Faculty and students in the school are active in research and scholarship, often collaborating with one another and with colleagues from other disciplines to explore a wide range of questions related to media and communication today.
Grant proposals are submitted to foundations, corporations and government agencies to expand the base of support for projects conducted by both faculty and students. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication and UNC offer a range of resources to support grant-seeking and project management.
Projects span community journalism, political communication, new media and technology, health communication, entrepreneurship and more. Activities are underway in many of these areas, and faculty continue to discuss ideas to expand them and launch new projects.
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The results of these projects are presented in both academic and general venues. Numerous students and faculty from the school publish in scholarly journals and attend regional and national conferences, and they actively share their findings and observations in news articles, blogs and social media outlets. (Browse or search a list-in-progress of J-school faculty publications, which includes books, scholarly articles and trade articles.)
The school's Mary Junck Research Colloquium Series nurtures an intellectually vibrant climate by scheduling scholarly presentations on diverse topics.
The school’s Media Effects Laboratory ranks as among the leading facilities of its kind dedicated to conducting experimental research on the psychological effects of media content, form and technology.
Substantive areas of study from which graduate students may select include media processes and production; legal and regulatory issues in mass communication; media effects, information processing and audiences; media history; and political, social and strategic communication (Read more about each area).