Journalism and Mass Communications

Publication type: Journals

Using critical discourse analysis to examine Op-Eds during the Hill-Thomas and the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings, this paper explores how the media can function as an arbiter of public opinion in debates surrounding controversial events. Findings show a shift not only in the contributors, from predominantly men in 1991 (75%) to predominantly women in 2018 (70%), but […]

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Publication type: Journals

This study critically examines the Missing Richard Simmons podcast to explore how producers and participants use media to define and process complex relationships with celebrity figures. Employing qualitative textual analysis, this research demonstrates how audiences mediate celebrity interactions and the potential role these relationships play within a marginalized and fragile community. This project qualitatively explores […]

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Publication type: Journals

Through feminist critical discourse analysis, this article examines the memetic discourse (image-driven conversation) via feminist standpoint theory on Instagram during the digital feminist movement, #ShePersisted. This study explores the digital communications of a networked community during a time of attempted revolution and contributes to the conversation of how future feminist movements (both on and offline), […]

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Publication type: Journals

In the open marketplace of visuals where the most valued photographs “rise to the top” via tweets, likes, and retweets rather than being dictated by professionals, the study of what makes an image go really social is merited. One occurrence during which professional photojournalism and nonprofessional photography truly coexist, intermingle, and blur is that of […]

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