politics

We sat down with frank 2017 speaker Shanelle Matthews, director of communications for Black Lives Matters Global Network, and talked about the crucial role of strategic communications in the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Posted: February 24, 2017

The same forces that drive belief in conspiracy theories are the ones driving the rise of Donald Trump. So it's no wonder that, less than two months until the election, he continues to dabble in and promote them.

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Posted: October 5, 2016

As a big player in the movement for LGBT equality, the Human Rights Campaign has used all the tools they have to stop the recent anti-LGBT bills introduced across the south. From organizing celebrities and business leaders, to leading marches in the street, HRC is on the frontline of this movement. We talked with Anastasia Khoo, chief marketing officer for HRC and the brain behind many of their famous social media campaigns about this fight and what HRC is doing to win.

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Posted: May 11, 2016

Research & Insights

In Science We Trust

For many science geeks, the image of the Republican Party has been tarnished in recent years by its seemingly extreme anti-science views. However, a new study suggests that Republican views toward science and policy are similar to those of Independents, both are relatively receptive to using science as a starting…

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Posted: May 5, 2016

By Ashley Lombardo As a society we often call out media as the culprit behind seemingly growing political polarization. Researchers are now looking at the effect of polarizing media on our activism, particularly around climate change. Hostile media coverage – coverage of an issue or event that people feel is biased…

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Posted: May 3, 2016

Anger and anxiety seem to be driving the polls this election cycle. As emotions run wild, people are more likely to be grab on to misinformation purported by others in their political party. In a new study published in the August 2015 Journal of Communication, communications scholar Brian Weeks found…

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Posted: April 19, 2016

What happens when a science prodigy loves literature and people? Troy Campbell, the frank 2016 $10k research prize winner. We talked with Campbell about his research, winning the prize and what it was like to attend frank for the first time.

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Posted: April 14, 2016

During a year in which Americans are asked to consider Donald Trump’s statements that climate change was invented by the Chinese to damage US manufacturing or that  Ted Cruz might be the Zodiac Killer, conspiracy theories are on everyone’s mind. Many of these outlandish explanations  – like climate change denial…

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Posted: March 31, 2016

To move nonbelievers to believers, we must use evidence-based communication strategies. Here are the 5 climate change communication studies you need to know.

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Posted: March 30, 2016

In a new series, Sacha Evans, senior associate for Douglas Gould and Company, examines the language used in stump speeches on the campaign trail – how well it works, and who’s behind it.

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Posted: March 3, 2016