UMass Communication Department

UMass Communication Department We pursue research, teaching and outreach rooted in an understanding of communication as the primary process through which persons, societies, and cultures are formed and change at global, national, institutional, group, and interpersonal levels.

Communication is a fundamental social and cultural process, one that’s essential to human interaction and learning. The UMass Amherst Department of Communication emphasizes theories of communication and critical thinking. As a Communication major, you’ll develop analytical abilities that help you understand how communication works, whether in an argument between friends, a political speech, communication through social media or the web, cross-cultural interactions, or a film or television program.

Mission: Our mission in Communication is to pursue research, teaching and outreach rooted in an understanding of communication as the primary process through which persons, societies, and cultures are formed and change. While many study communication as phenomena in the world, our department takes communication as not only data, but as its primary theoretical concern. Our scholarly mission is to undertake research in communication processes at global, national, institutional, group, and interpersonal levels; to promote a consciously critical disposition in communication research, where familiar questions are expanded and recast, sometimes combining research methods and strategies that elsewhere would be considered unusual bedfellows (e.g. rhetoric and performance, content analysis and textual criticism; criticism and survey research); and to address matters of pressing social and cultural concern through the lens of communication as a process essential to our survival as a species and a polity, e.g. cultural, social and economic participation, citizen engagement and information access, environmental and cultural sustainability, and media influence.

School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst
06/03/2020
School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst

School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst

"If police officers know they’re being watched both by their body cameras and by civilians with cell phones, they will discipline themselves and refrain from engaging in unnecessary violence. It’s a good theory, but in practice, it hasn’t worked."
Professor Ethan Zuckerman of the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst, UMass Communication Department & College of Information and Computer Sciences UMass Amherst, in a new article in MIT Technology Review.
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06/03/2020

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TONIGHT at 5: "Conspiracy Theories and the Covid-19 Pandemic" with Professors Ethan Zuckerman of the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst, UMass Communication Department & College of Information and Computer Sciences UMass Amherst and Jamie Rowen of UMass Amherst Legal Studies. Register here: https://bit.ly/36TLVfz

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Summer online classes underway. But you can still join one of COMM’s second session courses! Now is a good time to consi...
06/03/2020

Summer online classes underway. But you can still join one of COMM’s second session courses! Now is a good time to consider COMM 386, Race, Inequality and Representation, taught by Professor Emeritus Sut Jhally. It deals with issues of racial stratification and inequality in the US. Join this important discussion. Class starts July 16. Register here: https://bit.ly/2XPp7cE

After a long and revered career as a professor, educator, researcher, and film documentarian, Professor and Chair of UMa...
05/29/2020
Esteemed Professor & Chair of Communication Sut Jhally to Retire | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

After a long and revered career as a professor, educator, researcher, and film documentarian, Professor and Chair of UMass Communication Department, Sut Jhally, PhD, will retire at the end of this academic year. Although Jhally still plans to continue in the classroom part-time after his retirement, we want to take this moment to thank him for his recent leadership and lasting impact on the department and UMass students. Thank you Sut! https://bit.ly/2zHaBf3

After a long and revered career as a professor, educator, researcher, and film documentarian, Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sut Jhally, PhD, will retire at the end of the academic year.

Jonathan Ong is quoted in a Washington Post  article about the effect of staff cuts in media organizations on minorities...
05/28/2020
Perspective | Shrinking newsrooms could affect how we view the coronavirus pandemic

Jonathan Ong is quoted in a Washington Post article about the effect of staff cuts in media organizations on minorities and minority communities. Ong says because news media legitimizes the experiences it covers, less coverage of minorities and minority communities creates "a pattern of erasure." https://wapo.st/2M66njJ

Many worry that as the coronavirus spreads disproportionately across communities, the lack of representation in the ranks of reporters spreads to their reporting.

Our own Prof Devon Greyson will be featured in this online discussion set for June 9 at 5:30 PM, regarding COVID-19’s cu...
05/27/2020
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Our own Prof Devon Greyson will be featured in this online discussion set for June 9 at 5:30 PM, regarding COVID-19’s current and future impact.

