Professor Karyn Riddle on WMTV: How to talk to children about school shootings

As adults we have a lot of questions after Wednesday's deadly school shooting in Florida, but children have their own concerns. Karyn Riddle is an associate professor at the UW School of Journalism and Mass Communications where her research focuses on the effects of exposure to media violence.

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Professor Sue Robinson in Madison Magazine: Staying in the room

The idea that journalists should stay in a room where people are demanding participation cuts at the heart of traditional notions of objectivity. A generation of newsroom protocol mandates that reporters remain free of conflicts of interest: Don’t cover issues you are involved in. Don’t put political signs in your yard. Don’t participate in rallies. Keep yourself out of the story. 

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Lewis Friedland on NPR: FCC rule rollback makes it easier to buy and sell media outlets

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Lewis Friedland about the FCC's decision to roll back rules that aim to curb single media companies' control of local news.

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Four L&S graduate students win Fulbright-Hays doctoral research awards

Four students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been selected as recipients of the Fulbright-Hays-Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Awards for 2017, the U.S. Department of Education has announced.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: John Hanc MA'83

To write a book proposal on a woman known as the Marathon Goddess, John Hanc MA’83, a runner himself, spent a weekend shadowing Julie Weiss in Los Angeles — even running part of the 2017 LA marathon at her side. 

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: From campus comedian to king of kids' comedy

“Madison made me fearless,” says Steve Marmel ’88, describing his six-year stint as a journalism major at the UW. Initially hoping to emulate Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist Mike Royko, Marmel instead developed his comedic voice on campus and now produces the Disney Channel’s kid-friendly, animated-robot series Mech-X4.

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The School of Journalism and Mass Communication welcomes Chris Cascio

Assistant professor Chris Cascio studies the neurocognitive mechanisms associated with social influence and health messages delivered through mass media.

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Katy Culver in WJLA: Media coverage, counter-protests risk amplifying hate groups' messages

In Charlottesville, the mainstream media coverage has generally been responsible, according to Kathleen Culver, director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Beginning with reports on the hundreds of torch-bearing alt-rightists marching around the University of Virginia on Friday night, the situation grew increasingly intense and violent, and the reporting reflected that. “As the violence intensified, the coverage intensified, and that’s what you would expect,” she said.

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WAA presents award to two outstanding L&S faculty

To acknowledge some of the faculty who have helped the Wisconsin Alumni Association further its mission of engaging with alumni and lifelong learners, WAA presents the Ken and Linda Ciriacks Alumni Outreach Excellence Award to Mike Wagner and John Hawks. 

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