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Department of Communication


April 4, 2016

The Twittersphere does listen to the voice of reason — sometimes

WestJet tweet screenshot

In the maelstrom of information, opinion and conjecture that is Twitter, the voice of truth and reason does occasionally prevail, according to a new study from UW researchers. Tweets from “official accounts” — the government agencies, emergency responders, media or companies at the center of a fast-moving story — can slow the spread of rumors on Twitter and correct misinformation that’s taken on a life of its own.


April 1, 2016

Interdisciplinary conference April 8 to study sights, sounds of ‘difference’

Photo by Katherine Turner.

What do scholars and academics mean when they talk about “difference”? The University of Washington Simpson Center for the Humanities and Center for Communication, Difference & Equity will hold an interdisciplinary daylong conference April 8 to study such questions, focusing in particular on how difference looks and sounds.


February 27, 2015

UW alum David Horsey discusses Charlie Hebdo, editorial cartooning in volatile times

David Horsey -- Q and A with the editorial cartoonist

UW alumnus and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist David Horsey discusses the Charlie Hebdo shootings and editorial cartooning in politically volatile times.


April 22, 2014

Doug Underwood scouts border between fiction, journalism in new book

Cover of The Undeclared War Between Journalism and Fiction by Doug Underwood, UW professor of communication

Doug Underwood, UW professor of communication, discusses his latest book, “The Undeclared War between Fiction and Journalism: Journalists as Genre Benders in Literary History.”


April 2, 2014

New book explores ‘frontier’ metaphor in science

"On the Frontier of Science" by Leah Ceccarelli, UW professor of communication.

Leah Ceccarelli, professor of communication, discusses her well-reviewed new book “On the Frontier of Science: An American Rhetoric of Exploration and Exploitation.”


November 20, 2013

Study shines light on what makes digital activism effective

Protestors hold up a Facebook placard in Tahrir Square

Digital activism is usually nonviolent and tends to work best when social media tools are combined with street-level organization, according to new research from the University of Washington.


June 13, 2013

Philip Howard’s new book explores digital media role in Arab Spring

"Democracy's Fourth Wave cover

Philip Howard, associate professor of communication, answers a few questions about his book with doctoral student Muzammil Hussain, “Demoracy’s Fourth Wave: Digital Media and the Arab Spring.”


February 4, 2013

Ralina Joseph studies multiraciality in new book ‘Transcending Blackness’

"Transcending Blackness," by Ralina L. Joseph.

Ralina Joseph, UW associate professor of communications, discusses her book, “Transcending Blackness: From the New Millennium Mulatta to the Exceptional Multiracial.”