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Dean’s Picks: SOC Students Seize the Moment


AU Students Seize the Moment

SOC reporting and online production students cover the anniversary of the March on Washington.


New Faculty Bring Wide-Ranging Expertise

Eight new SOC faculty members bring knowledge and experience from an array of subject areas.


The Roots of an Environmental Philanthropist

Family values inspire AU professor Chris Palmer’s new scholarship.




Tension Between Media and Political Candidates
Communication professor Jane Hall appeared on MSNBC’s Up with Steve Kornacki to discuss the relationship between the press and social media networks and how the relationship is changing the political process. Read more

Oakland Police Release Sketch of Slaying Suspect
Journalism professor John Watson talked to San Francisco Chronicle about how police sketches are not always accurate representations of how suspects appear. Read more

SOC Expertise
AU professors continued to analyze the events as they unfolded in Syria, Moscow and in the United States. Communication professor Leonard Steinhorn spoke to U.S. News & World Report. Read more

Teaching Journalism Abroad Means Challenging the Status Quo
In an op-ed for PBS Mediashift online, communication professor Rick Rockwell wrote about the need to change his approach to teaching journalism abroad, as it is much different from teaching journalism in the United States. Read more

Why It’s Time to Stop Romanticizing & Begin Measuring Investigative Journalism’s Impact
Poynter online summarized a recent white paper by Charles Lewis, executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Worshop, which assesses the problems of measuring impact journalism and proposes the starting outlines of best practices. Read more

Rebranding Climate Change as a Public Health Issue

Communication professor Matthew Nisbet spoke to Time Magazine online about his research that shows people respond more emotionally to the issue of global warming when it is framed as a public health issue rather than an environmental or national security issue. Read more


Environmental Film Series
“Substance versus Sex Appeal”
September 17 – 7:00 p.m., Wechsler Theater Learn more

Book Talk on "Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America" with authors John Nichols and Robert McChesney
September 18 – 1:15 p.m., Media Production Center Learn more

Faculty Forum: Investigative Reporting Workshop
October 9 – 2:00 p.m., Media Production Center Learn more

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Please send your suggestions for Dean’s Picks to Dani Rizzo