Do users of tanning beds understand that their behavior is risky? The work of Associate Professor of Communication Kathryn Greene on indoor tanning bed use and how to communicate the riskiness of certain behaviors has been covered in a variety of media outlets, including MSNBC, U.S. News & World Report, Health Magazine, Everyday Health, and Medical Xpress.
When NJ state officials called professor Jennifer Warren to help with a federally funded program to combat obesity in New Jersey, she saw it as a teachable moment. Instead of working alone with ShapingNJ - a public private partnership in the Department of Health and Senior Services' Office of Nutrition and Fitness - to identify some of the barriers to healthy living, Warren turned the project into a class assignment. Rutgers Focus covered their activities in a recent report.
Communication Department faculty member Jennifer Warren discussed smoking and asthma issues during the June 1 TV news program hosted by Bryan Jenkins and Laura Jones, Ebru Today. The six minute segment can be viewed at Ebrunews.com: http://ebrunews.com/en/video/health-literacy.
"Campaign comedy can be no laughing matter for candidates," notes PhD student Rob Spicer in an article in the publication Campaigns and Elections. Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Stephen Colbert attempting to get on the ballot in South Carolina are actually not new phenomena, but in today's connected world the jokes spread more quickly to more people and may affect the public's perceptions of candidates.
The Lancester (PA) News ran an article by PhD student Rob Spicer on "How Twitter can build community at the local level."
"He's adopted." Is it the funniest line from the hit movie The Avengers as some have suggested, or is it actually the most offensive? Doctoral student Jessica Crowell weighs in on The New York Times' Motherlode blog.
Marc Aronson, a professor of practice in Library and Information Science and a prolific and award-winning author, was quoted extensively in the Advice column in The Chronicle of Higher Education on May 6 in the article "Teaching Ph.D.'s How to Reach Out" by Leonard Cassuto.
Steve Garwood, SC&I Director of Instructional Design and Technology, was quoted in a March 31 article on MyCentralJersey.com, "Teachers Tweet and students Skype as classrooms go digital."
Rutgers FOCUS highlighted the work of Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science Mor Naaman and former postdoctoral associates Nicholas Diakopoulos and Munmun De Choudhury in creating a tool that allows journalists find trustworthy sources by sifting social media messages.
Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Jack Bratich published an opinion piece in the March 13, 2012, edition of the newsletter Counterpunch entitled My Little Kony: The Rise of the Flashpublics, about the phenomenon of the viral video Kony 2012 which focuses on Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, his Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), and their recruitment of children soldiers.
SC&I students are participating in the new Rutgers Makerspace Association organized by part-time faculty member Rick Anderson who is director of virtual worlds for Rutgers' Division of Continuing Studies. The association serves as a laboratory-like space for people whose passion is creating new things with technology.
Doctoral student Rob Spicer was interviewed for an article on public officials and anonymity in the Harrisburg Patriot-News.
Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Jack Bratich was interviewed for a Valentine's Day article on social media and relationships in the Rutgers Daily Targum.
Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Susan Keith was interviewed Friday, January 27, about journalism ethics and media coverage of the Republican candidates on The Desert Show with Steve Kelly on KPSI, the news-talk station in Palm Springs, Calif. Kelly is a Rutgers graduate.
Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Aram Sinnreich was quoted in a New York Times article on January 6th entitled "My Back Pages: Digital Diary Traces Memories," about an online service called Timehop.
Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Montague Kern tells the Star-Ledger that the young people of Occupy Wall Street are hit hard by the nation's unemployment crisis and learned how to organize themselves in part from participating in President Obama's election campaign.
The work of students in the Rutgers 9/11 Project, taught by Ron Miskoff and Elizabeth Fuerst from Journalism and Media Studies, was featured prominently on CNN.com the day before the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Watch the student-produced documentary here.
Matthew Weber, a new assistant professor of communication, discusses Facebook users' anger at recent changes to the social networking site in the Asbury Park Press.
David Greenberg details the history of political sex scandals, and the role of the media during those periods, in the October issue of The Atlantic.
Todd Wolfson, assistant professor of journalism and media studies, provided a fascinating historical perspective in a New York Times article Aug. 28 about a paper by a Yale graduate student looking at the use of social media in Egypt’s protests. It suggests that full Internet and cellphone connectivity can sometimes hinder collective action.
Elizabeth Ciccone, who keeps SC&I's financial affairs in order, lives in an historical house that keeps attracting media attention. The Star Ledger ran an item July 31.
Computing in the clouds is something we do every day, points out an Asbury Park Press story July 24 that quoted Michael Lesk, SC&I professor of Library and Information Science.
