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  • 1/22/2018  Jessica Gall Myrick's research (with Suzannah D. Evans) about the effects of Shark Week is cited in this article in The Atlantic.  ‘Least Racist Person’ Is Scared of Great Whites. The President of the United States of America once lambasted the reality...https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/01/the-president-jumps-the-shark/550994/?utm_source=atltw
  • 1/22/2018  Faculty member Jessica Gall Myrick co-authors an article, with Robin Nabi, about the role of hope in fear-appeal health messages. Dr. Nabi will be our Pockrass speaker on April 9.  Uplifting Fear Appeals: Considering the Role of Hope in Fear-Based Persuasive Messages. Fear appeal research has focused, understandably, on fear as ...http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10410236.2017.1422847?journalCode=hhth20#.WmXr-mNSdoQ.facebook
  • 1/20/2018  The new book "Risk and Health Communication in an Evolving Media Environment" has one chapter co-authored by alum Nan Yu and Ruoxu Wang (on coverage of the West Nile virus; with Robert Littlefield and Laura C. Farrell) and another by former faculty Michel Haigh (on the Keystone XL Pipeline).  Risk and Health Communication in an Evolving Media Environment. Broadcast media has a particular fascination with stories that involve...https://www.routledge.com/Risk-and-Health-Communication-in-an-Evolving-Media-Environment/OHair/p/book/9781138050273
  • 1/19/2018  An event on race and sports history sponsored by the Curley Center for Sports Journalism.   African-American history, sports expert set for Conversation Series. A respected expert on African-American history and...http://news.psu.edu/story/501471/2018/01/18/athletics/african-american-history-sports-expert-set-conversation-series
  • 1/19/2018  Alum Chenjerai Kumanyika (now at Rutgers) is interviewed by another alum Kelly Chernin (now at U of Florida) about balancing the demands of working for a university and being a public scholar. Practitioner Q & A: Chenjerai Kumanyika/Chernin/The Journal of Public Interest Communications.  http://journals.fcla.edu/jpic/article/view/105408/101058
  • 1/19/2018  PhD alum Janelle Applequist is on a research team about social media and the recruitment of participants for clinical trials funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Janelle is working with her colleague Jeffrey Krischer at USF.  Jeffrey Krischer ranked #1 NIH-funded principal investigator in the world. Jeffrey Krischer, PhD, Distinguished University Health Professor and...https://hscweb3.hsc.usf.edu/blog/2016/05/10/jeffrey-krischer-ranked-1-nih-funded-principal-investigator-in-the-world/
  • 1/18/2018  PhD alum Bingchun Meng (now at the London School of Economics) co-edits a special issue of International Communication Gazette on "The politics and economics of Chinese Internet Industry"  Editorial International Communications Gazette - Weiyu Zhang, Min Jiang, Bingchun Meng, 2018 Like many other indicators of China’s economic growth, digital media industries in China are constantly generating impressive figures. For example, Alibaba’s initial public offering in 2014 was ranked world’s largest at $25 billion; WeChat, the ever popular social media app...  http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1748048517742770
  • 1/17/2018  Faculty Pearl Gluck's new film debuts in New York. Faculty member's short film set for debut screenings in New York City. A short film by a Penn State faculty member will make its debut with two screenings on two consecutive days... http://news.psu.edu/story/500827/2018/01/16/arts-and-entertainment/faculty-member%E2%80%99s-short-film-set-debut-screenings-new
  • 1/17/2018  A Q&A on net neutrality featuring Sascha Meinrath. https://www.facebook.com/events/1023181941152957/
  • 1/16/2018 Have a research poster you want to try out? Think about submitting to the PSU Graduate Exhibition. The Graduate School at Penn State College & University  Registration is now open for the 2018 Graduate Exhibition, which will be held on March 23 & 25, 2018. The Graduate Exhibition is a unique opportunity to communi... https://www.facebook.com/TheGraduateSchoolatPennState/photos/a.1378556019087270.1073741829.1378125149130357/1977745732501626/?type=3&theater&ifg=1
  • 1/16/2018  Have some policy research in mind? Consider TPRC.  Overview:  TPRC is an annual conference on information policy that convenes researchers and policymakers from academia, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. TPRC strives to inspire top quality information, communications, and technology policy research, and to connect researchers, policy... http://www.tprcweb.com/overview
  • 1/15/2018  Congratulations to Bai Yang, who very successfully defended his comprehensive exams today! With advisor Krishna Jayakar and committee Anne Hoag, Patrick Parsons, and Johannes Fedderke.
