Jill Hopke

Environmental Communication. Social Movements. Mobile Media.

Moderated panel on “Fake News: What to Do About It?” April 4

I moderated a panel on Tuesday, April 4 on “Fake News: What to Do About It?” sponsored by DePaul University’s Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence, Journalism Program and College of Communication.

Fake News: What to Do About It? (Panel Discussion) from DePaul College of Communication on Vimeo.

Details on the event are below:

Fake News: What To Do About It?
Tuesday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Building, College of Communication Theatre (Lower Level 102) 14 E Jackson Blvd (see here)

Sponsored by:

DePaul University’s Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence
College of Communication Journalism Program

5:30 – 6 p.m.: Light refreshments
6- 7 p.m.: Panel
7-7:30 p.m.: Q&A and additional refreshments

Panel moderated by Jill Hopke, Assistant Professor of Journalism.

Jessica Alverson
is the Assistant Coordinator for Instruction of E-learning in the DePaul University Library. She currently coordinates the first-year library instruction program, as well as designs and provides support for online students. In her past role at New York University Libraries, she served as the Librarian for Media, Culture, and Communication and Journalism. She is also one of the authors of the Association for College and Research Libraries “Information Literacy Standards for Journalism Students and Professionals.” She holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Ben Epstein is an assistant professor in political science at DePaul University. He has over 15 years of teaching experience in a variety of high school and university settings around the nation and teaches courses in American politics, media and politics, political communication, and racial and ethnic politics. His research is focused primarily on American political development and political communication with particular emphasis on the intersection of the internet and politics. His first book, The Only Constant is Change: The Political Communication Cycle, is currently in contract with Oxford University Press and will be available in early 2018. The book explores the technological, behavioral, and political aspects of political change over time and, in doing so, identifies a recurring pattern that can be used to compare periods across time and explore the choices of different types of political actors. Ben is a Minnesotan at heart living in Chicago with his wonderful wife and two great kids.

Frank LoMonte joined the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) in January 2008 after practicing law with Atlanta-based Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and clerking for federal judges on the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Before law school, LoMonte was an investigative journalist and political columnist for daily newspapers in Florida and Georgia. LoMonte graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a senior editor of the Georgia Law Review. His articles about the First Amendment and media-law topics have been widely published in Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Slate and in many other outlets. He teaches media law as an adjunct instructor with the University of Georgia law and journalism schools.

Samantha Rivera was born in Chicago, raised in the Northwest suburbs, Samantha is a senior at DePaul University, pursuing a bachelor’s in journalism and public relations and advertising. She’s currently an assistant producer under Carol Marin and Don Moseley with DePaul’s Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence, a sports beat/news writer for the national award-winning newspaper, The DePaulia, and reported for DePaul’s Chicago Emmy Award-winning show, “Good Day DePaul.” On top of school-related work, Samantha is a news/sports co-host for Univision and Radio DePaul’s “La Hora Picante” on 1200 AM, a show for bilingual millennials. She’s also a communications intern for PCG Sports Desk Media, a sports marketing consulting firm. When she’s not working, you can find her catching up on her favorite shows, “Jane the Virgin,” Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and of course, the tear-inducing show, “This Is Us.”

DePaul Alumni University: “Connecting on climate and energy: Finding common ground in an era of political polarization”

I am giving a lecture Saturday, April 8 at the DePaul Alumni University, DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd.

My talk is entitled “Connecting on climate and energy: Finding common ground in an era of political polarization.” See here for the full schedule.

