AMES, Iowa – Narratives are a powerful tool that can help explain complex issues, but they can also serve as sources of misinformation, which presents a challenge as public health agencies work to educate people about COVID-19 vaccine. In a paper published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, author Michael Dahlstrom, a professor … Continue reading Narratives can help science counter misinformation on vaccines
Navigating risk communications during a pandemic At the start of the coronavirus pandemic a year ago, Dara Wald, assistant professor of environmental communication in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, had no idea how relevant her course Risk Perceptions and Communication (JLMC 560) would be for the graduate students in her class then and … Continue reading Navigating Risk Communication During a Pandemic
Cosmic Threads: A Solar System Quilt from 1876 A serenade to the universe in wool and silk. BY MARIA POPOVA In October of 1883, a paper in the nation’s capital reported under the heading “Current Gossip” that “an Iowa woman has spent seven years embroidering the solar system on a quilt” — a news item … Continue reading A solar system quilt: Communicating science in 1876
Many STEM scientists have received communication training to better engage the public on complex and controversial science, yet there often remains a disconnect between scientists’ findings and public perceptions on these topics. An interdisciplinary team of Iowa State University researchers hopes to bridge that gap.
Michael Scott Smith Science framing of rhino horn in Vietnam: credibility issues with framing traditional medicine as superstition. According to Milliken and Shaw (2012) a surge in rhino poaching in South Africa was linked to increasing demand for rhino horn in Vietnam for medical and status symbol purposes. To reduce demand, ENGOs in Vietnam communicated … Continue reading 2018 Authors and Abstracts
Trust and credibility are two critical heuristics that the public uses to interpret, evaluate and make decisions about complex, uncertain and controversial scientific information (Brossard and Nisbet, 2007; Pornpitakpan, 2004). Previous scholars have defined credibility as a multi-item construct that emerges from some combination of the audience’s perceptions of the source’s “trustworthiness” (character, honesty, believability) (McCroskey & Teven, 1999), “expertise” (qualifications, intelligence, authority, knowledge), and “goodwill” (caring, responsiveness, concern, empathy) (Teven, 2008). Though previous studies have described the importance of trust and credibility across several contexts, knowledge about these topics is widely dispersed across multiple fields, each with different definitions, measures and theoretical frameworks (National Academies of Sciences, 2016).
Submission deadline: **January 29, 2018**
This collection of "mini cases" expands the set of TRCS full cases to touch on more fields, more communication situations, and more ethical dilemmas. All are based on real decisions that have come to our attention, although we have not always followed up with interviews with participants. We use the cases to spark 5-10 minute discussions of communication ethics … Continue reading Assorted Bite-Sized Case Studies