Congratulations to Briana Trifiro and Alexander Rochefort, CRC graduate fellows in the Emerging Media Studies doctoral program, and Associate Professor Chris Wells, on their published paper in Mass Communication & Society. The paper analyzes a variety of media content (i.e. articles, TV coverage, and Facebook postings) on their coverage of the April 23 2020 White House COVID-19 Task Force press briefing and the way in which these media narratives affect partisan trust. Their results reported that on both ends of the political spectrum, many of the narratives produced in the media have contributed to resentment and distrust in voters and viewers.

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