I recently sat down with Wayne State University Professor, Elizabeth Stoycheff, Ph.D.
Professor Stoycheff teaches journalistic reporting and new media in courses like News Reporting, Journalistic Grammar and Style, and other courses for undergraduate students.
I interviewed Professor Stoycheff on one of her recent research projects.
Professor Stoycheff’s research “focuses on the role of new media in shaping international public opinion about democracy, media censorship, and press freedom.”
The research project that we spoke about is titled, “Setting a Non-Agenda.” It deals with the theory of how the media is thought to set the agenda of what the public thinks about, especially important issues; the agenda setting theory. This research project focuses on the non-important issues, like celebrity news, that the media focuses on and how it impacts society.
The study was conducted across three universities, which makes the study sounder because it gets a larger range of participants. The three universities are Louisiana State University, Ohio State University, and Wayne State University. The study was conducted all online, and here at Wayne State University they utilized the student participation system, SONA.
The project is currently under the peer review process. They have conducted all their research and gathered all their data, and submitted it for consideration in the leading journal in the field of communication. The project been accepted to the International Communication Association Conference where Elizabeth Stoycheff, Ph.D will be presenting this project in May in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
There is nothing currently published and won’t be published in full in the conference proceeding, but she says that anyone interested can email her at Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be “happy to provide . . .contacts and copy of the manuscript.”