Vlad

About: Dr. Vlad’s research focuses on media challenges in emerging democracies and impact of midcareer training programs for journalists. He conducted workshops for journalists around the world.

Education

Ph.D. Philology, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

B.S. Literature, University of Bucharest, Romania

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Research Interests and Activities

Dr. Vlad’s research focuses on media challenges in emerging democracies and impact of midcareer training programs for journalists. He conducted workshops for journalists around the world.

Global journalism and mass communication education in the digital era Tudor Vlad

Abstract: Journalism and mass communication education will remain relevant as long as it attracts talented students and provides evidence that its graduates are competitive in the job market. To do […]

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Book: The Changing Education for Journalism and the Communication Occupations: The Impact of Labor Markets Lee B. Becker and Tudor Vlad

Lee Becker & Tudor Vlad, (2020), Dinamica educației pentru profesiile din jurnalism și comunicare. Impactul pieței forței de muncă, Cluj-Napoca, Romania: Scoala Ardeleana Publishing House. It is the version in […]

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Journalism and Citizenship: Findings from a Pilot Course at the University of Georgia, Kettering Foundation Lee B. Becker and Tudor Vlad

As citizens’ trust in institutions has plummeted over the last four decades, so too has citizens’ trust in the news media. Citizens are capable of enhancing, even performing, the work […]

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Tudor Vlad was awarded $250,000 from the U.S. Department of State Tudor Vlad

Tudor Vlad was awarded  $250,000 from the U.S. Department of State (through the US Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia) to train 25 Georgian journalists. Grant awarded on June 25, 2019. Program […]

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The Changing Education for Journalism and the Communication Occupations Lee B. Becker and Tudor Vlad

Abstract: The book provides a unique perspective on journalism and communication education, drawing on extensive, detailed data across time to examine the evolution of education for journalism and related occupations […]

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Experience

Dr. Vlad worked as a journalist in Romania for 20 years. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Georgia, Dr. Vlad was the chair of the Journalism Department of the Babes-Bolyai University, Romania, and director of the World Free Press Institute. Dr. Vlad has been a visiting IREX Fellow at the University of North Carolina and a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Georgia.

Pjesivac

About: Dr. Pjesivac teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in digital storytelling, public opinion, and international communication. She studies international and cross-cultural communication, media trust and credibility, and effects of digital news content.

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Education

  • Ph.D., Communication and Information, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • M.S., Communication and Information: Journalism and Electronic Media, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor’s Degree, French Language and Literature, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Research Interests and Activities

Dr. Pjesivac’s research focuses on international and cross-cultural communication, media trust and credibility, and effects of digital news content. Within the realm of international and cross-cultural studies, Dr. Pjesivac has mainly studied the roles of cultural contexts in journalism processes, as well as the relationship between political regimes and media systems. Her second research area has examined the factors and processes that affect news credibility and trust across media platforms and national borders. In the area of digital news processing, she has combined design and cognitive variables and tested their impact on information recall, comprehension, and visual attention to information graphics used in news. Recent research efforts include emotional and cognitive effects of immersive journalism, as well as the effects of media messages used in health and science communication. Dr. Pjesivac has presented her research at national and international conferences, winning the awards for top papers from ICA, AEJMC, and BEA. In 2017, with her co-author Grace Ahn, she was named AEJMC Emerging Scholar for their study on immersive journalism. In 2018, Dr. Pjesivac received a fellowship from the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia for participation in Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies. Her research was published or accepted for publication in journals such as Journalism: Theory, practice, and criticism, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication and Society, Journalism Studies, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Health Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Journalism Practice, Newspaper Research Journal, International Communication Gazette, The Journal of International Communication, Visual Communication Quarterly, Electronic News, Global Media and Communication, Surveillance and Society. PLoS ONE, and International Communication Research Journal. Her doctoral dissertation was the finalist for the AEJMC Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award and the winner of the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee.

Factors that Impact COVID-19 Conspirational Beliefs and Health-Related Behaviors Ivanka Pjesivac, Leslie Klein, Wenqing Zhao & Yan Jin

Abstract: To further investigate the role of conspirational beliefs on health-related behaviors during a health pandemic such as COVID-19, we conducted an online survey among U.S. adults (N = 798) […]

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Television infographics as orienting response: An eye-tracking study of the role of visuospatial attention in processing of television news Bartosz Wojdynski and Ivanka Pjesivac

Pjesivac, I., Wojdynski, B., & Geidner, N. (2021). Television infographics as orienting response: An eye-tracking study of the role of visuospatial attention in processing of television news. Abstract: This experimental […]

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The use of sources in news stories about 2020 American elections on Croatian television: Who dominates the narrative? Ivanka Pjesivac

Abstract: This study examined the coverage of 2020 American elections on Croatian Public Service Television’s (HRT) website. The results of the content analysis of the census of HRT’s stories about […]

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Using directional cues in immersive journalism: The impact on information processing, narrative transportation, presence, news attitudes, and credibility Matthew Binford, Ivanka Pjesivac, Bartosz Wojdynski, Jihoon (Jay) Kim & Keith Herndon

