This collection, edited by Jim A. Kuypers, analyzes genres of public communication to examine how the pandemic has impacted specific areas of scholarship within the communication discipline. Contributors begin each chapter by acknowledging the parameters of their sub-discipline and then discussing key elements being affected by the pandemic and pandemic responses. Viewing the pandemic through the eyes of their sub-disciplines, contributors offer unique insights on the effects of the pandemic upon human communication in their specific area of focus, examining how the pandemic will continue to affect the teaching of their subject areas and providing suggestions for future research. Sub-disciplines represented in this collection include digital rhetoric, journalism & mass communication, free speech, public relations, sports communication, public address, health communication, spiritual communication, and popular culture. Scholars of communication, media studies, and education will find this book particularly useful.
Jim A. Kuypers is professor of rhetoric and political communication at Virginia Tech.
Jim A. Kuypers
1.Digital Rhetoric and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Amber Davisson and Michelle Gibbons
2.Journalism Framing in (Times of) Crisis: The Inevitability of Poor Reporting During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Michael Horning and Jim A. Kuypers
3.The Politicization of Protests and Protection: The Major Free Speech Issues During COVID-19 Pandemic
Benjamin Medeiros, David R. Dewberry, Ann E. Burnette, and Rebekah L. Fox
4.Confronting the Coronavirus: How Public Relations Can Foster Trust During Crisis
Nneka Logan and Chelsea Woods
5.This Just Got Real: Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Sport Communication
6.Public Address in a Time of Crisis
Robin C. Rowland, Justin W. Kirk, and Michael Eisenstadt
7.Health Communication Research and Social Implications during the COVID-19 Pandemic
YoungJu Shin, Yu Lu., and Shristi Bhochhibhoya
8.Religious Communication in the Age of Covid-19
Dennis D. Cali
9. "Saturday Nite Is Dead" at Least For A While: Changes In Popular Culture Theory During A Time of Crisis
David R. Nelson and Kimberly Kulovitz
About the Contributors
"Public Communication in the Time of Covid-19 brings together the work of leading scholars in the Communication discipline to understand how the pandemic strained communication practices across a variety of social contexts. Explaining the uncertainty and anxiety caused by the Covid-19 virus from a communication perspective, the chapters offer a wide-ranging set of theories and concepts for teaching and research, and in doing so, strengthens our intellectual, emotional, and social capacities to endure the strains of living under a pandemic. A timely and much needed contribution from the Communication discipline."