Research News

Ph.D. alumna awarded UNC Impact Award for increasing N.C. teens’ access to health knowledge

Jessica Willoughby, a 2013 doctoral graduate of the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, was recognized with a 2014 Impact Award from UNC’s Graduate Education Advancement Board.


Impact Awards are given to graduate students whose research is of exceptional benefit to North Carolina.

Research with Impact: UNC J-school at ICA 2014 in Seattle

Faculty, graduate students and alumni will represent the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the International Communication Association’s (ICA) 64th annual conference in Seattle June 17-21.

Research with Impact: Death of public figures provides important opportunities for health education

A study of reactions to the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs suggests health communicators have a critical window of opportunity after a public figure dies to disseminate information about disease prevention and detection.

UNC at AEJMC 2013 in Washington, D.C.

More than 70 faculty members, emeriti, graduate students, staff members and alumni will represent the UNC J-school at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication national convention in Washington, D.C., Aug 8-11. 

Doctoral alumna to receive award for top health communication dissertation

Sherine El-Toukhy, a 2012 doctoral alumna of the school, won the 2013 Doctoral Dissertation Award given by the health communication divisions of the ICA and the NCA.

Doctoral alumnus to be recognized for writing nation’s top mass communication dissertation

Brendan Watson, a 2012 doctoral graduate, will receive the AEJMC’s Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award at the organization’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., in August. The award is given annually for the best dissertation in mass communication research.

Vaccine campaign launched

Faculty and graduate students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Interdisciplinary Health Communication (IHC) seminar are working with the South Central North Carolina Partnership for Public Health (SCPPH) on an HPV vaccine campaign with the message, “Vaccinate today. Protect her tomorrow.”