Workaholic or Dedicated Employee? The chair of SC&I’s Department of Communication, James Katz, and other Rutgers experts weigh in on texting the office from the beach and similar potential work addictions in a current Rutgers Today story.
Addressing the “cultural divide” between the academic and business sides of a university was the subject of a Chronicle of Higher Education interview with Brent Ruben, professor of communication and executive director of Rutgers’ Center for Organizational Development and Leadership. In a July 11 print story and podcast, Ruben discussed the value of role-play exercises for preparing leaders to bridge that divide.
In an essay in Slate July 1, David Greenberg, associate professor of journalism and media studies, and history, asks, “How did a concern with anti-Semitism, whether scholarly or political, come to be seen as the province of the right?“ Greenberg argues that liberals, who historically have advocated tolerance and equal rights, are beginning to shy away from confronting anti-Semitism.
The New York Times ran an op-ed piece, "GOP Vs. World," June 29 by Greenberg. While the move toward isolationism recently by Republican leaders is a dramatic departure from the second Bush administration's foreign policy, he traces GOP isolationism back to 1919.
NBC New York's music blog June 28 shared an eye-popping data visualization project by two recent MLIS grads who were looking at what makes a hit song. Shaun Ellis and Tom Englehardt did the project for a class taught by Anselm Spoerri, assistant professor of LIS.
Scientists are using Twitter for numerous linguistic applications, such as training computers to spot sarcasm, as reported by the Daily Oregonian June 24 in an article quoting Nina Wacholder, associate professor of LIS. She says Twitter provides a steady stream of sarcasm unlike any other source. The story stemmed from a article written by Roberto González-Ibáñez, SC&I dotoral student; Smaranda Muresan, associate professor of LIS and Wacholder: (2011), Identifying Sarcasm in Twitter: A Closer Look. Proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, 581-586.
Edward Tenner, visiting scholar in communication at SC&I, published an essay, “Explaining Weinergate: When Good Politicians Court Evil,” on The Atlantic's website recently. He suggests the former Congressman’s baffling behavior may be be explained by theologians.
WNYC aired comments by Jorge Reina Schement June 7 about the impending transfer of NJN’s TV and radio licenses from state control. SC&I's Dean expressed concern about the loss of news coverage for New Jersey, saying, “We don’t want to become invisible to WNYC and WHYY,” the NPR flagships for New York City and Philadelphia that are acquiring NJN licenses.
Computerworld (May 20, http://bit.ly/kLun3w) turned to Aram Sinnreich, JMS assistant professor, for an expert’s view of Apple’s deals with three of the top four music labels to allow consumers to buy music via mobile devices. He was quoted as saying, "The labels need a genuine celestial jukebox, one that not only offers streaming music, but recommendations, on-demand radio, community and social networking features, video and downloads."
The Star Ledger ran a feature (http://bit.ly/kLun3w) May 15 about a JMS student who was graduating that day after a pro baseball career. Bobby Brownlie was an All-American when the Chicago Cubs drafted him in 2002.
After Osama bin Laden's death, CNN contacted SC&I, following up on a recent story about the journalism department's project in Rutgers Today. CNN.com’s feature story on reactions of “the 9/11 generation” to bin Laden’s death includes SC&I’s 9/11 Student Journalism Project and links to lengthy commentaries from four students in the class.
Montague Kern, associate professor of journalism and media studies, was interviewed May 9 on a KPSI (AM 920) talk show. She discussed the news coverage of bin Laden's killing with talkshow host Steve Vericker, a 1981 gradute of Rutgers University. Prof. Kern co-edited the 1981 book, Framing Terrorism: The Press, the Government and the Public.
The New York Times April 20 story on “Youth, Mobility and Poverty Help Drive Cellphone-Only Status” quoted James Katz, professor and chair of SCI’s department of communication. Data in a new national report showed a relatively low rate of cellphone-only households in California. The reason, Katz said, could be the generous subsidies the state gives low-income residents for local calling on landline that does not extend to cell phone, unlike in other states.
A Bloomberg News April 19 story on a new service that charges up to $5,000 an hour for a private conversation with VIPs they’ve signed up quoted Prof. Katz. “It might be fun for someone to spend $5,000 to talk to a very smart person,” Katz said, adding that he knew a Wall Street banker who had a monthly lunch with a Nobel Prize winner, paying $2,000 for advice on life and business (http://bloom.bg/fyS0gA).
CBS News sought comments from Prof. Katz for The Early Show’s April 6 story on texting’s increasing popularity. "It seems that, actually, writing is a much more natural way of communicating than we ever dreamed was possible, and the text is the way for that dream to come true,” Katz said. “It's ironic because the telegraph, which is a form of texting, was killed by the telephone, and now texting is killing the phone call."
