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Why You Should Upgrade Your iPhone Every 3 Years

Associate professor of communication Aram Sinnreich spoke to CBS MarketWatch about the confusion consumers face on whether to upgrade their older generation iPhone.  Sinnreich said with respect to consumers, “The costs of software, hardware and services are shuffled around so thoroughly that they can’t figure out which dollars they’re wasting and which are well spent.”

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The Evolution of Teenage Friendship in the Internet Age 

American University Game Lab and Studio director Lindsay Grace appeared on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show for Tech Tuesday to discuss a new survey revealing that teens report meeting friends online and often never meet them in person.  Grace observed among other features that network video gaming provides bonding opportunities and working together to accomplish common goals.

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How Publishing a 35,000-Word Manifesto Led to the Unabomber

School of Communication professor W. Joseph Campbell spoke to the Washington Post about the 30th anniversary of the Unabomber manifesto publication and its significance at the time. However, Campbell explained a terrorist in 2015 does not need a newspaper with the power of the Internet. 

Still from School of Communication professor Brigid Maher's latest film, The Mama Sherpas.

'Mama Sherpas' a Must-See for Expectant Moms 

The Hollywood Reporter says that Professor Brigid Maher's Film makes "an impassioned, highly persuasive case" for a collaborative care model between midwives and hospitals.

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Rolling Stone Retraction

For BBC World News, communication professor Jane Hall discussed the retracted Rolling Stone story, A Rape on Campus, and the failure of "journalism 101" practices. Journalism division director John Watson spoke to USA Today's Off the Record podcast.

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Broken by the Bubble

For the Washington Post, students from AU's Investigative Reporting Workshop, led by School of Communication professor Charles Lewis and Lynne Perri, contributed to an article about a Prince George's County neighborhood damaged by the housing crisis.  

Leonard Steinhorn

American University Experts Analyze State of the Union Address

Communication professor Leonard Steinhorn spoke to Associated Press Television News about the importance of the speech, saying that it could be a "legacy" SOTU. Steinhorn also spoke to WNEW CBS Radio about the president's agenda for the next two years and the Washington Post about the SOTU audience.

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Global Warming Movies at Box Office: How Climate Change Films Perform

In an interview with Climate News Network, communication professor Declan Fahy commented on the use of well-known celebrities in global warming films. Fahy explained that the use of big-name actors help filmmakers connect with audiences and mobilize them to take action.

Medic Returns from Afghanistan to Broken Family In 'Fort Bliss'

NPR's Weekend Edition spoke with film and media arts professor Claudia Myers about her latest movie "Fort Bliss," a film about a decorated medic and single mother who returns home from Afghanistan to a broken family.


A new book by Charles Lewis, professor and journalist at AU’s School of Communication, examines the consequences of decades of deception from the government and corporations.

Book Discussion on 935 Lies

Communication professor Chuck Lewis appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity, which discusses the erosion of honesty, transparency, accountability and integrity in journalism.


SOC Professor Scott Talan Appeared on ABC's 20/20.

SOC Professor Scott Talan Appeared on ABC's 20/20.

AU Wonks on Ferguson, Missouri, Police Shooting and Protests

Amidst the turmoil following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, SOC professors Talan and Steinhorn discuss social media's role and the White House reaction.


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When Wildlife Documentaries Jump the Shark

Center for Environmental Filmmaking director Chris Palmer spoke to NPR about conscious filmmaking and discussed how the line between authentic documentaries and "docufiction" is often blurred by deceptive editing and staged animal interactions. Palmer discussed his own experience using animals in captivity.


Leonard Steinhorn, Professor of Public Communication

How President Obama Will be Seen by History

Public communication professor Leonard Steinhorn discussed Obama's Presidency on Sirius XM's POTUS Channel highlighting the first two years of his administration where Obama was able to achieve healthcare reform, passed the stimulus and reached other goals. Steinhorn also explained how it is a very hard time to be president because of the fragmented media culture and bitter partisanship.

Carolyn Brown, Professor of Communication

New Salinas Documentary to Premiere at Carmel International Film Festival

School of Communication professor and filmmaker Carolyn Brown's new documentary focused on young Latinos from immigrant farm working families from Salinas, CA, appeared on CBS's Salinas affiliate KION-TV to discuss the film's upcoming debut as part of the Carmel International Film Festival.

