Jay Hmielowski and Myiah Hutchens Co-Author Article on Communication Behaviors During Presidential Elections
University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations Assistant Professors Jay Hmielowski and Myiah Hutchens are the co-authors of “Communication Behaviors During Presidential Elections: An Examination of Time, Events and Battleground States” published in Public Opinion Quarterly on June 11.
In the article, Hmielowski, Hutchens, William Kelvin, David Silva, Michael Beam, Rebecca Donaway and Chance York, examined people’s communication behaviors during presidential elections to reveal increases in several communication behaviors closer to Election Day. They found that increases were not uniform throughout the election and official campaign events sparked communication. In addition, communication engagement was influenced by battleground states.
According to the authors, “The logic here is that the increased perceived importance of one’s vote and the increased availability of information might result in greater increases in communication behaviors over the course of the election in battleground states.”