Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Participate in Aut 2014 WikiLeaks/Snowdon Research Project

A graduate student in the Department of Communication is seeking undergraduate students interested in conducting academic research and earning COM 499 directed research credits.

This project focuses on news coverage of WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden. The goal of the project is to understand how major American and British newspapers covered the disclosures provided by Chelsea Manning and Snowden, as well as the (often nontraditional) journalists who worked with them. Under supervision of a Department of Communication graduate student, students will assist in analyzing various aspects of the news coverage while learning about the process of content analysis research. Overall, this study will illustrate how journalists working for traditional news organizations attempt to differentiate themselves from new forms of journalism enabled by the internet, how recent instances of whistleblowing may have challenged common journalist-source relationships, and whether journalists perceive these challenges as disruptions or opportunities.

If you are an undergraduate and are interested in this opportunity to learn about academic research while earning COM 499 directed study credits, please contact Courtney Johnson at