Ramasubramanian earns NCA IDEA Scholarship Award

Newhouse Professor Srividya Ramasubramanian is the recipient of the IDEA Scholarship Award from the National Communication Association (NCA). The award recognizes scholarly engagement with inclusion, diversity, equity and access in terms of research, the diffusion and importance of a research program and bringing new insight and understanding to the discipline.

Srividya Ramasubramanian
Srividya Ramasubramanian (Photo by Courtney Glen White)

The honor is part of NCA’s national awards program, which recognizes the best achievements in outstanding teaching, scholarship and professional service.

Ramasubramanian is widely recognized for her pioneering work on race and media, media literacy initiatives, implicit bias reduction and scholar-activism. She is the editor-in-chief of Communication Monographs, the flagship journal of the discipline, and is the first woman of color to hold the position.

She recently was honored with the International Communication Association’s Mass Communications Division Innovation in Theory Award for her article “Critical Media Effects Framework: Bridging Critical Cultural Communication and Media Effects through Power, Intersectionality, Context, and Agency,” published in Journal of Communication in 2020.

At Newhouse, Ramasubramanian is the director of CODE^SHIFT (Collaboratory for Data Equity, Social Healing, Inclusive Futures, and Transformation), which brings together data scientists with social justice scholars.

The IDEA Scholarship Award will be presented in November at the NCA conference in New Orleans.  

Gaggin to publish text on nonprofit communications


Kelly Gaggin, assistant teaching professor in the public relations department at the Newhouse School, is under contract with Routledge to publish the textbook, “Nonprofit Communications: A Mission-driven and Human-centric Approach.”

The textbook introduces a model for campaign planning that is rooted in supporting the mission and values of an organization, while reinforcing the human-centric nature of the sector. The book also explores the unique responsibilities of the nonprofit communicator. Gaggin will leverage her academic expertise and more than two decades of professional experience in the nonprofit sector to ensure that students and practitioners alike build a sufficient foundation in nonprofit communications and gain an understanding of the business aspects of nonprofits.

The book is designed to serve as the primary textbook for courses in communications majors with a focus on the nonprofit sector, and a companion textbook for classes in public service and public administration majors. Additionally, the text features a model of nonprofit communications planning that is ideal for current practitioners in the space.

“The number of students interested in the nonprofit sector is on the rise,” says Gaggin, who was elected to the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)’s College of Fellows this past July. “There is a great need for educators and practitioners alike to have the tools to assist them in crafting communications strategies that meet the unique needs of nonprofit organizations, and the people and communities they serve.” 

“Nonprofit Communications: A Mission-driven and Human-centric Approach” is slated for a release in 2023-24.

Holmes attends conference, leads student trip to Italy

This summer, Shaina Holmes, assistant professor of television, radio and film (TRF) at the Newhouse School, attended UFVA, the 76th Conference of the University Film and Video Association. There, she co-led a workshop on “Getting Started with Virtual Production in the Classroom” with professors assistant professor of visual communications Milton Santiago and Brad Lewter, an assistant professor at Ithaca College. The workshop was designed to help educators understand what constitutes virtual production, how it is impacting production, the costs associated with designing curriculum and how educators can use tools they may already have to get started.

Holmes also led a trip to Italy with TRF students to work on two documentary films in collaboration with the World War II Foundation, both set to premiere in 2023. The first film, “Return to Ramitelli: The Tuskegee Airmen” (Spring 2023), will be narrated by Darius Rucker with Greg Gumbel. The second film “Bob Dole, Italy and World War II” (Fall 2023), will be narrated by Ron Livingston with Jim Nantz.

Faculty/student team earns funding to test disinformation interventions among Syracuse-area communities of color 

Newhouse assistant professor Greg Munno and a team of faculty and students from Syracuse University have received funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to identify solutions that will lessen the impact of disinformation on communities of color.   

Greg Munno

The team will develop community-based disinformation interventions in Syracuse’s South Side, with work beginning this summer. They will spend more than a year engaging BIPOC city residents to explore the ways in which disinformation has affected their lives and work with residents to develop effective interventions. A series of public forums will be held during the coming academic year.  

