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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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election

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
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