David Karpf research presentation


SMPA faculty are among the most widely cited in journalism and political communication research publishing their innovative research in books and peer-reviewed journals. Faculty also work closely with students to collaborate and produce their own award-winning research presented at academic conferences around the country and develop white papers on topics at the forefront of journalism and communication research.


Framing conflicts in digital and transnational media environments

Professor Robert Entman and Curd B Knüpfer provide an overview of established and emerging approaches to frame analysis as a tool for analyzing dynamics of political conflicts in this Media, War & Conflict article.

The public's dilemma: race and political evaluations of police killings

Professor Ethan Porter, along with Thomas Wood and Cathy Cohen, explores perceptions of the killings of African-Americans by police officers and how characteristics of the victim, officer and surrounding environment, as well as political cues, shape such perceptions in this Politics, Groups, and Identities article.

Identifying Media Effects Through Low-Cost, Multiwave Field Experiments

Professors Ethan Porter and Kimberly Gross, along with Thomas Wood, design low-cost, multiwave field experiments of media effects that researchers can implement on their own and can control the timing of when they measure effects in this Political Communication article.
The Internet Trap

The Internet Trap

Professor Matthew Hindman sheds light on the stunning rise of the digital giants and reveals what small players can do to survive in a game that is rigged against them.
Soccer Thinking for Management Success

Soccer Thinking for Management Success

Professor Peter Loge draws on insights from leaders, known and not-so-well-known who use soccer thinking to succeed.
Mediating Islam

Mediating Islam

Professor Janet Steele examines day-to-day reporting practices of Muslim professionals and explores how specific publications observe universal principles of journalism through an Islamic idiom.

Sex Trafficking, Russian Infiltration, Birth Certificates, and Pedophilia: A Survey Experiment Correcting Fake News

Professor Ethan Porter examines whether fakes news can be corrected by exposing subjects to real-life examples of fake news and corrections from across the political spectrum in this Journal of Experimental Political Science article.

The Elusive Backfire Effect: Mass Attitudes' Steadfast Factual Adherence

Professor Ethan Porter examines whether citizens are able to heed factual information when that information challenges their partisan and/or ideological beliefs in this forthcoming Political Behavior article.

The Snowden Revelations and the Networked Fourth Estate

Professor Silvio Waisbord demonstrates how stories related to the Snowden leaks were sustained and broadened by a combination of legacy news and new information actors.
Journalism Studies

Re-thinking Trust in the News

Professor Nikki Usher argues that trust in journalism is a critical mechanism in social cohesion, but the way we measure trust may be flawed.
Writing Hollywood

Writing Hollywood: The Work and Professional Culture of Television Writers

Patricia Phalen highlights the writing process for television drama and comedy series in the U.S. and explains writers’ efforts to control risk and survive in a constantly changing environment.
Presidential Studies Quarterly

Rhetoric and Recollection: Recounting the George W. Bush Administration's Case for War in Iraq

Professors Babak Bahador and William Youmans co-authored a study of President George W. Bush's Iraq war communication campaign with Jeremy Moses.
The Evolution of Black Women in Television

The Evolution of Black Women in Television: Mammies, Matriarchs and Mistresses

Imani M. Cheers examines explores how an increase of Black women in media ownership and executive roles has affected the portrayal Black women on television screens and in American society.
The New York Times website on tablet

The Rise of Attention Metrics: Can a New Digital Currency Help Sustain Journalism?

The report documents the rise of attention analytics, explores the current role of attention metrics in the newsroom and in display advertising sales, and offers analysis of what the future holds for time-based advertising transactions.
An Unlikely Audience

An Unlikely Audience: Al Jazeera's Struggle in America

William Youmans investigates the inner workings of the Al Jazeera Media Network, a complex news organization fighting to overcome deep obstacles, foster strategic alliances and build its identity in a country notoriously disinterested in international news.