Research in Progress: Why do people share fake news on social media?
Fake news is not new. It has a long history featuring many devious actors bent on disseminating misinformation. However, modern technology has allowed for fake news to spread at lightning speeds. Scholars Toby Hopp, Patrick Ferrucci and Chris Vargo hope to better understand social beliefs, attitudes and perceptions through collected data on social media use.
Correction placement affects perceived importance and credibility
Research by scholars Kirstie Hettinga and Alyssa Appelman suggests online news publications can enhance credibility by rearranging their corrections. The project was a part of the Page Center’s 2017 call for research proposals on digital media and received second place in AEJMC's Mass Communication and Society division’s open competition.
Research in Progress: How can we prevent ‘fake news’ consumption?
The circulation and adoption of “fake news” and misinformation are detrimental to the functioning of any democratic system. Page scholars Hernando Rojas and Kwansik Mun are analyzing fake news to better understand its formal characteristics and conducting experiments to help media professionals frame their fact-checking messages more effectively.
Research in Progress: Successfully safeguarding the company reputation
How do professional communicators successfully guide companies through fake news crises? Page Center scholars Michele Ewing and Cheryl Ann Lambert are conducting research on what public relations practitioners can do after the epidemic of fake news affects the reputation of their companies.
The Arthur W. Page Center Awards
Relive the second annual Arthur W. Page Center Awards where icons of integrity Bill George, Gwen Ifill and John Onoda were honored.
Page Center Training Modules
The Page Center is strengthening the role of ethics education in communications classrooms. We offer 12 free online modules on a range of ethics topics in public relations.
Legacy Scholar Grants
Support for scholars and professionals making important contributions to ethics and responsibility in public communication.