NBC's Chuck Todd Settling in after year at 'Meet the Press'

Communication professor Jane Hall spoke with the Associated Press about Chuck Todd’s one-year anniversary at "Meet the Press" and his efforts to reimage the show from traditionally long feature interviews with Washington insiders. Hall noted that under Todd, efforts to reach beyond Washington officials have yielded a positive change.

As Relationship Builder, China Has Diplomatic Edge 

Communication professor Rhonda Zaharna in her op-ed appearing in ChinaDaily explained China’s successes and areas in need of attention when employing public diplomacy as a foreign policy tool.  Zaharna wrote, “Strategic communication is not a cure-all or replacement for relational approaches, but it is an asset that, well developed and timed, can help smooth rough waters and make navigating in China-U.S. relations perhaps a little easier.”

Illegal Immigrants Could Elect Hillary

Politico Magazine cited communication professor Leonard Steinhorn's research on state electoral votes based on citizen only calculations versus total population calculations that include non-U.S. Citizens. 

AU Journalism Student Builds Resume with BBC, NBC and CNN

Poynter article highlights the incredible success of student Trey Yingst, who has reported from the front lines in Gaza and Ferguson, and founded a start-up, News2Share, with his fellow SOC student, Ford Fischer.

Why Americans Seem To Be Paying Less Attention To The News

Communication professor Joseph Campbell appeared on WAMU's The Diane Rehm Show on NPR to discuss the decrease in news consumption. Campbell spoke on a panel about trends in news consumption and what the drop means for an informed and engaged public.

The '90s Startup That Terrified Microsoft and Got Americans to Go Online

Wired online featured communication professor Joseph Campbell's new book, 1995: The Year the Future Began. The piece excerpted content from Campbell's book.

American University Experts Analyze State of the Union Address

For, communication professor Robert Lehrman discussed President Obama's SOTU address and the 2016 presidential race, saying that Obama's speech laid the groundwork for the 2016 Democratic candidate. Lehrman also appeared on WJLA-ABC7, wrote an op-ed for the Hill, and spoke to the Washington Times and Washington Examiner.


Protecting Data Privacy at School

SOC professor Kathryn Montgomery spoke to the New York Times about the increasing use of mobile devices in school and why parents should ask what security protocols are in place.

Election Coverage

For CNN Newsource, journalism professor Jane Hall discussed women in Congress and important topics to women voters. The story syndicated to more than 40 outlets

Jamming at the White House

USA Today featured an AU Game Lab video game developed during the first-ever game jam event held at the White House. The event hosted 100 top game designers, including those from AU, to show off their skills, part of an effort by the administration to get technology companies interested in investing in education.

Index Seeks to Determine Why One Film Spurs Activism, While Others Falter

In a piece about why some Participant Media activism videos produce a stronger following than others, New York Times highlighted communication professor Caty Borum Chattoo's survey findings that revealed even among the progressive participant audience, the primary concern for most people is crime;followed closely by human rights, health care and education.

What Fox's Time Warner Bid Means for You 

Patricia Aufderheide, communication studies professor, spoke with MarketWatch about the unsolicited bid by 21st Century Fox for Time Warner, expressing concerns about the potential concentration of ownership and control.

Teaching Entrepreneurship? Steps to Setting Up a Partnership 

In a co-authored piece for PBS MediaShift, Amy Eisman, director of the Media Entrepreneurship & Interactive Journalism program and Lynne Perri, managing editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, wrote about the MA in Media Entrepreneurship program's successful partnership with the startup hub 1776.

Is this the End of the Internet?

Communication professor Laura DeNardis spoke to more than 10 ABC News Radio affiliates across the country about Internet fracturing-- the act of walling off data by country and providers-- as a part of the net neutrality debate.

No Chalkboard Needed: J-Schools Experiment with Blended Learning 

PBS' Mediashift featured communication professor Andrew Lih's innovative public knowledge class and Wikipedia class that give students first-hand experience in verifying information and contributing to public knowledge.

Syria's Slow-Motion Humanitarian Disaster Falls Off Media's Radar

With the Washington Diplomat, journalism professor Bill Gentile discussed the lack of coverage of the war in Syria, pointing out the dangers for reporters and a perception by management of mainstream U.S. media that the U.S. audience can pay attention to only a limited number of crises at one time.