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Faculty Feats

Our faculty are experts in emerging media technologies, mis- and disinformation, community news, public interest communications, community branding, interactive design, broadcast news, media ethics, crisis communication and so much more. Their work is frequently published in top journals and they are invited to speak at international conferences. Here are some of their feats.

January 2021

  • Geah Pressgrove is moderating “COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Efforts in the Mountain State” for the WVU Women’s Leadership Initiative, on which Julia Fraustino is serving as a panelist, to discuss our ongoing efforts to inform clear, consistent, and scientifically sound messaging about the COVID-19 vaccines to ensure that every West Virginian has the knowledge and confidence they need to make a decision about getting vaccinated (2021, March).

  • Julia Fraustino will moderate "PR for positive social change: Public interest communication (PIC) research, teaching, and practice" with Jasper Fessmann as a panelist for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Public Relations Division Virtual Conference (2021, March).

  • Fraustino, J. D. (2021, August). Why Should Public Relations Care About Ethics of Care? (Panelist for accepted peer-reviewed research panel). Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Public Relations Division and Media Ethics Division.

  • The Public Interest Communications Research Lab received a grant to conduct research to inform campaign messaging and strategy to increase HPV vaccination uptake among rural West Virginians. The grant is funded by the American Academy of Pediatrics (WV Chapter) and administered through the West Virginia Center for Rural Health Development, the lead agency of the WV Immunization Network. Julia Fraustino is the principle investigator on this grant, and Geah Pressgrove and Daniel Totzkay (Comm Studies) are Co-Investigators.

  • Totzkay, D., Fraustino, J. D., & Pressgrove, G. (2021, April). Formative research to inform statewide COVID-19 vaccine messaging in West Virginia. Research accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the DC Health Communication Conference. Washington, D.C. [conference offered virtually due to COVID-19]
  • Fraustino, J. D., Totzkay, D., & Pressgrove, G. (2021, March). COVID-19 pandemic response in Appalachia: Insights from data-driven communication in West Virginia. Research accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference. Orlando, FL. [conference offered virtually due to COVID-19]