Covid-19

A new study has found that COVID-19-related corporate social responsibility ads increased the individual consumer’s sense of well-being. The ads had a positive effect on brand outcomes but a detrimental effect on message compliance. The study showed the effect was stronger in Germany than in the U.S. The research by…

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Posted: June 20, 2022

Mask-wearing has remained controversial throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, even though health authorities in April 2020 recommended that everyone should wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus. As members of the United States Congress have increasingly used social media to publicize their policy positions, share reactions to topics, and…

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Posted: April 4, 2022

The global pandemic changed how almost every industry communicates, but none more so than in the healthcare sector. Secure messaging (SM) became a critical mode of communication for healthcare providers and their patients during the early stages of the pandemic. University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising Assistant…

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Posted: April 1, 2022

Jieun Shin, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Media Production, Management, and Technology assistant professor, is featured in “Ways to Make Social Media Less ‘Viral’” published in the Financial Times on Nov. 23. Fake news can spread like COVID-19 and social media platforms have options to stop it.…

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Posted: November 29, 2021

Marcia DiStaso, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations Department chair, is quoted in “COVID on Campus: A Look into the Pandemic’s Effect on Future PR Pros” published in PRWeek on Aug. 26. The article focuses on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected institutions of higher education…

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Posted: August 30, 2021

Ann Christiano, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Center for Public Interest Communications director, was featured in the “Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy” broadcast on Orlando, Florida, public radio station WMFE-FM on Aug. 13. Christiano, Jack Barry, a post-doctoral research associate for the Center, and Center Research Director Annie Neimand…

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Posted: August 13, 2021

Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project and Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, is quoted in “YouTube Yanked Public Meeting Videos Over COVID Misinformation. Now It’s Backtracking” published in The Washington Post on Aug. 7.…

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Posted: August 9, 2021

This article by Carma L. Bylund,  Lindsay A. Thompson, and Stephanie A. S. Staras, originally appeared on MedPage Today on July 30, 2021. Ms. Clark comes for her annual visit. You notice on her medical record that she has not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19. Near the end of the visit, you…

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Posted: August 8, 2021

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Journalism Professor Kim Walsh-Childers was quoted in “White House Voices Frustrations Over Pandemic Media Coverage,” published in The Hill on Aug. 4, 2021. The article discusses the Biden Administration’s criticism of media coverage of new guidance on masks and COVID-19 breakthrough cases…

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Posted: August 6, 2021

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Journalism Professor Kim Walsh-Childers was quoted in “Can ‘Get The Facts Jax’ Vaccine Campaign Change Minds?” published on wjct.com on Aug. 3, 2021. “Get The Facts Jax” is a vaccine promotion campaign that launched last week in Jacksonville, Florida, and is run…

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Posted: August 4, 2021

The Center for Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications on April 23, 2021 was mentioned in the White House press briefing by the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 Response Team and public health officials. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy reported that “The National Association of…

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Posted: April 26, 2021

This article by Public Relations Associate Professor Rita Men originally appeared in The Conversation on March 18, 2021.  Ending the pandemic depends on achieving herd immunity, estimated at 70% or even 80% to 90% of a population. With some 30% of Americans telling pollsters they have no interest in getting vaccinated, that’s cutting it a bit…

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Posted: March 22, 2021