SJMC Weekly Announcements


Assistant professor Sijia Yang and PhD student Zening Duan receive WARF Accelerator Big Data Challenge Grant

Sijia and Zening were awarded the Big Data Challenge Grant from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). The WARF Accelerator Challenge was launched to identify and support technologies on campus that impact important areas of research. This grant will provide support to Sijia and Zening’s computational projects in retrieving and measuring latent message features and other relevant works.

Professor Deb Pierce featured in L&S College alumni magazine for collaboration with IDC for the new J175 adult online learning course

Deb’s course design collaboration with the UW Instructional Design Center (IDC) on the new version of J175 (Media Fluency in the Digital Age) will be featured in the “Explore and Discover Teaching” column in the spring L&S College alumni magazine. J175 was one of two SJMC courses selected by the college to be included in UW Madison’s new online degree program for adult learners. Deb worked with IDC last fall to re-design the course and is teaching the inaugural version this spring on an overload basis. Grant dollars from the college provided funds for these efforts.

Alum Megan Duncan (PhD'18) receives AEJMC 2023 Senior and Emerging Scholar Grant

Megan's project, "Relationships between Geographical Political Sorting, Discussion Networks, and Audience Perceptions of News Bias," was selected to receive AEJMC's annual Senior and Emerging Scholar Grant.

Undergraduate student Abigail Leavins (BA'24) covers President Biden's event in DeForest, WI for Madison Commons

Abigail, an intern at Madison Commons, covered and published an article about President Biden's recent event at the LIUNA Training Center in DeForest, WI where he spoke about jobs for middle class workers. Read the full article.


The Mass Communication Research Center presents the 2023 Ivan L. Preston Research Colloquium

Join us throughout the spring to hear from distinguished scholars about their research across the field of mass communication. The first presentation, "Intergenerational, Emergent, Embodied: Black Feminist Research & Generating Useful Knowledges," features Catherine Squires, Professor Emerita at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, on Friday, February 24 from 1-5 p.m. Join the virtual event here.

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