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Released: 13-Nov-2017 9:00 AM EST
“That’s What She Said”: Harmless Joke or Contributor to Rape Culture?
National Communication Association

Commonplace suggestive jokes, such as “that’s what she said,” normalize and dismiss the horror of sexual misconduct experiences, experts suggest in a new essay published in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, a National Communication Association publication.

Released: 26-May-2017 8:10 AM EDT
‘Authentic’ Teachers Are Better at Engaging with Their Students
National Communication Association

Teachers who have an authentic teaching style are more positively received by their students, according to new research published in the National Communication Association’s journal, Communication Education.

Released: 11-May-2017 11:15 AM EDT
Storytelling: A Way for Adult Siblings to Cope with the Complexities of Caring for Aging Parents
National Communication Association

A new study in the Journal of Applied Communication Research discusses findings from interviews with 20 adult siblings about their experiences with providing care for their aging parents.

Released: 11-Apr-2017 9:00 AM EDT
Expressing Gratitude Makes Us Healthier. Who Wouldn’t Be Grateful for That?
National Communication Association

. In a new article in the National Communication Association’s Review of Communication, authors Stephen M. Yoshimura and Kassandra Berzins explore the connection between gratitude expression and psychological and physical well-being. As one might expect, positivity begets positive results for our well-being.

Released: 7-Apr-2017 1:45 PM EDT
National Communication Association to Participate in March for Science
National Communication Association

The National Communication Association (NCA) will be partnering with the March for Science, an international, nonpartisan movement organized to promote and support scientific research and its applications to society.

Released: 23-Mar-2017 12:20 PM EDT
Does Advice for Managing Workplace Bullying Really Work?
National Communication Association

In a new study featured in the National Communication Association’s Journal of Applied Communication Research, authors Stacy Tye-Williams and Kathleen J. Krone identify and re-imagine the paradox of workplace bullying advice. They interviewed 48 individuals from a variety of occupations and found that targets of workplace bullying frequently offered advice they had received to other targets, despite believing that the advice either made no difference or had made their own situations worse.

Released: 20-Dec-2016 11:30 AM EST
National Communication Association Selects Paaige K. Turner as Executive Director
National Communication Association

The National Communication Association (NCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Paaige K. Turner, Associate Dean and Professor in the School of Communications at Webster University, as its next Executive Director.

Released: 14-Dec-2016 10:45 AM EST
Inoculation Messages: An Effective Pre-Crisis Communication Strategy for Government Agencies
National Communication Association

Using Inoculation Messages as a Pre-Crisis Strategy 1 Vol 11-6 F 1 MAIN The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is among the government agencies that have the difficult task of uncovering and preventing violent public attacks. In a recent essay, Bobi Ivanov and a team of researchers describe how communication, specifically inoculation messages, can be used for community resilience, especially after a violent public attack

Released: 25-Oct-2016 10:05 AM EDT
National Communication Association’s 102nd Annual Convention to Focus on Civic Engagement and Social Justice
National Communication Association

More than 5,000 Communication researchers, teachers, and students are expected at this year’s National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention to explore the theme of “Communication’s Civic Callings.” Communication scholars will convene in Philadelphia to discuss relevant domestic and international issues such as social activism, feminism and gender identity, race and religion, technology, media and entertainment, and more.

Released: 17-Oct-2016 10:30 AM EDT
National Communication Association Reaffirms Credos and Releases Publication Featuring Free Speech
National Communication Association

NCA reaffirms its commitment to the teaching, research, and other professional activities that fuel best communication practices and that support ongoing interpretations of free speech, whether legal, historic, artistic, or political.

Released: 4-Oct-2016 10:45 AM EDT
Determining Free Speech for Students: When Does Interpretation Play a Part?
National Communication Association

In the fall of 2010, some female public middle school students began wearing the Keep a Breast Foundation’s “I ♥ Boobies” wristbands and distributing them to classmates to raise awareness, show support, and open a dialogue about breast cancer. School administrators banned the wristbands, deeming them sexually provocative and inappropriate. When the students were suspended and barred from attending an upcoming school dance for refusing to comply, they sought a court injunction against the ban and their exclusion from the school dance. The district court ruled in their favor, and the Third Circuit Court later upheld the decision.

