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 and the School of Journalism, discusses her research on social media and its 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.
Offering the latest in motion capture and learning technologies for classroom collaboration, production and immersion, the college's new Spartan Newsroom and Immersive Media Studio invite students to collaborate, gain real-life experiences and build professional skills.
The innovative, cross-functional spaces equip students for 21st century jobs by engaging them in the development and delivery of news, animation, game design and immersive interactive media content involving motion capture, augmented and virtual realities.
Employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, Dr. Mourão focuses on how journalists cover political events in a changing media ecosystem. Her projects have focused on elections and protests, both in the United States and in Brazil. At MSU, she teaches courses on social media, media literacy, media theory and multimedia reporting.
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.
Dr. Besley studies public opinion about science and scientists' opinions about the public in the context of trying to help science communicators be more strategic. He wants to understand how views about decision-makers and decision processes affect perceptions of science and technology (S&T) with potential health or environmental impacts. This focus includes consideration of both mediated exposure through newspapers, television programs and web content, as well as face-to-face public engagement exercises (e.g., public meetings).
Professor Thorson joined the College of Communication Arts faculty at MSU in fall, 2016. Prior, she was Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, and Research Director of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. Thorson holds the Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Minnesota, and attended undergraduate school at Macalester College.
Serena Miller joined Michigan State University’s School of Journalism in 2012 and specializes in storytelling, social media, theory building, and measurement. She worked at Arizona State University from 2007-2012 specializing in the research and teaching of digital technologies and mass communication theory.
Joe Grimm teaches MSU journalism students how to cover local communities by helping them run local news sites in and around East Lansing. This site, Entirely East Lansing, links to more. Grimm also teaches student how to edit for print and digital news outlets. In the spring of 2012, one of his classes wrote and produced "The New Bullying," a website, paperback and ebook available for sale on Nooks, Kindles, iPads and phones. The students did it in 101 days.
Eric Freedman is Professor of Journalism and former Associate Dean of International Studies and Programs. During his 20-year newspaper career, he covered public affairs, environmental issues and legal affairs for newspapers in New York and Michigan, winning a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a legislative corruption scandal.
Jeremy Steele, a specialist in the School of Journalism, is the executive director of the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association. MIPA supports middle and high school student journalists and their teachers by hosting educational conferences, contests, workshops and a summer camp on campus.