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RACHEL R. MOURÃO
Assistant Professor
Michigan State University, School of Journalism
mourao@msu.edu

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Journalism, The University of Texas at Austin, 2016
Dissertation: From mass to elite protests: How Journalists Covered the 2013 and
2015 Demonstrations in Brazil
Committee: Stephen Reese (chair), Regina Lawrence, Joseph Straubhaar, Thomas Johnson, Rosental Alves
* Gene Burd Outstanding Dissertation in Journalism Studies Award, ICA, 2017
**Top Dissertation Award, 2016, Mass Communication and Society Division, AEJMC, 2017

M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 2014
Thesis: Media and crime: the case of local TV in Brazil

B.A., Comunicação Social - Jornalismo, Universidade Federal do Amazonas, 2010
    Thesis: Cobertura ambiental sobre a Amazônia - Uma análise comparativa entre os jornais A Crítica e Folha de S. Paulo

ACADEMIC POSITIONS
Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, School of Journalism, 2016- current
Instructor of Record, University of Texas at Austin, School of Journalism, 2015
Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, School of Journalism, 2012 - 2016
Research Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, 2013 - 2015
Graduate Assistant, University of Florida, 2010 - 2012
Research Assistant, Washington and Lee University, 2008 - 2009

RESEARCH
Peer-reviewed academic journal publications

Mourão, R.R., Thorson, E., Chen W., & Tham, S. (in press). Media Repertoires and News Trust During Early Trump Administration. Journalism Studies, forthcoming.

Molyneux, L. & Mourão, R.R. (2017). Social media echo chambers: Political journalists' normalization of Twitter affordances. Journalism Studies, 1-19. 

McGregor, S. C. & Mourão, R.R. (2017). Second Screening Donald Trump: Conditional Indirect Effects on Political Participation. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 61 (02), 264-290.

McGregor, S. C., Mourão, R.R., Neto, I., Angelucci, A., & Straubhaar, J. (2017). All the Kids are Doing It: Second Screening as Convergence in Brazil and the US. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 61 (01), 162-181.

McGregor, S. C., Mourão, R. R., & Molyneux, L. (2017). Twitter as a tool for and object of political and electoral activity: Considering electoral context and variance among actors. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 1-14.

Mourão, R.R., Diehl, T., & Vasudevan, K. (2016). I Love Big Bird: How journalists tweeted humor during the 2012 presidential debates. Digital Journalism, 4(2), 211-228.

Mourão, R. R. (2016). "Binders Full of Tweets:" Twitter Coverage of "Women's Issues" in the 2012 elections. Electronic Journal of Communication, 26 (1).

McGregor, S. C., & Mourão, R. R. (2016). Talking Politics on Twitter: Gender, Elections, and Social Networks. Social Media+ Society, 2(3), 1-14. 

Mourão, R.R., Saldaña, M., McGregor, S.C., Zeh, A.D. (2016). Support for Protests in Latin America: Classifications and the Role of Online Networking. Social Sciences, 2016, 5(4), 58.

Mourão, R. R. (2015). The boys on the timeline: Political journalists' use of Twitter for building interpretive communities. Journalism, 16(8), 1107-1123.

Stephens, M., Yoo, J., Mourão, R. R., Gutierrez, F. M., Baresch, B., & Johnson, T. J. (2016). The life of the Tea Party: Differences between Tea Party and Republican media use and political variables. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 24(3), 157-171.

Mourão, R. R., & Wood, C. C. (2015). The Digital Inequality in Brazil, 2004-2009: Evolution and Effects on Political Engagement. Journal of Latin American Communication Research, 5(1), 115-139.

Mourão, R.R., Yoo, J., Geise, S., Araiza, J.A., Kilgo, D.K., Chen, V., & Johnson, T.J. (2015). Online News, Social Media, and European Union Attitudes: A Multidimensional Analysis. International Journal of Communication 9, 1-20.

Mourão, R. R. (2014). A Bloody Weekend in Manaus: A Case Study of Televised Crime Reporting in Amazonas, Brazil. The Latin Americanist, 58(2), 3-21.

Stephens, M., Yoo, J., Mourão, R. R., Vu, H. T., Baresch, B., & Johnson, T. J. (2014). How app are people to use smartphones, search engines, and social media for news?: examining information acquisition tools and their influence on political knowledge and voting. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 11(4), 383-396.

