Jonathan Corpus Ong, associate professor New Study by Comm Prof Investigates the Fake News Production and Social Media Troll Industries in the Philippines
Feb 12, 2018

Jonathan Corpus Ong, associate professor of communication, and researchers at the University of Leeds (U.K.) have released a new research report that sheds light on the network of digital workers designing political disinformation campaigns, authoring fake news and fanning the flames of public discontent in the Philippines.

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Shawn Shimpach, Ph.D. Comm Professor Shares His Love for Film
Oct 29, 2017

A Comm professor will be at the helm of the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival (MMFF) as it enters its 25th year. Shawn Shimpach, Ph.D., associate professor in the Communication department, has been appointed director of the MMFF. Shimpach, a self-described cinephile, who calls it a “sweet assignment,” will be curating the events, organizing the screenings, and coordinating with guest speakers and filmmakers.

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Popular Culture Enthusiasts Will Converge on UMass Campus this Month
Oct 10, 2017

The Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) will hold its upcoming conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Professor Marty Norden of the Communication Department is this year’s program chair. He is working alongside recently retired UMass Amherst history professor Rob Weir, NEPCA’s longtime executive secretary and treasurer.

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Time Wise, The Great White Hoax Film Screening Film Screening Fosters Lively Discussion
Oct 2, 2017

Faculty, staff, and students gathered in the Integrative Learning Center this semester, for the premiere screening of the film The Great White Hoax. The film features acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, who discusses the intersectionality between race and class in American politics. Wise explores how American political leaders of both parties have been tapping into white anxiety, working to divide and conquer working class voters and shore up political support.

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