Oct 302014

Meeting 1The first Amsterdam Area Political Psychology meeting was held last friday, on October 24. Inspired by meetings in the United States, CPC members Yph Lelkes, Alina Feinholdt and Bert Bakker, together with Jojanneke van der Toorn Bakker (Leiden University) decided to initiate a similar meeting in the Netherlands. At the inaugural meeting Prof dr. Bert Klandermans (Free University), dr. Tobias Stark (Utrecht University) and dr. Sophie Lecheler (ASCoR/CPC) presented their ongoing research.

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Sep 302014

sphere-958915-mDuring the Weekend van de Wetenschap (Weekend of Science), 4 October,  Damian Trilling will give a lecture on state-of-the art research on news and social media. People increasingly get news not only via television or the newspaper, but also via Facebook or Twitter. Therefore, studying the use of social media for news and current affairs is of crucial importance for communication scientists, but also for practitioners and society in general. In his talk, Damian will show how news is spread on social media and how communication scientists are working on models that can predict news dissemination. Next to that, there will be some hands-on demonstrations in which everyone can try out the software that communication scientists use for studying social media.

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Sep 082014

ascorOn Thursday, October 2nd 2014, there will be an international expert meeting on the measurement of the most important media and communication variable: media exposure.




The changing media environment makes research using Media Exposure even more complicated than before. The multiplied number of media channels is accompanied by an immense increase in the total amount of messages communicated. People are exposed to messages anytime and anywhere. The new media environment presents challenges for the measurement of how people are ‘exposed’ to media content, which is crucial for the understanding of media use, media success, and media effects. This is the theme of this international seminar on the challenges of tapping media and communication exposure in a rapidly changing information environment and media landscape. Speakers will present state-of-the art insights on both self-reported and observed media exposure. The event ends with the launch of a site listing media exposure measures, which is a service and a tool to the academic community.

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Aug 062014

newspaper-859634-mJoost van Spanje had an article published in national newspaper Trouw and blog posts on www.Joop.nl and www.Sargasso.nl about the vulnerability of Dutch political party PVV. He argues that the party runs a considerable electoral risk as long as it remains in its current isolated position. A new party, possibly (but not likely) the newly founded VNL, may lure many voters away from the PVV as a result. Joost’s argument is backed up by examples from other countries where isolated parties lost many votes as soon as their voters were offered a viable alternative.

For the complete story (in Dutch) see http://www.joop.nl/opinies/detail/artikel/27854_geerts_achilleshiel/.

Jul 042014

New ImageUntil July 15th Andreas Schuck is Visiting Scholar at the School of Media & Public Affairs at the George Washington University (GWU) in Washington DC, USA. The visit is connected to his current VENI research project: “Dealing with Feelings: The (de-)mobilizing role of emotions in political communication” which is funded by the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO). During his time in Washington Andreas is working on two studies, investigating the effects of news coverage of (1) genetically modified (GM) food production and (2) climate change and global warming on the emotions of citizens (such as fear, anger or hope) and their impact on subsequent political behavior (such as protest, information-seeking, donating or civic engagement).