Research: Faculty Begin Next Phase

Eyesontherise.org faculty members are launching the next phase of our project — presenting research related to curriculum, communication, and climate change.

Some of our research has been selected for presentation at the International Environmental Communication Association‘s 2015 Conference on Communication and Environment in Boulder in June 2015. The conference theme fits our research perfectly — Bridging Divides: Spaces of Scholarship and Practice in Environmental Communication.

The Research

Our panel, Communicating to Diverse Audiences Vulnerable to Impacts of Climate Change: Scholarly and Professional Journalism Bridging the ‘Climate Gap,’ includes the following papers and presentations from faculty across the U.S.:

Drought Crisis in the U.S. Southwest: Regulatory Framework, Uses, Impacts and Vulnerabilities of Disadvantaged Populations by Manuel Chavez, Associate Professor, School of Journalism, Michigan State University and Mercedes Vigon, Associate Professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Florida International University

U.S. Southwest Print News Coverage of Environmental Issues and Natural Resource Management in times of Crisis by 
Bruno Takahashi, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism, Michigan State University

Eyes on the Rise: Informing Citizens About Sea Level Rise in Miami
 by Kate MacMillin, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Florida International University
 and Susan Jacobson, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Florida International University

Blending Technologies, Classrooms & Communities to Communicate Local Concerns of Sea Level Rise by 
Robert E. Gutsche, Jr., Assistant Professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Florida International University and Juliet Pinto, Associate Professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Florida International University

The session will be moderated by 
Raul Reis, Dean of the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Florida International University.

 

Why Research?

Producing research is a key goal of the eyesontherise.org project in that it allows us to “assess and measure the effectiveness of journalistic and educational outcomes as a means to further develop sustainable initiatives in South Florida that span the national conversations about sea level rise, innovation in journalism, and citizen involvement in creating public policy and contributing to the future of a free (and engaged) press.”

Our team is continuing other forms of research related to our 2014-2015 Online News Association Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education award, which encourages faculty and media and community members to conduct research alongside journalism as a means to create new journalism collaborations and curricula.

 

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