Abstract: This study examined the effects of directional cues in immersive journalism by conducting a randomized between-subjects three-condition lab experiment (N=131) with community participants using three versions of originally produced […]

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Media coverage of anti-government protest movements in the Balkans: Public service media under crossfire. Ivanka Pjesivac

Abstract: This study examines media coverage of social protests in Montenegro, where the demand for free media was front and center during the 2019 anti-government protests. Relying on the theoretical […]

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The maternal health crisis in the U. S.: Communication for survival. Ivanka Pjesivac

Abstract: Maternal mortality is becoming a “normal” experience in the U.S. as more women die from pregnancy-related complications. Though prevalent in Black women experiences, pregnancy-related complications cut across every race. […]

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Latino trust in journalists and the 2016 U.S. general election: An analysis of voter responses María E. Len-Ríos and Ivanka Pjesivac

Additional author: Patricia Moy Abstract: This paper reports qualitative and quantitative data from a national online panel survey of Latinos (N=720) after the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Participants reported in […]

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Look around and learn: Effects of 360-degree video in online news Bartosz Wojdynski, Ivanka Pjesivac, Jihoon (Jay) Kim, Keith Herndon & Matthew Binford

Abstract: In a between-subjects eye-tracking experiment, adult readers of a large metropolitan daily newspaper (N=70) viewed and evaluated one of two versions of the same online news feature: one with […]

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Live-blogging the crisis: Determinants of news coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis. Ivanka 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 […]

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Technology and digital journalism: Uses and effects in storytelling. Ivanka 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 […]

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Framing of GMOs in American media and its effects on attitudes, behaviors, and news perceptions. Ivanka 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 […]

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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 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 […]

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Constructing an image of the United States in the British and French editorials about WikiLeaks Ivanka 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 […]

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Perceptions of media roles in Serbia and Croatia: Does news orientation have an impact? Ivanka Pjesivac

Abstract: This study examined the perceptions of media roles among journalism students in Serbia and Croatia (N=401). The results showed that the most important were citizen-oriented and watchdog roles and […]

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Teaching Specialties

Dr. Pjesivac’s teaching specialties include undergraduate and graduate courses in digital storytelling, public opinion, international communication and broadcast reporting.

Experience

Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Pjesivac worked for nearly a decade at the news department of Radio-Television of Serbia (RTS) in Belgrade, Serbia. Her career at RTS included reporting news about political, foreign affairs, and war crimes issues. She covered most of the significant political events in Serbia from 2003 to 2007 and was RTS’s permanent correspondent from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, the Netherlands. During her journalistic career, she pursued several professional development programs in France, Switzerland, and the United States, and collaborated with CNN on stories concerning Serbia. During her work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Pjesivac also had a position on a DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth) research team, where she has conducted multinational survey research and analysis for the Usability and Assessment Working Group of the world-wide project for scientific data archiving.

Awards and Fellowships

Dr.  Pjesivac’s research efforts have been awarded several times:

  • April 2019: Top Paper 1st place Open Paper Category – News Division of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA)
  • May – June 2018: Fellow – Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies; Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia and Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame
  • August 2017: Kopenhaver fellow – Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for Advancement of Women in Communication at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference in Chicago, IL.
  • May 2017: Top faculty paper – Visual Communication Studies Division of the International Communication Association (ICA)
  • 2017: Grant – Online News Association Challenge Fund for Journalism Innovation Grant for the project “Virtual Water Infrastructure Crisis” : Co-principal investigator
  • 2017: Grant – Kappa Tau Alpha Chapter Adviser Research Grant: Principal investigator
  • 2017: Grant – Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Emerging Scholar Grant: “Virtual Reality Journalism: Emotions and News Credibility” : Principal investigator
  • August 2015: Finalist (top 4) for  the AEJMC Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award
  • August 2015: Top faculty paper (second place) – International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
  • April 2015: Outstanding Dissertation Award, College of Communication and Information,  University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 2013: Two grants for dissertation research: Principal investigator
  • 2012, 2013: Two scholarships for pursuing a career in international communication
  • April 2013: University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Award for Extraordinary Professional Promise
  • April 2013: Best Debut Paper (second place) – News Division of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA)
  • August 2012: Research Award – Kappa Tau Alpha, National Honor Society
  • August 2012: Top student paper (first place) – International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
  • Spring 2012: Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award, College of Communication and Information, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 2010-2012: Two scholarships for graduate studies

Himelboim

About: Dr. Himelboim, the Thomas C. Dowden Professor of Media Analytics and director of the SEE Suite, studies the role social media plays in news, politics and international communication. Through applying network analysis, he examines political talk and information flow.

