Research

My scholarship is informed by my professional experience in both journalism and strategic communication. I study global communication with a special focus on the effects of emerging technologies on communication. My journalism research looks at  how digital technologies influence newsroom practices in different countries. My strategic communication research is largely about digital media and global social change (e.g., climate justice, environmental activism, gender and social justice).

I frequently use various research methods including quantitative (e.g., survey, content analysis, experiment), qualitative (e.g., textual analysis, in-depth interview), and computational (e.g., text mining, machine learning, social network analysis, sentiment analysis).

My works have been published in a variety of academic journals including Global Environmental Change, Science Communication, Environmental Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, International Journal of Communication, Health Communication, Asian Journal of Communication, Journalism Studies, International Communication Gazette, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, and International Journal of Strategic Communication among others. I have also presented papers at academic conferences. Below is the list of my papers.

Journal Publications

  1. Chen, Y., Hansen, C. & Vu, H. T. (2021).Meditation as panacea: A longitudinal semantic network analysis of meditation coverage in campus newspapers from 1997-2018. Journal of American College Health. OnlineFirst. DOI://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2021.1909042
  2. Vu, H. T. & Lim, J. (2021).Effects of country and individual factors on public acceptance of artificial intelligence and robotics technologies: A multilevel SEM analysis of 28-country survey data. Behaviour & Information Technology. OnlineFirst. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0144929X.2021.1884288
  3. Vu, H. T. & Saldaña, M. (2021). Chillin’ effects of fake news: Changes in practices related to accountability and transparency in American newsrooms under the influence of misinformation and accusations against the news media. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. OnlineFirst. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1077699020984781
  4. Vu, H. T., Blomberg, M., Seo, H., Liu, Y., Shayesteh, F. & Do, H. V. (2020). Social media and environmental activism: Framing climate change on Facebook by global NGOs. Science Communication. 43(1), 91-115. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1075547020971644
  5. Vu, H. T., McCombs, M. E., Russell, A., & Pain, P. (2020). Deepening the concept of ‘compelling arguments’: Linking the substantive and affective dimensions of attributes in assessing the effects of climate change news on public opinion. The Agenda Setting Journal. 4(2), 219-240. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/asj.19009.vu
  6. Vu, H. T., Trieu, T. L. & Nguyen, H. T. (2020). Routinizing Facebook: How journalists’ role conceptions influence their social media use for professional purposes in a socialist-communist country. Digital Journalism. 8(7), 885-903. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2020.1770111
  7. Seo, H., Blomberg, M., Altschwager, D., & Vu, H. T. (2020). Vulnerable populations and misinformation: A mixed-methods approach to underserved older adults’ online information assessment. New Media & Society. OnlineFirst. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444820925041
  8. Vu, H. T. & Lynn, N. (2020). When the news takes sides: Automated framing analysis of coverage of the Rohingya crisis by elite press from three countries. Journalism Studies. 21(9), 1284-1304. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2020.1745665
  9. Seo, H. & Vu. H. T. (2020). Social media & global activism: A survey of transnational nonprofits. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 49(4), 849-870. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0899764020908340
  10. Duong, H. T., Vu, H. T., & Nguyen, L. (2020). Influenced by anonymous others: Effects of online comments on risk perception and intention to communicate. Health Communication. OnlineFirst. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2020.1723050
  11. Vu, H. T., Do, H. V., Seo, H., & Liu, Y. (2019). Who leads the conversation on climate change?: A study of a global network of NGOs on Twitter. Environmental Communication. 14(4), 450-464. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17524032.2019.1687099
  12. Vu, H. T., Liu, Y., & Tran, D. V. (2019). Nationalizing a global phenomenon: A study of how the press in 45 countries and territories portrays climate changeGlobal Environmental Change, 58. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2019.101942
