Eason Award

Lori Eason Award for Graduate Student Research

Each year, ComSHER recognizes the top student-authored paper presented in a ComSHER session at the AEJMC annual conference with the Eason Award for Graduate Student Research. This $1,000 award, the largest student award at AEJMC, is named in honor of Lori Eason, a former journalism and University of Texas at Austin Ph.D. student who passed away in 2002. At the time of her death, Ms. Eason was writing her dissertation on media framing of toxic waste issues.

The award endowment was proposed and implemented by Gene Burd, who served on Eason’s dissertation committee along with Max McCombs and the late James Tankard. Burd provided most of the endowment, plus $1,000 for each of the last five years so as to build the principal, which is now one of the largest in AEJMC. The award is also supported by generous donations from: John Beatty, Wayne Danielson, Erica Eason, Lori Eason Estate, Rod Hart, Robert Jensen, Charles and Lynn Massey and sons Jonathan and David, Kathy Olson, Harold and Ellie Sauer, Blair and Denise Richter, and Charles Whitney.

Eason Awardees

2017, Chelsea Ratcliff, University of Utah. Do Narratives Attenuate Message Resistance? A Meta-Analysis

2016, Nicole Lee, Texas Tech University. Testing the Effects of Dialogic Communication on Attitudes and Behavioral Intentions Related to Polarized and Non-polarized Scientific Issues

2015, Nathan Rodriguez, Kansas. Vaccine Hesitant Justifications: From Narrative Transportation to the Conflation of Expertise.

2014, Jeanine Guidry, Virginia Commonwealth. On Pins and Needles: How Vaccines Are Portrayed on Pinterest. 

2013, Soojung Kim and Wooyeol Shin, Minnesota-Twin-Cities. Understanding American and Korean Students’ Support for Pro-Environmental Tax Policy: The Application of the Value-Belief-Norm Theory of Environmentalism

2012, Chicago: Graham Dixon, Cornell University, and Chris Clarke, George Mason University. Heightening Uncertainty Around Certain Science: Media Coverage, False Balance, and the Autism-vaccine Controversy.

2011, St. Louis: Na Yeon Lee, University of Texas-Austin. The Influence of a Spin-off of a Health Division on the Content of Health News: A Comparison of Two Leading Korean Newspapers.

2010, Denver: Karen Akerlof, George Mason University, Models: The Missing Piece in Climate Change Coverage, and Brooke Weberling, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, News Framing of Autism: Media Advocacy, Health Policy & the Combating Autism Act.

2009, Boston: Timothy K. F. Fung and Elliott Hillback, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Health Risk as a Threat to Freedom: Exploring the Role of Psychological Reactance in Reactions to West Nile Virus News Coverage.

2008, Chicago: Sonny Rosenthal, University of Texas-Austin. Matching News Frames with Audience Values: Moderating Affect Related to Issues of Climate Change.

2007, Washington, D.C.: Nicole Smith, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.At the Frontiers of Faith and Science: News Media Framing of Stem Cell Research.

2006, San Francisco: Anthony Dudo and Michael Dahlstrom, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Reporting on a Potential Pandemic: A Content Analysis of Avian Influenza Newspaper Coverage.

2005, San Antonio: Ronald Yaros, University of Wisconsin-Madison.Communicating Complex News: Structuring Stories to Enhance Public Engagement and Understanding of Science.

2004, Toronto: Jessica L. Durfee, University of Utah. Social Change and Status Quo Framing Effects on Risk Perception: An Exploratory Experiment.