In The News

June 11th, 2014

Published study finds social media souring marriages

Emerging Media

Findings from a series of studies performed by a group of researchers including Emerging Media Studies professor James Katz show a correlation between heavy social media use and marriage dissatisfaction. Using data from surveys conducted in 2008 to 2010, the researchers found that a 20 percent increase in Facebook users by state would increase divorce […]

May 21st, 2014

PR senior shares her story in Commencement address

Public Relations

Taryana Gilbeau (’14), a senior public relations major, was selected from 56 entries to deliver the student Commencement address in front of an estimated 20,000 guests at Boston University’s 141st Commencement on May 18, 2014. The first in her family to attend college, Gilbeau told the audience, “I wasn’t supposed to be here.” Thanks to […]

May 13th, 2014

Redstone gift funds narrative professorship


Viacom and CBS chair Sumner Redstone (Hon. ’94) has donated $2.5 million to the College of Communication (COM) for the creation of a new professorship that will study and teach narrative storytelling. The new Sumner M. Redstone Professorship in Narrative Studies will be endowed in perpetuity through a gift from the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable […]

May 7th, 2014

Students push for change on Capitol Hill

Film & Television

By Nicole Beale On Wednesday, May 7, BU students showcased their work in Washington D.C. in an effort to protect children in the family court system. Prof. Garland Waller’s Hothouse Productions, a class that operates as a client-driven, student-run production company, partnered with Eileen King of Child Justice and Dr. Joyanna Silberg of the Leadership […]

May 6th, 2014

Study links social media use with dissatisfaction among couples

Emerging Media

Time spent on social network sites such as Facebook could be an indicator of a failing marriage, according to a team of researchers that included Dr. James Katz, Feld Professor of Emerging Media at Boston University. Katz teamed with Sebastian Valenzuela and Daniel Halpern of the Catholic University of Chile in examining data from the […]

May 1st, 2014

JO student work among New England’s best


Dana Hatic, Prof. Susan Walker, Honah Liles, Prof. Elizabeth Mehren, Prof. Michelle Johnson and Mike Neff pose for a photo following the Mark of Excellence awards luncheon. Boston University journalism students won a raft of awards in the past year for their breaking news and features reporting, and for overall excellence. Student-run media (BUTV-10, WTBU […]

April 30th, 2014

COM in the News: April 2014


Advertising Jacob Groshek Assistant Professor, Mass Communication ThinkProgress, How Ad Companies Can Ruin Selfies For Everyone (4/8/14) Business T. Barton Carter Chair, Department of Mass Communication, Advertising & Public Relations Professor, Communication and Law The Boston Globe, Aereo’s $97m question for the Supreme Court (4/13/14) Caryl Rivers Professor, Journalism NPR, The New Realities Of The […]

April 28th, 2014

COM covers the Vatican


BU News Service reporters Kirsten Johnson and Matthew Younis join veteran Boston broadcaster and journalism Prof. RD Sahl in Rome for the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. (Tip: Click Play to watch, then Playlist to find full coverage.) Emmy-winning, veteran journalist Prof. RD Sahl led a team of journalism students covering […]

April 15th, 2014

Lecture: Have Universities Lost Their Way?


Colleges and universities in the West derive from medieval bodies established primarily for teaching and training (principally in law and medicine). Their purposes were established by reference to a common culture, common goals, and a common source of normative authority. By stages, things changed with the reformation and the development of civic universities. The first […]

April 15th, 2014

@comugrad wins Shorty Award


Actress Retta takes a selfie with Assistant Dean Micha Sabovik and members of COM’s social media team. The College of Communication’s undergraduate Twitter handle @comugrad won the award for “Social Media’s Best Barnes & Noble College” in the sixth annual Shorty Awards. This category honors universities across the country that use social media to drive […]