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Indiana University Journalism

Lars WillnatLars Willnat

Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Ernie Pyle Hall, Room 200H
855-9828
Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00 - 4:00 pm, or by appointment

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Biography

Before joining the IU School of Journalism in 2009, I taught for 12 years at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and for four years at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I have also taught as a guest professor in China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Switzerland. My research interests include media effects on political attitudes, theoretical aspects of public opinion formation, and political effects of global communication. My main research activities, however, focus on political communication issues in Asia — an area of the world where media, politics and culture mix in fascinating ways.
I recently completed an edited book (Social Media, Culture, and Politics in Asia) that investigates social media use and political participation in nine Asian nations or territories: China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Japan. By employing a comparative, cross-national approach, the book investigates how the use of social media interacts with culture and politics in each of the selected nations – and how this interaction might affect political participation of individual voters.
Professor David Weaver and I are currently analyzing the data collected in a national survey of nearly 1,100 U.S. journalists. The survey, which was conducted in the fall of 2013, documents the tremendous changes that have occurred in U.S. journalism in the 21st century, many of them due to the rise of new communication technologies and social media. This survey updates the findings from three previous studies conducted in 1982, 1992, and 2002 and asks new questions about the impact of new technologies and social media in the newsroom. The findings will be published in a book titled The American Journalist in the Digital Age.
In 2012, David Weaver and I published The Global Journalist in the 21st Century, which not only updates the original Global Journalist book published in 1998 with new data, but also adds a dozen new countries with comparative research about journalists. As with the first edition of The Global Journalist, our major assumption is that journalists’ personal backgrounds, working conditions and ideas are related to what is reported and how it is covered in the various news media around the world — and that this coverage matters in terms of world public opinion and policies.

Teaching and Research Areas

Teaching interests include political and international communication, public opinion, media theory, and research and methods courses. Research interests include media effects on political attitudes, theoretical aspects of public opinion formation, cross-national and comparative survey research, global communication, and political communication in Asia.

Past Positions

  • Associate Professor, George Washington University, School of Media & Public Affairs (2000-08)
  • Assistant Professor, George Washington University, School of Media & Public Affairs (1996-2000)
  • Assistant Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Journalism and Communication (1993-96)
  • Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, Department of Mass Communication, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea (2012)
  • Guest Professor, Institute of Journalism, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China (2014)
  • Guest Professor, Department of Political Science, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan (2012 & 2013)
  • Guest Professor, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich, Switzerland (2008)
  • Fulbright Scholar, Department of Communication, University Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2006)
  • Guest Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China (2004)
  • Senior Fellow, School of Communication Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2000-01)
  • Director, Center for Survey Research at the George Washington University (1997-2004).

Publications (since 2000)

