Dr. Skewes conducts research in a variety of areas related to journalism. Her main focus is media coverage of U.S. presidential politics, and she is working on projects related to the 2008, 2012 and 2016 campaigns, including a project on second tier candidates. Her research focuses on news coverage, but includes political information in popular culture and in online media. Her other primary area of research examines media coverage of crime and crime victims, and she currently is working on a longitudinal study that examines how coverage of victims and killers involved in mass tragedies has changed since the mid-1960s. She also is merging the two areas to examine how mass tragedy gets politicized, especially during an election campaign.
political communication, media ethics, media sociology, journalistic practices