  • 1/15/2018  Ph.D. alum Srivi Ramasubramanian shares: PSU friends: Please encourage your grads and undergrads doing diversity and communication work to participate in this conference that I helped found in 2012. It is a fully student-led initiative today and an amazing opportunity to network with others interested in similar topics. Thank you!  Call for submissions: 2018 Communicating Diversity Student Conference.  The Department of Communication at Texas A&M University invites submissions from undergraduate and graduate students... https://communicatingdiversityconference.wordpress.com/
  • 1/15/2018  PhD alum Maja Krakowiak and Mina Tsay-Vogel explore the effects of character morality.  Are Good Characters Better for Us? The Effect of Morality Salience on Entertainment Selection and Recovery Outcomes. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15205436.2017.1407797?journalCode=hmcs20
  • 1/11/2018  Ph.D. Alum Ruoxu Wang writes: University of Memphis is seeking a tenure track assistant professor in public relations. Come work with me  Assistant Professor of Public Relations   https://workforum.memphis.edu/postings/17799
     
  • 1/10/2018  Russell Frank on extreme weather, local and global. Bomb Cyclones, Tweetstorms and Cabin Fever, Oh My.  One week in and we’ve already got a contender for word of the year: bombogenesis. Bomb cyclone appeared more...  http://www.statecollege.com/news/columns/bomb-cyclones-tweetstorms-and-cabin-fever-oh-my,1475084/
  • 1/5/2018   Russell Frank publishes in Media Ethics Magazine about the NY Times article "The Nazi Next Door."  http://www.mediaethicsmagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3999167%3Aresearch-in-progress-the-ethics-of-human-dignity-in-al-jazee-4&catid=207&Itemid=486  
  • 12/28/17 PhD alum Brandie Nonnecke writes about tech designed to document and report sexual harassment in the workplace. Fight sexual harassment in technology companies with — technology. The voices of victims are growing louder, amplifying from the Hollywood hills to the halls of Congress. Harrowing stories of systemic...https://medium.com/@BNonnecke/fight-sexual-harassment-in-technology-companies-with-technology-9fb4246ee72b
  • 12/27/17 In this story from earlier this year, Foster Librarian Jeff Knapp helps determine if The Truth Is Out There! (Special appearance by Marie Hardin.) The Blackwell Ghost: Documentary or Horror Movie with a Great Hook? Horror Movie News and Reviews. Is "The Blackwell Ghost" proof of the paranormal or just another well made horror film? Check out what we found out and decide for yourself!  http://ihorror.com/blackwell-ghost-documentary-horror-movie-great-hook/
  • 12/27/17 Also in the 40th anniversary issue of Telecommunications Policy is Pioneers Chair Rob Frieden, who examines subsidized internet access. Grey nuances in the black and white debate over subsidized Internet access - Science Direct. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308596116301811
  • 12/27/17 There's a couple of Penn Staters in the 40th anniversary issue of the journal Telecommunications Policy. Emeritus Palmer Chair and Professor Richard Taylor’s article, “The Next Stage of U.S. Telecommunications Policy: the Emerging Embedded Infosphere,” addresses the extension of past information policies to new embedded technologies, such as the Internet of Things, “Big Data” and associated networked devices. The next stage of U.S. communications policy: The emerging embedded infosphere.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308596116302488
  • 12/27/17 Distinguished Prof Mary Beth Oliver's co-authored work in HCR about eudaimonic media narratives, acceptance of death, and mediated wisdom of experience. Mediated Wisdom of Experience Revisited: Delay Discounting, Acceptance of Death, and Closeness to Future Self/ Human Communications Research/ Oxford https://academic.oup.com/hcr/article/44/1/80/4756556
  • 12/23/17 Congratulations to Anne Hoag for being the recipient of a Global Programs Faculty Travel Grant! Penn State announces Global Programs Travel Grants 2017 competition results. Global Program's fall 2017 travel grants have been awarded in three grant categories: Faculty Travel Grants, Transformational Travel Grants, and Graduate ...https://www.facebook.com/groups/320214118138862/
  • 12/23/17  A solo-authored article by Jenny Jinyoung Kim examining a hashtag network. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. How Did the Information Flow in the #AlphaGo Hashtag Network? A Social Network Analysis of the Large-Scale Information Network on Twitter.  http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/cyber.2016.0572
  • 12/19/17 The Page Center documented funded research on CSR by Telecomm companies in Ghana by PhD students Wunpini F. Mohammed,  Anli Xiao and Erica Hilton.