Join us on June 9 at 5:30pm ET for an online discussion featuring multi-disciplinary experts who will share their insights and answer questions regarding #COVID19’s current and future impact.

Our faculty panelists will cover topics including the particular vulnerabilities of veterans; the survival of small businesses; misinformation and disinformation; the effects on the presidential election; and short- and long-term effects on unemployment in the US.
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Comm Associate Professor Jonathan Ong has co-authored a new report on disinformation in Southeast Asian elections, which...
05/22/2020
UMass Amherst Expert Finds Disinformation Production Has Become Diversified and ‘Democratized’

Comm Associate Professor Jonathan Ong has co-authored a new report on disinformation in Southeast Asian elections, which offers insight and comparison for other countries as a possible preview of forthcoming global trends.

A new report on disinformation in Southeast Asian elections co-authored by Jonathan Corpus Ong, associate professor of global digital media in the department of communication at UMass Amherst, has found key trends in election-related disinformation and offers insight and comparison for other countri...

Communication and English double major Aaliyah Quintal interviews her mom, who's sent two children to college, to get ad...
05/22/2020
Parent Interview: How to start looking for colleges? | Undergraduate Admissions | UMass Amherst

Communication and English double major Aaliyah Quintal interviews her mom, who's sent two children to college, to get advice about the college decision process from a parent's perspective.

As a soon to be rising senior (scary, I know!), my junior year of high school feels like a lifetime ago. Since I have been home due to COVID-19, my junior year of college has become oddly reminiscent of my junior year in high school. Being home, in my childhood bedroom, has me thinking a lot about m...

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05/20/2020

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The Ethnography Collective at UMass Amherst presents What - the Field (WTF): Ethnography in the Time of COVID featuring Dr. Sally Campbell Galman, #UMassEDUC Professor in Children, Families, & Schools. All are welcome, including faculty & students. Register here: bit.ly/WhatTheField

05/08/2020
2020 Grads 2

We know it's not the same as you were anticipating, but we're hoping you're having a special day and have some fun things planned to celebrate your fabulous accomplishment. Please follow this link for a little something from your Communication faculty, staff, advisors, and grad instructors:
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We are so proud of you! We miss seeing your faces and celebrating with you this weekend. Good luck, stay in touch, and way to go!

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Congrats Comm majors! We miss you and wish we could celebrate with you in person today! We know all of you will go on to...
05/08/2020
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Congrats Comm majors! We miss you and wish we could celebrate with you in person today! We know all of you will go on to do wonderful things! Here's to the class of 2020!

We’re so excited and proud to present a special video tribute to celebrate our graduating seniors today!

Thank you to this year’s senior speakers who recorded their speeches on their phones and computers despite challenging circumstances, faculty and staff who sent in messages of congrats and most of all, our graduating class for making us so proud.

To our Class of 2020, the four years you have spent at UMass have culminated in an extraordinary fashion and we have no doubt that you will go on to achieve extraordinary things.
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Jump ahead or finish a Comm requirement. Summer session 1 starts May 18! COMM 125 Intro to Rhetoric and Performance Stud...
05/07/2020
Introduction to Rhetoric and Performance Studies : University Without Walls : UMass Amherst

Jump ahead or finish a Comm requirement. Summer session 1 starts May 18! COMM 125 Intro to Rhetoric and Performance Studies introduces students to the major ideas and concepts of rhetorical and performance studies and their contributions to social action. Register now! https://bit.ly/3bedfpr

This course provides an introduction to the major ideas and concepts of rhetorical and performance studies and their contributions to social action. Students will be introduced to the thinkers and movements in rhetoric and performance most significant to how we understand ourselves: the ways we repr...

Register now for one of UMass Communication Department's summer online courses in session 1, which starts May 18! Consid...
05/07/2020

Register now for one of UMass Communication Department's summer online courses in session 1, which starts May 18! Consider Prof. Kevin Anderson's course: Possible Futures, Science Fiction in Global Cinemas, which takes a global perspective on climate, class, race, gender identity, and the nature of democracy. Check it out now! https://bit.ly/3b9Ck4H

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05/06/2020
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We couldn't have asked for a better network of alumni!

