Building a Better Online Community

Researchers Find Characteristics that Affect People’s Intent to Participate in Web-Based Communities Columbia, Mo. (Nov. 10, 2006) — The Internet has been both praised for increasing social discussion and criticized for decreasing face-to-face interaction, but a new University of Missouri-Columbia study may help increase online social interaction if Web designers and operators take note. The … Continued

Research Abilities Develop Practical Career Skills

Columbia, Mo. (Oct. 30, 2006) — When Roseann Moring, from San Diego, Calif., and Matt Velker, from St. Louis, Mo., enrolled at the Missouri School of Journalism, it wasn’t because they were thinking about research. Moring was more intent on getting hands-on training through real-world media outlets such as the Columbia Missourian or Vox magazine, and Velker was focused … Continued

Tan is ‘In’: Study Finds Light Brown More Attractive than Pale or Dark Skin

Findings Might Impact How Advertisers Use Models By Katherine Kostiuk MU News Bureau Columbia, Mo. (Oct. 2, 2006) — Some African-American stars have been ridiculed for trying to lighten their skin color, but many Caucasians go to tanning salons to darken their skin. A new study by Missouri School of Journalism researcher Cynthia Frisby found that people … Continued

Missouri Journalism and Law Schools Set to Blaze New Paths in Study of Media and Conflict

Center for the Study of Conflict, Law and the Media to Host International Conference Columbia, Mo. (Sept. 13, 2006) — The Center for the Study of Conflict, Law and the Media, a groundbreaking collaboration linking the Missouri School of Journalism and University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, is hosting an international conference, “News Reporting and Its Impact … Continued

New Book Explores Media, Mission and Morality in Journalism

By Kelly Peery Columbia, Mo. (Aug. 28, 2006) — A new book by Missouri School of Journalism Professor Emeritus John Merrill explores moral and theoretical issues in the field of journalism. Media, Mission and Morality: A Scholarly Milestone Essay in Mass Communication is the first in a series designed to stimulate thinking and challenge ideas while encouraging journalists … Continued

Homeland Security and Media Evaluate Terror Threats Differently

By Katherine Kostiuk MU News Bureau Columbia, Mo. (Aug. 28, 2006) — When faced with a terror threat like the recent plot to blow up planes traveling from the U.K. to the U.S., the American public turns to the media for information about the level and duration of the threat. However, the information people receive … Continued

Journalism Students and Faculty to Present 31 Papers at 2006 AEJMC Conference

By Kim Trokey Columbia, Mo. (July 17, 2006) — Thirty-one scholarly papers – including five receiving top recognitions – will be presented at this year’s Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference by Missouri School of Journalism faculty and current and recent graduate students. Their work covers an impressive breadth of topics including advertising, public relations, … Continued

Having Control Might Be Good, but It’s Not Interesting

Study Found That Established Psychological Theories about Control Don’t Apply to Interactive Media By Katherine Kostiuk MU News Bureau Columbia, Mo. (July 7, 2006) — Having control is better than not having control, psychological research shows. When people don’t have control, they feel uncertain, worried and nervous. However, a recent University of Missouri-Columbia study found … Continued

Missouri Journalism Faculty and Students to Present 31 Papers at 2006 ICA Conference in Germany

Columbia, Mo. (May 25, 2006) — The Missouri School of Journalism will be well represented at this year’s International Communication Association (ICA) conference with 31 papers accepted, which were written or collaborated on by School faculty and student authors along with with other professors from the University of Missouri-Columbia and other universities. The 56th annual ICA convention … Continued