In addition to Munno, the team includes faculty members Shelvia Dancy of the Newhouse School and Tina Nabatchi of the Maxwell School, and students Natalia Pérez-Gonzalez, April Santana, Sarah Dolgin, Isabel Bekele and Benjamin Tetteh. 

Partners include The NewsHouse, The Stand, the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration and WAER

Charisse L’Pree named Newhouse Endowed Chair of Public Communications

Charisse L'Pree

Charisse L’Pree Corsbie-Massay, associate professor of communications at the Newhouse School, has been named the Newhouse Endowed Chair of Public Communications for 2022-25. The position is awarded to a distinguished faculty member whose accomplishments significantly advance the school’s reputation in research and creative activity.

L’Pree holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Southern California, where she also earned a master’s degree in critical studies in cinema and television. She earned bachelor’s degrees in comparative media studies and brain and cognitive science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

L’Pree investigates how users think about themselves and others via media. Her work includes articles in Psychological Inquiry, AIDS and Behavior and Journal of Applied Communication Research, as well as book chapters addressing serious games, race and gender methodology and media use among marginalized populations. Her most recent book, “Twentieth Century Media and the American Psyche” (Routledge, 2021), describes how our relationships with media emulate interpersonal relationships through their ability to replicate intimacy, regularity and reciprocity.

L’Pree, who was awarded Teacher of the Year from the graduating class of 2017, teaches classes on communication and diversity to professional media students. The courses focus on the ways in which media affect our understanding of different social categories and how the social categories of media producers affect the media with which we all engage. She also hosted Newhouse’s Annual Conversation on Race and Entertainment Media from 2014-2022. Her upcoming book, “Diversity and Satire: Laughing at Processes of Marginalization,” will be published by Wiley later this year.

As chair, L’Pree will work on her project “America Dreaming: A Repository of Dreams in the 21st Century.” Although coined at the start of the 20th century, the American Dream has been present since the discovery and colonization of the “New World” and has since defined much of the history of the United States. The project will explore the meaning of the American Dream in the 21st century by collecting, collating and synthesizing American Dreams organized around contemporary social issues.

The resulting online resource will serve as an ongoing space for understanding the evolving American Dream by inviting stories from people worldwide to promote well-being through media representation.

Gaggin elected to PRSA College of Fellows


Kelly Gaggin, assistant teaching professor in the public relations department at the Newhouse School, has been elected to the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)’s College of Fellows. The prestigious body includes leading professionals and educators who have left a significant footprint on the public relations profession.

Gaggin has more than two decades of experience in corporate and agency environments encompassing a multitude of industries, including education, health care, technology, defense, nonprofit, tourism/hospitality and financial services/banking. Her research agenda is rooted in exploring public relations and strategic communications as drivers of cross-cultural understanding and relationship-building, with special attention to nonprofit organizations and the populations they serve. She earned a Ph.D. in mass communications from the Newhouse School.

Besides Gaggin, only three other members of the Newhouse School’s PR faculty have been elected to the PRSA College of Fellows: Maria Russell, Anthony D’Angelo and Donna Stein. Less than 50 of the nearly 700 members hold doctoral degrees.

Gaggin is chair of the PRSA Northeast District board of directors, a member of PRSA’s national Diversity & Inclusion committee and a past president of the Central New York Chapter of PRSA. She is an active adviser to students in the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter at Syracuse University.

Members of the College of Fellows serve in PRSA chapter, district and professional interest sections and national leadership positions. To qualify for admittance, they must be a current PRSA member, have at least 20 years of PR and communications experience, hold the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential and have demonstrated superior professional performance in the practice/teaching of public relations.

Newhouse faculty, students to participate in 2022 AEJMC conference

Several Newhouse School faculty members, as well as mass communications and media studies students, will participate in the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Aug. 2-6, in Detroit. Their involvement includes paper presentations, panel appearances and roles as panel moderators and/or paper session discussants.

Note: This is a working list; for the most updated information, visit the AEJMC conference website.