  • 12/19/17 A cross-national comparison of measuring appreciation, fun and suspense co-authored by Distinguished Prof Mary Beth Oliver. Factorial Validity and Measurement Invariance of the Appreciation, Fun, and Suspense Scales Across US-American and German Samples. Abstract Abstract. Recent approaches in entertainment research have extended the scope from hedonic gratifications (fun, suspense) to meaningful and thought-provoking entertainment experiences (appreciation). The present research examines the cross-national measurement validity of these theoretical...https://econtent.hogrefe.com/doi/abs/10.1027/1864-1105/a000236?journalCode=zmp
  • 12/18/17 Film faculty Pearl Gluck is profiled in StateCollege.com. http://www.statecollege.com/…/local-news/snapshot-pearl-gl…/  State College, PA - Snapshot:Pearl Gluck - Pearl Gluck calls herself a filmmaker and a director, bit to others she is much more - am impactful leader 
  • 12/17/17 COMM faculty Rob Frieden analyzes the FCC's decision to revoke Network Neutrality. "On balance, I am surprised at the lack of humility and decency in such an important document." A Deep Dive into the FCC's Circulated Restoring Internet Freedom Document. Press accounts and the FCC's own summary, provide a general sense of how the Commission rationalizes...https://telefrieden.blogspot.com/2017/12/a-deep-dive-into-fccs-circulated.html?spref=tw
  • 12/17/17 Congratulations to MA alum Sabrina Stewart (advisor Michelle Rodino-Colocino) and PhD alum Erica Bailey (advisor Mary Beth Oliver) during Commencement Ceremonies which took place on 12/16/17!
  • 12/17/17 Congrats to alum Tayo Banjo for her first-edited book on contemporary Christian culture. Contributing a chapter on gospel music is alum Nathaniel Frederick.  Contemporary Christian Culture Messages Missions and Dilemmas. This book explores Christian Messages, Meanings, and their impact in a multicultural context, using a communcation framework to help Christians and non-Christians alike navigate challenging issues....https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498553896/Contemporary-Christian-Culture-Messages-Missions-and-Dilemmas
  • 12/15/17 At the Fall LSU Commencement are alum (and now LSU faculty) Chun Yang, Meghan S. Sanders, and Steve Bien-Aime. Soon to join in will be Ruobing Li!
  • 12/15/17 Distinguished Prof S. Shyam Sundar is interviewed by Dr Alena Pfoser, Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University in the UK. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d4bzYc_NJc&feature=youtu.be
  • 12/14/17  A comparative analysis of Afghani and Chinese news coverage of China's global trade policies, by Azeta Hatef and Rose Luqiu, in International Communication Gazette. Where does Afghanistan fit in China’s grand project? A content analysis of Afghan and Chinese news coverage of the One Belt, One Road initiative http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1748048517747495
  • 12/14/17  A comparative analysis of Afghani and Chinese news coverage of China's global trade policies, by Azeta Hatef and Rose Luqiu, in International Communication Gazette.
