Category Archives: Health

Ahead in the spring: Classes and talks

This spring semester, I am teaching a new special topics class “Social Media Research,” in which graduate and undergraduate students will develop their own research projects. The deliverable for each of the research teams at the end of the semester … Continue reading

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Symposium on Media and Health at VCU

Our new Center for Media+Health at VCU’s School of Mass Communications is running its first symposium on Nov. 15. Health and media experts will be speaking at the symposium in the VCU Student Commons. Please visit the website of the … Continue reading

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Presentations at AEJMC Conference

I am attending the AEJMC Conference this week and will do three research and teaching presentations in Washington, DC. I am presenting findings from a Wikipedia health study with my research partner Marcia DiStaso from Pennsylvania State University and will … Continue reading

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Study published on Twitter engagement of health nonprofits

The study “140 characters towards a better health: An exploration of the Twitter engagement of leading nonprofit organizations” was published this month in the book “Social Media and Strategic Communication,” edited by Hana S. Noor Al-Deen and John Allen Hendricks. … Continue reading

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New Center for Media + Health at VCU

My colleagues Dr. Yan Jin, Dr. Ernest Martin, Professor Scott Sherman and I have received a grant to start a new Center for Media + Health at VCU. The startup funding comes from the VCU Quest Innovation Fund and allows … Continue reading

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Social media engagement of nonprofit organizations

At the International Public Relations Research Conference last week in Miami, I presented results from two research studies that analyzed the social media engagement of nonprofit organizations: “140 characters for better health: An exploration of the Twitter engagement of leading … Continue reading

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Emerging Scholar Grant from AEJMC

My research partner Marcia DiStaso and I were recently selected as recipients for this year’s AEJMC Emerging Scholar Grants. We submitted a research proposal “Turning to the Wiki-Doctor” to examine the frequency of use of Wikipedia as a health information … Continue reading

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Wikipedia health information greatly based on academic articles

Our latest study on Wikipedia explored the referencing of nutritional articles on the online encyclopedia. A content analysis of the references of nine nutritional articles over a five-year period showed that they greatly rely on academic publications. The findings of … Continue reading

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Knight News Challenge proposal: Building a mobile health news network

The Knight News Challenge has selected our grant proposal for a mobile health news network as one of 51 finalists out of the more than 1000 submissions in the first round this year. My colleague Yan Jin and I have … Continue reading

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Digital health communication trends and Wikipedia research presentations at IPRRC

At this week’s International Public Relations Research Conference in Miami, I presented two new research studies that explored trends in digital health communication research as well as referencing and framing patterns in Wikipedia articles on the banking industry. The study … Continue reading

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