Using directional cues in immersive journalism: The impact on information processing, narrative transportation, presence, news attitudes, and credibility.
Paper to be presented at the Annual Convention of International Communication Association (ICA). Washington, DC.
Abstract: This study examined the effects of the use of directional cues in immersive journalism on information recall, attitudes towards a news story, narrative transportation, presence, and message credibility by conducting a randomized between-subjects three-condition lab experiment (N=90) with community participants using three versions of originally produced 360̊ video news story. The study found that presence of directional cues in 360̊ news story improved participants’ recall of statistics from the story, but did not improve recall of verbal information. In addition, the presence of directional cues impacted participants’ perceptions of message credibility, but did not impact their narrative transportation, attitudes towards the 360̊ news story, or sense of presence. The study findings are discussed in light of information processing theories.
Developing Thought Leaders: An Industry Practicum Approach.
Abstract: This innovative practice paper discusses how a journalism training practicum empowers and emboldens participants to think critically about their professional goals and allows them to emerge not only with new technical skills but also as industry thought leaders. The news industry is facing a profound technological upheaval as the majority of news consumers turn […]
Partisanship, Individual Differences, and News Media Exposure as Predictors of Conspiracy Beliefs
Abstract: Conspiracy theories are woven into America’s social and political fabric. While such beliefs help some individuals organize their political world, their popularity also raises concerns about the health of a democracy when those governed also suspect powerful forces work against their interests. The research here examines national survey data to demonstrate such beliefs have […]