Suzannah Evans Comfort

Assistant Professor

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  • Research and Creative Interests

    journalism practice, environmental communication, climate change, non-profit communications, science communication,


    Dr. Suzannah Evans Comfort (Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 2016) is an Assistant Professor in the Media School at Indiana University. Her research focuses on environmental communication, particularly the role of NGOs in influencing news about environmental issues. She has been published in numerous journals, including Science Communication and Environmental Communication. In 2015, she and her coauthors won the top faculty paper award in the Mass Communication & Society division of AEJMC.

    Recent publications include:

    Comfort, S.E. and Blankenship, J. (2018). Curated journalism: A field theory approach to journalistic production by environmental non-governmental organizations. Journalism 

    Comfort, S.E. (2017). From ignored to banner story: The role of natural disasters in influencing the newsworthiness of climate change in the Philippines. Journalism, 1464884917727426.

    Evans, S. (2016). Journalistic norms, cultural values, and coverage of climate change in the Philippines. Environmental Communication 10(4), 492-507. doi:10.1080/17524032.2015.1088459 

    Evans, S. (2015). Shark Week and the rise of infotainment in science documentaries.Communication Research Reports 32(3), 265-271.

    Evans, S., & Riffe, D. (2015). Coverage Reflects Importance of Fishing to Community.Newspaper Research Journal 36(4), 441-454. DOI: 10.1177/0739532915618404

    Myrick, J., & Evans, S. (2014). Do PSAs take a bite out of Shark Week? The effects of juxtaposing environmental messages with violent images of shark attacks. Science Communication 36(5), 544-569. doi: 10.1177/1075547014547159