Research Publication Roundup: December 2017

A vibrant and collaborative interdisciplinary research culture at the UNC School of Media and Journalism creates new knowledge, advances scholarship and helps reinvent media. Below is a list of recently published or presented scholarship by MJ-school faculty and students. 




Riffe, D. & Abdenour, J. (2016). “Erosion” of television city hall reporting? Perceptions of reporters on the beat in 2014 and 2001. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 94(4), 1096-1114. doi:10.1177/1077699016654683
This paper details the results of a mail survey (N=112) delivered to lead city government reporters at randomly selected television stations throughout the country. This survey looks at perceptions of reporters in 2014, compared to earlier data for reporters in 1997. The 2014 reporters had a more pessimistic view of station commitment to and valuing of city government reporting than in 1997 study. Among respondents, older reporters were more pessimistic whereas smaller market reporters were more optimistic, and a majority believes media commitment to covering city government remains generally strong.


Hennink-Kaminski, H., Vaughn, A. E., Hales, D., Moore, R. H., Luecking, C. T., & Ward, D. S. (2017). Parent and child care provider partnerships: Protocol for the Healthy Me, Healthy We (HMHW) cluster randomized control trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. doi:
This study protocol outlines the Healthy Me, Healthy We (HMHW) intervention, which is a 2-arm, cluster randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effect of an 8-month social marketing campaign on the diet and physical activity behaviors of preschool children (3-4 years old), their parents, and child care providers. Primary outcomes are children's diet quality and minutes of non-sedentary activity. Secondary outcomes assess children's body mass index, nutrition and physical activity practices at the child care center and at home, and health behaviors of child care providers and parents.


SESH Study Group* & Tucker, J. D. (2017). Crowdsourcing to promote HIV testing among MSM in China: Study protocol for a stepped wedge randomized controlled trial. Trials, 18, 447.
The research team designed a multi-site study to develop a crowdsourced HIV test promotion campaign and evaluate its effectiveness against conventional campaigns among homosexual men in China. This protocol outlines the study design, where a total of eight major metropolitan cities in China will be randomized to sequentially initiate interventions at 3-month intervals. Outcome measures will include: HIV testing uptake, syphilis testing, sex without condoms, community engagement, testing stigma, and other related items.

*Adam Saffer, Ph.D., serves as a member of this group.