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  • SPJ Announces 2019 Mark of Excellence Winners

    PULLMAN, Wash. – The Society of Professional Journalists announced the 2019 Mark of Excellence Awards national winners earlier this year, which included two students from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.

    Connor Henricksen took first place in the Online Opinion & Commentary category with his piece “Anxiety shapes my life, but I’m not alone” and Jasmine Darakjy won the Television General News Reporting category with her story “From Puerto Rico to Washington, dogs find their forever homes”.

    Murrow students Noak Schmick and Jakob Thorington finished as finalists in the Online Sports Reporting category with their story … » More …

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  • Transgender Depictions in the Media Improve Perception of Transgender People and Policies

    PULLMAN, Wash. – With the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that workers cannot be fired for being gay or transgender, policies and opinions about the LGBTQ community are receiving worldwide attention. Research by a Washington State University professor examined the effects of TV portrayals of transgender individuals on peoples’ attitudes toward the transgender community.

    Traci Gillig, an assistant professor at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, and a team of researchers at the Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California, found that exposure to transgender characters on television influences viewers’ attitudes and … » More …

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  • Celebrity illness disclosures affect people’s health behavior

    PULLMAN, Wash.- Previous research by faculty members at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University and the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communication at Penn State University found that celebrity disclosures of illness can be associated with increased information-seeking, screening behaviors or other potential health behavior changes.

    Actor Tom Hanks became a celebrity face of the COVID-19 pandemic when he announced in early March that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, tested positive for the virus. The announcement came as Americans were trying to understand the novel coronavirus and its potential impacts. Although no direct correlation between Hanks’ … » More …

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  • StoryCorps to Preserve Interviews of Lewis Clark Valley Residents in Virtual Visit

    StoryCorps, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving and sharing the stories of people from all backgrounds and beliefs, will utilize a new virtual platform to record remote interviews in the Lewis Clark Valley from 07/08/20 – 08/07/20 as part of its Mobile Tour.

    Now in its 15th anniversary year, the StoryCorps Mobile Tour has facilitated thousands of meaningful conversations between people who know and care about one another. To date, these face-to-face conversations have taken place in its Mobile Booth: an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio. For the first time, to respond to the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 … » More …

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  • Media literacy can improve child nutrition, family relationships

    PULLMAN, Wash. – During this pandemic when few parents can limit screen time, a new study shows that building critical media skills as a family can have a positive impact on kids’ nutrition without restricting their access to TV and computers.

    The study, published in the journal Childhood Obesity on April 20, found that an education program that had parents and kids learn media literacy skills together not only helped children eat more fruits and vegetables but also improved communication between parents and their kids.


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  • rebecca cooney photo We’re All In This Together: WSU Professor Blogs About Transition to Online Learning

    In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Washington State University has made the decision to protect students and faculty by moving all on-campus courses online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. As WSU makes this historic transition, one faculty member is offering her unique voice as a resource to fellow instructors.

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  • The Show Must Go On: Murrow News 8 Continues through WSU’s Online Transition

    By Emma Herro, Risk & Crisis Communication ‘20

    Schools, educators and students are all adjusting to a new academic world because of COVID-19. Here at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, we are all coming together and adapting to a new way of learning.

    Murrow News 8 (COMJOUR 465) is a newscast produced, written, anchored and crewed all by students at Murrow College. With WSU’s online transition, these journalism & media production students faced a challenge adjusting their in-studio show to be created remotely. Matt Loveless, a Clinical Assistant Professor at Murrow College, led the efforts in shifting to … » More …

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  • Murrow’s Online Health Communication & Promotion program provides flexibility & real-world experience

    By Kerry Colby, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

    As people continue to navigate through constant news and updates surrounding the global pandemic, health communication is as crucial as ever. Thankfully, universities have already been making strides to implement health communication programs.

    Last fall, the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication launched its online master’s and graduate certificate program in Health Communication & Promotion. Designed for those who work in communication fields and health sciences, the program is ideal for those seeking to refresh and update their skills or specialize in health communication and promotion according to Chelsea Newman, Clinical Assistant Professor at … » More …

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  • Murrow College Hall of Achievement Award class of 2020 announced

    The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication will honor Janie McCauley and Mark Wright as the 2020 Hall of Achievement Award recipients at the Murrow Symposium on March 23 at Washington State University’s Pullman campus. Every year, the Hall of Achievement at Murrow College honors and recognizes outstanding achievements of select graduates.

