FLAGSTAFF (3TV/CBS 5) − A Northern Arizona University student’s master’s thesis landed him not only an advanced degree, but bragging rights as a social media sensation and a tweet from Kim Kardashian.
Corderro McMurry decided to write his master’s thesis in communications on celebrity news. He chose Kim Kardashian’s 2016 robbery in Paris as a case study to examine the newsworthiness of celebrity coverage and whether social media is changing journalism.
Last week, the NAU student journalist marked the completion of his thesis with a tweet: “After taking an extra year, 68 pages, long nights & early mornings, I finally graduated with my Master’s degree!”
After taking an extra year, 68 pages, long nights & early mornings, I finally graduated with my Master’s degree! #KUWTK #Kimkthesis @KimKardashian YOOO I have to get you a copy. The thesis focuses on you— Corderro McMurry (@CorderroNAUTV) December 6, 2018
Y’all help me out 😭😩
Thank you to @enews and @THR as some sources. pic.twitter.com/3VnJjSi9hk
He added, “@KimKardashian YOOO I have to get you a copy. The thesis focuses on you.”
McMurry also tagged two celebrity news sites in the post. A few retweets later, Kim herself responded.
“Congrats!!!! Can I get a copy?” she wrote.
Congrats!!!! Can I get a copy? https://t.co/8fBeKRKqpv— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 8, 2018
“I was literally screaming, a loss for words. I was dancing around. I was like YES!” McMurry said in an interview.
He said the thread began trending in several countries over the weekend.
"Everyone is like, ‘Yo, are you going to send her a copy?’ And I'm like, well yes, I'd love to. I just don't know how to get it to her.”
McMurry will graduate Friday. He plans to pursue a career in celebrity news.