Clear and prompt communication can save lives during global pandemics like the COVID-19 coronavirus. IU experts are available for comment on how governments, employers and other large organizations can effectively communicate to their constituents and mitigate spread of the virus.
IU Bloomington experts are available to comment on the importance of clear communications during a crisis and what strategies organizations should be using to keep their constituents safe.
Esi Thompson is an assistant professor at The Media School at IU Bloomington, and her research focuses on health risk/crisis communication, development communication and strategic communication. She has studied how communication surrounding the Ebola outbreak was undertaken and received by the affected communities and how this could inform public communication/policy around infectious disease outbreaks in developing contexts.
Minjeong Kang, an internationally recognized expert on employee communication and relations, is an assistant professor in public relations at The Media School at IU Bloomington. Her research is primarily focused on how internal organizational communication influences employee engagement with their work. Kang also has worked on the effects of corporate crisis communications on stakeholders during a health crisis (E. coli) and the effects of a government's failed pandemic crisis communications on citizens' protests and activism behaviors (MERS outbreak in South Korea).