  • 12/14/17  Funding opportunities from The Arthur W. Page Center.  Page Center targets 'fake news,' other topics in latest call for research. For its 2018 scholar grants, the Pafe Center seeks research proposals that will contribute to the ... http://news.psu.edu/story/498150/2017/12/13/research/page-center-targets-fake-news-other-topics-latest-call-research
  • 12/14/17  Research on freelancing, gender and journalism by alum Dunja Antunovic, PhD candidate Jenna Grzeslo, and faculty Anne Hoag. “Ice Cream is Worse, and Joblessness is Not an Option” Gendered experiences of freelancing. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/39b2WVbcb9acug9nhVz9/full
  • 12/14/17 "...it would retain a provision allowing graduate students who receive tuition stipends to avoid paying taxes on that benefit." Republican Tax Bill in Final Sprint Across Finish Line. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/13/us/politics/tax-bill-republicans-deal.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=a-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0
  • 12/13/17  Russell Frank on hair and burs. A Shaggy Dog Story. Bop used up his allotment of dog years in 2004, but I became his avatar last weekend when, armed with only a rake...  http://www.statecollege.com/news/columns/a-shaggy-dog-story,1474803/
  • 12/8/17  Congrats Bingjie Liu on passing Comps with flying colors! Bingjie Liu So much gratitude to my great committee members S. Shyam Sundar, Mary Beth Oliver, Denise and Mike for all the support and all the intellectual inspirations along the way. I love you!! 
  • 12/8/17  Congratulations to Elysia Galindo-Ramirez, who passed her comprehensive exams today! Here she is with advisor Marie Hardin; also on the committee were Michelle Rodino-Colocino, Jaime Schultz (from Kinesiology) and Matt McAllister. 
  • 12/8/17  Alum Tayo Banjo is the first-author of this research about racial humor and co-viewing. www.tandfonline.com
  • 12/8/17 Michelle Rodino-Colocino: The fight isn't over! STOP the TAX PLAN before it devastates access to higher ed, health care and attacks women's reproductive rights! Grad students across the US are leading this fight (and I am serving as a humble accomplice in this fight). March for Tax Justice Sat 12 PM  Allen Street Gate to Old Main
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  • 12/7/17  More on S. Shyam Sundar's research with Jin Kang and Danielle Oprean about VR and immersive journalism. Virtual reality makes journalism immersive, realism makes it credible. http://news.psu.edu/story/496395/2017/12/05/research/virtual-reality-makes-journalism-immersive-realism-makes-it?utm_source=newswire&utm_medium=email&utm_term=497195_HTML&utm_content=12-06-2017-22-21&utm_campaign=Penn+State+Today  
  • 12/7/17 S. Shyam Sundar quoted in Haaretz about fake news. Bad News for Fake News: Two U.S. Professors Have Developed the Ultimate Weapon in the Age of Trump read more:
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  • 12/6/17  Welcome to Stephanie Madden who will join us in the Fall as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Ad/PR Department! Her partner Michael Steudeman will also be a faculty member in CAS. 
  • 12/6/17  Pioneers Chair Rob Frieden writes about the rhetoric of "Internet Freedom" in the FCC's repeal of net neutrality. “Restoring” Internet Freedom for Whom? Recently, a colleague in the Bellisario College of Communications, asked me who gets a freedom boost from the FCC’s upcoming https://telefrieden.blogspot.com/2017/12/restoring-internet-freedom-for-whom.html?spref=tw
  •  12/5/17  Alum Miranda Brady writes about the Native North American Travelling College. Pilot Project: Akwesasne’s Material Culture & Audio Visual Archives. Exploring Material Culture and Audio Visual Archives at the Native North American Travelling College in Akwesasne. https://carleton.ca/grasac/2017/nnatc/
  • 12/2/17  PhD alum Srivi Ramasubramanian co-authors a chapter challenging stereotypes about race and gender in online spaces in a new book edited by Dafna Lemish and Maya Maya Götz. www.nordicom.gu.se
  • 12/1/17 A co-authored article by PhD alum Holly Ott examining Corporate Social Responsibility in Major League Baseball. Double Play! Examining the Relationship Between MLB’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Sport Spectators’ Behavioral Intentions. International Journal of Sport Communication http://journals.humankinetics.com/doi/10.1123/ijsc.2017-0081   
  • 11/29/17  Comm faculty Russell Frank writes about the importance of grammar in journalism, citing the work of alum Alyssa Appelman and faculty Mike Schmierbach. Sweat the Small Stuff. I just read a study by colleagues in the communications world that confirms what I endlessly preach in the classroom: Grammar still matters. So does spelling, punctuation and making sure words mean what you think they mean. http://www.statecollege.com/news/columns/sweat-the-small-stuff,1474632/ 
  • 11.28.17: IIP Co-Director Krishna Jayakar examines if Universal Broadband should be an option, right or obligation in the Journal of Human Values. Universal Broadband: Option, Right or Obligation? Journal of Human Values - Krishna Jayakar, 2017. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0971685817733569
  • 11.27.17: The PSU Science Policy Society is hosting Doug Dollemore from the American Chemical Society tomorrow. He is a senior science writer who helps scientists communicate their work more effectively.
