Free speech in the age of AI

By Austin Fitzgerald Jared Schroeder, an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, has authored a book that explores new ways of thinking about free speech in the era of sophisticated generative AI. “The structure of ideas: Mapping a new theory of free expression in the AI era” is available July 1. Schroeder is … Continued

Missouri School of Journalism students showcase research at conferences around the country

By Austin Fitzgerald COLUMBIA, Mo. (March 7, 2024) — Students at the Missouri School of Journalism are traveling to research conferences this week, where they will present graduate and undergraduate work on a variety of topics related to journalism and strategic communication — some representing undergraduates’ first forays into academic research. “Our students’ presence in … Continued

Lawmakers wander into news deserts

Photo: Sergey Pesterev | Unsplash Seeing the link with democracy, legislators put forward bills to protect local news By Jared Schroeder and Joy Jenkins California Assemblymember Buffy Wicks wanted to support local journalism in her state. Her solution was the California Journalism Preservation Act, which she proposed in February 2023. She framed it as a … Continued

How are communicators really using AI? Missouri School of Journalism’s Jon Stemmle has answers

By Austin Fitzgerald COLUMBIA, Mo. (Jan. 24, 2024) — Professor Jon Stemmle at the Missouri School of Journalism has co-authored a research paper that examines how public relations professionals are using artificial intelligence in their work. Based on a survey of 75 communication professionals, the paper is designed to aid communicators and organizations looking to … Continued

Nick Mathews study of Facebook vs. community newspapers lands in acclaimed Digital Journalism journal

By Austin Fitzgerald COLUMBIA, Mo. (Jan. 10, 2024) — Nick Mathews, an assistant professor at the Missouri School of Journalism’s Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI), has published a research study in Digital Journalism, a premier research journal in the journalism field. The study analyzes the impact of Facebook on rural and small-town news organizations’ … Continued

Missouri School of Journalism’s Damon Kiesow publishes first-ever textbook on news product management

By Austin Fitzgerald COLUMBIA, Mo. — Damon Kiesow, the Knight Chair in Journalism Innovation at the Missouri School of Journalism, has authored his first book: a textbook on the increasingly important field of news product management published last month. But that’s not the only first. “An Introduction to News Product Management: Innovation for Newsrooms and … Continued

Informing the public about the risks of cannabis

A new NIH grant will help MU researcher Zachary Massey research how to effectively warn the public about health effects of cannabis by determining the most effective use of health warning labels on cannabis products Contact: Pate McCuien, 573-882-4870, COLUMBIA, MISSOURI — The marijuana and cannabis industry is booming. In fact, industry research group … Continued

Mississippi River Basin Ag and Water Desk to host webinar discussing research on attitudes toward environment, media in the river basin

By Austin Fitzgerald On Nov. 14 at noon, the Missouri School of Journalism’s Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk will host Assistant Professor Kate Rose for a webinar covering her recently announced research into public perceptions of the environment and news media in the river basin. The webinar will be free and open to … Continued

Missouri School of Journalism releases groundbreaking report on attitudes toward environment, media in Mississippi River Basin

An aerial view of Muscatine, Iowa on the Mississippi River on Monday, September 18, 2023. Aerial support provided by LightHawk. Photo: Nick Rohlman | The Gazette By Austin Fitzgerald COLUMBIA, Mo. (Oct. 23, 2023) — The Missouri School of Journalism has released first-of-its kind research on the attitudes and environmental awareness of people living in … Continued

How leaders communicate with employees sets the tone for a respectful workplace culture

“Leader communication drives respectful culture and behavior that translates into positive employee outcomes,” said Justin F. Willett, program director at the Novak Leadership Institute and lead author of the study. “Leaders need to help employees feel respected as part of the team and recognized for their unique strengths and accomplishments.” University of Missouri study finds … Continued