  13. Duong, H. T., Nguyen, L. T. V., & Vu, H. T., Trinh, A. T. (2019). Association between online social influence and corporal punishment: An experimental study. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal. 37, 163-177. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-019-00632-9.
  14. Duong, H. T., Nguyen, L. T. V., & Vu, H. T. (2019). With whom do consumers interact? Effects of online comments and perceived similarity on source credibility, content credibility, and personal risk perceptionJournal of Social Marketing.  10(1), 18-37. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/JSOCM-02-2019-0023.
  15. Vu, H. T., Barnett, B., Duong, H. T., & Lee, T. T. (2019). Delicate and durable: An analysis of women’s leadership and media practices in Vietnam. International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics. 15(1), 87-108. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/macp.15.1.87_1.
  16. Chen, Y. & Vu, H. T. (2019). The role of structural factors in antibiotic use among European Union citizens: A multilevel analysisInternational Journal of Communication, 13, 3379-3402.
  17. Nguyen, A. & Vu, H. T. (2019). Testing popular news discourse on the “echo chamber” effect: Does political polarisation occur among those relying on social media as their primary politics news source? First Monday 24(3). DOI: https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v24i6.9632.
  18. Duong, H. T., Vu, H. T., Nguyen, N. (2019). Activists’ strategic communication in an authoritarian setting: Integrating social movement framing into issues management. International Journal of Strategic Communication. 13(2), 133-151.
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1553118X.2019.1590366.
  19. Vu, H. T., Liefu, J., Cuava-Chacon, L., Rield, M., Tran, V. D., & Bobkowski, P. (2018). What influences media effects on public perception? A cross-national study of comparative agenda setting. International Communication Gazette. 81(6-8), 580-601. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1748048518817652.
  20. Guo, L., & Vu, H. T. (2018). Media vs. reality: Who sets the public agenda on health? The Agenda Setting Journal, 2(1), 3-24..DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/asj.16020.guo. **Lead Article***
  21. Vu, H. T., Lee, T. T., Duong, H. T., & Barnett, B. (2018). Gendering leadership in Vietnamese media: A role congruity study on news content and journalists’ perception of female and male leaders. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. 95(3), 565-587. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1077699017714224. ***Lead Article***
  22. Vu, H. T., Duong, H. T., Barnett, B., & Lee, T. T. (2017). A role (in)congruity study on Vietnamese journalists’ perception of female and male leadership. Asian Journal of Communication. 27 (6); 648-664. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1077699017714224.
  23. Guo, L., Chen, Y. K., Vu, H. T., Wang, Q., Aksamit,R., Guzek, D., Jachimowski, M., and McCombs, M. (2015). Coverage of the Iraq War in the United States, Mainland China, Taiwan and Poland: A transnational network agenda-setting study. Journalism Studies. 16 (3); 343-362. DOI:10.1080/1461670X.2014.885198.
  24. Vu, H. T., Guo, L., and McCombs, M. (2014). “The world outside and the picture in our head”: A network agenda setting study. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. 91 (4); 669-686. DOI: 10.1177/1077699014550090.
  25. Stephens, M., Yoo, J., Mourao, R., Vu, H. T., Baresch, B., Lee, E. J., Gutierrez, F. M. & Johnson T. J. (2014). How app are people to use smartphones, search engines and social media to gather news?: Examining information acquisition tools and their influence on political knowledge and voting. Journal of Information Technology & Politics. 11 (4); 383-396. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/19331681.2014.951137.
  26. Vu, H. T. (2013). The online audience as gatekeeper: The influence of reader metrics on news editorial selection. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism. 15 (8); 1094-1110. DOI:10.1177/1464884913504259
  27. Vu, H. T. and Lee, T. T. (2013). Soap operas as a matchmaker: A cultivation analysis of the effects of South Korean TV dramas on Vietnamese women’s marital intention. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 90(2), 308-330. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/19331681.2014.951137.
  28. Guo, L., Vu, H. T., and McCombs, M. (2012). An expanded perspective on agenda-setting effects exploring the third level of agenda setting. Revista de Comunicación (11), 51-68.
  29. Vu, H. T., and Lee, T. T. (2012). State-Press relations revisited: A case study of how U.S. media portray postwar Vietnam. Asian Journal of Communication, 22(6) 549-565. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01292986.2012.717093. ***Lead Article***.

