Highlighting Racial Disparities Increases Coverage and Effectiveness of Health News, MU Researchers Find

By Emily Smith MU News Bureau Columbia, Mo. (Nov. 19, 2009) — Effective communication of health news is needed to raise awareness and encourage behavior changes in populations who experience health disparities, or inequalities in health status, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As media researchers search for better methods to … Continued

MU Researchers Find Internet Search Process Affects Cognition, Emotion

Readers’ Physiological Responses to Online Content Provides New Insight for Advertisers By Emily Smith MU News Bureau Columbia, Mo. (Nov. 13, 2009) — Nearly 73 percent of all American adults use the Internet on a daily basis, according to a 2009 Pew Internet & American Life Project survey. Half of these adults use the Web … Continued

Doctoral Student Rachel Young Named 2009 Paul Synor Fellow

Program Enhances Strategic Communication Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism By Joan Niesen Master’s Student Columbia, Mo. (Oct. 27, 2009) — Rachel Young, a first-year doctoral student at the Missouri School of Journalism, is the 2009 Paul Synor Fellow. Her research emphasis is in health communication, specifically addressing disparities in preventive care among adolescents … Continued

Field Trip Teaches Students about Writing for a Non-Science Audience

Columbia, Mo. (Sept. 22, 2009) — Moving from forests, to caves, to prairies and dairy farms, students in Professor Bill Allen’s eight-week “Field Reporting on the Food System and Environment” agricultural journalism course hit the road during the weekend of Sept. 11-13, in a classroom on wheels. Eleven Missouri School of Journalism students covered more … Continued

Online News Garners More Attention from Readers if It’s Negative and Localized, MU Study Finds

By Emily Smith MU News Bureau Columbia, Mo. (Aug. 26, 2009) — According to the “hardwired for news” theory, people devote more attention to information that is deviant or threatening. To test the theory, University of Missouri researchers examined the physiological effects of reading threatening health news online. The researchers found that news about local health … Continued

Winner of Biotech University’s Reporting Contest to Receive a Free Trip to Europe

Columbia, Mo. (Aug. 12, 2009) — An all-expense-paid blogging trip to Europe in 2010 is the grand prize awaiting some talented J-School student as part of a unique workshop and reporting contest on biotechnology being held this fall on the University of Missouri campus. The day-and-a-half workshop, called Biotech University, is designed to introduce Missouri School … Continued

Missouri Journalism Faculty, Students to Present 50 Scholarly Papers, Lead 21 Sessions at Upcoming Research Conference

Five Papers Receive Top Honors; Vox Magazine Earns Four Awards Columbia, Mo. (July 22, 2009) — Missouri School of Journalism faculty and students will present an impressive number of refereed scholarly papers — a total of 50 — at the 2009 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication convention Aug. 5-8 in Boston. For the … Continued

MU Researchers Offer Insights for Advancing Health Communication through Digital Media

By Emily Smith MU News Bureau Columbia, Mo. (May 27, 2009) — Digital media are changing the environment for communicating health information. In a new book, Health Communication in the New Media Landscape, University of Missouri researchers examine how the digital media revolution is affecting health and health care in the United States. Effective health … Continued