The majority of voters support US global engagement on climate change. Following the presidential election, researchers at Yale and George Mason Universities found that seven in ten (69%) of registered voters agree with US participation in the Paris agreement on reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, including just more than half (51%) of Republicans. In this talk, drawing on my social media research on discourse about the COP21 Paris climate talks, protest over the Dakota Access Pipeline and hydraulic fracturing, as well as the broader field of climate change communication, I’ll explore ways in which we can connect meaningfully on climate action and energy issues in an era marked by political polarization on the issues.
Links to referenced materials are as follows:
  • President George H. W. Bush 1990 speech to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Georgetown University (see here).
  • President Barack Obama 2015 speech at the COP21 Paris climate talks (see here).
  • Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, Global Warming Six Americas (see here).
  • van der Linden, S., Leiserowitz, A., Rosenthal, S., and Maibach, E. (2017). Inoculating the Public against Misinformation about Climate Change. Global Challenges: Climate Change. doi: 10.1002/gch2.201600008. (see here)
  • Roser-Renouf, C., Maibach, E., Leiserowitz, A., Feinberg, G., & Rosenthal, S (2016). Faith, Morality and the Environment: Portraits of Global Warming’s Six Americas. Yale University and George Mason University. New Haven, CT: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.  (see here)
  • Pope Francis. (2015). Encyclical letter Laudato si’ (see here)
  • Texas Tech University climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe (see here) and her “Global Weirding” PBS Digital Studios project on YouTube (see here)
  • GreenFaith environmental organization (see here)
  • Corner, A., Webster, R. & Teriete, C. (2015). Climate Visuals: Seven principles for visual climate change communication (based on international social research). Oxford: Climate Outreach. (see here)

DePaul University faculty profile

I recently sat down with the DePaul University Newsline to talk about my research on climate activism and energy development. Below is part of that conversation.

Jill Hopke, assistant professor of journalism in the College of Communication, has dedicated her career to discovering the intersections of people, the environment and media. Her recent studies examine transnational anti-fracking activism on social media. She has also researched discussion of climate change solutions on Twitter during recent climate talks.

Read on to learn more about how Hopke’s research has transformed the way she approaches climate change in her own work and classroom.

Tell me about your most recent research.

I recently started a project with colleagues from the University of Wisconsin – Madison examining social media, specifically Twitter, in relation to the Dakota Access Pipeline and Standing Rock protest. The issue has been in the news again as President Trump issued a memorandum giving approval for the project to move forward in January. Work has since resumed on the pipeline. We are tracking how that protest emerged in the public sphere over the summer and into the fall. Most people are not aware that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s opposition to the pipeline began prior to the spark of its wide-spread attention in August 2016. I’m exploring when, and why, the issue went from being relatively localized to being recognized nationally and internationally and what role social media played. We are comparing the movement against the pipeline to opposition of a proposed shale gas development in 2013 by the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, Canada. There are distinct parallels between the cases, particularly the role of visual imagery.

How can we best approach discussions about the environment?

We are at a very interesting time politically for climate change and energy development issues. Both topics are very politicized, and it’s important to have channels for meaningful dialogue. From research, I’ve learned there is segmentation in social media discourse that makes it harder for meaningful dialogue to occur. My research on Twitter discourse about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, revealed segmented “hashtag publics” of activists and industry supporters, with an absence of dialogue between the two. When we talk about climate change communication, we need to understand the issue is not simply a matter of providing people with more factual information, but base our communication interventions in social science research. There is a spectrum of opinion about climate change that ranges from alarmed to dismissive. Beliefs may be based on an individual’s background, their social networks, political stance or ideology. In discussion of climate and energy issues, we must tailor our messages to reach individuals based on where they fall on the spectrum of dismissive to alarmed.

Read the full piece on the DePaul University Newsline.

Fox News “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Appearance

I appeared on the first edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News to discuss the response to the presidential election results on college campuses. I shared how I handled discussing the election results with my students at DePaul University.

According to Nielsen ratings the episode had a reach of 3.7 million households, more than CNN and MSNBC combined.

New climate activist strategy gains steam this election season

I’ve published a new analytic piece in The Conversation, “New Climate Activist Strategy Gains Steam this Election Season.” Below is an except. You can read the full article at The Conversation here.

In Tuesday’s primaries in five northeastern states, Donald Trump – who has voiced support for fracking as far back as 2012, prior to his presidential bid – swept the Republican field. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – in favor of fracking under some circumstances – won in four states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

With the front-runners of both parties in support of fracking, even with some conditions, it would seem that anti-fracking activists are fighting an uphill battle.

But on the Democratic side, attention to climate change and fracking during northeast primaries has been prominent, with Senator Bernie Sanders having garnered strong support from anti-fracking activists for his call for a national ban on the technology. And as the primary season has unfolded, Clinton has taken a stronger stance on climate issues, such as banning fossil fuel development on public lands, when pressed by climate activists.

A close look at the political strategies of climate activists reveals a shift in focus to the localized impacts of fossil fuel extraction and a global push to keep fossil fuels in the ground. These changes come at a time of changing views on climate change, energy policy and politics in the U.S. population overall.

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