Thank you all for taking the time to share your career experiences and advice with SBS students.
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Want to learn more about racial stratification and inequality in the United States? Check out COMM386: Race, Inequality ...
05/01/2020

Want to learn more about racial stratification and inequality in the United States? Check out COMM386: Race, Inequality and Representation available to take online Summer 2020. Catch up or move ahead in your studies this summer!

Want to fulfill your Junior Year Writing requirement over the summer? Check out COMM375: Writing as Communication availa...
05/01/2020

Want to fulfill your Junior Year Writing requirement over the summer? Check out COMM375: Writing as Communication available for enrollment now!

Interested in COMM336: Consumer Culture? Enroll in this Summer 2020 course today!
04/30/2020

Interested in COMM336: Consumer Culture? Enroll in this Summer 2020 course today!

Check out COMM 310: Social Influence & Persuasion available online Summer 2020. Get credit for your summer!
04/30/2020

Check out COMM 310: Social Influence & Persuasion available online Summer 2020. Get credit for your summer!

Interested in diving deeper into science fiction films? Check out COMM297SF Possible Futures: Science Fiction in Global ...
04/29/2020

Interested in diving deeper into science fiction films? Check out COMM297SF Possible Futures: Science Fiction in Global Cinemas offered online Summer 2020!

Introducing the 2020-2021 Comm Peer Advisors! They will be able to offer fellow students not only the information and su...
04/29/2020
Department of Communication Undergraduate Advising

Introducing the 2020-2021 Comm Peer Advisors! They will be able to offer fellow students not only the information and support they need, but also an invaluable student perspective. Get excited to see them in the fall!

Introducing the 2020-2021 Communication Peer Advisors!   By Summer Kaeppel This year has been uniquely challenging and it feels as though seemingly everything has changed. Though the Communication Peer Advisors have not been able to provide support to students in person, we have created new models ...

04/29/2020

Kimberlee Pérez (Communication) is one a number of faculty selected for the 2020-21 Lilly Fellows for Teaching Excellence. The Lilly Fellowship has fostered leadership in teaching by training over 240 faculty members, many of whom have gone on to win teaching awards and serve in leadership positions around campus. Congratulations on this opportunity!

UMass Communication Department welcomes Ethan Zuckerman, Internet pioneer, author, and co-founder of the blogging commun...
04/28/2020
Internet Pioneer Ethan Zuckerman Named to Interdisciplinary Faculty Appointment at UMass Amherst

UMass Communication Department welcomes Ethan Zuckerman, Internet pioneer, author, and co-founder of the blogging community Global Voices!

Zuckerman joins UMass Amherst as associate professor of public policy, communication and information. His interdisciplinary position is jointly supported by College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst and the College of Information and Computer Sciences UMass Amherst, with his tenure home in the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst! https://bit.ly/2VKqXvP

Ethan Zuckerman, Internet pioneer, author and co-founder of the blogging community Global Voices, will be joining the UMass Amherst faculty this fall as an associate professor of public policy, communication and information.

Nice feature and Congrats Summer! You and the other UMass Communication Department seniors make the department proud! Co...
04/27/2020

Nice feature and Congrats Summer! You and the other UMass Communication Department seniors make the department proud! College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst

"Senior year of high school is when I decided I would go to UMass and study communication. Pretty much any time anyone asked me what my future plans were, I would have a go-to response in my head that made things sound more tangible or easy for people to swallow. I’d say, “I’m majoring in communication, but really I’m going into marketing and PR.” Even though that’s not actually what I wanted to do, I knew that’s what people liked to hear. I always liked writing a lot, and in college I realized I particularly liked screenwriting. I’ve always wanted to work in TV and film, but when I was 17, I was totally uncomfortable telling people that. I think people like consuming art and the things that creators make, but they often don’t like the people that are brave enough to actually create it.

