Tag Archives: Health

Online courses on global media this summer

This summer, I am offering two online classes at the VCU Robertson School of Media and Culture. The courses “MASC/INTL 151 – Global Communication” and “MASC 291 – Global Health and Social Media” will both be offered online over five … Continue reading

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Research study published in First Monday

Our research study “Influencing public opinion from corn syrup to obesity: A longitudinal analysis of the references for nutritional entries on Wikipedia” was published this week in the online journal First Monday. The study was written with my colleagues Marcia DiStaso, Yan … Continue reading

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Symposium on Mobile and Social Media in Health Communication

Our Center for Media+Health at VCU invites health communication researchers to submit research abstracts for presentations at the 2nd Media + Health Symposium. The theme of this virtual symposium is “Mobile and Social Media in Health Communication” and submissions addressing this topic are … 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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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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