In the last decade, the popularity of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat has skyrocketed. Eric Rasmussen, an associate professor and director of the doctoral program in Texas Tech University's College of Media & Communication, led a team of researchers on a study to see what about social-media use impacts emerging adults' mental well-being.
With so much information floating around, it's hard for users to sort through it all and know what is credible and what is not. According to new research by Erik Bucy, the Marshall and Sharleen Formby Regents Professor of Strategic Communication in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University, a certain level of procedural news knowledge – background information about how mainstream media operate – helps users sort legitimate content from disinformation.
As the Hispanic population continues to grow in the U.S., so does the representation of Hispanic characters on television. Punyanunt-Carter, along with assistant professor Marilda Oviedo and instructor Samer Melhem, studied college students' perceptions and portrayals of Hispanics on television and how those potentially impact their beliefs about race.