President Obama’s use of a web video to launch his re-election campaign drew considerable media attention. New York City’s WWOR-TV sought an expert’s perspective from Montague Kern, associate professor of journalism and media studies. In its April 4 story (http://bit.ly/gR9tYw), Kern pointed out that it’s difficult to manage a video posted on the web as it has the potential for any excerpt can “go viral” out of context.
The Wall Street Journal’s April 4 story, “Christie Loses Redistricting Battle,” quoted SC&I doctoral student Rich Lee. The article said Christie could benefit from "being able to blame a Democratic controlled legislature for any inaction or poor results," e.g., further tax hikes. ‘It gives him a foil-which he plays masterfully,’ said Rich Lee, who was a spokesman for former Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevey. ‘He has shown the ability to get his agenda through, even when the opposing party has majorities in both houses.’"
Making Sense of 9/11, 10 Years On (Rutgers Today) http://bit.ly/9-11class
New York Times: “Why last chapters disappoint” is an amusing, thought-provoking essay in The New York Times Magazine March 18 (http://Tinyurl.com/lastchapters) by David Greenberg, professor of journalism and history.
Chicago Tribune: A story on social media and the immigration debate (http://tinyurl.com/66hsj4s) quoted Nick Diakopoulos, CI fellow.
Slate, the online magazine, looked at the public’s access to news and NPR’s self-proclaimed indispensable role. SC&I Dean Jorge Reina Schement was among the experts cited. http://www.slate.com/id/2288506/
Huffington Post, February 24, 2011 – Online dating profiles often aren’t the most accurate self-descriptions. SC&I communications assistant professor Jennifer Gibbs says that someone, for instance, might say they're 35 instead of 36.
The New York Times, February 18, 2011 - Professor of Communication James E. Katz talks about the impact of mobile technology on popular uprisings across the Middle East. "This is the dagger at the throat of the creaky old regimes that, through the manipulation of these old centralized technologies, have been able to smother the public’s voice," Katz said.
Northjersey.com, February 4, 2011 - SC&I doctoral candidate Judah Hamer was named director of the Rutherford Public Library. Hamer, who is also a part-time lecturer at SC&I, received his Master of Library Science at Rutgers.
The New York Times Educational Website, January 26, 2011 - The newspaper's special edition profiles Professor and Chair of Journalism and Media Studies John Pavlik and his first-year seminar "Media in the Digital Age."
WAMU-FM Radio, January 25, 2011 - Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies David Greenberg appears on "The Kojo Nnamdi Show" to discuss the history of the State of the Union address, dating back to George Washington.
Philadelphia Inquirer, January 1, 2011 - Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Todd Wolfson earned a nomination for the Inquirer's 2010 Citizen of the Year award for his involvement as a founder of the Media Mobilizing Project, which videos personal stories to create civic engagement in low-income communities.
Bloomberg Television, December 31, 2010 - Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Aram Sinnreich discusses the outlook for the music industry in 2011 with Carol Massar on Bloomberg Television's "In the Loop."
USA Today, December 30, 2010 - Professor James E. Katz takes part in the debate on how increased connectivity and communication technologies are affecting interpersonal, face-to-face communication.
The New York Times, December 21, 2010 - Professor James E. Katz is quoted in an article about the overhaul of e-mail applications as younger generations become more accustomed to more speedy communications like instant messaging and texting.
Chronicle of Higher Education, December 10, 2010 - The Pre-Doctoral Leadership Development Institute, headed by Communication Professor II Brent Ruben, helps doctoral students understand the ins and outs of academic administration.
WHYY Radio, December 7, 2010 - Associate Professor of Communication Jennifer Gibbs discusses the pervasiveness of online dating since Match.com launched 15 years ago.
amNewYork, November 23, 2010 - John Pavlik, chair of the Journalism and Media Studies Department, discusses the benefits and ease of use of augmented reality technologies.
New Jersey Newsroom, October 27, 2010 - Journalism major Terrell Blount is mentioned in a story about former prison inmates who became successful college students with the help of Rutgers history professor Donald Roden.
San Angelo Standard Times, October 26, 2010 - Professor of Communication James Katz delivers a talk called “American Values and Democratic Participation: The Role of Social Media in the Obama Campaign and Administration” as part of a social media symposium at Angelo State University in Texas.
San Angelo Standard Times, October 18, 2010 - James Katz, chair of the Department of Communication, will speak at Angelo State University on “American Values and Democratic Participation: The Role of Social Media in the Obama Campaign and Administration” at 2 p.m. Oct. 26.