Colares, J.S., Ferreira, M.N., Cumaru, R.A.,.. Mourão, R.R. (2006). Piatamzinho: Structuring and Development of a Site for Children's Environmental Education.  Inovcom - Brazilian Scientific Innovation in Communications Journal. 1 (2), 113-116.

Cunha, D.A, Colares, J.S., Reis, M.S., Rocha, B.R., Silva, L. V., & Mourão, R.R. (2006). Site Piatam: Scientific Research and Communication Technology in Symbiosis. Inovcom - Brazilian Scientific Innovation in Communications Journal. 1 (2), 117-121.

Grants

2017   The News Challenge Fund, Online News Association, award for the project "Can transmedia journalism help explain how school of choice affects rural and urban communities?", $35,000 - Funded

2017   U.S. State Department, Press Freedom and Innovation in Journalism - Mission Brazil, $106,093 - Awaiting decision

2017     Spencer Foundation (Co-PI with Brendan Watson), $50,000 - Awaiting decision

Honors and awards

Gene Burd Outstanding Dissertation in Journalism Studies Award, International Communication Association

Dissertation award, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Mass Communication and Society division

Top Paper (First Place), Latino/Latin American Studies Award, International Communication Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Dissertation Writing Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, awarded to top senior graduate students in the Moody College of Communication

Maxwell McCombs Graduate Student Award for Research Publishing, University of Texas at Austin (also awarded in 2014 and 2015)

Graduate School Decentralized Continuing Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, recognizing outstanding academic achievement

Markham Paper Competition (First Place), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference

Top Paper (First Place), Latino/Latin American Studies Award, International Communication Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Top Paper (Third Place), Latino/Latin American Studies Award, International Communication Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Top Student Paper (Second Place), Commission for the Status of Women, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference

Field Research Grant, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin, to support dissertation research

Mary Gardner Award for Graduate Student Research, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Commission on the Status of Women, 2014

Top Paper (Third Place), Latino/Latin American Studies Award, International Communication
Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2014

Graduate School Decentralized Continuing Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, recognizing outstanding academic achievement, 2014

Top Student Paper (First Place), Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research MAPOR conference, 2014

Ada Frances Miller Endowed Graduate Scholarship in Journalism, University of Texas at Austin, 2013

Graduate Recruitment Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin

Certificate of Outstanding Achievement, University of Florida, 2010 - 2012

Center for Latin American Studies Student Travel Grant, University of Florida, 2011

Center for Latin American Studies Field Research Grant, University of Florida, 2011

John M. Gunn Scholarship, Washington and Lee University, $60,000 fellowship awarded to international students of exceptional academic, personal and professional promise, 

Ligia Avebuck Prize by the Brazilian Society for Interdisciplinary Studies of Communications/Intercom - 2006.

First Place, Admission Test - Continuous Selective Process, Universidade Federal do     Amazonas, 2005.

Book chapters

Molyneux, L., Mourão, R.R., & Coddington, M. (2016). US political journalists' use of Twitter: Lessons from 2012 and a Look Ahead. In R. Davis, C Holtz-Bacha, & M.R. Just (Eds.), Twitter and Elections around the World: Campaigning in 140 Characters or Less. New York, NY: Routledge.

Lawrence, R., McGregor, S. C., Cardona, A., & Mourão, R.R. (2015). Personalization and Gender: 2014 Gubernatorial Candidates on Social Media. In J. Hendricks & D. Schill (Eds.). Communication and 2014 Mid-Term Elections: Media, Message, and Mobilization.

 

Peer-reviewed academic conference papers

Mourão, R.R. & Robertson, C. T. (May, 2018). Fake news as centrifugal diversification: a content analysis of sites that publish false, misleading, hyperpartisan and sensational information. Paper accepted to be presented at the International Communication Association Conference, Prague, Czech Republic. 

Mourão, R.R. & Molyneux, L. (May, 2018). Tweeting outside the lines: Normalization and fragmentation as political reporters break from the mainstream. Paper accepted to be presented at the International Communication Association Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.

Edgerly, S., Tham, S., Thorson, E. & Mourão, R.R. (May, 2018). Evaluating, fact-checking and detecting misinformation: How headline slant and source influence truth perceptions and verification. Paper accepted to be presented at the International Communication Association Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.

Mourão, R.R., Thorson, E., Chen W., & Tham, S. (September, 2017). Media Repertoires and News Trust During Early Trump Administration. Paper presented at the Future of Journalism Conference, Cardiff, UK.

