Mass Communication Research

I aim to investigate and understand the effects of mass communication on bystander behavior, both on and offline. Specifically, I am interested in depictions of bullying in mass media, how bullying and cyberbullying is discussed in the mass media, and how, if at all, bystander intervention is modeled for the public. In my research I use foundational mass communication theories in experiments and content analyses to answer some of these queries.

I’ll stand by you: Glee characters’ multiple identities and bystander intervention in bullying. 

Over its five seasons, Glee has depicted various forms of bullying including social ostracism, cyber-bullying, physical threats and violence, and the terrible psychological cost for offenders, victims, and bystanders. In each of these instances, major and minor characters served as bystanders to these social acts of aggression. This chapter examines what role Glee characters’ multiple identities play in their actions as bystanders.

Status: In Johnson, B., & Faill, D. (Eds.) Glee and Social Change. Sense Publishers, Netherlands.

Interpersonal violence in film: Audience ratings of films with actual depictions versus references of interpersonal violence

Status: Study 1 was presented in the Mass Communication Division of the International Communication Association 2013 Conference in London. Full manuscript currently under review.

How ‘real’ are reality contestants?: Representation in competitive reality television programming 2000-2013.

Collaborators: Dr. Elizabeth Jones (Asbury University)
Status: In preparation

It’s not sticks and stones anymore: Examining cyberbullying awareness public health campaigns

Collaborators: Dr. Nancy Rhodes (OSU)
Status: Manuscript preparation

Applying exemplar and framing theories to print media coverage of cyberbullying 2000-2014

Status: Data analysis (collection completed)

Moral disengagement strategies employed by commenters on high profile incidents of bullying, cyberbullying

Status: Data analysis (collection completed)

Establishment of communicative norms in online newspaper forums

Collaborators: Rachel Neo (OSU), Natalee Seely (UNC-Chapel Hill), Dr. Nancy Rhodes (OSU)
Status: Data analysis (collection, coding completed)

 

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