Mindy McAdams teaches production and theory courses about interactive media and online journalism. She has trained hundreds of journalists in digital skills (at the Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Montreal Gazette, Austin American-Statesman, various state newspaper associations, Nieman Fellows at Harvard, two National Writers Workshops, and several Poynter seminars). She has led journalist training workshops in South Africa, Argentina, Vietnam, Laos, and Bulgaria on missions for the U.S. State Department. She has also given presentations about online journalism in Britain, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand, and Canada. In 2011-12 she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar on a teaching grant in Indonesia for 10 months. Her first Fulbright award was in 2004-05, for teaching/research in Malaysia for eight months.
Industry Expertise (3)
Media - Online
Media - Print
Areas of Expertise (6)
International and Intercultural Communication
Digital and Mobile Media Communication
Numeracy and Coding
Media Appearances (1)
UF Journalism Students, Professors May Have Been Exposed To COVID-19 At Conference
Mindy McAdams, a professor of journalism at UF, said she and another professor — along with 10 students — went to the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting conference at the New Orleans Marriott last week. [...] The group returned on Sunday and didn’t receive information until late Tuesday afternoon that someone who attended the conference tested positive for COVID-19. She estimates more than a thousand people attended the conference. “I didn’t go to campus on Monday, and Tuesday is the day when I teach four hours in classrooms,” McAdams said. “So I was there pretty much all day Tuesday.”
What Is News? Audiences May Have Their Own IdeasAtlantic Journal of Communication
Cory L Armstrong, Melinda J McAdams, Jason Cain
2015 This study examines what young adults consider to be news, comparing that with traditional news values as espoused by journalists and taught in journalism schools. Employing an online survey, we compared those views with the participants' assessment of whether 42 headlines are “news.” Findings indicated that traditional values of prominence, impact, and controversy were important to participants but that timeliness and proximity were less so. Opinion also emerged as a value.
Don’t just teach skills, train young journalists to be lifelong learnersNieman Lab
Melinda J McAdams
2012 Journalism school students often choose the field because they like writing. So getting them to code requires more than instruction — it takes convincing.
Blogging the Time Away? Young Adults' Motivations for Blog UseAtlantic Journal of Communication
Cory L Armstrong, Melinda J McAdams
2011 The content of Weblogs ranges from personal diary entries to interactive content from news organizations. Employing the uses and gratifications framework, this study examined how much time young adults spend with blogs and how well traditional predictors of media trust fit a model of overall blog trust. Findings from data collections in 2005 and 2007 indicate that information seekers trust blog content more than those using blogs for entertainment purposes. However, traditional indicators of media trust, such as interest in current events, are negatively associated with blog trust. Implications are discussed.
Internet political discussions in the Arab world: A look at online forums from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and JordanInternational Communication Gazette
Eisa Al Nashmi, Johanna Cleary, Juan-Carlos Molleda, Melinda McAdams
2010 This content analysis examines postings on four Internet political discussion forums based in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt. The study of Arabic-language sites concludes that the discussions cover a variety of topics and offer vibrant and complex conversations on political issues in the Arab world. Unlike in the US and European countries, the study found that social issues were not a big part of political debate in the Arab world. The study also found that discussions had varied political agendas influenced by many variables including geography, culture, history, demographics, major news events and political and economic structures. It indicated that the often one-dimensional portrayal of the Arab world in the western media is simplistic and frequently inaccurate.
Blogs of Information: How Gender Cues and Individual Motivations Influence Perceptions of CredibilityJournal of Computer‐Mediated Communication
Cory L Armstrong, Melinda J McAdams
2009 This study examines how gender cues influence perceptions of credibility of informational blogs. Using 2 experiments for data collection, this study manipulated the gender descriptors of a Weblog authors and had participants rate the overall perceived credibility of 1 of 3 blog posts. Male authors were deemed more credible than female authors, and main effects were found for information seekers, who found the blogs more credible than noninformation seekers. Implications are discussed.