Mourão, R.R. (August, 2017). Revisiting the "Brazilian Paradox:" journalists' attitudes towards left and right-leaning protests. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference, Chicago, IL.
* First place, Latino/Latin American Studies Award
 
Molyneux, L. & Mourão, R.R. (August, 2017). Social media echo chambers: Political journalists' normalization of Twitter affordances. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference, Chicago, IL.

Mourão, R. R. (May, 2017). When Elites Protest: News Coverage and the Evolution of Anti-Government Demonstrations in Brazil. Paper presented at the International Communication Association Conference, San Diego, CA.

Mourão, R.R. & Harlow, S. (May, 2017). Awareness, Reporting, and Branding: Exploring Brazilian Journalists' Social Media Use Across Platforms. Paper presented at the International Communication Association Conference, San Diego, CA.

Mourão, R.R. (May, 2017). Journalists' balancing act: self-correcting for the protest paradigm during the demonstrations in Brazil. Paper presented at the International Communication Association Conference, San Diego, CA.

McGregor, S. & Mourão, R.R. (August, 2016). Second Screening Donald Trump: Conditional Indirect Effects on Political Participation. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference, Minneapolis, MI.

Kilgo, D.K.; Mourão, R.R.; & Sylvie, G. (August, 2016). Did Black Lives Matter? The evolution of protest coverage after the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference, Minneapolis, MI.

McGregor, S. C., Mourão, R.R., & Molyneux, L. (2015, September). Using Volume and Tone on Twitter for Electoral Prediction: Not so Simple. Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Mourão, R.R., Kilgo, D., & Sylvie, G. (2015, August). Michael Brown as a news icon: Event-driven news and their impact on protest paradigm. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Mourão, R.R., McGregor, S. C. & Saldana, M. (2015, August). Online networking and protest behaviors in Latin America. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference, San Francisco, CA.
*Third place, Latino/Latin American Studies Award

Saldana, M. & Mourão, R.R. (2015, August). Reporting in Latin America: Issues and perspectives on investigative journalism in the region. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference, San Francisco, CA.
* First place, Markham student paper competition; First Place, Latino/Latin American Studies Award

McGregor, S. C. & Mourão, R.R. (2015, August). Gender, politics, and the networked public sphere: Tracking the 2014 elections on Twitter. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference, San Francisco, CA. 
* Second place, top student paper

McGregor, S. C., Mourão, R.R., Neto, I., & Straubhaar, J. (2015, May). All the Kids are Doing It: Second Screening as Convergence in Brazil and the US. Paper presented at the International Communication Association Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Mourão, R.R., Saldana, M. & McGregor, S. C. (2014, November). Online networking and protest attitudes and behaviors in the Americas. Paper presented at the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research MAPOR 2014 Conference, Chicago, IL. 
* First place, top student paper

Mourão, R.R. (2014, October). Saimos do Facebook? Online networking and protest attitudes and behaviors in Brazil. Paper presented at the 2014 Global Fusion Conference, Austin, TX. 
* Third place, top student paper

Mourão, R.R. (2014, August). Framing #VemPraRua: The 2013 Brazilian Protests on News Websites, Blogs and Twitter. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference 2014, Montreal, Canada. 
* Third place, Latino/Latin American Studies Award

Mourão, R. R., Diehl, T. & Vasudevan, K. (2014, August). I LOVE BIG BIRD: How Journalists Tweeted Humor during the 2012 Presidential Debate. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference 2014, Montreal, Canada. 

Mourão, R. R. (2014, February). The boys on the timeline: journalists' use of Twitter for building interpretive communities. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Midwinter Conference 2014, Norman, OK. 

Mourão, R.R., Geise, S., Yoo, J. & Johnson, T. (2014, September). Communicative or Democratic Deficit? The Influence of Traditional and Digital Media Usage on Support for Democracy in the EU. World. Paper presented at the World Association for Public Opinion Research Conference, Nice, France.

Geise, S., Mourão, R.R., Yoo & Johnson, T. (2014, November) Media, Economic perception and democratic satisfaction in the EU. Paper presented at the European Communication Conference, Lisbon, Portugal. 

Holt, J., & Mourão, R.R. (2014, February). Going into labor: A content analysis of the [state] Department of Agriculture marketing videos. Paper presented at the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists Conference, 2014, Dallas, TX. 

