Research Director Bruno Takahashi and former Knight Center graduate students Carol Terracina-Hartman and Katie Amann have published a new study titled “Policy, economic themes dominate ethanol headlines” in Newspaper Research Journal.
The study examines issue attributes, themes, tone and sources in U.S. elite newspaper headlines between 1987 and 2011. The results show a dominance of policy and economic themes and the prevalence of ethanol industry representatives over government sources.
The study was co-authored with Mark Meisner, executive director of the International Environmental Communication Association.
Kelly van Frankenhuyzen
The emerald ash borer’s devastation of ash trees in forest and cities is the subject of a website produced by a Knight Center student for her masters project.
The goal of the project by Kelly van Frankenhuyzen is to understand the impact of the insect in Michigan and Ohio. The website is geared toward middle school science students with the idea of engaging future generations in citizen science and in the skills and knowledge needed to protect natural resources.
She worked with two Forest Service scientists in Delaware, Ohio, to learn how some trees survive the insect next to those that do not.
For the second year in a row, Knight Center researcher Jack Nissen won a top poster award at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) at MSU.
Nissen won first place in the Communication Arts & Sciences-Section 3 for a qualitative study titled: “Crisis reporting and community engagement: The role of local reporters during the Flint water crisis.” The presentation took place on April 7, 2017.
Through conversations conducted over a series of weeks, journalists intimately involved in local coverage of the crisis were interviewed about their experiences reporting. Questions focused on newsroom resource allocation, national media coverage and journalistic responsibility to the community.
A senior majoring in Journalism, this is Nissen’s second year of research under the guidance of Knight Center research director Bruno Takahashi. He’ll conduct more interviews to better understand how journalists operated during the crisis.
Dr. Bruno Takahashi, Tony Van Witsen, Ran Duan
Knight Center research director, Bruno Takahashi, and Ph.D students Ran Duan and Anthony Van Witsen, have published a new study in the journal Social Science Quarterly. The study titled “Hispanics’ behavioral intentions towards energy conservation: The role of socio-demographic, informational, and attitudinal variables” uses survey data from the University of Texas at Austin to examine the factors that influence energy related behaviors among Hispanics in the US.
The results show that Hispanics in the West report higher levels of intention to save energy than those in any other regions of the country. On the other hand, there is no clear pattern indicating that intentions to save energy were linked to Hispanics’ ethnic groups such as Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, or Cubans. Other factors related to energy-related behavioral intentions include information dissemination, environmental concern, and environmental beliefs.
This study was designed as a challenge to the dominant view that Hispanics in the US are a homogeneous group when it comes to environmental beliefs and behaviors. The study is part of a line of research looking at information sources used by minorities – including the news media- that the Knight Center research team is pursuing.