Research & Insights

A Path Toward Depolarization

This is an excerpt from an article published in the fall 2023 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The article, co-authored by Angela Bradbery, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Frank Karel Endowed Chair in Public Interest Communications, examines how public interest communications offers solutions in a…

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Posted: September 7, 2023

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) doctoral student Alexandrea Matthews is the recipient of one of two Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 2023 Collaborative Scholar Awards for her research proposal “Polarization by Examining How Targeted Ideological Messaging through Use of Moral Cues May Stimulate Political…

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Posted: August 1, 2023

Research Fridays features faculty and graduate students from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications presenting current research to their colleagues. On April 14, 2023, Public Relations Department Associate Professor and Chair Myiah Hutchens presented “Understanding Communication and Polarization.”

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Posted: April 23, 2023

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

Can star ratings for political content on platforms like Amazon alter our feelings towards others with similar or opposing political preferences? When we see ratings that disagree with our own, are we more likely to believe the ratings are manipulated? And when we see ratings that agree with our own,…

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Posted: October 14, 2020

While media is often blamed for exacerbating the ideological and political gap between political parties, discussing politics among friends and family also has a significant impact on increasing polarization, particularly when individuals of opposing political affiliations are not participating in open dialogue. University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications…

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Posted: February 5, 2020