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Hatewatch with me: Anti-fandom as performative consumption Anne Gilbert

Abstract: A revealing look at the pleasure we get from hating figures like politicians, celebrities, and TV characters, showcased in approaches that explore snark, hate-watching, and trolling

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Live-blogging the crisis: Determinants of news coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis. Ivanka (Radovic) Pjesivac

Abstract: This study employed international news flow theory to test the impact of the determinants of foreign news flow on the comprehensiveness of textual and multimedia coverage of Syrian refugee crisis in the form of a live blog. The live blog is an online news format that allows journalists to inform their audiences about running, […]

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All is “Wells” with my soul: Analysis of conditioned agency via The Defender’s coverage on the construction and opening of the Ida B. Wells Home Emeritus and Retired Faculty

Abstract: This critical textual analysis explores how people exercise spatial and communicative agency through media, such as the Chicago Defender, and in social and physical space, such as the Wells Homes. The research suggests that the Defender’s coverage of the Wells Homes’ construction is an exemplar of how media practices reinforced restricting structures of race, […]

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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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