Released: 29-Jul-2016 11:00 AM EDT
National Communication Association Urges Communication Scholars and Teachers to Help Communities Heal in the Wake of Shootings
National Communication Association

In light of the wave of violence that has left citizens and police officers dead in communities across the United States in recent weeks, the National Communication Association (NCA) has issued an Action Alert, encouraging the nearly 7,000 Communication teachers and scholars who constitute its membership to continue to use their communication expertise for the common good.

Released: 21-Jul-2016 2:10 PM EDT
Online Braggers Don’t Get Dates
National Communication Association

What makes an online dater successful? Do the same factors that make face-to-face relationships successful also apply in the online dating world?

Released: 8-Jun-2016 10:05 AM EDT
How Will Automated Technology Affect Communication-Related Jobs?
National Communication Association

What happens if people increasingly rely on automated machines to carry out the socially essential work of communicating with one another? Automation of communication raises broad social, economic, and political concerns.

Released: 8-Apr-2016 9:00 AM EDT
Revealing News to Young Adult Children
National Communication Association

In their new study, Erin Donovan of the University of Texas at Austin and her co-authors Charee M. Thompson of Ohio University, Leah LeFebvre of the University of Wyoming, and Andrew C. Tollison of Merrimack College identified three tips that could help parents communicate big news to their adult kids, while making sure that their relationship grows stronger: providing access to information, relating as peers, and communicating with candor.

Released: 22-Mar-2016 11:05 AM EDT
National Communication Association Reaffirms the Importance of Preserving Free Speech and Academic Freedom
National Communication Association

The National Communication Association (NCA), the association representing thousands of Communication scholars and teachers, has a more than 100-year tradition of advocating for free speech and academic freedom.

Released: 15-Mar-2016 12:05 PM EDT
Watching TV May Reduce Differences Between Men and Women’s Sexual Expectations
National Communication Association

What young men and women expect, sexually, in their romantic relationships is influenced in different ways by the television programs they watch.

Released: 19-Feb-2016 9:00 AM EST
Nonverbal Behavior May Overshadow Substance in Presidential Debates
National Communication Association

Fair warning to presidential candidates participating in upcoming presidential debates: your inappropriate nonverbal behavior is noticed, and it could overshadow the substance of what you say.

Released: 3-Nov-2015 3:05 PM EST
National Communication Association to Hold 101st Annual Convention
National Communication Association

More than 5,000 Communication scholars, students, and professionals are expected at this year’s National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention. Members of the scholarly discipline of Communication will convene in Las Vegas to discuss projects and research that have real-world implications.

Released: 22-Oct-2015 3:05 PM EDT
“Sexters” Should be Requesting Consent
National Communication Association

Navigating the minefield of sexual etiquette has never been easy, but a new study explores how today’s romantic partners are being advised on the thorny issue of consent, particularly with regard to “sexting.”

Released: 1-Oct-2015 3:05 PM EDT
National Communication Association Announces New Digital Repository of Anti-Bullying Research and Resources
National Communication Association

The National Communication Association (NCA) announces the launch of the NCA Anti-Bullying Digital Repository, providing access to the valuable work that the nation’s Communication scholars have done to help others understand and stop social aggression. The launch of the new repository marks the beginning of National Bullying Prevention Month.

Released: 11-Sep-2015 2:05 PM EDT
The Rise of Trainwreck’s Amy Schumer
National Communication Association

Wildly popular comedienne Amy Schumer and her breakout performance at the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen is the subject of a new study published in the National Communication Association’s journal Text and Performance Quarterly.

Released: 28-Jul-2015 10:05 AM EDT
Does “Rate My Professors” Help or Hurt Learning?
National Communication Association is the largest online source for student-generated ratings of college and university professors. Millions of students have evaluated professors on the site, which claims that more than 4 million students use it each month to glean insights about potential professors. But RateMyProfessors (RMP) doesn’t allow for professors to directly defend themselves against negative ratings. This distinguishes the site from the many corporate sites that do allow feedback about products or customer service, potentially allowing the reader a more thorough profile.

