Alexis Straka

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    Why journalists should think twice about calling themselves “storytellers” in today’s partisan environment

Why journalists should think twice about calling themselves “storytellers” in today’s partisan environment

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Journalists often brand themselves as “storytellers” to signal their reporting expertise. But in new research, Brian Calfano, Jeffrey Blevins and Alexis Straka find that because of the public’s perception of the label, using the “storyteller” brand may actually have negative implications for journalists, especially those who report on politics.

A common brand journalists use to describe themselves professionally is “storyteller.” […]

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    Women candidates in the US are running better campaigns than men

Women candidates in the US are running better campaigns than men

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In new research, David Niven, Anwar Mhajne and Alexis Straka find that, in general, compared to men, women candidates are more likely to answer voters’ questions in vague and less specific ways, a tactic which is linked to greater chances of winning elections. They comment that given that women draw votes at the same rates as men, they may […]

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