University of Wisconsin–Madison

Communication Crossroads Conference

Communication Crossroads is a graduate student conference in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This is a chance for emerging scholars to share research, give feedback and hone presentation skills in a welcoming environment. See how colleagues and potential collaborators from cross campus are engaging issues of media, communication and society.

All are welcome to attend the conference, held in the Nafziger Room, in Vilas Hall on the UW–Madison campus.

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Check back in early 2018 for information and details about the 2018 Crossroads Conference to be held March 9.

Explore the 2017 conference agenda below.

March 10, 2017 Schedule

8:45 a.m.
Breakfast begins

9 a.m.
Welcome & Introductions

9:15–10:15 a.m.
New Media Platforms

Moderator: Josephine Lukito, SJMC

Social Sharing of Emotions on Gun Violence: Learning How Much, When, and Why through Computerized Linguistic Analysis
Jianing Li, SJMC

Trumped Topics: Recurring Themes in Trump’s Tweets During the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign.
Dhavan Shah, Ayellet Pelled, Josephine Lukito, JungHwan Yang,  SJMC; Fred Boehm, Statistics

The Guy Next Door, Who Also Does Porn: The Visual Discourse of Gay Porn Performers on Twitter
Yidong Wang, SJMC

How to Manipulate Social Media: Analyzing Political Astroturfing Using Ground Truth Data from South Korea
JungHwan Yang, SJMC; Franziska Barbara Keller, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; David Schoch, University of Konstanz; Sebastian Stier, GESIS

10:30–11:45 a.m.
Political Communication

Moderator: Ayellet Pelled, SJMC

How Perceptions of Media Influence and Bias Contribute to Affective Polarization
Chau Tong, Haley Winckler, Hernando Rojas, SJMC

Talk Needs Positive Feelings: The Impact of Emotions on Deliberative Attitudes
Margarita Orozco, SJMC

“The more you know, the more you hate”: How news and political talk shape political knowledge and affective polarization in Colombia, Mexico and the United States
Jiyoun Suk, David Coppini, SJMC

God on our side: Presidential Religious Rhetoric, Issue Ownership and Competing Gospels
Ceri Hughes, SJMC

The Importance of Cultural Narratives in Political Communication: A Case Study of the 2010 Wisconsin Gubernatorial Race
Meredith Metzler, Jeff Tischauser, SJMC

11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.: Lunch

Noon–12:30 p.m.: Research Group & Lab Open House

1:00–2:15 p.m.
Health Communication

Moderator: Yangsun Hong, SJMC

The Effects of Media Use on Physical Activity in Diabetes
Eunyoung Myung, SJMC

Augmented Realities: Transgender Medicine as Change, not Treatment
CV Vitolo-Haddad, Communication Arts

Neighborhood Social Interactions and Mental Health: Exploring Ethnic and Nativity Distinctions among Black Americans
Ornella Hills, SJMC; Christy Erving, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

The Effect of Group Identity and Source Credibility on Attitude toward OTC Medications Counseling: An Experimental Design
Yan Liu, Laura Witzling, Life Sciences Communication; Ceri Hughes, Jiwon Kang, Sunghak Kim, SJMC; Joanne Peters, Pharmacy

The Dynamics of News Coverage on Obesity Issues: An Application of Semantic Network Analysis
Sunghak Kim, SJMC

2:30–3:45 p.m.
Journalism & Culture

Moderator: Mark Mederson, SJMC

Colonial Communities and Empire Consciousness: Understanding Early Newspapers in India, Vietnam and the Philippines
Josephine Lukito, SJMC

Foreign Crises during Election Periods: A Comparison of US News Coverage of North Korea’s Nuclear Tests
HyungJin Gill, SJMC

Understanding Science Communication: Cross Examination of the Journalism Identity and Science Relevancy Crises
Brooke Weiland, Life Sciences Communication

An Environmental War: Patterns in Magazine Narratives on Wildlife Poaching in Africa
Catherine Turng, Life Sciences Communication

Tweaking Wildlife Genes for Conservation; Unnatural and, Especially for Killing, Morally Reprehensible
Patrice Kohl, Life Sciences Communication

4–5 p.m.
Mass Communication & Society

Moderator: Jiawei Liu, SJMC

“Credibility” in Non-Profit Communication A Rhetorical Analysis of League of Women Voters Wisconsin Strategic Communication
Shreenita Ghosh, SJMC

An Analysis of Rumor: Panic-buying for Salt in China
Xiaomei Sun, SJMC

Wisconsin Debate Extends the Wisconsin School: Translating Research Findings into Praxis
Jordan Foley, SJMC

Presumed Media Influence on Communicative Actions about Same-Sex Marriage: How Mass Media Promote Social Change?
Yangsun Hong, Catasha Davis, SJMC

5 p.m. Closing Remarks