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.


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.
Ask More

Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions and Spark Change

Frank Sesno makes a powerful case for the value of observing carefully, listening intently and asking more. He reveals a roadmap to inquiry that will change the way you question – and that might even change your life.