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May 5, 2021

In the Media

Michael D. Acosta, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, talked with The Daily Tar Heel regarding how the Framing Britney Spears documentary spreads a particular narrative about Spears’ conservatorship. 

What should you say if a friend gets the COVID-19 vaccine and stops wearing a mask in public? Jay Baglia, DePaul University, responded to this question in the Chicago Tribune

Jeremy Birnholtz, Northwestern University, and Stephanie Tong, Wayne State University, commented to The Atlantic on how common ghostwriting is for emails and texts.

In the Wall Street Journal, Dawn O. Braithwaite, University of Nebraska Lincoln, weighed in on the importance of “chosen families” during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In Vogue, Maria Brann, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, discussed the possibility of U.S. legislation that would provide for paid leave time after a miscarriage or stillbirth. 

Jeff Bennett, Vanderbilt University, told Salon that Joe Biden has been performing the “priestly function” of the presidency since the inauguration. 

In The Conversation, David E. Clementson, University of Georgia, argued that there are four reasons no president should ever want to give a press conference. 

Sandra Faulkner, Bowling Green State University, described to 13 Action News how BGSU students are connecting virtually with residents of Worthington Christian Village, a senior living facility, during the pandemic. 

In the Omaha World-Herald, Kory Floyd, University of Arizona, explained the importance of physical touch during the pandemic. Floyd also spoke with NBC Washington about the popularity of boutique stretching during the pandemic because of the need for touch. 

On CNN Business, Jeffrey Hall, University of Kansas, remarked on the rising popularity of voice-based technologies, such as voice memos and the new app, Clubhouse. On CNN, Hall also weighed in on why people “doomscroll.” In The Guardian, Hall also explained what a “social biome” is. 

Sara Hayden, University of Montana, commented to The Lily about the stigma experienced by women who earn money by creating content on OnlyFans, a subscription-based adult site. 

Tim Huffman, St. Louis University, commented on St. Louis Public Radio about efforts to keep homeless people warm in St. Louis during a recent cold snap. 

In Business Insider, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, University of Pennsylvania, discussed how some Fox News hosts, including Tucker Carlson, have sowed doubt about the COVID-19 vaccine. Jamieson also authored an op-ed in the Scientific American on the ways to limit the spread of misinformation about COVID-19. 

Leanne Knobloch, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, delivered a public lecture on the difficulty that military families experience following deployment, as reported by WCBU

In the Chatham Star Tribune, Brianna Lane, Christopher Newport University, weighed in on the importance of location for people looking for romantic relationships. 

Jiyoung Lee, University of Alabama, spoke with ABC3340 about changes to the platform that would make it easier for the company to share accurate information about COVID-19 and vaccination. 

Allan Louden, Wake Forest University, told why some candidates may be skeptical of participating in Lincoln-Douglas format debates. 

In the San Juan Daily Star, Jen Malkowski, Smith College, discussed the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer amid allegations of abuse and harassment against the show’s creator. 

In USA Today, Jennifer Mercieca, Texas A&M University, explained how Trump’s acquittal might affect the Republican Party. Also in USA Today, Mercieca weighed in on how President Biden has avoided commenting on “culture war” issues. 

In USA Today, Christopher Morse, Bryant University, commented on how messaging will shift as vaccines become more available. Morse also spoke with NBC News about the confusion that people are feeling about what activities are safe as more people get vaccinated. 

In The Atlantic, Jeff Niederdeppe, Cornell University, weighed in on how influencers could help get the word out about COVID-19 vaccines. 

Kent Ono, University of Utah, joined an ABC4 “In Focus” panel to discuss the rise in bigotry and violence against the Asian American community. Ono was also featured in an episode of The Kicker about media coverage of the Atlanta shooting. 

In a KNPR segment, Natalie Pennington, University of Nevada Las Vegas, spoke about the impact of Zoom and video chat on people’s well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Washington Post, Pennington and Jeffrey Hall, University of Kansas, weighed in on the reasons that people have turned to video games to nurture friendships during the pandemic. 

In The Daily Beast, Vincent N. Pham, Willamette University, discussed the media coverage of the Atlanta shooting. 

In a WAER FM segment, Kendall Phillips, Syracuse University, chatted about this year’s Oscar nominees and diversity and inclusion in filmmaking.

Yerina Ranjit, University of Missouri, explained to ABC17 that Black Americans may be mistrustful of the medical establishment due to a history of medical injustice. 

Rebecca Rice, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, spoke with the Las Vegas Review-Journal about how public health organizations can respond to vaccine skepticism. 

In The Free Lance-Star, P. Anand Rao, University of Mary Washington, described the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. 

In The Atlantic, Emily Van Duyn, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, explained how political views have become intertwined with other aspects of people’s identities and values. 

In TeenVogue, Stephanie Young, University of Southern Indiana, discussed the role that Hollywood plays in anti-Asian racism.

New Books 

Nirit Weiss-Blatt, The Techlash and Tech Crisis Communication (Emerald Publishing Limited, 2021). ISBN: 9781800430860