Author: Susannah Blair

AEJMC 2019 presentations by BU COM faculty and students

This week, communication scholars, practitioners, and educators from around the world are congregating in Toronto, Canada for the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)’s 102nd annual conference. Many members of the BU COM community—including some of the CRC’s research fellows—will be in attendance to share their scholarly work and convene with colleagues around […]

New book edited by CRC fellows James Katz & Kate Mays, “Journalism & Truth in an Age of Social Media,” now available

Truth qualities of journalism are under intense scrutiny in today’s world. Journalistic scandals have eroded public confidence in mainstream media while pioneering news media compete to satisfy the public’s appetite for news. Still worse is the specter of “fake news” that looms over media and political systems that underpin everything from social stability to global […]

An artifact from the CRC’s early days—our first-ever newsletter

Recently, the Communication Research Center received an unexpected and exciting email. Attached was a scanned copy of the first-ever CRC newsletter, published in November of 1959 (the year the CRC was established). We are so thrilled to have this documentation of the CRC’s rich history and hope you enjoy learning about the center’s early research […]

Dr. Melvin DeFleur honored with AEJMC’s Distinguished Service to Research Award

Dr. Melvin DeFleur, a former professor of communication at Boston University and renowned communications scholar, was posthumously awarded the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)’s Eleanor Blum Distinguished Service to Research Award.  Dr. DeFleur conducted pioneering academic research in the communications field, authoring over a dozen books—including the widely-cited textbook “Theories of Mass […]

CRC scholars and faculty to present at 69th annual ICA conference

Many CRC fellows will be attending the 69th annual International Communication Association conference, which is taking place from May 24th to May 29th in Washington, D.C. COM scholars and faculty will be presenting their recent research projects in interactive poster sessions, panels, and paper sessions. Below is a list of upcoming ICA presentations by CRC-affiliated […]

Prof. Patrice Oppliger unpacks the “tweencom girl” genre in latest book

Patrice Oppliger’s latest book, Tweencom girls: Gender and adolescence in Disney and Nickelodeon Sitcoms, is now available via Rowan & Littlefield. Dissecting popular Nickelodeon and Disney Channel programs, Oppliger—a CRC fellow and Assistant Professor of Communication at Boston University—offers a critical take on how girls in the transition between pre-teen and teenage have been represented in mainstream […]

Can you spot sponsored content? Prof. Michelle Amazeen’s study reveals few of us can

In today’s ever-shifting online media landscape, “native advertising”—sponsored content that is integrated into a publication without being readily recognizable as promotional—has become increasingly commonplace across digital news platforms. The question then arises: How do individuals perceive native advertisements and are they able to differentiate them from non-promotional editorial content? Michelle Amazeen (Assistant Professor in BU’s […]

Prof. Tammy Vigil publishes latest book, “Moms in Chief”

Closely examining the ways in which the spouses of recent presidential candidates have been presented to and perceived by the American public, CRC research fellow Tammy R. Vigil’s new book Moms in Chief: The Rhetoric of Republican Motherhood and the Spouses of Presidential Nominees, 1992-2016 takes a critical look at gendered political roles and how they (for better […]