My name is Minchul Kim and I am a PhD Candidate in The Media School at Indiana University. My research primarily investigates antecedents and consequences of news use. I use political and social psychological perspectives to investigate how individual differences such as political affiliation and personality traits play out in the ways how people select, engage, and make sense of news content and political information in general.
I am currently working on my dissertation project, “Personalized and Emotionalized News Media Coverage of Muslim Victims: A test of Empathy-Altruism Mechanisms.” My dissertation project examines empathy-altruism mechanisms in a mediated inter-group contact context. I am specifically interested in whether and if so how news stories featuring victims of racial discrimination stimulate pro-social behavioral motivations by promoting empathy towards the victims.
I use a wide range of methodological approaches including but not limited to experiments, surveys, secondary data analysis, and computerized textual analysis. My research has appeared in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication and Society, and International Journal of Communication.
Kim, M. (in press). Parental influence on adolescent preference for television public affairs content: A South Korean panel study. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. doi:10.1177/1077699018754910 [pdf]
Kim. M., & Kim, C. (2018). Personality-basis for partisan news media use: Openness to experience and consumption of liberal news media. Mass Communication & Society, 21(6), 814-833. doi:10.1080/15205436.2018.1506035 [pdf]
Kim. M. (2018). Neuroticism and information seeking surrounding the 2014 U.S. Ebola outbreak: Evidence from Internet panel study and Internet search trend data. International Journal of Health and Media Research, 2(2), 77-100. [pdf]
Grabe, M. E., Kleemans, M., Bas, O., Myrick, J. G., & Kim, M. (2017). Putting a human face on cold-hard-face: Effects of personalizing social issues on perceptions of issue importance. International Journal of Communication, 11, 907-929. [pdf]
Kim, M., & Cao, X. (2016). The impact of exposure to media messages promoting government conspiracy theories on distrust in the government: Evidence from a two-stage randomized experiment. International Journal of Communication, 10, 3808-3827. [pdf]