    Janie McCauley, a 1998 Murrow College graduate, is a journalist for the Associated Press based in the Bay Area, where she covers the San Francisco 49ers, the San Francisco Giants, the Golden State Warriors among her other beats. McCauley joined the Associated Press bureau in Seattle in 2000, where she grabbed attention with … » More …

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  • Murrow College helps launch #iFeelInspired campaign for Washington Consortium for Liberal Arts

    Thanks to support from the Murrow College, the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) officially launched the #ifeelinspired campaign – a statewide outreach effort designed to encourage a re-envisioning of liberal arts through the discovery of one’s own creativity.

    Led by Murrow College Clinical Associate Professor Rebecca Cooney and a rotating team of 13 WSU students representing four liberal arts disciplines, including eight Murrow students, the team utilized $10,000 from the WaCLA PR Campaign Award to design and implement the #ifeelinspired integrated digital marketing campaign.

    “WaCLA promotes the value of a liberal arts education to the people and communities … » More …

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  • Murrow News internships prepare students with legislative reporting experience

    By Kerry Colby, Marketing Coordinator

    Two students from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication began their Murrow News internships in Olympia for the spring semester last month. Daisy Zavala writes for The Spokesman-Review and Cameron Sheppard is writing for the Columbia Basin Herald based out of Moses Lake.

    Since 2011, the Murrow News Service has paired Washington State University students with professional news organizations to provide multi-platform legislative content each spring semester. Murrow News Service content is developed in the journalism classes taught by Benjamin Shors, Journalism and Media Production chair and clinical associate professor with the Murrow College.

    “In the face of a … » More …

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  • Photo of StoryCorp Radio Interview StoryCorps visiting Northwest Public Broadcasting this summer

    By Kerry Colby, Marketing Coordinator

    Northwest Public Broadcasting (NWPB), a community service of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, is welcoming national nonprofit storytelling organization StoryCorps to record, preserve and share the stories of the Lewis-Clark Valley this summer. 

    NWPB will partner with Innovia Foundation to welcome StoryCorps and their Mobile Tour July 8 through August 7, 2020. In the past, NWPB has hosted StoryCorps tour stops in Pullman/Moscow, Wenatchee, Tri-Cities, Tacoma and Yakima.

    “We’ve all had the experience of listening to a loved one and wishing that we could record the conversation for posterity,” Kerry … » More …

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  • Headshots SHust SStout Murrow College announces two promotions for the start of spring semester

    by Kerry Colby, Marketing Coordinator

    The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University announces the promotion of two current staff members.

    Stacey J.T. Hust will serve as the new Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and College Operations and Sara Stout will become the new Assistant Dean of Student Services.

    Hust most recently served as Chair of the Department of Strategic Communication. In her new role, Hust will be primarily responsible for faculty orientation, development and retention. She will also foster a climate of academic excellence and collaboration while addressing the needs of faculty with … » More …

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  • Ben Pingel Headshot Murrow College professor honored at NCA annual conference

    The Visual Communication Division of the National Communication Association will award Ben Pingel, Clinical Assistant Professor at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication with a top student paper award at their annual conference.

    Pingel will be formally recognized during the NCA’s annual conference this month in Baltimore, Maryland, where he will present two papers.

    Pingel’s top student paper When A GIF is Worth More Than a Thousand Words: Portraying Emotion in CMC discusses the phenomenon of nonverbal communication in the form of memes and GIFs. Through surveys and interviews, the paper explains the meaning behind these popular forms of messaging and their ability to … » More …

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  • working students Murrow students partner with Pullman SD

    Pullman Public Schools Superintendent Bob Maxwell and Director of Communication Shannon Focht have been working with WSU strategic communication students to create informational materials about the Pullman Promise strategic plan, upcoming bonds and levies on the ballot. 

    Ben Pingel, clinical assistant professor, said the hope is that the students will create materials that help share the key messages about the bonds and levies. They expect to complete the project by the end of the semester.

    One of Ben’s classes is working on getting out key … » More …

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