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Doug Hindman


Education:  Ph.D. Journalism and Mass Communication University of Minnesota

  • Research Interests: My research program emphasizes ways in which social structure, including local community power structures, national political polarization, and politically-relevant identities, affect communication organizations and processes.
  • While earning PhD, I supervised research on community newspapers as Research Assistant in the U of Minnesota Rural Sociology department       
  • Dissertation and first publication focused on community newspaper coverage of conflict with outside groups

Hindman, D. (1996).  Community newspapers, community structural pluralism, and local conflict with nonlocal groups.  Journalism Quarterly, 73, 708-721.*Article

included in the “Top 50 classic Journalism Quarterly and Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly articles for AEJMC’s Centennial Celebration”

  • Health disparities are the focus of three publications, one of which emphasizes rural-urban differences and the others have unexplored rural-urban components.

Hindman, D. and Yan, C. (2015). The knowledge gap vs. the belief gap and abstinence-only sex education. Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, 20(8), 949-957.

Hindman, D. (2012). Knowledge gaps, belief gaps, and public opinion about health care reform. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 89, 585-565.

Martinson, B. & Hindman, D. (2005).  Building a health promotion agenda in localnewspapers.  Health Education Research, 20(1): 51-60.

  • Recent publications focus on rural-urban differences in resident assessment of local news and access to communication technologies

Hindman, D. and Beam, M. (2014). A rural drought in a national flood: Washington state resident’s assessments of local news. Community Journalism, 3(1). Available: http://journal.community-journalism.net/sites/default/files/hindman-cj2014.pdf

Hindman, D. (2000).  The rural‑urban digital divide.   Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 77(3), 549-560.

  • The rural-urban differences in the relationship between communication and social capital was focus of a recent publication

Hindman, D. & Yamamoto, M. (2011). Social capital in a community context:  A multilevel analysis of individual- and community-level predictors of social trust. Mass Communication & Society, 14, 838-856.​

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