Page Center research examines digital media ethics in ‘PR Journal’ special issue

September 24, 2019 • Jonathan McVerry

The September "Public Relations Journal" is a special issue presented by the Arthur W. Page Center that features four studies on digital media.

Eight scholars from five universities conducted Page Center-funded research that examines a variety of topics within digital media, including ghost-posting by CEOs, managing fake news crises, corporate social responsibility on social media and engaging low-income publics through digital media.

These projects were among the 18 funded studies in the Center’s 2017 call for research proposals, led by senior research fellow Marcia DiStaso from the University of Florida. 

The PR Journal is a free, web-based, open-access academic journal. The Institute for Public Relations and Public Relations Society of America publish it quarterly to provide current communications-based research to a wide audience.

Since its founding in 2004, the Page Center has become an international leader in research on ethics and integrity in public communication. The Center has funded more than 200 scholars and awarded more than $870,000 in research funding.

You can read the Center’s special issue on the IPR website.

Editor’s introduction: The future of corporate purpose: Delivering value to all stakeholder in the digital age
Guest Editor: Marcia DiStaso, University of Florida

Employee perceptions of CEO ghost-posting and voice: Effects on perceived authentic leadership, organizational transparency, and employee organization relationships.
Tom Kelleher, University of Florida
Rita Linjuan Men, University of Florida
Patrick Thelen, San Diego State University

Strategic CSR communication in social media: The effectiveness of stakeholder information, response, and involvement communication strategies factoring corporate reputation
Yeonsoo Kim, James Madison University

Listening in: Fostering influence relationships to manage fake news
Michele Ewing, Kent State University
Cheryl Ann Lambert, Kent State University

Exploring digital, social and mobile dialogic engagement with low-income publics
Katie Place, Quinnipiac University