Award winner:
Best Practices Competition 2021 Winners
2nd Place: Adrienne Wallace, Grand Valley State University, and Regina Luttrell for “Shifting the Paradigm: A ‘Diversity First’ Approach to PR Campaigns”

Tuesday, Aug. 2

Law and Policy Division
Workshop Session
First Amendment Topics Panel
1 to 2:10 p.m.
Panelist: Kyla Garrett Wagner

1 to 5 p.m.
AEJMC Committee on Career Development
Workshop Session: Reimaging Your Career Inside and Outside the Academy
Moderating/Presiding: Makana Chock

Graduate Student Research Panel
2:30 to 3:40 p.m.
Moderating/Presiding: Kyla Garrett Wagner

Teaching Ideas Competition Panel
4 to 5 p.m.
Moderating/Presiding: Roy Gutterman

Wednesday, Aug. 3

8:30 to 10 a.m.
Broadcast and Mobile Journalism Division
Refereed Paper Session: The State of Journalism: Challenging Issues and Ethical Questions for Professional Broadcasters
Moderating/Presiding: Keonte Coleman

Democracy Trust and Nonprofit Media: Attitudes of US Public Broadcasters
Stan Jastrzebski and Lars Willnat

8:30 to 10 a.m.
Minorities and Communication and Mass Communication and Society Divisions
Scholar-to-Scholar (Poster) Refereed Paper Session
Mass Communication and Society Division
Topic V – Public Opinion and the Future of Journalism
The American Journalist Under Attack: A First Look
Lars Willnat

American Journalism in the Time of Polarized Media: How Journalists and the Public Think About the News Media
Lars Willnat and Shuo Tang

Topic IX – COVID-19, Identity, and the Self
What Concerns Parents Most During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Xi Liu and Moon Lee

8:30 to 10 a.m.
Religion and Media Interest Group and Commission on the Status of Women
Teaching Panel Session: Don’t Let Teaching Overwhelm You: Creating Inclusive Classrooms While Protecting Balance
Panelist: Keonte Colman

10:30 a.m. to Noon
Community Journalism Interest Group and Magazine Media Division
PF&R Panel Session
Creating an “Ace” Publication: Serving a Niche Community through Magazine Production
Panelist: Ashley Kang

12:30 to 2 p.m.
Cultural and Critical Studies Division
High Density Refereed Paper Session: Critical and Cultural Studies in Media Communication
Theme I: Cultural Meanings of Moving Images and Social Media
Remembering, Resisting: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Memorialization of Brazilian Activist Marielle Franco on YouTube (Third Place Top Student Paper)
Raiana de Carvalho

12:30 to 2 p.m.
Small Programs Interest Group and Commission on the Status of Minorities
PF&R Panel Session: Doing More With Less
Panelist: Rockell Brown

2:30 to 4 p.m.
Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk and Political Communication Divisions
Scholar-to-Scholar (Poster) Refereed Paper Session
Political Communication Division
Topic — Trust and the Press
Changing Channels or Changing Minds: Perceived Degree of Media Likemindedness, Emotions, and Civic Engagement
Jian Shi, Adriana Mucedola, and Shengjie Yao

2:30 to 4 p.m.
Law and Policy Division
Refereed Paper Session: Communication Law in Global, Financial, and Campus Contexts
The (Financial) Marketplace for Ideas: Balancing Preferences and Outcomes Through Mandated Anonymity in Campaign Finance
Daniel Berkowitz

2:30 to 4 p.m.
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Elected Standing Committee on Research
Research Panel Session: Teaching, Researching and Reporting on “Divisive Concepts”: Is There a Chill on Academic Freedoms?
Panelist: Keonte Coleman

Thursday, Aug. 4

8:30 to 10 a.m.
Newspaper and Online News and Public Relations Divisions
Scholar-to-Scholar (Poster) Refereed Paper Session
Newspaper and Online News Division
Topic I — The Personal and Professional Intersections of a Journalist
Discussant: Greg Munno

