Journalism instructor to present research at international conference

Aug 21, 2012 | Liberal Arts

A Louisiana Tech journalism instructor has been selected to present research regarding social media at the upcoming International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research conference.
Judith Roberts will discuss “Tweet This, Not That: How Agenda Setting Can Be Used to Further Explore Instantaneous Media” at the Biloxi, Miss., conference in October.
All papers presented at the IOSSBR conference are double blind peer reviewed.
Roberts is working on her dissertation for completion of her mass communication Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
“As my dissertation focuses on how the public, using Twitter, may set the agenda for the media, I am very excited to present my research at this prestigious conference,” Roberts said. “Social media and multimedia are changing the face of journalism, and we want to be on the cutting edge of knowledge so we can teach our students these new journalismtechniques.”
Roberts is also working on a collaborative book chapter with her husband, Kyle Roberts, a Ph.D. student at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, about how the writers of the TV series “King of the Hill” used agenda setting to conform their characters to the modern widespread views of religion.