Are repeated stories a good strategy in digital political communication?

April 23, 2024

By Weiting Tao, University of Miami; Juliana Fernandes, University of Florida; and Yi Grace Ji, Boston University

In the current political and saturated media environment, people are constantly exposed to messages on controversial sociopolitical issues such as immigration, LGBTQ rights, climate change and racial tension.

These messages can appear in different formats such as a story describing humanistic aspects of an immigrant’s life (i.e., narrative format) or a report listing statistics about undocumented immigration (i.e., numeric format).… More

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Eco-Warrior: A theory-based mobile app for forming and sustaining pro-environmental habits

March 24, 2024

By Ching-Hua Chuan, Michelle Seelig, Weiting Tao, and Sunny Tsai, University of Miami

Although many people consider themselves ecologically aware, their attitudes often fail to align with actual behaviors for mitigating environmental problems. To address this gap, we designed, developed, and empirically evaluated a theory-driven mobile app intervention called “Eco-Warrior.” The app is designed to form eco-friendly behavioral habits among Generation Z users, known as the “sustainability generation.” 

Based on the focus groups conducted… More

By Luke Capizzo and Andrea Martinez Gonzalez

Examining the psychological implications of authentic CSA across environmental and racial justice

March 18, 2024

By Luke Capizzo, University of Missouri, and Andrea Martinez Gonzalez, James Madison University

Especially in a society with eroding trust in institutions, “authenticity” is a buzzword, an ever-present social media aspiration, and a key mindset for strategic communicators.

As expectations for organizations to engage in social issues have increased, it’s no longer enough to simply take public stances on contentious issues. Companies must do so authentically and with genuine commitment. And, in a hyper-partisan U.S. political environment,… More

Gregoria Arum Yudarwati, Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta

Encouraging pro-environmental behavior among women groups in Bali

March 6, 2024

By Gregoria Arum Yudarwati, Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta

There is a need to understand corporate sustainability communication from the perspective of women groups as agents of pro-environmental behavior and circular economy initiative.

My study contends that corporate sustainability communication should facilitate the communication process that promotes the ideas of equality and inclusion of the public who bring their identities, histories, stories, biases and imperfections, into the decision-making process.

With the support of the Page Center, fieldwork… More

Baobao Song, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Minhee Choi, Texas Tech University

Learning from the UN’s sustainability communication partnership with BTS

March 1, 2024

By Baobao Song, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Minhee Choi, Texas Tech University

On September 20, 2021, the United Nations (U.N.) held its 76th annual General Assembly in a hybrid format, featuring in-person and online participation. The event received special attention because of BTS, a seven-member South Korean boy band. During the assembly, over one million fans worldwide joined the live online event as BTS delivered a seven-minute speech at the U.N. headquarters on climate change, digital community, and… More

By Courtney D. Boman and Matthew S. VanDyke, University of Alabama

Navigating deceptive environmental messaging of greenwashing and interventions

February 27, 2024

By Courtney D. Boman and Matthew S. VanDyke, University of Alabama

In the era of heightened environmental awareness, consumers increasingly seek products aligned with sustainability values. However, amidst genuine efforts, a larger shadow looms – greenwashing. This deceptive practice involves organizations intentionally disseminating misleading information (i.e., disinformation) to create an eco-friendly public image. Our study, funded by the 2022 Arthur W. Page Center’s sustainability call, delves into the nuanced dynamics of greenwashing susceptibility, offering… More