thomas has for some time been a very active member of the Editorial Advisory Board, and will be coordinating a new section of book and other reviews that we inaugurate in this issue. TBS invites reviews of recently published broadcasting and communications books, dissertations, special journal issues or other works with an international focus. Please take a look at our reviews section for more details.
We're also starting with this issue a news briefs section on the home page, to be updated the first of every month, bringing you the latest news from both the broadcast studies field and the broadcast industry. Send news items to TBS@aucegypt.edu, and check the home page for updates.
Our growth has made necessary a more sophisticated archive section, which we hope will better enable you to take full advantage of both present and past issues. All main TBS content is now indexed into item type (articles, interviews, symposium discussions, and reports) as well as by region (Middle East, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and general topics). See the Archives section for more. It is clear from looking at our indices that we take a special interest in Middle East broadcasting, not only because it is our home base, but also because of the importance of transnational broadcasting in the region. Feedback we've received indicates that it can be difficult to find materials on the Internet focusing specifically on Middle East broadcasting; while we will maintain a worldwide focus and seek contributions from around the globe, we also plan to continue our special focus on a niche that needs to be filled.
Finally, from everyone at TBS, a hearty congratulations to Dr. Joe Foote, professor and founding dean of the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, who was named the winner of the Broadcast Education Association's 1999 Distinguished Education Service Award at the April 1999 BEA conference. Dr. Foote is the chairman of TBS's Editorial Advisory Board and a contributor to the journal, and it has been our privilege and pleasure to work with him.