Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
After 108 years of publication, it looks like Editor & Publisher magazine will be no more. I think we owe a moment of silence for this noble information source that kept us up-to-date about all things newspaper related. If you are feeling a bit nostalgic and want to peruse old issues, Cook Library has the print going back to 1964.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
For a list of sources contained in World News Connection visit: http://wnc.dialog.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=wnc.sources#
Only one person at a time can access the database and it is username and password protected. You can get the username and pw from me or any Cook Library reference librarian.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Nonprofits think that social networking technology is best at:
- raising awareness
- keeping external audiences engaged
- reducing communication costs
- reaching broad external audiences
They think it doesn't work as well when it comes to:
- supporting fundraising efforts
- connecting with hard-to-reach audiences such as donors, media, and policy makers
I wonder how this compares to corporate use of social networking technology?
Friday, November 13, 2009
To view their archive, you do need to register for a free account. Once registered, then you can search their collection. What's nice is that you can limit your search to what is available digitally so you don't have to wade through hundreds of records that you can't view.
What is available digitally runs the gamut - there are snippets from the 1950s game show $64,000 Question along with presidential debates, and "Where's the Beef" Wendy's commercials from the 1980s. The quality of the video, especially the old footage isn't the best, but it is worth taking a look.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Downie and Schudson say that "There is unlikely to be any single new economic model for supporting news reporting" (p. 75). Thus individual news outlets are ultimately left to feel their way in the dark towards finding a model that will be profitable for them. Hopefully they will be able to find something that works soon before they lose all their capital just trying to stay afloat.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The ads cover five product categories:
- Beauty and Hygiene
- World War II Propaganda
This resource is definitely worth a look if you are working on a historical advertising project.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Dr. Joe Turow from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania and researchers from the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Annenberg Public Policy Center have just released a new report suggesting that Americans reject tailored advertising. The study included a telephone survey taken last summer of 1000 U.S. adults and found that 66% of those surveyed say that they don't want marketers to tailor advertisements to their preferences.
While I think this is an interesting finding, I wonder how many Americans are actually aware of how much advertising is already tailored to their interests. While Americans may say that they don't like it, I think that tailored advertising is not going away anytime soon.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
How can students be expected to get their citations right if the citation manual can't even get them right? This boggles my mind...
Thursday, October 8, 2009
If you are looking for an educational video in Communication, take a look at Films on Demand. This database now available through Cook Library and it offers thousands of streaming videos available on and off-campus.
A quick search of "communication" yielded 376 segments on a variety of topics including communication in the workplace, communication and autism, and nonverbal communication, just to name a few.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
How many times have you been searching in the Communication & Mass Media Complete database and not found any results when you know there really should be something?
One tool that may be of help is the Thesaurus. This database feature can be accessed from the upper-right blue navigation menu at the top of the database. The thesaurus is communication-based, so you will only find terms in it that relate to the communication discipline. It's great if the topic you are searching for has a lot of different names (e.g. new media) and you don't want to waste time typing them all into a search box with OR's in between.
So next time you are searching, check out the Thesaurus and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
There might be changes on the horizon for how news covers science. Tired of watching science discoveries go unreported (or, in their eyes, be covered poorly), 35 major research universities have banded together to start Futurity, a non-profit internet wire service dedicated to distributing news about their scientific research findings. In a wire story reprinted by the Baltimore Sun, Paul Rogers writes that the goal of this news service is to bypass the traditional shrinking news outlets and go right to the readers. Futurity plans to "provide articles to popular Web sites such as Yahoo News and Google News, along with MySpace and Twitter," writes Rogers.
Might the public learn more about science with this new model for news distribution? It will be interesting to watch...
Friday, September 11, 2009
The hot topic these days is health care reform. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is a unique funding agency that aims to help create leverage for change in health care and in the broader health policy arena.
Given this mission, they are an important resource for research reports about health related topics. Their latest report examines how health care reforms in Massachusetts are going and what the public thinks of those efforts.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
As part of their research, PEJ conducts a content analysis of news coverage each week. The report about last week's coverage is now up on their website.
These reports are a great resource for keeping track of how news coverage has changed over time.
Friday, September 4, 2009
It was created by a consortium of seven universities in the UK and it looks like the Communication and Media Studies section has links to open access journals and research project websites from the various facets of the discipline.
Monday, August 31, 2009
According to the publisher, this database brings together nearly seven decades of news from the Facts On File World News Digest in print. This archival record of domestic and international news, covers major political, social, and economic events since November 1940. World News Digest is updated twice weekly and includes a searchable hourly newsfeed, with more than 1 million internal hyperlinks that allow researchers to follow a story over time.
Check it out on Cook Library's website: http://cooklibrary.towson.edu/databasesByTitle.cfm#W
Thursday, August 27, 2009
- You name a communication research methodology, and I've conducted a study using that methodology. I am more familiar with quantitative than qualitative, but I have done them all. I especially love a good communication experiment!
- While most of my formal communication studies have been in political communication, I've actually branched out and published in health communication and in marketing.
- My favorite thing in the whole world is helping people find the information that they need. If you are doing communication research and need some help, please look me up in Cook Library and I will be more than happy to help.
Please continue to check back with this blog for short posts about all the great resources available in Mass Communication and Communication Studies. Enjoy!