Public Relations Division
Topic — The Role of Ethics in Employee Relations, Groupthink, and PR Curriculum
The Role of Ethical Judgment in Employee Commitment under the COVID19 Outbreak: From CSR Engagement to Positive WOM Behaviors
Hua Jiang

Topic — Dialogic Communication, Image Restoration, and Negative Consumer Comments on Social Media
Discussant: Regina Luttrell

10:30 a.m. to Noon
Magazine Media Division and Entertainment Studies Interest Group
PF&R Panel Session: CREEM: The Legacy of America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine
Panelist: Eric Grode

12:30 to 2 p.m.
Minorities and Communication Division
Refereed Paper Session: Top Papers, MAC Division
Policing the Media Agenda: News, Sources, and the “Missing White Child Syndrome” (First Place Faculty Paper)
Carol Liebler, David Peters and Alanna Powers

2:30 to 4 p.m.
Newspaper and Online News Division
High Density Refereed Paper Session: Topics that Divide the Audience: On Populism, Fake News, Labor Relations, and Sexuality
Theme I — Considering Press Criticism from Left and Right
From Cynicism to Nihilism: The U.S. 2020 Stolen Election Issue on FOX and MSNBC
Yu Tian

2:30 to 4 p.m.
Scholastic Journalism Division
Refereed Paper Session: Teaching, Measuring and Employing Information and Data Literacy
Discussant: Greg Munno

4:30 to 6 p.m.
Commission on the Status of Women and Magazine and Media Division
Research Panel Session: O, The Oprah Magazine: The 20-year Run, Oprah Factor and the Portrayal of Women of Color in Magazines
Panelist: Aileen Gallagher

Friday, Aug. 5

8:30 to 10 a.m.
Communication Technology and Visual Communication Divisions
Teaching Panel Session: Best of the Web/Best of Digital
Winners of the Competition
Website: Individual/Team/Single Class – Large School (10K+UG Students)
Third Place
Visualizing 81
Jon Glass

Website: Multiple Class/Institution – Large School (10K + UG Students)
First Place
Upstate Unearthed
Adam Peruta

Second Place
Deconstructing the Divide
Jon Glass

8:30 to 10 a.m.
Commission on the Status of Minorities
Research Panel Session: Where Are They Now? Catching Up With AEJMC’s Equity and Diversity Award-Winning Programs
Moderating/Presiding: Keonte Coleman
Panelist: Mark J. Lodato

Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Scholar-to-Scholar (Poster) Refereed Paper Session
Newspaper and Online News Division
Topic — Politics, People, and Public Opinion: The Connection between Audiences and the News
EA] News Consumers’ Expectations of Journalists Vary by Differences in Journalistic Role Preference
Greg Munno and Megan Craig

Trust and Political Orientation Influence News Consumers’ Acceptance of Journalists as Political and Social Actors
Greg Munno and Alex Richards

2 to 3:30 p.m.
Commission on the Status of Minorities and Broadcast and Mobile Journalism Division
Research Panel Session: The State of Black-Owned Broadcasting and the Rise of OTT
Panelist: Keonte Coleman

2 to 3:30 p.m.
Graduate Student Interest Group and Political Communication Division
Teaching Panel Session: Grant Funding 101 for Grad Students and Early Career Scholars
Panelist: Regina Luttrell

4 to 5:30 p.m.
Communication Theory and Methodology and Communication Technology Divisions
Scholar-to-Scholar (Poster) Refereed Paper Session
Communication Technology Division
Topic IX – Trust and Influence
Human vs. Virtual Influencer: The Effect of Humanness and Interactivity Over Persuasive CSR Messaging
Jeongwon Yang, Ploypin Chuenterawong, Heejae Lee, Yu Tian and Makana Chock

4 to 5:30 p.m.
Law and Policy Division
Refereed Paper Session: From Irrational Speakers to Hexes and Online Incivility—and Drones! Novel Questions and New Technologies
Hexing, Vexing and Flexing: A Look at the Legal and First Amendment Implications of Curses, Spells and Witchcraft
Roy Gutterman