Mourão, R.R., Yoo, J., Araiza. J., & Johnson, T. (2013, November). #blocparty: A multidimensional analysis of online news and social media's impact on attitudes towards the European Union. Paper presented at the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research MAPOR 2013 Conference, Chicago, IL. 

Mourão, R. R. (2013, August). "Binders Full of Tweets:" Twitter Coverage of "Women's Issues" in the 2012 elections. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference, Washington, DC. 

Mourão, R.R. & Wood, C.H. (2013, August). The Digital Divide In Brazil, 2004 - 2009: Evolution and Effects on Political Engagement. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference, Washington, DC. 
* Top Poster Award

Vu, H., Yoo, J., Stephens, M., Mourão, R.R., Baresh, B. & Johnson, T.J. (2013, August). Communication's Next Top Model: Comparing the Differential Gains and Communication Mediation Models as Predictors of Political Participation and Knowledge. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference, Washington, DC. 
* Top Faculty Paper

Mourão, R.R. (2012, March). Media and Crime: a Case Study of Local TV in Brazil. Paper presented at the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies - SECOLAS conference. Gainesville, FL. 

Other conference presentations

Mourão, R.R. (2015, May). Collective action frames of the 2013 Brazilian Protests: Core framing tasks, alignment and mobilization. Paper presented at the ICA Political Communication Pre-Conference workshop, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Mourão, R.R., McGregor, S. C. & Saldana, M. (2015, May). Online networking and protest behaviors in Latin America. Paper presented at the ICA Political Communication Pre-Conference workshop, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Mourão, R.R. & Alves, R. (2014, November). Social media and support for protests in Brazil. International Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communication (Orbicom), Bordeaux, France.

Mourão, R.R. (2012, March). Another bloody weekend in Manaus. Center for Latin American Studies poster competition. The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. 
    * First place, top poster award

Panels

Mourão, R.R., Groves, J., Funk, M., & Walck, P. (2017, August). Surviving the Job Market. In G. Pearson (chair). Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, Chicago, IL. 

Evans, H., Mourão, R.R., Molyneux L. & Coddington, M., Just, M., Crigler, A., Small, T. (2015, September). Tweeting the election: journalists, candidates, and parties in the U.S. and Canada. In R. Davis (chair). American Political Science Association Political Communication Pre-Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Bachman, I., Finneman, T., McGregor, S. & Mourão, R. R., Voss, K.W. (2015, August). On the Eve of Hilary: Women in the 2014 Elections. In S. McGregor (chair). Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Duvall, S., Moscowitz, L. Mourão, R.R., Everbach, T., Harp, D., Howerton, L. (2014, August). Reporting on Gender Violence: Ethical Considerations. In A. Kothari (chair). Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference, Montreal, Canada. 

Finch, D., McGregor, S., Mourão, R.R., Weber, M., Yaros, R. (2014, August). Teaching Big Data in the Classroom: What Faculty and Students Should Know. In H. LaMarre (chair). Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference, Montreal, Canada. 

Invited papers and presentations

When elites protest: news coverage of the 2013-2015 anti-corruption protests in Brazil
Invited presentation at Washington and Lee University, Faculty Colloquium: Brazilian Economy in the 21st Century
February, 2017

Social media and protests in Latin America
Invited presentation at the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi.
October, 2016  

Brazilian media in times of crisis and protests
Invited presentation at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies Brazil center, The University of Texas at Austin. April, 2015

Social Media for Journalists
Guest lecturer at the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) Reynolds High School Journalism Institute, The University of Texas at Austin. July, 2013

Crime and the Media in Latin America
Guest lecturer for Latin American Societies course, The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. October, 2011

TEACHING

Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, School of Journalism
*Media literacy in the Age of Fake News, undergraduate level, Fall 2017
News Writing and Reporting II, undergraduate level, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018
Social Media News and Information, graduate level, Spring 2017, Fall 2018
* denotes course that I developed for the School of Journalism at Michigan State University
Instructor of Record, University of Texas at Austin, School of Journalism
    Digital Storytelling, undergraduate level, Spring 2015

Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, School of Journalism
Digital Storytelling, undergraduate level, Fall 2015
Digital Media Basics, undergraduate level, Spring 2013 - Spring 2014
Freedom, Philosophy and the Law, undergraduate level, Fall 2012

