Discovery, creativity and exploration are central to our mission. Iowa State University is a Research 1 institution, and as one of the largest units in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication embraces the university’s land-grant mission and actively contributes to its cutting-edge research.

Greenlee faculty and students’ scholarly endeavors increase knowledge and understanding about the connections between society and communication. Greenlee scholars explore some of the biggest challenges facing us today in the rapidly changing world of journalism and communication, including how storytelling can both create and correct misinformation about science, health, risk, and the environment; how media frames the plight of vulnerable populations; how technology affects our ability to effectively communicate with one another; how data-rich environments are transforming communication; and how campaign messaging and the media influence our elections and government.

Our faculty consists of award-winning scholars who are internationally recognized for their expertise in research topics including:

  • advertising
  • big data
  • digital media
  • diversity and media
  • health and environmental communication
  • international communication
  • media ethics
  • political communication
  • science and risk communication
  • strategic communication
  • technology

Greenlee faculty’s work has appeared in the discipline’s top journals, such as Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Journalism Studies, Science Communication and Health Communication. The school has also been well-represented at national conferences. Greenlee faculty have secured competitive internal funding and grants from external organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

At the heart of Greenlee research is a desire to find solutions for real-world challenges and to improve lives in Iowa, the nation and the world.

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