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Can media narratives lead to persuasion?

Can media narratives lead to persuasion?

Media narratives are found to be a powerful vehicle to educate individuals about certain issues, and to influence their attitudes and behaviors (e.g., Moyer-Gusé, 2008). However, it is not very clear as to why narratives have such power.

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MEL researchers participate at national conference

MEL researchers participate at national conference

The 100th annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC) will take place Aug. 9-12 in Chicago. Manship School faculty members, graduate students and alumni will participate in the event’s presentations and workshops, as well as receive several awards. Six presentations and papers by MEL faculty fellows and graduate students will be featured at the conference.

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When is it for good for characters to be bad?

When is it for good for characters to be bad?

To study film viewers’ engagement with narratives featuring morally good and bad characters, and ones in between, associate professor and MEL director Meghan Sanders asked individuals about their perceptions of different Harry Potter characters, going beyond past research that suggests people like happy, and just endings. The study examined how much exposure to the narrative, identification, and moral judgment about characters influence whether individuals may morally disengage during mediated entertainment experiences.

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Manship at ICA 2016

Manship at ICA 2016

Manship School faculty, graduate students and alumni are gearing up to leave their mark on the 66th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, June 9-13 in Fukuoka, Japan. Keeping with conference theme, “Communicating with Power,” Manship scholars will present on a variety of issues concerning digital advertising, health communication, and public relations and political communication.

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Meet Nathan Kalmoe

Meet Nathan Kalmoe

Nathan Kalmoe, will join the Manship School as a tenure-track assistant-professor in political communication. His teaching and research interests are in U.S. politics integrate public opinion, communication, psychology, history and research methods. Kalmoe did his undergraduate work—in journalism and political science—at the University of Wisconsin and earned his master’s and doctorate in political science at the University of Michigan. He also served as a postdoc in the School of Media & Public Affairs at George Washington University.

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Manship at LSU Discover Day

Manship at LSU Discover Day

This year for LSU Discover Day, nine students from the Manship School of Mass Communication will present their research. Through this annual showcase, LSU creates an environment for undergraduate students to showcase their research and creative activities in order to prepare for graduate school and future employment opportunities.

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