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.

Can trust in people save politics?

While trust in politicians and institutions may be at an all-time low, we trust one another more than ever. In a Wide Angle video, Jeff Hancock, Stanford professor of communication, suggests that this trust will help us rebuild it more broadly.

New Joint JD/PhD Program in Communication

An ever-growing number of issues in media and law require deep expertise in both areas. For that reason, the Stanford Law School and the Department of Communication have joined together to create a program in which students can earn both a JD fromt the Law School and a Ph.D. in Communication.

Shanto Iyengar and Norman Ornstein on US Politics

Is American politics dysfunctional or does it just look that way? What happens when aggressive hyper-partisanship collides with a political system that can only work co-operatively?  Simon Jackman moderates this Sydney Opera House event.

Charlie Rose interviews Jeremy Bailenson

In this video, Bailenson discusses how VHIL is seeking to better understand the impact that virtual reality has on human behavior and change the way people think about areas such as education, empathy and the environment.

The See Change

Stanford Magazine features Jeremy Bailenson’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab. VHIL studies the consequences of a world where anything can happen at the touch of a button and feel like it’s actually happening.

What Role Does Partisanship Play Outside of the Polls?

Science Friday interviews Shanto Iyengar about the Political Communication Lab study showing that the biggest social divide might not be race or religion, but political affiliation. Iyengar discusses how politics is shaping personal identities and social relationships.

2016 Daniel Pearl Intern: Alexa Liautaud

Liautaud is a senior majoring in History with a minor in Middle Eastern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She is fluent in French and has spent all four years at Stanford studying Arabic. She interned at Bloomberg News her sophomore and junior summers, and is writing an honors thesis on military cultural sensitivity training and American counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan.

Two Comm Faculty Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Shanto Iyengar, Chandler Professor of Communication and Professor of Political Science and James Fishkin, Janet M. Peck Chair in International  Communication and Director of the Center for Deliberative Democracy, have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Iyengar and Fishkin join Professor Jon Krosnick who was elected in 2009.

2014 Daniel Pearl Intern: Edward Ngai

In an essay he wrote as part of the application process, Ngai described Pearl’s ability to share with Journal readers a humanistic awareness of “the world’s arbitrary generosity and cruelty.”

2013 Daniel Pearl Intern: Riva Gold

In an essay written as part of the application process, Gold noted that by reporting on broad social and political issues through the lens of ordinary people, “Daniel Pearl was able to unmask the diverse faces affected by … larger issues, and at the same time, exposed the common humanity in his sources.”

2012 McClatchy Symposium

The 2012 Elections: Why Obama Won and the Implications for Governance

Dan Balz, Matthew Kaminski, David Brady, Douglas Rivers, Shanto Iyengar

November 26, 2012