Primer on Research Ethics
Lecture Podcasts / Research Methods / Teaching Resources

Primer on Research Ethics

I know that for a lot of undergraduate and graduate students that the research ethics approval process seems like it’s a tedious amount of paperwork to fill out — particularly in many of the social sciences where our research is quite innocuous. However, because of we have learned from past mistakes like the Milgram Experiments (see … Continue reading

Need a primer for statistics in social science? Podcasts to help get you started.
Lecture Podcasts / Research Methods / Teaching Resources

Need a primer for statistics in social science? Podcasts to help get you started.

I’ve been teaching research methods and supervising bachelor’s and master’s students in communication on their projects for a while now and know how intimidating it is to think of running and interpreting statistics for the first time. As a confession, I’m not a math person and during my Master’s program I put off my statistics class … Continue reading

Reconceptualizing Mass Communication as Engagement: The Influence of Social Media
Academic Editorials / Opinion / Social Media

Reconceptualizing Mass Communication as Engagement: The Influence of Social Media

This editorial was first published in the Journal of Mass Communication and Journalism and is re-posted under Creative Commons Attribution License. “For the legions of critics who had previously dismissed platforms like Facebook and Twitter as vapid troughs of celebrity gossip and selfaggrandizement, the toppling of regimes in Tunisia and Egypt suggested that these tools were as … Continue reading

The need for a better two-way relationship between researchers and practitioners
Academic Editorials / Opinion

The need for a better two-way relationship between researchers and practitioners

In 2011, I attended and presented research at an international gathering of 40 to 50 or so of the best researchers in crisis communication in the world. We had researchers from Asia, Europe, and North America attending and presenting their work in Denmark. In addition, the conference organizers worked to make sure this was an … Continue reading

Top 10 lists are for Letterman, not crisis communication
Academic Editorials / Crisis Communication / Opinion

Top 10 lists are for Letterman, not crisis communication

Enough with “pop” crisis communication already, ok? In the wake of the 2008 financial crash, Hurricane Katrina (US), Japanese tsunami, Haitian earthquake, BP’s spill in the Gulf of Mexico…that is to say our crazy world today it seems like more and more people are hanging their shingle as crisis experts when they just are not. … Continue reading