Research and Creative Interests
- Visual Communication
- race and media
- Media Images
- News Media and Politics
- Political Communication
- Media Framing
- Social Media Strategies
A first stream of my scholarship focuses on understanding how news media can affect social and attitudinal changes toward ethnic groups, diversity and identity. I am interested in studying the visual and textual representation of immigrants and under-served communities, the formation of stereotypes and counter-stereotypes, and the consequent effects on the audience. My studies pay particular attention to the influence of political orientation and ideology on media production and consumption.
A second line of my research looks specifically at political and strategic communication, digital multi-platform storytelling and the consequent effects on the audiences
During my time here at Indiana University I taught courses in introduction to media, broadcasting media analysis, design and production, visual communication and media industry and management.
Famulari, U. (accepted, in press). The strategic use of visuals on Facebook: A multimodal analysis of images and audience reactions during the campaign for the 2019 UK general elections. Visual Communication Quarterly, 28 (4)
Famulari, U. (2020) Framing the Trump Administration’s “Zero Tolerance” Policy: A Quantitative Content analysis of News Stories and Visuals in US News Websites, Journalism Studies, DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2020.1832141
Famulari, U. (2020). Defining problems and struggling to find solutions: Framing Roma people in Italian news websites. Journal of Italian Media & Cinema Studies, 3(2), 375-397.