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Murrow PolCom Students Win Honorable Mention at MAPOR!

Congratulations to Murrow PhD students and PolCom members Kyle Lorenzano and Meredith Wang! Kyle and Meredith, along with retired member Minseon Jeong (now a PhD student at Ohio State), will receive an Honorable Mention for MAPOR’s 2015 Doris Graber Student Paper Award for best public opinion paper this Friday (20th Nov) at 3:00 PM for their paper “Relationship of news media consumption, political efficacy and the moderating effect of political interest in the U.S. 2012 Presidential Election.”

Great job representing Murrow in Chicago!

Well Represented at AEJMC

Congratulations to all of the Murrow PolCom members who presented at AEJMC: Faculty members Pori Borah, Myiah Hutchens, and Jay Hmielwoski, in addition to students Chan Chen, Kyle Lorenzano and Miles Sari. Go Cougs!

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Upcoming Conferences: ICA, WAPOR, CIRC

Murrow PolCom members are going to be busy in the next few weeks presenting at conferences at various locations around the world.

Wenjie Yan will be presenting “Entrapment of Egocentrism: Perceptions of Bias, Expectancies, and Deliberation Preparation” at ICA in Puerto Rico on May 25th. She also will be presenting “The Internet and Public Evaluation of the Media System in China” at WAPOR in Buenos Aires, Argentina in June. Pori Borah will also be presenting at WAPOR.

PhD student Cathy Yu will present  “SNS Use by the Chinese Government: examining the communication mechanism of political microblogging in China” at the 13th Chinese Internet Research Conference on May 28 in Edmonton, Canada.

Congratulations to all our members and have fun in your various locations!

Congratulations Nicole!

Murrow College PhD student Nicole O’Donnell was awarded a $500 scholarship for her oral presentation at the 2015 William R. Wiley Research Exposition. Her paper, “Constructing Memories of War through Nonfiction Film” was the second place submission in the liberal arts category. She also recently presented her research on visual identity at the 2015 Popular Culture American Culture Association National Conference.

Way to go Nicole!

Congratulations to Miles Sari!

PolCom member Miles Sari was recently awarded Top Student Paper at Western States for his paper “Painting the New Face of Terrorism: An Ethical Evaluation of Rolling Stone’s Feature on Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.” This paper was based on research he did on his undergraduate thesis. Congratulations to Miles and we can’t wait to see what he continues to do in the program at Murrow!


The Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research’s unofficial motto of “the Midwest is a state of mind” was apparent when  four WSU PolCom members made appearances at this year’s annual conference in Chicago Nov. 21st and 22nd.

Ph.D. Student Jackie Chan Chen presented two papers: “Opinion Leadership and Political Discussion: Two-step Flow and Social MediaUser Influence,” co-authored with Jason Reineke from Middle Tennessee State University; and “Political Activism and Online Political Donation,” co-authored with Michael Beam from Kent State University.

Murrow faculty member, and former MAPOR President, Doug Blanks Hindman  presented “Political Misperception vs. Expression: Impact of Partisan Cues on Beliefs about Politically Contested Facts” in a special session focusing on the Belief Gap – a theory that Hindman advanced.

Murrow Faculty Myiah Hutchens and Jay Hmielowski were also present, and co-authored “Clicking vs. Sharing: The Impact of Online News Viewing and News Sharing on Political Knowledge” which was lead by Michael Beam.


WSU PolCom at NCA

Recently members of Murrow’s political communication research group presented papers in Chicago, IL. at this year’s annual conference for the National Communication Association (NCA). The first paper, Talking Politics and Media Credibility: Examining the Conditional Indirect effects on Media Trust and Media Attention, was presented to the political communication division of NCA. The paper focused on the relationships between hearing opposing and supportive information through interpersonal discussion and levels of trust in partisan media outlets (e.g., Fox News & MSNBC). The paper was written by Sarah Staggs (University of Arizona), Michael Beam (Kent State University), and Murrow faculty Jay Hmielowski and Myiah Hutchens.
Jay Hmielowski was also a co-author on another paper presented at NCA. The paper, Alternative Views and Eroding Support: The Conditional Indirect Effects of Foreign Media and Internet Use on Regime Support in China, was written by Jun Xiang (University of Arizona) and Murrow Faculty Jay Hmielowski. The paper focused on the relationship between use of the Internet and foreign media with levels of trust and support for the current regime in China. The paper received a top paper award in the Association for Chinese Communication Studies.