So, a little update is in order. I meant to update this in August with some posts about the sessions I attended at AEJMC, but studying for comps got in the way. I think my choice to study was the right one.
I passed comps about a month ago, so I am officially a doctoral candidate, though I am actually still finishing a couple classes this semester. The plan for the dissertation is to focus on understanding the process of developing predispositions to self-censor, focusing on familial and educational antecedents. More details in the coming weeks as I work on writing the prospectus.
In addition to writing the dissertation proposal, I’m applying for jobs (please hire me!). I’m also working on a couple research projects, including the following:
- Studying community news site use, using hierarchical linear modeling to test whether site characteristics relate to user satisfaction and trust.
- Continuing news media literacy scale development work with Stephanie Craft, Seth Ashley, and Christopher Matthews. In fact, we got a grant to continue this work during the next year. An initial study will be submitted to a journal in the next few weeks or so.
- Revising a law paper I wrote last year arguing for more clarity in how state open records laws deal with educational exemptions and how FERPA has often been misapplied to effectively keep public records about schools under wraps. Co-author Jon Peters and I hope to have this out to a law journal sometime before the end of the calendar year.