Myiah Hutchens

By Michelle Holder, B.S. Journalism 2022 Two University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (CJC) students, Rebeka Smolka, senior Public Relations and Political Science major, and Augustus Hoff, sophomore Journalism major and Geography minor, spent their summers interning in South Africa. From social media campaigns to wildlife photography, Smolka…

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Posted: December 1, 2022

Myiah Hutchens, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations Department interim chair and associate professor, is quoted in “MAGA Influencers Flock to Florida, Chasing Political Clout and Connections” published in the Tampa Bay Times on June 16. The article focuses on right-wing media personalities who are working…

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Posted: June 16, 2022

Myiah Hutchens, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) Public Relations Associate Professor, has been named Interim Chair of the Public Relations Department. She has served as Associate Chair since September 2021. Hutchens replaces former Department Chair Marcia DiStaso who was named UFCJC Associate Dean for Research. Hutchens…

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Posted: May 4, 2022

Levels of political polarization continue to escalate in the U.S., causing an increasingly wide chasm between liberals and conservatives. Existing research suggests that this divide could be engendered in part because certain segments of the population rely heavily on partisan media outlets as a source of news. University of Florida…

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Posted: September 7, 2021

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations Assistant Professors Jay Hmielowski and Myiah Hutchens are the co-authors of a blog “Conservatives Are More Likely Than Liberals to Exist in a Media Echo Chamber” posted on the London School of Economics US Centre’s blog on American Politics and…

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Posted: December 23, 2020

This article originally appeared on the London School of Economics US Centre’s daily blog. As partisan news networks like Fox News and MSNBC have risen in popularity, so has the polarization of many Americans’ political views. In new research, Jay Hmielowski, Myiah Hutchens, and Michael Beam find that while both liberal and conservative media contribute…

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Posted: December 22, 2020

Myiah Hutchens, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations assistant professor, will be speaking at the virtual Institute for Public Relations (IPR) Research Symposium on  “Expletives and Echo Chambers: Unpacking and Improving Political Communication” on Dec. 2 at 3:55 p.m. The online event is free and open…

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Posted: December 2, 2020

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations Assistant Professors Jay Hmielowski and Myiah Hutchens are quoted in “In Volusia, Many Trump Supporters Still Refuse to Believe Biden Won” published in The Daytona Beach News Journal on Nov. 16. The article focuses on why people believe that Donald…

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Posted: November 18, 2020

Myiah Hutchens, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations assistant professor, was quoted in “Dis-United States: Biden’s Team Faces Reality of Rule During Trumpism” published in the South China Morning Post on Nov. 16. The article focuses on the recent Presidential election and the impact of possible…

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Posted: November 17, 2020

Myiah Hutchens, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations assistant professor, was featured in “Avoiding an Employee Election Meltdown,” a Peppercomm 2020 Election Playbook downloadable from peppercomm.com. In the handbook, she suggests three tips for civil discussions including allowing everyone to feel heard, avoiding repeating quips for…

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Posted: November 3, 2020

Myiah Hutchens, Public Relations Department assistant professor, was interviewed on Sept. 22, 2020 about her research on political communication. Below the video is an edited transcript of that interview. Q: How did you become interested in studying political communication?  Myiah Hutchens: The reason I’m interested in political communication and how…

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Posted: October 8, 2020

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations Assistant Professors Jay Hmielowski and Myiah Hutchens are the co-authors of a blog “Why Trying to Break People Out of the Echo Chambers Might Be Counterproductive” posted on the London School of Economics US Centre’s blog on American Politics and…

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Posted: October 5, 2020