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Speakers » Debbie Sellnow-Richmond

  • Assistant Professor

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

  • USA

Dr. Deborah Sellnow-Richmond is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She earned her Ph.D. in communication from Wayne State University in 2016. Dr. Sellnow-Richmond researches the efficacy and unforeseen effects of public relations messages in health and organizational crisis contexts, as well as the emerging role of social media in creating and resolving organizational crises. Her research appears in communication journals including the Journal of Applied Communication, the Journal of Risk Research, Communication Studies, and the International Journal of Crisis and Risk Communication Research, as well as in edited books.

“Examining Media around African Swine Fever in Slovakia”

This study examines the media coverage of African Swine Fever in Slovakia amid efforts to contain the virus’ spread. The analysis emphasizes the importance of culturally centering such efforts, as traditional the pig-slaying process and celebration in rural Slovakia hindered containment efforts.


“The Effects of Exemplification and Securitization in News Media Messages”

This study examines the role of securitization, which transforms an understanding of an issue as more severe than other typically politicized issues, in news media messages that utilize exemplars. We examined the extent of securitization impact on consumers, and offer recommendations for exemplars while recognizing negative consequences of securitization