Amanda Hinnant

Associate Professor

Journalism Studies, Doctoral Faculty

210 Lee Hills Hall
Missouri School of Journalism
Columbia, MO 65211-1200

AMANDA HINNANT‘s research focuses on health and science communication, media sociology, and narrative persuasion. Hinnant has served as principal investigator on health communication research sub-grants from the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences and the Centers of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research. Hinnant was also part of the team working on the Missouri Health Literacy Enhancement initiative, funded by a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

Hinnant has won top paper awards from the AEJMC Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk Division, the Magazine Division, and the Entertainment Studies Interest Group. She was also an invited scholar to Northwestern University’s Media, Technology and Society Speaker Series.

In 2019, she was honored with the Shared Governance Award (individual) from MU Faculty Council. Hinnant has served as the chair for the School of Journalism Promotion and Tenure Committee from 2015-2020. Hinnant served as an officer for the Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk Division of AEJMC from 2008-2014, serving the final year as head of the division.

Hinnant has taught courses on communication research, qualitative methodology, documentary storytelling, journalism and democracy, as well as magazine reporting and writing since 2006. Her professional experience includes writing and editing for Real Simple and Glamour magazines. Hinnant earned her doctorate from Northwestern University in 2006.

Refereed Publications

  • Lise Saffran, Sisi Hu, Amanda Hinnant, Laura Scherer, and Susan Nagel (2020) “Constructing and Influencing Perceived Authenticity in Science Communication: Experimenting with Narrative,” PLOS One, January 15,
  • Amanda Hinnant, Courtney Boman, Sisi Hu, Rokeshia Ashley, Sungkyoung Lee, Sherry Dodd, Jane Garbutt, and Glen Cameron (2019) “The Third Rail of Pediatric Communication: Discussing Firearm Risk and Safety in Well-Child Exams,” Health Communication, first online, December 13.
  • Amanda Hinnant, Roma Subramanian, Rokeshia Renné Ashley, Mimi Perreault, Rachel Young, and Ryan J. Thomas (2019). “How Journalists Characterize Health Inequalities and Redefine Solutions for Native American Audiences,” Health Communication, 34:4, 383-391.
  • Victoria A. Shaffer, Laura D. Scherer, Elizabeth S. Focella, Amanda Hinnant, Maria E. Len-Rios, and Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher (2017). “What is the Story With Narratives? How Using Narratives in Journalism Changes Health Behavior,” Health Communication, first online, July.
  • Rachel Young, Roma Subramanian, Stephanie Miles, Amanda Hinnant, and Julie Andsager (2017). “Social Representation of Cyberbullying and Adolescent Suicide: A Mixed-Method Analysis of News Stories” Health Communication, 32 (9), 1082-1092.
  • Ryan Thomas, Edson Tandoc, and Amanda Hinnant (2017). “False Balance in Public Health Reporting? Michele Bachmann, HPV, and ‘Mental Retardation.'” Health Communication, 32(2) 152-160.
  • Amanda Hinnant, Roma Subramanian, and Rachel Young (2016). “User comments on climate stories: impacts of anecdotal vs. scientific evidence,” Climatic Change, 138, 411-424.
  • Rachel Young, Amanda Hinnant, and Glenn Leshner (2016). “Individual and social determinants of obesity in strategic health messages: Interaction with political ideology,” Health Communication, 31(7) 903-10.
  • Amanda Hinnant, Joy Jenkins, and Roma Subramanian (2016). “Health journalist role conceptions: Existing and emerging professional identities,” Journalism Practice, 10(6), 763-781.
  • Rachel Young, Roma Subramanian, and Amanda Hinnant (2015). “Stigmatizing Images in Obesity Health Campaign Messages And Healthy Behavioral Intentions,” for Health Education and Behavior, 43(4), 412-419.
  • Hinnant, A. and Hendrickson, E.M. (2014). “Negotiating normalcy in celebrity health behavior: A focus group analysis.” Journal of Magazine and New Media Research 15(2).
  • Shipley-Hiles, S. and Hinnant, A. (2014). “Climate change in the newsroom: Journalists’ evolving standards of objectivity when covering global warming.” Science Communication, 36(4), 428-453.
  • Len-Rios, M. and Hinnant, A. (2014). “Comparing health messages in magazines: Journalistic elements and their connection to health literacy and numeracy.” Howard Journal of Communications, 25(3), 235-256.
  • Hinnant, A., Len-Rios, M.E., and Young, R. (2013). “Journalistic use of exemplars to humanize health news.” Journalism Studies, 14(4), 539-554.
  • Hinnant, A. and Hendrickson, E. (2012). “Rhetorical Visions of Health: A Fantasy-Theme Analysis of Celebrity Articles.” Celebrity Studies, 3(2), 197-212.
  • Hinnant, A., Len-Rios, M.E., and Oh, H. J. (2012). “Are health journalists’ practices tied to their perceptions of audience? An attribution and expectancy-value approach.” Health Communication, 27 (3), 234-243.
  • Hinnant, A., Oh, H., Caburnay, C., and Kreuter, M. (2011). “What makes African American health disparities newsworthy? An experiment among journalists about story framing.” Health Education Research, 26(6), 937-947.
  • Hinnant, A. and Len-Rios, M.E. (2009). “Tacit Understandings of Health Literacy: Interview and Survey Research with Health Journalists.” Science Communication, 31(1), 84-115.
  • Hinnant, A. (2009). “The Cancer on Your Coffee Table: A Discourse Analysis of the Health Content in Mass-Circulated Women’s Magazines.” Feminist Media Studies, 9(3), 317-333.
  • Len-Rios, M.E., Hinnant. A., and Park, S. (2009). “Understanding how health journalists judge public relations sources: A rules theory approach.” Public Relations Review, 35(1), 56-65.
  • Len-Rios, M.E., Hinnant, A., Park, S., Cameron, G.T., Frisby, C.M., and Lee, Y. (2009). “Health News Agenda Building: Journalists’ Perceptions of the Role of Public Relations.” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 86(2), 315-331.
  • Ray, L. and Hinnant, A. (2009). “Media Representation of Mental Disorders: A Study of ADD and ADHD Coverage in Magazines from 1985-2008.” Journal of Magazine and New Media Research, 11(1).
  • Hargittai, E. and Hinnant, A. (2008). “Digital Inequality: Differences in Young Adults’ Use of the Internet.” Communication Research, 35(5), 602-621.

Book Chapters

  • Joy Jenkins and Amanda Hinnant (2019). “Idealized Authenticity: Analyzing Jean Baudrillard’s Theory of Simulation and its Applicability to City Magazines” Lifestyle Journalism: New Media, Experience and Design. New York: Routledge.
  • Amanda Hinnant and María Len-Ríos (2019) “Health disparities in journalism and strategic communication.” María Len-Ríos and Earnest Perry (Eds), Cross-Cultural Journalism, New York: Routledge.
  • Amanda Hinnant (2016). “How Ladies’ Home Journal did second-wave health, 1968-1975.” Rachel Ritchie, Sue Hawkins, and Nicola Phillips (Eds.), Women in Magazines (The Routledge Research in Gender and History Series). New York: Routledge.
  • Amanda Hinnant and Berkley Hudson (2012). “The Magazine Revolution, c.1880-1920.” Christine Bold (Ed.), U.S. Popular Print Culture 1860-1920 (The [Oxford] History of Popular Print Culture series). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Eszter Hargittai and Amanda Hinnant (2006). “Toward a social framework for information seeking.” Amanda Spink, Charles Cole (Eds.), New Directions in Human Information Behavior. Amsterdam: Springer.

Updated: February 6, 2020