How We Became Bitter Political Enemies

“If you go back to the days of the Civil War, one can find cases in American political history where there was far more rancor and violence,” says Shanto Iyengar. “But in the modern era, there are no ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ — partisan animus is at an all-time high.”

51st Carlos Kelly McClatchy Symposium

“Under Threat: The Future of Foreign Correspondence” features NPR Foreign Editor William Dobson, BuzzFeed International News Editor Miriam Elder, and New York Times Foreign Editor Michael Slackman. Moderated by the Communication Department’s Janine Zacharia. Watch the video.

8 minutes to MOOC success

René Kizilcec, doctoral candidate in communication, is lead author of a study showing that a simple writing activity increased online course completion rates for those from individualistic, but not collectivist, cultures.

2017 Daniel Pearl Intern: Emma Johanningsmeier

Emma Johanningsmeier has been chosen as the 2017 Daniel Pearl Memorial Journalism Intern. Johanningsmeier is a junior double-majoring in Comparative Literature and Italian. She has studied in Italy and lived in Germany, and previously interned at the Omaha World-Herald in Omaha, Nebraska, her hometown.

Jennifer Pan’s research featured in The Atlantic

Pan and colleagues analyzed tens of thousands of posts written by China’s official social-media trolls. Rather than debating critics directly, the Chinese government tries to derail conversation on social media it views as dangerous.

Communication Ph.D. student publishes in Science

Rene Kizilcec’s paper on “Closing Global Achievement Gaps in MOOCs” has just been published in Science. Members of less-developed countries may suffer from the cognitive burden of wrestling with feeling unwelcome while trying to learn and, therefore, underperform.

The Real Story About Fake News Is Partisanship

Partisan tribalism makes people more inclined to seek out and believe stories that justify their pre-existing partisan biases, whether or not they are true. Shanto Iyengar and former doctoral student Sean Westwood discuss partisan divide.