Faculty in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences studying the relationship between media, politics and civic life are conducting research on the role of communication in the circulation of public affairs news and information. Working across the fields of journalism, political communication, information sciences, computer science and strategic communication, our researchers are using empirical findings to design interventions and promote engaged, informed citizenship in a rapidly changing media ecology.
The college's new Spartan Newsroom and Immersive Media Studio invite students to collaborate, gain real-life experiences and build professional skills. The expansive learning spaces sit in the middle of the first floor of the ComArtSci building. Students and faculty are free to move seamlessly from one area to the next when producing or creating content, or when working on collaborative media projects. In addition to applying their skills in news, animation and motion capture arenas, students and faculty can design and produce virtual reality broadcasts and 360 animation renderings for immersive storytelling. The newsroom and studio open up possibilities for cross-campus collaborations in almost any area, including those underway in athletics, health and medicine and theatre.
The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism teaches student and professional journalists how to better report on the issues affecting the environment.
Kjerstin Thorson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, discusses her research on social media and it's effect on political interest and engagement.
By solving practical problems that have pressing social concerns, faculty are focused on producing accessible research to guide strategies for organizations that design social and technological interventions.
There’s no doubt about it — social media has fundamentally changed the way we consume, share and process news. For Esther Thorson, a professor in the School of Journalism, understanding this phenomenon is vital.Read more
Brendan Watson comes to Michigan State University from the University of Minnesota, where he was an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication since 2012. A Ph.D. graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Brendan also previously was a multimedia journalist for the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) newspaper.