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Technology and digital journalism: Uses and effects in storytelling. Ivanka (Radovic) Pjesivac

Abstract: This panel will provide a discussion on benefits and challenges of teaching journalism innovation and will offer tips on how to include technology innovation in journalism classes. It will offer perspectives from both academia and industry, including the experience of one professor who has adopted digital and hackathon culture to produce award-winning, innovative journalism […]

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Using directional cues in immersive journalism: The impact on information processing, narrative transportation, presence, news attitudes, and credibility. Matthew Binford, Keith Herndon, Jooyoung Kim & Bartosz Wojdynski

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 […]

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Framing of GMOs in American media and its effects on attitudes, behaviors, and news perceptions. Ivanka (Radovic) Pjesivac and Matthew Binford

Abstract: This study used a multi-method approach to examine the framing of GMOs in two American newspapers, The New York Times and the Washington Post (2000-2016), and to test the impact of risk and opportunity framing on attitudes, behaviors regarding GMOs, and perceptions of news credibility. The results of the content analysis (N = 165) […]

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Developing Thought Leaders: An Industry Practicum Approach. Keith Herndon

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 […]

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A critical approach to investigating communication practices of marginalized populations using longitudinal field experiments. Glenna Read

Abstract: Research on information and communication technologies conducted with a vulnerable sample consists of a unique host of challenges not experienced in research with oft-used student samples. This paper suggests that field experiments, conducted through a self-reflexive critical studies lens, are one way that communication researchers may address some of these barriers while keeping in […]

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Enhancing the understanding of tropical biodiversity: Developing conceptual models and underwater videos for communicating the importance of riparian-river connections in food webs in the Brazilian Pantanal Anandam (Andy) Kavoori

“Enhancing the understanding of tropical biodiversity: Developing conceptual models and underwater videos for communicating the importance of riparian-river connections in food webs in the Brazilian Pantanal.” Global Research Collaboration Grant ($ 3000) Program sponsored by the Office of Research and the Office of Global Engagement, UGA. The Federal University of Mato Grosso Brazil has committed […]

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Affordable Learning Georgia Pilot Grant for Developing an Open-Licensed Historical Game, $9,000. Game title: Justice in Georgia: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Memory of Leo Frank. Janice Hume

Abstract: The game will take place in two parts, in 1915 and 1986, in the aftermath of two of the most notorious crimes in Georgia history, the murder of 13-year-old child laborer Mary Phagan and the lynching of Leo Frank, the Jewish factory supervisor convicted of her murder.  Players will consider the appeal in 1915 […]

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Important tweets matter: Predicting retweets in the #blacklivesmatter talk on Twitter Itai Himelboim and Nah Ray Han

Abstract: Social movements are increasingly using social media, and Twitter in particular, to reach existing and new publics and advance their mission. While historically movements had to rely on traditional media to connect with such publics, via social media any user can share content, helping to connect the key players within the movement to new […]

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Otherization of Africa: How American media framed people with HIV/AIDS in Africa from 1987 to 2017. Michael Cacciatore and Ivanka (Radovic) Pjesivac

Abstract: This study examined otherization framing of people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa in American print news from 1987-2007. The results of a content analysis of a representative sample of news articles from three outlets (N=421) show that American media overwhelmingly used otherization frames throughout the 20-year period, resulting in a large percentage of negatively […]

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Constructing an image of the United States in the British and French editorials about WikiLeaks Ivanka (Radovic) Pjesivac

Abstract: In today’s globalized world a country’s image is an important consideration because it can influence that country’s politics and economy (Shimko, 1991;Viosca et al., 2005). Scholars have noted that the news media are considered to be major players in creating national images and swaying public perception of foreign countries (Entman, 2008; Golan & Lee, […]

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