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MU Political Communication Institute Provides Assistance with Organizing Local Debates and Political Forums

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 9:15am -- yountj
Mitchell McKinney

Mitchell McKinney, director of the Political Communication Institute and his team developed a “how-to” guide to hosting debates and issue forums at the local level.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – With less than 50 days to the 2018 election, candidates in state and local districts are using digital, broadcast and print media to get their messages to potential voters. Although advertising plays an important role, for many voters during the election cycle, it’s the face-to-face interactions that clinch their vote.

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communication
politics
debate
election

Social Class Determines How the Unemployed Talk About Food Insecurity, MU Study Finds

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 9:47am -- yountj
Debbie Dougherty

Debbie Dougherty and her team conducted a survey of unemployment following the recession; results led researchers to discover that participants used food to describe their circumstances.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Cherry Blossom,” a 39-year-old woman worked as a hotel breakfast bar hostess around the start of the “Great Recession.” She lost her job, and three years later she was being interviewed to assess her struggles with her unemployment. She talked about her empty refrigerator.

A study by University of Missouri researchers that began as a survey of unemployment following the recession, led researchers to discover that participants used food to describe their circumstances.

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food insecurity
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communication
social class

Addressing Domestic Violence Should be Part of Recovery Plan During Natural Disasters

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 10:50am -- yountj
Disaster and Community Crisis Center

Researchers at the University of Missouri have now identified a framework that can help victims of domestic violence before, during and after disaster events.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Hurricane Harvey is the most recent natural disaster that has caused damage and destruction across many communities. When disasters strike an entire community, they do not affect all community members equally, and victims of domestic violence are often particularly vulnerable. Researchers at the University of Missouri have now identified a framework that can help victims of domestic violence before, during and after disaster events.

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disaster
communication
domestic violence

Viewers Who Tweet During Presidential Debates Learn More

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 9:18am -- yountj
Prof. Mitchell McKinney

Mitchell McKinney and his team found that issue-based tweeting was directly related to greater knowledge acquisition, and social watching actually helps viewers solidify their beliefs around their chosen candidates.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Politics and Twitter now seem inseparable, especially with politicians tweeting increasingly to connect with their supporters. A team of researchers at the University of Missouri’s Political Communication Institute (PCI) have found evidence that social media engagement—or social watching— during last year’s presidential debates produced beneficial effects for those engaged on Twitter while watching the debates on TV.

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communication
social media
Twitter
politics
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