Released: 24-Jun-2015 2:00 PM EDT
New Study Explores Bystander Intervention in Cyberbullying
National Communication Association

Cyberbullying is drawing increasing attention, with online activity soaring and a larger number of bullying cases resulting in tragedy. “Bystander Intervention in Cyberbullying,” a new study published in the National Communication Association’s Communication Monographs reveals specific online conditions under which witnesses to cyberbullying are likely (or unlikely) to intervene in defense of a victim.

Released: 4-Jun-2015 12:00 PM EDT
Texting and Tweeting in the Classroom: How Do They Impact Student Learning?
National Communication Association

Mobile devices are ubiquitous—including in the college classroom. Instructors across disciplines now compete with a host of electronic stimuli for students’ attention. But to what extent is messaging interfering with student learning? Can students concentrate with the same intensity while exchanging texts with their friends and family? A new study published in the National Communication Association’s journal, Communication Education, evaluates how different types of messaging impact student retention of classroom material.

Released: 14-May-2015 2:05 PM EDT
How Do Communication, Race, and Class Affect Police-Citizen Relations in 2015?
National Communication Association

Unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray has sparked national conversations about joblessness, race, and police violence that have been simmering for years. Gray’s death is just one of several recent and highly publicized deaths involving police officials.

Released: 13-May-2015 1:05 PM EDT
Centers for Disease Control Uses ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ to Inspire Disaster Preparedness
National Communication Association

In today’s pop culture, it is hard to beat the current zombie upsurge; from TV drama like “The Walking Dead” to movies such as “Resident Evil,” the devilish figures have invaded public consciousness. They are apparently popular in public relations, too, judging by the number of campaigns using zombie-related humor to generate buzz on social media platforms. But how successful are these PR strategies in the context of risk communication? A new study published in the National Communication Association’s Journal of Applied Communication Research reveals that the match between social media and humor may not be made in heaven, after all.

Released: 12-Mar-2015 10:30 AM EDT
National Communication Association Establishes Distinguished Scholarship Award for Africana Communication in Honor of Association’s Past President Orlando Taylor
National Communication Association

The National Communication Association (NCA) announces the establishment of the Orlando L. Taylor Distinguished Scholarship Award in Africana Communication, named for the association’s 85th president, and the first African American to serve in that role.

Released: 24-Feb-2015 11:00 AM EST
Celebrating the Centennial of Quarterly Journal of Speech
National Communication Association

2015 marks the centennial of the National Communication Association’s Quarterly Journal of Speech (QJS). During the course of its 100-year history, QJS has been at the forefront of Communication studies, pushing boundaries, provoking comment, and strengthening the impact and reputation of the field.

Released: 13-Feb-2015 10:00 AM EST
Depression: A Barrier to Communication for Couples?
National Communication Association

A massive 6.7 percent of the U.S. population suffers from depressive disorders each year. Along with causing pessimism, irritability, and exhaustion, depression also affects people’s communication and their ability to maintain relationships. “The Role of Relational Uncertainty in Topic Avoidance among Couples with Depression,” published in the National Communication Association’s journal, Communication Monographs, evaluates how depression and relational uncertainty within couples correspond with communication behaviors.

Released: 15-Dec-2014 12:00 PM EST
Bridging the Gap: Using Dialogues on Race to Bring a Community Together
National Communication Association

In the current climate of increasingly strained race relations in cities across the United States, how can communities engage in productive rather than destructive struggle to become more thriving and diverse places? A recent article in the Journal of Applied Communication Research found that dialogue centered on difference can be a powerful force for change.

Released: 5-Dec-2014 10:50 AM EST
Is It Okay to Vet Candidates on Social Media During Recruitment?
National Communication Association

A recent article in the Journal of Applied Communication Research discusses the practice of cybervetting potential employees online as part of the recruitment process. Is such surveillance an unethical invasion of privacy? Or, is it simply a way for employers to enhance their review of formal credentials to ensure a good person-environment fit? The authors explore the legitimacy and outcomes of this practice following interviews with 45 recruiting managers.

