School of Journalism and New Media

The University of Mississippi

Top mass communication scholar will speak at Meek School Nov. 2

Posted on: October 16th, 2018 by ldrucker

Note: Please RSVP for the following by emailing by Oct. 31.

David Weaver, Distinguished and Roy W. Howard Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, will speak at a faculty luncheon in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media noon Friday, Nov. 2 in the Overby Center conference room.

In addition to the informal luncheon, Weaver also will present highlights of his research to students and faculty, 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2 in Farley 126.

“Dr. Weaver is known internationally as a top scholar in the mass communication field,” said event organizer Kristen Swain, associate professor in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. “His prominent work in agenda-setting theory has been widely used for decades around the world. It has illuminated how much power media have over what public audiences consider to be the major issues of the day.”

His 27-page vita details awards, 13 books, and numerous articles about journalists, the agenda-setting roles of media, voter learning, newspaper readership, foreign news coverage, and journalism education. He has led four national studies of U.S. journalists since the early 1980s that studied nearly 1,500 journalists from over 30 different countries.

His master’s thesis predicted which U.S. senators would get the most and least news coverage in news magazines based on state size, seniority, committee assignments, staff size and activity, political leanings, and security of a Senate seat. His doctoral dissertation identified predictors of press freedom in 137 different countries.

Weaver entered the journalism profession as a newspaper reporter, copy editor and assistant editor in college. He then worked on four daily newspapers in Indiana and North Carolina and served nearly two years in the U.S. Army. Weaver later served as president of the national Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, and as a fellow of the International Communication Association.

While on faculty in the Indiana University journalism school from 1974 to 2011, Weaver taught research methods and political communication to graduate students. He also taught beginning newswriting, newspaper editing, and public opinion to undergraduates. He was the only distinguished professor in the 100 years that journalism was taught at Indiana University.

In 2012, Weaver retired in Bloomington, Indiana. Lately, he enjoys playing guitar – mostly folk music, rock, blues, and early folk-rock. He and his wife Gail have a son, daughter, and granddaughter.

Contact Kristen Swain at for more information or to sign up for the luncheon.

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