But once I started taking classes in the communication major, especially in my junior and senior years when they’re usually smaller, I realized there actually are a lot of people who are artists and creators themselves, and are also really interested in your work. It’s been cool to be in that environment where people don’t think you’re crazy for wanting to do a certain thing and are in fact supportive, want to make your work better, and want to make their work better.

I’m from Holyoke, which is not that far away, but it’s kind of outside the realm that the Five College people like to venture to. I already knew going into college that people have this perception of Holyoke and the Springfield areas, and that when I got to UMass and got access to these media resources and opportunities, that I still wanted to be involved in this community where I grew up.

This past fall in my WGBY internship, we had the opportunity to create our own segment. I had heard about an elderly community choir called the Young at Heart Chorus; they’re internationally known and they’ve had a movie made about them, but they’re also based out of Northampton and are local. I found out they do something called the Prison Vision program, where they go into local prisons and instead of just performing for the inmates, they make music with them. They had a concert this past fall in which two people who were formerly incarcerated, but are now out of the system, performed with them. It was such a cool cultivation to document: these two groups of people who are often pushed to the background of society and forgotten about were able to collaborate and share their talent together. There are so many cool things that go on in the Holyoke and Springfield area that people don’t think about or look for. I knew that when I’d be working in college that I’d want to be doing something that serviced the community I went to public school in, so being able to see the end result on TV was really great. It meant that those two formerly incarcerated people got to be on TV too, and now when you Google their names, that will be the spotlight that I hope people can focus on."

🎓 Summer Kaeppel
🎓 Major: Communication in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst
🎓 Minor: Political Science

Summer is a Social Media Intern with the New England Public Radio, a Peer Advisor for the Communication department, on the Logistics Staff with UMass Amherst New Students Orientation, a former writer for the Amherst Wire, a former Production Assistant at WGBY Public Television, and a former Social Media Assistant with the UMass Office of News and Media Relations.

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04/27/2020
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COVID-19 has presented a number of challenges, among them: how to discern legitimate news from false information.

Let's use this week to consider news literacy and how you can improve your skills.

Tip #1 from Steve Fox, journalism lecturer and director of sports journalism:

"Be skeptical. I'm not saying cynical; no, skeptical. Don't take anything at face value. As humans we inherently want to believe in the goodness of others and today more than ever we want news that gives up hope."
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Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

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Jarice Hanson, emerita professor of communication, writes a column where she talks about how social distancing and the o...
04/27/2020
Living Through History: Thinking about the meaning of time |

Jarice Hanson, emerita professor of communication, writes a column where she talks about how social distancing and the online class she now teaches have changed her concept of time. She discusses how people in general feel less productive during this time questioning, “is it just that when time becomes all we have, do we value it differently?”

Living Through History: Thinking about the meaning of time By Jarice Hanson Wednesday, Apr 15, 2020 Life In the Berkshires Jarice Hanson is, among other things, Professor Emerita from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she was a member of the Department of Communication. On the very firs...

Interested in learning more about speaking in front of groups? Check out COMM260: Public Speaking and register for this ...
04/23/2020

Interested in learning more about speaking in front of groups? Check out COMM260: Public Speaking and register for this summer 2020 online course today!

Check out COMM140: Introduction to Film Studies available online Summer 2020. Get credit for your summer!
04/23/2020

Check out COMM140: Introduction to Film Studies available online Summer 2020. Get credit for your summer!

Interested in COMM125: Intro to Rhetoric & Performance Studies? Online summer 2020 is the perfect time to take it! Enrol...
04/23/2020

Interested in COMM125: Intro to Rhetoric & Performance Studies? Online summer 2020 is the perfect time to take it! Enroll today!

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Shame on the Communications Department for sponsoring an anti-Israel hatefest. You have disgraced every UMass alum by welcoming bigots to the Fine Arts Center. You have devalued the degrees of UMass graduates. The Communications Department has shown its moral bankruptcy by empowering Hamas terrorists who are rocketing Israel this weekend.
Public lecture in the department this week!