Recent UM Research
New publications from UM Department of Communication faculty members:
Professor & chair Elizabeth Toth is the co-author (with UM Ph.D. alumna Rowena Briones) of a new essay in Public Relations Journal. Entitled "'It Depends on the Degree': Exploring Employers' Perceptions of Public Relations Master's Degrees," this essay reports on a qualitative study of public relations employers designed to seek information and clarification about the perceptions those who employ public relations graduates have about university-based master’s degree programs in public relations. Conducted as part of the efforts of the most recent Commission on Public Relations Education, this study reports on the disconnect between what universities provide and what those who hire public relations practitioners want. The timing of this research is appropriate since it comes when an increasing number of master’s degree programs in public relations are being introduced throughout the nation coupled with the void in previous research systematically examining public relations practitioner’s perceptions of the value of a graduate degree in public relations.
Citation: Elizabeth Toth and Rowena Briones, "'It Depends on the Degree': Exploring Employers' Perceptions of Public Relations Master's Degrees," Public Relations Journal 7 (2013), available at http://www.prsa.org/Intelligence/PRJournal/#.UkdZboatlBm.
Lecturer Soyoung Bae is the co-author (with Indiana's Paul J. Wright) of a study appearing in the most recent issue of Human Communication Research. Entitled "Pornography Consumption and Attitudes Toward Homosexuality: A National Longitudinal Study," the study utilized national panel data gathered in 2008 (T1) and 2010 (T2) to examine associations between Black and White U.S. adults' pornography consumption and homosexuality attitudes (indexed via moral judgments of homosexuality and attitudes toward same-sex marriage). Pornography consumption at T1 predicted interindividual change in attitudes toward more acceptance of homosexuality at T2 for moral individualists, Whites, and men. Women expressed more positive homosexuality attitudes than men, but their attitudes did not vary with exposure to pornography. Homosexuality attitudes at T1 did not predict interindividual change in the probability of pornography consumption at T2. Results were parallel when moral judgments of homosexuality and attitudes toward same-sex marriage were analyzed separately or were combined into a composite index.
Citation: Paul J. Wright and Soyoung Bae, "Pornography Consumption and Attitudes Toward Homosexuality: A National Longitudinal Study," Human Communication Research 39 (2013): 492-513.