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Dr. Karen McIntyre wins Facebook research grant

Aug 13, 2020

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Karen McIntyre, Ph.D.
Dr. Karen McIntyre

Robertson School Graduate Director Dr. Karen McIntyre has been awarded a highly competitive Facebook research grant. Dr. McIntyre, an associate professor of journalism, is part of a research team with Dr. Meghan Sobel Cohen of Regis University that proposed the research project "Digital literacy in East Africa: A three country comparative study."

Facebook’s request for research proposals on misinformation and polarization drew more than 1,000 proposals from 600 institutions and 77 countries around the world. Dr. McIntyre's team was one of only 25 worldwide that were selected for a Facebook research grant. The team, which also includes Dr. Kioko Ireri of United States International University-Africa in Kenya, Dr. Brian Semujju of Makerere University in Uganda and Emmanuel Munyarukumbuzi of the University of Rwanda, received a $70,000 research grant.

Their study will consist of a cross-national survey conducted in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya, three East African nations. The survey will focus on demographics, audience trust in various media platforms and media literacy/digital content evaluation via measures testing respondents’ believability of true and false social media posts. Dr. McIntyre already spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in Rwanda in 2018-2019.

"Congratulations to Dr. McIntyre and her research partners for receiving this highly competitive grant," said Robertson School Director Dr. Marcus Messner. "This grant award from Facebook speaks to the international recognition and impact of their research."