$1.65 Million in grants for digital media and politics projects

Two research projects on digital media and politics involving faculty in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication were awarded a total of $1.65 million in grant funding. One project centers on digital inequalities, networked society and social integration while the other focuses on social media and electoral engagement among millennials.  Both projects will span multiple years.

Directed by Whasun Jho of Yonsei University (Principal Investigator), the first project involves using computational methods to examine social divisions and community integration in the networked public sphere.  Michael Macy of Cornell University and Dhavan Shah of UW-Madison joined with social and computer scientists from leading South Korean universities, including Young Min Baek, Kyu S. Hahn, Jeong-han Kang, Jibum Kim, Hoon Lee, Jae-mook Lee, So Young Lee, Wonjae Lee, and Juyong Park, to examine these issues. The National Research Foundation of Korea supported this four-year project, providing a total of $1,610,000, or about $400,000 per year.

Directed by Dhavan Shah and Chris Wells (Co-Principal Investigators), the second project combines a national panel study of millennials and a rolling cross-sectional of adults to examine how media flows via social media shape knowledge and participation.  Leticia Bode, Stephanie Edgerly, Esther Thorson, Kjerstin Thorson, and Emily Vraga are the other Co-PIs on this two-year grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which will provide $40,000 in support.  This project also involves a partnership with the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement at Tufts University, who are fielding the national panel study of adults under 30.

Grant Details are provided below.

Social Science Korea (SKK) from the National Research Foundation of Korea in support of “Multi-level Divides and Inequalities in Networked Society: Social Science Problem Solving for Coexistence and Social Integration” Whasun Jho, Principal Investigator w/ Young Min Baek, Kyu S. Hahn, Jeong-han Kang, Jibum Kim, Hoon Lee, Jae-mook Lee, So Young Lee, Wonjae Lee, Michael Macy, Juyong Park, and Dhavan V. Shah (alphabetical) as Co-Investigators, ($1,610,000 — 9/1/16 – 8/31/20).

The Carnegie Corporation of New York in support of “Young Adults, Media Flows and Electoral Engagement: Understanding How Campaign Dynamics Drive Millennials’ Knowledge and Participation” Dhavan V. Shah – Principal Investigator w/ Leticia Bode, Stephanie Edgerly, Esther Thorson, Kjerstin Thorson, Emily Vraga, and Chris Wells as Co-Principal Investigators – $40,000 – 10/1/2016 — 9/30/2018.