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John Patrick McHale is committed to writing
drama that celebrates the divine potential of people as revealed in dramatic
crisis scenarios, in genres including action, drama, and comedy. McHale has
written 7 produced films, directed 5 films, produced 9 films, executive produced
over 20 films, and has received 8 awards for his film work.
Most recently, McHale won the 2012 Grand
Prize for Short Film Writing (Under 90 minutes) for his television dramatic
program pilot episode of The Last Exit to
Normal from Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, competing
with over 350 entries. McHale won awards for his 2012 feature dramatic film
screenplay Death Row Joe from the Las
Vegas Film Festival and the Emergent Scriptwriters Competition. Also of note, McHale
wrote, directed, produced the awarding winning Picture This: The Fight to Save Joe, narrated by Danny Glover, which
was an important catalytic factor in Joe Amrine’s release from Missouri death
row in 2005. McHale has written 4 unproduced feature film screenplays.
McHale is an Associate Professor in the
School of Communication at Illinois State University. McHale has taught at a
number of institutions, including Yale, Princeton, Stanford, University of
Missouri, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and Northwestern
University. McHale has earned six university degrees from institutions such as
New York University, Columbia, Southern Illinois University, and University of
McHale is also the recipient of several
awards, including the Walter Cronkite Civic Engagement Leadership Award FYI at
the United Nations in New York in 2006.
J. P. (Ed.). (2013). Crafting Messages in
a Multimodal Communicative Environment: Readings on Convergent Writing. Kendall-Hunt
Publishing; Dubuque, Iowa.
McHale, J. P.
& Straub, G. T. (2013). Light,
Camera, Conscience, and Soul: Creating documentaries that make a difference. Pax et Bonum Communications: Los Angeles.
Alioto, T. &
McHale, J. P. (Under Review). Saintly
Sex: John Paul II, Gender, Sex, and the Catholic Church.
McHale, J. P. (Ed.). (2013). Multi-Modal Media Writing: Readings on crafting
convergent media messages (2nd Ed.). Self-Published: Available Online: Righteous Publishing: Normal,
McHale, J. P. (2012).
Convergent Media Writing: Telling a Good
Story Well. (2nd Ed.). Kendall-Hunt Publishing; Dubuque, Iowa.
McHale, J. P. (2011).
Mass Media Writing: Telling a Good Story
Well. Kendall-Hunt Publishing; Dubuque, Iowa.
McHale, J. P., & Alioto, A. (Under review). Saintly
Spin: The Image Restoration Enactments of Pope John Paul II.
J. P. (2004). Communicating for Change: Strategies of Social and Political
Advocates. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
W. L., McHale, J. P., Hansen, G. J., Pier, P. M., & McGuire, J. P. (2003). Campaign
2000: A functional analysis of presidential campaign discourse. Lanham,
MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Benoit, W. L., Kluykovski, A. A., McHale, J. P., Pier, P.,
& Airne, D. (2001). The primary decision: A functional analysis of
presidential primary debates, 1948-2000. Westport, CN: Praeger.
McHale, J. P., Zompetti, J.
P., & Moffitt, M. A. (2008). A Nike, International Labor Standards, and
Public Relations: A Hegemonic Analysis. In R. R. Mathur (Ed.), Public Relations: An ethics engagement. India:
ICFAI University Press.
McHale, J. P. (2007). Using Documentary to Promote
Justice. In L. Frey and K. Carragee (Eds.), Communication Activism. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
W. L. & McHale, J. P. (2004). Presidential candidates’ personal qualities:
Computer content analysis. In K. L. Hacker
(Ed.), Presidential candidate images: Issues of theory and measurement (Chapter 2). Westport,
PUBLICATIONS: JOURNALSMcHale, J. P., Zompetti,
J. P., & Moffitt, M. A. (2007).A hegemonic model of crisis communication:
Truthfulness and repercussions for free speech in Nike v. Kasky. Journal
of Business Communication, 44, 374-402.
Benoit, W. L. & McHale, J. P. (2003). Presidential
candidates’ television spots and personal qualities. Southern Communication
Journal, 68, 319-334.
McHale, J. P., Hunt, S. & McHale, K. P. (2003).
Communication Teaching, Mass Media Theory, and Consumer Ideology: The
pedagogical necessity to identify a worldview. Journal of the Illinois Speech and Theater Teachers Association,
Benoit, W. L., Kluykovski, A. A., McHale, J. P., &
Airne, D. (2001). A fantasy theme analysis of political cartoons in the
Clinton-Lewinsky-Starr affair. Critical
Studies in Media Communication, 18, 377-395.
McHale, J. P. (2001). Review of D. Demers & K.
Viswanath’s Mass media, social control, and social change. Southern Journal of Communication, 66, (2), 180-181.
Benoit, W. L. & McHale, J. P. (1999). Kenneth Starr’s
image restoration attempts viewed in 20/20. Communication Quarterly, 47,
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