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Jillian Fish and Payton Counts win the 2022 frank research prize

Research on Narratives for Native People Wins $10,000 Research Prize in Public Interest Communications

Posted: March 31, 2022

Researchers studying the use of digital platforms to help Native American people tell their own stories were winners of this year’s Research Prize in Public Interest Communications, awarded annually by the University of Florida Center for Public Interest Communications. Jillian Fish, postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, and Payton Counts, formerly with the Indigenous People Task Force, received the $10,000 award for their research “Justice for Native People, Justice for Native Me: Using Digital Storytelling Methodologies to Change the Master Narrative of Native American Peoples.” The project enlisted…

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Introducing the 2019 winner of the $10,000 prize for research in public interest communications

Posted: February 22, 2019

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Center for Public Interest Communications (CPIC) awarded Dr. Jeremy Yip, assistant professor of Management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, the annual $10,000 Prize for Research in Public Interest Communications for his paper, “Losing Your Temper and Your Perspective: Anger Reduces Perspective-Taking.” Two other researchers each were awarded $1,500 prizes for their finalist entries. The Center for Public Interest Communications awards a $10,000 grand prize and two $1,500 prizes to finalists for peer-reviewed academic research that informs the growing discipline of public interest communications. The three finalists were selected from…

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Kelly Chernin Pens Article on Hong Kong’s Quest for Democracy

Posted: November 30, 2018

Kelly Chernin, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Journalism Center for Public Interest Communications research associate and Journal of Public Interest Communications manager, is the author of “Hong Kong’s Legal System May be Only Hope for Democracy Movement” published in The Globe Post on Nov. 21. Kelly Chernin Chernin writes about Hong Kong’s struggle to gain universal suffrage and more autonomy from the Chinese mainland. The article focuses on Basic Law Article 23 written during Hong Kong’s transition period between 1984 and 1997 and designed to allow the region to maintain relative freedom but established a condition that gave China more control. “While proposing national…

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Ann Christiano Comments on the Use of Humor to Communicate Serious Health Threats

Posted: November 26, 2018

Ann Christiano, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications and Center for Public Interest Communications director, was quoted in “Oregon Tries Humor in Fight Against Salmonella” published in the Central Oregon newspaper, The Bulletin, on Nov. 20. Ann Christiano The article focuses on a parody Twitter account for salmonella bacteria launched by the Oregon Health Authority. Tweets by “Sal” – short for Salmonella – included “tongue-in-cheek commentary and tips on how to ward off the unwanted guest at your holiday table.” This approach follows a growing trend of using humor to inform the public about…

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The Secret to Better Storytelling for Social Change: Better Partnerships

Posted: November 9, 2018

No single organization or individual can pull off an effective storytelling campaign alone. Reaping the benefits of storytelling requires that we build better partnerships between three important players. Learn more from Stanford Social Innovation Review. by Samantha Wright and Annie Neimand

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Seven Minutes In Heaven… With A Scientist, An Interview with Dr. Chelsea Schein

Posted: October 15, 2018

Chelsea Schein is the 2018 Research Prize in Public Interest Communications winner. We spoke with her about her experience presenting and participating at the frank gathering in 2018. Schein is currently a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer in the Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at Wharton. Her focus is in Social Psychology, where she explores the science behind morality. Her paper, “The Unifying Moral Dyad: Liberals and Conservatives Share the Same Harm-Based Moral Template,” won the 2018 Prize for Research in Public Interest Communications, sponsored by the Joy McCann Foundation. Co-authored with Kurt Gray, associate professor at the University…

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