International Business Times, October 18, 2010 - Postdoctoral fellow Julio Angel Ortiz was interviewed about the dispute between Cablevision and News Corp, which left cable viewers in the New York metropolitan area without broadcasts from Fox5 or My9.
USA Today, October 17, 2010 - Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Deepa Kumar talks about anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe and the United States.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 7, 2010 - Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies David Greenberg supports a petition to make public President Richard M. Nixon's grand jury testimony from June 1975.
The Nonprofit Times, October 2, 2010 - Whitney Oppito, an alumna of the Master of Communicaton and Information Studies program, found that nonprofits are using social media to increase awareness and engagement around their causes, not to raise funds. Oppito's research was part of her MCIS Capstone Project.
Did Secret Webcam Lead to Student's Suicide?
NBC's TODAY Show, September 30, 2010 - Assistant Professor Mor Naaman discusses how individuals use technology to help and harm others, as well as issues of trust surrounding new social media.
MyCentralJersey.com, September 30, 2010 - Lecturer and University Librarian Nancy Kranich discusses the blurry lines surrounding ethics and technology use in the wake of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi's suicide.
Ring of Fire, September 21, 2010 - Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Deepa Kumar discusses growing Islamophobia with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on the nationall syndicated radio program "Ring of Fire."
The Gleaner, September 18, 2010 - SC&I Ph.D. program alumna Dr. Paulette Kerr participated in a news forum in Jamaica and stressed the importance of libraries in the country with regard to information access and literacy. Kerr is a lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of the West Indies.
The Atlantic, September 16, 2010 - Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Christina Dunbar-Hester outlines the syllabus for her Ph.D. course "Studying Media Technologies" to illustrate how past research on media studies is shaping and being shaped by current advances in media and information technology.
BBC World Service, September 11, 2010 - Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Deepa Kumar talks to the BBC in their lead story on the controversy around the "Ground Zero Mosque" and anti-Muslim and immigrant sentiment since the attacks of September 11, 2001.
WBAI Radio, September 11, 2010 - Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Deepa Kumar appears on the radio show "Equal Time for Free Thought" to discuss politics and the rise in anti-Muslim sentiment since the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.
American Journalism Review, September 2010 - Ron Miskoff, lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies and president of the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government, was quoted in a piece on the erosion of the New Jersey State House press corps and evolving models of entrepreneurial and crowdsourcing journalism in the Garden State.
Philadelphia Inquirer, September 4, 2010 - Professor of Communication James E. Katz examines how the loved ones of military service men and women keep connected using Facebook and virtual communication.
The New York Times, September 3, 2010 - In a story about a scuffle at the U.S. Open whose video went viral, Professor of Communication James E. Katz talks about how mobile devices turn us from people who experience an event to impromptu digital archivists.
The New York Times, September 3, 2010 - Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Aram Sinnreich discusses the social and psychological consequences of "defriending" on Facebook and other social networks.
The Economist, September 2, 2010 - Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Dave Karpf is quoted on e-activism and how people in protest movements are drawn to other causes.
Denver Post, August 26, 2010 – The University of Colorado cites Rutgers as a school that has revamped its journalism program in the wake of paradigm shifts in news and information dissemination.
Editor and Publisher: http://www.editorandpublisher.com/Headlines/colorado-mulls-shutting-down-journalism-school-62409-.aspx
Daily Camera: http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci_15891065
University of Colorado: http://www.colorado.edu/news/r/9633a0d5068731edbbd4a81eb12cb101.html
Gannett, August 22, 2010 - Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Jack Bratich talks about the Beloit College Mindset List, aimed at acquainting instructors with the cultural references of new college students. Bratich called the list "a
window into the youth. It's also a mirror for adults. It says more about us as aging people.''
New York Times, August 1, 2010 – Professor James E. Katz discusses the increasingly interactive role of the reader in published content, particularly with regard to the online platform Tumblr.
Asbury Park Press, July 31, 2010 – John Pavlik, chair of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, was quoted in a story about the 20th anniversary of the Internet. "The Web kind of speaks to our natural tendencies," he said. "That's why things like YouTube are so popular, the mobile phones, being engaged in social media, citizen journalism and all of that."
Thehindu.com, July 31, 2010 – Communication Professor Jennifer Gibbs’ research on online dating is cited in a review of the book “Click: The Magic of Instant Connections -- and How they can transform our work and relationships” by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman
New York Times, July 17, 2010 – Professor James E. Katz of the Department of Communication discusses how Facebook’s changing demographics mean that the giant social network has trouble keeping up with deaths of its more than 400 million members.