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May 6, 2020

In the Media

In Futurity, Jennifer Stevens Aubrey, University of Arizona, weighed in on teen selfies and “self-objectification.” 

Carla Bevins, Carnegie Mellon, offered tips on presenting remotely in Fortune

In The Conversation, Emma Frances Bloomfield, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, offered some strategies for speaking with people who are sharing misinformation about COVID-19, and in Mic, Bloomfield compared coronavirus skeptics and climate change deniers. 

In Salon, Miriam Boon, University of Amsterdam; Andreu Casas Salleras, University of Amsterdam; Ericka Menchen-Trevino, American University; and Magdalena Wojcieszak, University of California, Davis, discussed a recent survey of U.S. residents about their trust in key institutions. 

In a segment for KBIA in Missouri, Denise Bostdorff, The College of Wooster, outlined some of the changes that have taken place in presidential communication, from using radio to using social media. 

Ann Burnette, Texas State University, commented to NBC on the stress that people have felt during the 2020 election cycle. 

In the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Nsenga Burton, Emory University, explained the importance of “Movin’ On Up,” the iconic theme song from the 1970s sitcom The Jeffersons

David A. Frank, University of Oregon, analyzed Joe Biden’s speeches in early March in The Conversation

In Futurity, Melanie Green, SUNY-Buffalo, reported on recent research that suggests that storytelling may increase the public’s trust in scientific information. 

In The Daily Item, Nicola D. Gutgold, Penn State, commented on Elizabeth Warren’s and Amy Klobuchar’s campaigns ahead of Super Tuesday. 

In the Stamford Advocate, Myra Gutin, Rider University, weighed in on Melania Trump’s public service announcement about the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In The Conversation, Jason Hannan, University of Winnipeg, argued that Bernie Sanders’ appeal and the apparent rift in the Democratic party may be explained by the “third way.” 

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, University of Pennsylvania, commented to The Free Press on how journalistic norms in 2016 may have impacted Hillary Clinton’s campaign.  

In an Inside Higher Ed Academic Minute, Kevin T. Jones, George Fox University, described how Communication students can mentor at-risk students.

Allan Louden, Wake Forest University, commented to the Winston-Salem Journal on the ways in which young voters use social media during elections. 

In an ABC6 article, Mitchell McKinney, University of Missouri, remarked on President Trump’s daily briefings on the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In the Columbia Journalism Review, NCA President Kent Ono, University of Utah, compared some media coverage of the coronavirus to 19th century articles published before the passage of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act.

Richard Pineda, University of Texas at El Paso, weighed in on the possible outcomes in Texas’ 16th Congressional District in November on

Judith Rosenbaum and Laura Rickard, the University of Maine, commented to Fox22 on misinformation about COVID-19 that has circulated on social media.  

In The Conversation, Matthew Seeger, Wayne State University, identified five strategies that officials should use when communicating about COVID-19. 

Craig R. Smith, California State University, Long Beach, described working as a speechwriter for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush on C-SPAN

In a New York Times op-ed, Arthur D. Soto-Vásquez, Texas A&M International University, made a case for why Bernie Sanders resonates with young, Latinx voters. 

On WGBY’s Connecting Point, Rebecca Townsend, University of Hartford, explained why political endorsements matter, who pays attention to endorsements, and what endorsements communicate. 

Tammy R. Vigil, Boston University, weighed in on Karen Pence’s national profile on NY 1. In a Bloomberg article, Vigil also stated that President Trump’s rhetoric treats the COVID-19 pandemic as a war. 

In an interview with Iowa Public Radio, Barbie Zelizer, University of Pennsylvania, described how news images are chosen. 

In the Los Angeles Times, Melissa Zimdars, Merrimack College, remarked on how “Kate Pearson” in “This Is Us” represents women who are overweight and the societal pressures on women to be thin.  


Kathleen Hall Jamieson has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Barbie Zelizer was recently elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, joining other prominent Communication scholars such as Elihu Katz, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, and Diana Mutz.

In Transition 

At the end of May, Trudy Milburn will become the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern Connecticut State University.

Narissra Maria Punyanunt-Carter was promoted to full Professor at Texas Tech University.

New Books

Robert B. Arundale recently published Communicating & Relating: Constituting Face in Everyday Interacting. 

Roderick P. Hart recently published Trump and Us, which offers the first systematic rhetorical analysis of Trump's 2016 campaign and early presidency. Hart argues it was not partisanship, policy, or economic factors that landed Trump in the Oval Office, but rather how Trump made people feel.


Ken Frandsen and Wittenberg University have established the Kenneth D. Frandsen Scholarship in Communication.