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Education

Ph.D. (2008) – School of Journalism and Mass Communication,  University of Minnesota
M.A. (2003) – Department of Political Science (emphasis on Political communication), Tel-Aviv University
B.A. (1999) – Department of Communication and Department of Psychology, Tel Aviv University

Research Interests and Activities

Dr. Himelboim’s research involves computer-mediated social networks and their implications for political communication, international communication and the news.  He examines political discussions on online forums and the micro-blogging social media Twitter, as well as international networks, based on foreign news reporting and the flow of information technologies.  The role of news media, traditional and online, in political communication is examined via their websites and their presence in social media spaces.

Taking a network-related theoretical approach to research is natural to communication as a discipline, as it focuses on the relationships and communication patterns among Internet users, individuals and organizations.  This is valid particularly in online spaces that merge interpersonal and mass communication.  Across online technologies, Dr. Himelboim identifies the naturally occurring patterns of communications among social actors in online spaces; how these patterns indicate how we choose our information sources; who the most connected users – hubs – in these networks are; and what role news media plays in these primarily interpersonal-communication spaces.

His research has been published in top journals in the field, including Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Communication Research, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC) and Journal of Public Relations Research.  These and other studies have been presented in major national and international conferences in the field.

You are a disgrace and traitor to our country: Uncivil rhetoric against the ‘squad’ on Twitter. Bryan Trude, Itai Himelboim & Matthew Binford

Borah, P., Trude, B., Binford, M., Keib, K., and Himelboim, I. (2022). “You are a disgrace and traitor to our country: Uncivil rhetoric against the ‘squad’ on Twitter.” Internet Research. […]

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Covid-19 Misinformation Spread on Social Media: What, Who and to What Extent? Itai Himelboim

Itai Himelboim (December, 2021). Covid-19 Misinformation Spread on Social Media: What, Who and to What Extent? Presented at the Bucharest Security Conference Dialogues (via teleconference). Bucharest, Romania.

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Journal of Interactive Advertising 2020 Best Article Itai Himelboim

Joseph T. Yun, Brittany R. L. Duff, Patrick T. Vargas, Hari Sundaram, Itai Himelboim (2020), “Computationally Analyzing Social Media Text for Topics: A Primer for Advertising Researchers,” Journal of Interactive Advertising, […]

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Won the best article of the year from Journal of Interactive Advertising Itai Himelboim

Yun, Joseph T., Brittany R. L. Duff, Patrick T. Vargas, Hari Sundaram, and Itai Himelboim (2020), Won the best article of the year from Journal of Interactive Advertising (for 2020).”Computationally […]

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Introducing a model of automated brand-generated content in an era of computational advertising Itai Himelboim

Van Noort, G., Himelboim, I., Martin, J., & Collinger, T. (2020). Introducing a model of automated brand-generated content in an era of computational advertising.   Abstract: Advancements in computing, technology, […]

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Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Response (CIERR) Michael Cacciatore, Glen Nowak, Glenna Read, Bartosz Wojdynski & Itai Himelboim

Glen Nowak, Michael Cacciatore, Bart Wojdynski, Glenna Read, and Itai Himelboim are part of a University of Georgia proposal submitted in response to a National Institutes of Health call for […]

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Can we find the right balance in cause-related marketing? Analyzing the boundaries of balance theory in evaluating brand-cause partnerships. Itai Himelboim

Abstract: Cause‐related marketing (CRM) refers to the phenomenon where brands partner with causes, such as nonprofit organizations. Consumers may see some CRM partnerships as less compatible than others, however the […]

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A Social Networks Approach to Understanding Vaccine Conversations on Twitter: Network Clusters, Sentiment, and Certainty in HPV Social Networks Itai Himelboim

Abstract: Individuals increasingly rely on the Internet, and social media in particular, for health-related information. A recent survey reports that 80% of Internet users search for health information online. In […]

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A Social Networks Approach to Viral Advertising: The role of Primary, Contextual, and Low Influencers Itai Himelboim

Abstract: The diffusion of social networking platforms ushered in a new age of peer-to-peer distributed online advertising content, widely referred to as viral advertising. The current study proposes a social […]

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Cutting through the clusters: Applying a social networks approach to explaining brand-related social media content flow Itai Himelboim

Abstract: In the current highly fragmented (social) media landscape, brands must increasingly rely on their own consumers to reach out to new potential consumers. Taking a social networks approach, the […]

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A Network Approach to Viral Advertising: The role of traditional influencers, new influencers and low-influencers Itai Himelboim

Abstract: The diffusion of social networks platforms opened the door to a new age of peer to peer distributed advertising content widely referred to as viral advertising. The current study […]

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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 […]

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Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Itai_Himelboim/publications

Teaching Specialties

Dr. Himelboim teaches in the area of new communication technologies and social networks. He developed and teaches Network Analysis of Social Media (JRMC 8240) for graduate students and Social Media Analytics (TELE 4450/NMIX 4200) at the undergraduate level. He also teaches the graduate level seminar Mass Communication and Society (JRMC 8030), focusing on new communication technologies and undergraduate classes entitled Media and Technology (Tele 3290), Digital Media Production (Tele 4290/NMIX 4110) and Media Research and Theory (Tele 3410).