4 to 5:30 p.m.
Magazine Media Division and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Interest Group
Teaching Panel Session: Beyond the Diversity Lesson: Creative Ways to Incorporate Diversity and Inclusion in Your Classes
Panelist: Nausheen Husain

6 to 8 p.m.
Law and Policy Division
Refereed Paper Session: Top Paper Panel
An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away: Covid-19 Misinformation By Medical Professionals May Be Protected By The First Amendment (Top Student Paper)
Emilie Cullen

Saturday, Aug. 6

9:30 to 11 a.m.
Cultural and Critical Studies Division
Refereed Paper Session: Critical Studies in Journalism
Developing a Framework for Equitable Media Literacy Practice: Voices from the Field
Emily Riewestahl and Srividya Ramasubramanian

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Broadcast and Mobile Journalism Division
Refereed Paper Session: The Power of Digital Journalism: Social Media Effects on Audiences
Discussant: Keren Henderson

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Communication Theory and Methodology Division
Refereed Paper Session: New Takes on Misinformation, Misperceptions, and Social Corrections
The Influence of Presumed Influence (IPI) of COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation on Corrective Action Intentions Through Support for Censorship: Comparisons Across Age, Gender, and Race/Ethnicity
Joon Soo Lim

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Religion and Media Interest Group
Refereed Paper Session: The Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic and Misinformation on Faith
Digital Islam During COVID-19: Addressing the Pandemic Impacts on the Shift Towards Digitalization of Religion (Second Place Student Paper)
Abdulaziz Altawil

Ramasubramanian earns Innovation in Theory Award

Newhouse Professor Srividya Ramasubramanian was honored with the International Communication Association’s Mass Communications Division Innovation in Theory Award. She won the award for her article “Critical Media Effects Framework: Bridging Critical Cultural Communication and Media Effects through Power, Intersectionality, Context, and Agency,” published in Journal of Communication in 2020.

Gutterman publishes paper in Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal

Roy Gutterman, associate professor and director of the Tully Center for Free Speech, authored the paper, “Masking Free Speech: The First Amendment Implications of Masks, Clothing, and Public Health,” which was published in Loyola University Chicago Law Journal.


The article analyzes the constitutional status of mask requirements from a free-speech perspective, differentiating between the issue of
written words or logos on a mask as a form of speech, and the ability to keep one’s face uncovered as a speech right in itself. It examines the similarities and distinctions between challenges to mask mandates and other First Amendment objections to government restrictions related to clothing.

Survey of journalists, conducted by researchers at the Newhouse School, provides insights into the state of journalism today

A majority of U.S. journalists say they have been abused and threatened.

According to a survey conducted by researchers at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, a majority of journalists working in news media across the U.S. say they have faced verbal abuse, and about a third have received threats from a variety of sources—likely a reflection of bitter political divides, social media use and the stress of the COVID pandemic.

Female journalists were 7-to-14 times more likely to have experienced sexism and about 10 times more likely to have encountered threats of sexual violence, both online and offline.

However, journalists’ professional satisfaction in their work, and the degree of freedom they feel they have to do it, appear to be up slightly compared to a decade ago.

These are among the initial findings of “The American Journalist Under Attack.” The study, based on an online survey of 1,600 journalists in early 2022, was funded by the Newhouse School and the John Ben Snow Foundation. The authors are Lars Willnat, John Ben Snow Research Professor at the Newhouse School; David H. Weaver, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Indiana University; and Cleve Wilhoit, Professor Emeritus at Indiana University. Survey findings will be published in a book titled “The American Journalist Under Attack: Media, Trust & Democracy.”

Key findings:

The survey continues the series of major national studies of U.S. journalists begun in 1971 by sociologist John Johnstone and continued in 1982, 1992, 2002 and 2013 by Weaver, Wilhoit and their colleagues at Indiana University. Few studies of an occupation as important as journalism can claim a half-century’s analytical perspective on the work, professional attitudes and ethics from large samples of the people working in it.

For more information about the study, visit www.theamericanjournalist.org or contact Willnat at lwillnat@syr.edu.