ADVISING AND MENTORING

Graduate student activities

Doctoral Committee
Yadira Nieves, beginning 2017
Craig Robertson, beginning 2017
Carin Tunney, beginning 2018

Master's Committee
Alexis Howell, beginning 2017
Soo Young Shin, beginning 2017 

Research Group
    Craig Robertson
    Weiyue Chen
    Chankyung Pak
    Kelley Cotter
    Julia DeCook
    Soo Young Shin

Independent study
    Soo Young Shin (graduate)
    Paige Torphy (undergraduate)

Undergraduate student activities

UURAF-University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum
Rianna Middleton, Luke Burchart, Daniel Rayzel

SERVICE AND OUTREACH

Service to the discipline

Editorial Board, Digital Journalism, beginning 2018

Journal Reviewer
    New Media & Society
    International Journal of Press/Politics
    Journalism Studies
    Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media
    Social Media & Society

Reviewer for external funding agencies, National Science Foundation, 2016

Conference Reviewer
2015-2018: International Communication Association (ICA): Political Communication Division, Journalism Studies Division
2014-2018: Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication: Political Communication Interest Group

Service to organizations
    Lynda Lee Kaid Award Committee, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass communication, Political Communication Interest Group, 2017
    Membership chair, Political Communication Interest Group, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2017
    Communications chair, Political Communication Interest Group, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2013- 2016
    Moderator, Teaching Big Data in the Classroom: What Faculty and Students Should Know. Teaching panel at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication 2014 Annual Conference. Montreal, Canada.
 

Service to Michigan State University

Faculty search committee, School of Journalism, 2017-2018

Inclusiveness committee, College of Communication Arts & Sciences, Michigan State University, 2017

Diversity, mission and bylaws committee, School of Journalism, Michigan State University, 2016-17

Service to The University of Texas at Austin

Director's Student Advisory Board, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin, 2014 - 2016


PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE

Writer, 10,000 trees project, Manaus, Brazil, June 2014
Responsible for content, website management and translating services (English-Portuguese) for the 10,000 trees project, an environmental development project that aims to finance local families' efforts in promoting reforestation in the Amazon region

Social Media manager, Latin American Studies Outreach Program, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, July 2011- August 2011
Editor for the Latin American Studies wiki series, Portuguese Language Journal website, and social media manager (Facebook and Twitter accounts)

Online Reporter, Piatam Institute, Manaus, AM, Brazil, August 2009 - June 2010
Responsible for online coverage on the World Cup 2014 environmental impacts studies in Manaus, AM

Producer, TV Ufam, Manaus, AM, Brazil, September 2007- July 2008
Produced the television show "Debating the Media"; which discussed media coverage on social issues in Brazil

Reporter, Jornal Maskate, Manaus, AM, Brazil, January 2005- January 2006 


SELECTED MEDIA APPEARANCES

WILX Lansing, Can you tell when you are reading fake or real news? (October 4, 2017)

Reporter UNESP (Brazil), O que a ascensão do conservadorismo na Europa tem a ver com Trump? (November 14, 2017)

The Rochelle Riley Show, Radio interview, Detroit, MI (September 18, 2017)

Jornal de Notícias (Portugal): Against newspapers and social media predictions, how did Trump win?

Jornal de Notícias (Portugal): Dominating the world from Twitter  (January 14, 2017) (November 9, 2016)

The Petosky News-Review: Fake News: Why it's here, and how to fight it (December 23, 2016)

Carta Capital (Brazil): The Brazilian Image in the Foreign Press (April 29, 2016)

O Tempo (Brazil): Selective exposure leads to political polarization (April 4, 2016)

The Boston Globe: A whole new world of campaign tech (May 22, 2015)

Carta Capital (Brazil): Uma tentativa de execução de menores de idade transmitida ao vivo (July 16, 2015)

OTHER

Twitter Research Group, University of Texas, 2012 - 2016

Digital Media Research Program, University of Texas, 2014 - 2016

Online Political Communication Research Group, University of Texas, 2012 - 2014

Applied Text-Mining and Text-Analysis with R, Summer Statistics Institute, University of Texas at Austin, 2014

Journalism Ethics in a Digital Age, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, University of Texas, Austin, 2011

Video Production Workshop, 5th Symposium of Communication Sciences, Universidade Federal do Amazonas, 2005

Visual Anthropology Workshop, 10th Meeting of Social Sciences Students - ENECS, Brazil, 2005