Refereed Journal Articles
  • Ogan, C., Willnat, L., Pennington, R., & Bashir, M. (2014). The Rise of Anti-Muslim Prejudice: Media and Islamophobia in Europe and the United States. International Communication Gazette, 76(1), 27-46.
  • Willnat, L., Weaver, D.H., & Choi, J. (2013). The Global Journalist in the 21st Century: A Cross-national Study of Journalistic Competencies.Journalism Practice, 7(2), 163-183.
  • Willnat, L., Tamam, T., Wong, J., & Aw, A. (2013). Online Media and Political Participation: The Case of Malaysia. Mass Communication and Society, 16(4), 1-29.
  • Wei, L., Willnat, L., & Shao, L. (2012). Cultural Differences in the Use of Web 1.0 and Web 2.0: A Comparative Analysis of Chinese and American Youth. China Media Research, 8(4), 77-89.
  • Willnat, L., & Luo, Y. (2011). Watching the Dragon: Global Television News about China. Chinese Journal of Communication, 4(3), 255-273.
  • Willnat, L., Aw, A., Hamdy, N., He, Z., Menayang, V., La Porte, T., Sanders, K., & Tamam, E. (2006). Media Use, Anti-Americanism, and International Support for the Iraq War. International Communication Gazette, 68(5-6), 533-550.
  • Kim, S. T., Willnat, L., & Weaver, D. H. (2006). Measuring the Third Person Effects of Public Opinion Polls: Focusing on Online Polls. Korean Journal of Communication & Information, 32, 49-73. (in Korean)
  • Lee, W., Detenber, B. H., Willnat, L., Aday, S., & Graf, J. (2004). A Cross-Cultural Test of the Spiral of Silence Theory in Singapore and the United States. Asian Journal of Communication 14(2), 205-226.
  • Brewer, P. R., Gross, K., Aday, S., & Willnat, L. (2004). International Trust and Public Opinion about World Affairs. American Journal of Political Science, 48(1), 93-109.
  • Brewer, P. R., Graf, J., & Willnat, L. (2003). Priming or Framing: Media Influence on Attitudes toward Foreign Nations. Gazette, 65(6), 493-508.
  • Willnat, L., & Weaver, D. H. (2003). Through Their Eyes: The Work of Foreign Correspondents in the United States. Journalism, 4(4), 403-422.
  • Willnat, L., Lee, W., & Detenber, B. H. (2002). Individual-level Predictors of Public Outspokenness: A Test of the Spiral of Silence Theory in Singapore. The International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 14, 391-412.
  • Willnat, L., He, Z., Takashi, T., & Lopez-Escobar, E. (2002). Perceptions of Foreign Media Influence in Asia and Europe: The Third-Person Effect and Media Imperialism. The International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 14, 175-192.
  • Kim, S. T., Weaver, D. H., & Willnat, L. (2000). Media Reporting and Perceived Credibility of Online Polls. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 77, 846-864.
  • Sigelman, L., & Willnat, L. (2000). Attitudinal Differentiation Between Black Urbanites and Suburbanites: A Test of Three Accounts. Urban Affairs Review, 35, 185-187.
Book Chapters
  • Willnat, L., Wei, L., & Martin, J. (forthcoming). Politics and Social Media in China. In Gary D. Rawnsley and Ming-Yeh Rawnsley (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Media. New York: Routledge.
  • Willnat, L., Weaver, D.H., Stepinska, A., & Lo, V-h. (2013). Who Uses News, How Much, and Why? In A. Cohen (Ed.), Foreign News on Television: Where in the World is the Global Village? (pp. 153-169). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Willnat, L., & Cohen, A. (2013). Self-Reflexivity of Gatekeepers on Contents and Viewers of Foreign News. In A. Cohen (Ed.), Foreign News on Television: Where in the World is the Global Village? (pp. 225-249). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Willnat, L. & Martin, J. (2012). Foreign Correspondents – An Endangered Species? In D.H. Weaver & L. Willnat (Eds.), The Global Journalist in the 21st Century (pp. 495-510). New York: Routledge.
  • Willnat, L. Lo, V-h., & Aw, A. (2012). Opinion Polls and the Media in Taiwan. In C. Holtz-Bacha & J. Strömbäck (Eds.), Opinion Polls and the Media: Reflecting and Shaping Public Opinion (pp. 198-222). New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • Willnat, L. (2009). Surfing the News: The Internet and Traditional News Consumption. In P.S.N. Lee & K.W.Y. Leung (Eds.), New Opportunities & Challenges of the Internet (pp. 83-99). Hong Kong: Chinese University Press.
  • Willnat, L., & Aw, A. (2009). Elections in India: One Billion People and Democracy. In J. Strömbäck & L. L. Kaid (Eds.), The Handbook of Election Coverage Around the World (pp. 123-140). Mahwah, NJ, London: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Willnat, L., & Aw, A. (2009). The Big Unknown: Introduction to Political Communication in Asia. In L. Willnat & A. Aw (Eds.), Political Communication in Asia. (pp. 1-8). New York: Routledge.
  • Willnat, L., & Aw, A. (2009). The Big Unknown: Conclusions About Political Communication in Asia. In L. Willnat & A. Aw (Eds.), Political Communication in Asia. (pp. 216-228). New York: New York: Routledge.
  • Lee, T., & Willnat, L. (2009). Political Communication in Singapore. In L. Willnat & A. Aw (Eds.), Political Communication in Asia. New York: New York: Routledge.
  • Willnat, L., & Weaver, D. H. (2005). Journalism Education in the United States. In K. W. Y. Leung, J. Kenny, & P. S. N. Lee (Eds.), Global Trends in Communication Education and Research (pp. 37-52). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
  • Willnat, L., & Aw, A. (2005). Political Advertising in Emerging Democracies: The Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. In L. L. Kaid & C. Holtz-Bacha (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Political Advertising (pp. 399-416). Thousand Oaks, London: Sage Publications.
  • Willnat, L., & Aw, A. (2004). Political Communication in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities. In L. L. Kaid (Ed.), Handbook of Political Communication Research (pp. 479-503). Mahwah, NJ, London: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Books
  • Willnat, L., & Aw, A. (Eds.) (2014). Social Media, Culture and Politics in Asia. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Weaver, D.H., & Willnat, L. (Eds.) (2012). The Global Journalist in the 21st Century (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge.
  • Brians, C.L., Willnat, L., Manheim, J.B., & Rich, R.C. (2010). Empirical Political Analysis. (8th ed.). New York: Pearson/Longman.
  • Willnat, L., & Aw, A. (Eds.) (2009). Political Communication in Asia. New York: Routledge.

Awards

  • Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship Award, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, 2012
  • Fulbright Scholar, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2006
  • Robert M. Worcester Prize for “Article of the Year” in International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 1992
  • MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Indiana Center on Global Change and World Peace, 1990/91
  • International Leadership Award, Washington, DC, 1989; Exchange Scholarship, Free University of Berlin, 1988
  • Fulbright Travel Grant, 1988

Professional Organizations

Editorial boards of Journalism & Communication Quarterly, Chinese Journal of Communication, and Asian Communication Research. Member of American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), American Political Science Organization (APSA), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), International Communication Association (ICA), Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR), World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR), and Chinese Communication Association (CCA).

Education

  • Ph.D. (Mass Communication), School of Journalism, Indiana University, 1992
  • M.A. (Mass Communication), School of Journalism, Indiana University, 1991
  • B.A. (Journalism, Political Science, Philosophy), Free University of Berlin, Germany, 1988