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UMW PoliSci professor receives “article of the year” award

Chad Murphy, assistant professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington, was recently announced as the 2014 recipient of article of the year by Communication Methods and Measures journal, according to a university release.

Murphy, who co-authored the article with associate professor of psychology Chris Westbury at the University of Alberta, published “Expanding the scope of selective exposure: An objective approach to measurement of media ideology” in the journal’s August 2013 edition.

“The paper does an excellent job describing the methodological limitations of current approaches to selective exposure (i.e., blunt coding, assumption of neutrality, artificial unidimensionality),” the award committee was quoted in the release. “Further, the cognitive psychology focus on word co-occurrence is interesting and innovative to selective exposure research.”

Murphy and Westbury will be awarded during an annual conference in Montreal, Canada.


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