  • 11.27.17 PhD alum Alyssa Appelman and faculty Mike Schmierbach write about the effects of grammar errors in news in JMCQ. Make No Mistake? Exploring Cognitive and Perceptual Effects of Grammatical Errors in News Articles.  Alyssa Appelman, Mike Schmierbach First Published November 21, 2017. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1077699017736040
  • 11.26.17 COMM faculty Yael Warshel presented on "Children, Youth, and Media in Middle Eastern, North African, and Gulf Conflict Zones" in the Middle East Studies Association conference. https://mesana.org/mymesa/meeting_program_session.php…
  • 11.25.17: PhD alum Aziz Douai (now at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology) writes about how ethnic media cover crime. "A Different Lens? How Ethnic Minority Media Cover Crime" Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice. http://www.utpjournals.press/doi/abs/10.3138/cjccj.2016-0013.r2
  • 11.25.17: A co-authored article by Mary Beth Oliver on affect, cognition and "accidental" narrative persuasion. "Health Communication| Moved to Act: Examining the Role of Mixed Affect and Cognitive Elaboration in “Accidental” Narrative Persuasion". http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/7213
  • 11.22.17: It's Penn State, the Eastern Europe edition as S. Shyam Sundar visits PhD candidate Azeta Hatef in the Czech Republic doing research as a Fulbright Scholar and former faculty Michael Elavsky who is directing his Education Abroad initiative and teaching there.
     
  • 11.21.17:  AEJMC Public Relations Division: The PR Division's Social Event Committee of AEJMC includes alum Holly Ott and PhD candidate Anli Xiao.
  • 11.21.17: A big congrats to Jenna Grzeslo for being the recipient of the Yale M. Braunstein Student Prize Award for the best student paper submitted to the Pacific Telecommunications Council! Her paper is titled "Building Communities, Bridging Divides: Community Technology Centers and Social Capital."  https://www.ptc.org/2017/11/2018-yale-m-braunstein-student-prize-award-winner/
  • 11.20.17: PhD student Wunpini F. Mohammed presented yesterday at the National Women's Studies Association conference, applying postcolonial feminist theory to Tallywood films. Gender and Power Politics: Reclaiming Tradition through Dagbanli Video-Films. This paper draws on postcolonial feminist theory and film theory to analyze the representation of gender and power politics in three Tallywood video-films: Naabaala (1989/1990), Asadaachi (2002) and Dagbon Politics (2016). I explore Tamale’s film industry paying critical attention to the way gender politics play out in film discourse and the relationship between these themes and the lives of film audiences. I argue that the Dagbanli video film industry is fast becoming a site for cultural preservation, conceptualizing ethnic identity, situating the lived experience of black women and the reimagining of traditions as shaped by globalization and cultural flows.
  • 11.20.17: Palmer Chair Sascha Meinrath co-authors a book chapter about digital disenfranchisement in the new book Media Activism in the Digital Age. The growing subfield of media activism studies has gained wide attention in recent years, but little consensus exists regarding its central questions and concerns. Media Activism in the Digital Age beins to chart an evolving research agenda by providing a.... BOOK2LOOK.COM
  • 11.18.17 Congrats to Srivi Ramasubramanian on winning the Mass Comm Division Service Award! AEJMC
  • WELCOME 2017 FALL CLASS! 
    Grad Program Group Photo, 2017