ComSHER PF&R panels at AEJMC 2017

Communicating Science and Environmental Issues within the Context of Elections
Friday, Aug 11, 2017, 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Co-sponsors: ComSHER and Political Communication Interest Group

This panel will explore the intersection of media and politics with an eye toward scientific and environmental issues facing society. How are issues at the interface of science and society communicated to publics in periods of heightened media attention? What does this mean for journalists working in these areas? How do political and science/environment topics overlap in mediated spaces and what are the implications of these connections?

Dietram A. Scheufele (confirmed)
John E. Ross Professor in Science Communication,
Department of Life Sciences Communication
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dhavan Shah (confirmed)
Maier-Bascom Professor
School of Journalism & Mass Communication
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Arthur Lupia (invited)
Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science
University of Michigan

Shannon Heffernan (confirmed)

Moderator: Sara K. Yeo, University of Utah (ComSHER)

Global Inequities in Health: The Ethics of Forgotten Communities
Friday, Aug 11, 2017, 1:45 – 3:15 pm

Co-sponsors: ComSHER and International Communication

In March 2014, Ebola cases emerged in West Africa. In total, 11,315 people died from the epidemic. 11,309 deaths occurred in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. And yet, American media covered little of the epidemic until September, focusing primarily on the four cases in the United States. Likewise, Zika was given very little attention until a case emerged in Florida. This ethnocentric news coverage in American is not unique, nor is it a contemporary phenomenon. The proposed panel showcases the health concerns of different groups have been ignored, marginalized, and delegitimized, reinforcing hegemonic notions of race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, and other intersections. Through research on HIV in Tanzania, cultural barriers for the Roma people in Europe, eradication discourse of polio, and other studies, we will discuss the ethical implications for media’s role in these global inequities.

Katie Foss (confirmed)
Assistant Professor
School of Journalism
Middle Tennessee State University

Adina Schneeweis (confirmed)
Associate Professor
Department of Communication and Journalism
Oakland University

Ammina Kothari (confirmed)
Assistant Professor
School of Communication
Rochester Institute of Technology

Janet Kwami (confirmed)
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Studies
Furman University

Moderator: Irene Awino, University of Oregon