Released: 25-Nov-2014 9:30 AM EST
33 Communication Scholars Receive Awards From the National Communication Association
National Communication Association

The National Communication Association (NCA) honored 33 members with awards Saturday night at its 100th Annual Convention in Chicago. The convention celebrated a century of of teaching, research, and service within the Communication discipline.

Released: 12-Nov-2014 11:00 AM EST
100 Years of Communication Scholarship to be Celebrated at the National Communication Association Annual Convention
National Communication Association

From November 20 to 23, the National Communication Association (NCA) will gather thousands of scholars, teachers, and practitioners at its 100th Annual Convention in Chicago, the city where the association was founded in 1914. What began as a group of 17 college and university Speech teachers has today grown into a group representing thousands of members engaged in scholarship and teaching across a wide range of the Communication discipline.

Released: 28-Oct-2014 2:00 PM EDT
National Communication Association Publishes Special Journal Issue on Education
National Communication Association

Communication Education, one of the National Communication Association’s 11 scholarly journals, is celebrating the association’s 100th anniversary with a special issue devoted to the foundation and future of the study of communication in the classroom. The issue is dedicated to James C. McCroskey, whose seven-decade career and prolific writing made him one of the most well-known teachers in the Communication discipline.

Released: 23-Oct-2014 2:00 PM EDT
Should a Facebook “Like” Be Protected Free Speech?
National Communication Association

One billion Facebook users generate 2.7 billion “likes” per day (or 1,875,000 every minute). Increasingly, social media has become a form of social and political engagement, and 47 percent of Facebook users have “liked” political cause-related comments. Protected free speech is a luxury the Western world has long enjoyed.

Released: 9-Oct-2014 1:00 PM EDT
Digital Divide Resources and Experts Now Available from the National Communication Association
National Communication Association

Not long after the World Wide Web gained acceptance by the general public in the early 1990s, scholars, policy makers, and others detected significant discrepancies in use among different groups of people. Dubbed the “digital divide,” the gaps in usage were especially significant along socioeconomic and racial/ethnic lines. While the digital divide has narrowed as technologies become ubiquitous throughout society, discrepancies still exist.

Released: 7-Oct-2014 4:00 PM EDT
Free Speech Week Advisory
National Communication Association

The National Communication Association (NCA), the association representing thousands of the nation’s Communication scholars and teachers, will celebrate its 100th anniversary this coming November in Chicago. As has been true at many times throughout its first century, NCA will convene its members at a time when pressing global tensions are rising. And so, as it has always done, and as it will always do, NCA calls upon its members to help their students and the larger citizenry make sense of the pressing issues of the day through open debate, dialogue, and discussion.

Released: 23-Sep-2014 10:45 AM EDT
Are Millennial Generation Students Changing the Roles of Teachers?
National Communication Association

How students feel about classes has a direct impact on how much they learn in them, and Millennial generation students expect a classroom environment that is emotionally supportive. Thus, according to a study published recently in the National Communication Association’s journal, Communication Education, teachers should consider adapting their teaching style around this expectation in order to enhance students’ learning.

Released: 18-Sep-2014 2:00 PM EDT
Must Women Be Seen to Be Heard?
National Communication Association

A new article in the National Communication Association journal Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies examines the voice in TV advertising and its relation to visual image and gender. Do advertising voice-overs affect consumer perceptions of gender? Using quantitative and qualitative analysis, Mark Pedelty, an Associate Professor in Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota, and Morgan Kuecker test their hypotheses on these issues. Their fascinating results reveal some thought provoking insights into audio visual media gender representations.

Released: 17-Jul-2014 8:30 AM EDT
End-of-Life Conversations Aren’t Just About Health Care
National Communication Association

Discussing end-of-life choices with family members in a way that pays attention to how they perceive themselves and maintains your relationship with them may be more important than actually reaching decisions, according to a study recently published in Communication Monographs, a journal of the National Communication Association.

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