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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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MEL Notes: Parasocial Contact

MEL Notes:  Parasocial Contact

The week of February 29, the class discussion revolved around various forms of audience involvement, the psychological response a person has to mediated messages. From identification to fandom to worship, media viewers/consumers can engage with content and narratives to varying degrees through their connections with the individuals (media personae) featured.

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LSU Discover Day

LSU Discover Day

LSU Discover will host its 3rd annual Discover Day undergraduate research and creative endeavors showcase. LSU Discover is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual student symposium, LSU Discover Day, to provide students an avenue to present their work. LSU Discover Day provides an opportunity to interact with peers and faculty from across campus working in similar research fields, learn about how research and creativity is conducted in different fields, to prepare for graduate school and employment opportunities, and to develop presentation skills.

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