Conference Presentations

  1. Vu, H. T., & Saldaña, M. (2020). Chillin’ effects of fake news: Changes in journalism practices under the influence of misinformation and accusations against the news media. International Communication Association annual conference, Gold Coast, Australia.
  2. Vu, H. T., Bloomberg, M., Liu, Y., Shayesteh, F. Seo, H., & Do, H. V. (2020). Social media and environmental activism: How global NGOs frame climate change on Facebook. International Communication Association annual conference, Gold Coast, Australia.
  3. Vu, H. T., Trieu, T. L. & Nguyen, H. T. (2020). Routinizing Facebook: How journalists’ role conceptions influence their social media use for professional purposes in a socialist-communist country. International Communication Association annual conference, Gold Coast, Australia.
  4. Lim, J. & Vu, H. T. (2020). Effects of country and individual factors on public receptivity of artificial intelligence and robotic technologies: A multilevel SEM analysis of 28-country survey data. International Communication Association annual conference, Gold Coast, Australia.
  5. Duong, H., Vu, H. T. & Nguyen, L. V. T.(2020). Influenced by anonymous others: Effects of online comments on risk perception and intention to communicate. International Communication Association annual conference, Gold Coast, Australia.
  6. Vu, H. T. & Lynn, N. (2019). When the news takes sides: Automated framing analysis of coverage of the Rohingya crisis by elite press from three countries. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Toronto, Canada.
  7. Seo, H., Blomberg, M., Altschwager, D., & Vu, H. T. (2019). Vulnerable populations and misinformation: A mixed-methods approach to underserved older adults’ online information assessment. International Communication Association annual conference, Washington DC.
  8. Duong, H. T., Nguyen, L. T. V., & Vu, H. T. (2019). With whom do consumers interact? Effects of online comments and perceived similarity on source credibility, content credibility, and personal risk perception. National Communication Association annual conferenceBaltimore, MD.
  9. Duong, H. T., Nguyen, L. T. V., & Vu, H. T., Trinh, A. T. (2019). “Spare the rod, spoil the child”: The influence of news users’ comments on intention to use corporal punishment and policy support. D.C. Health Communication conference, Fairfax, Virginia.
  10. Vu, H. T., Do, H. V., Seo, H., & Liu, Y. (2018). Who leads the conversation on climate change?: A study of a global network of NGOs on Twitter. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Washington DC.
  11. Duong, H. T.,Vu, H. T., & Nguyen, N. (2018) A grassroots social movement in an authoritarian setting: Examining activists’ strategic communication in issues management. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Washington DC.
  12. Seo, H. & Vu. H. T. (2018). Social media & global activism: A survey of transnational nonprofits. International Communication Association, Prague, Czech Republic.
  13. Chen, Y. & Vu, H. T. (2018). The role of structural factors in antibiotic use among European Union citizens: A multilevel analysis. International Communication Association annual conference, Prague, Czech Republic.
  14. Vu, H. T. & Nguyen, A. (2017). Perceptions, uses and effects of social networks as political news sources: an EU survey and its implications for journalism. 2017 Future of Journalism annual conference, Cardiff University, UK.
  15. McCombs, M., Vu, H. T. & Lu, S. (2017). A pearl dropped in the ocean: Reappraising compelling argument in agenda setting from the affective dimension. International Communication Association annual conference, San Diego.
  16. Vu, H. T. (2016). Partisan media and their climate change agenda setting effects on partisan publics: Testing the compelling arguments concept in the age of polarization. International Communication Association annual conference, Fukuoka, Japan.
  17. Guo, L., & Vu, H. T. (2015). The news tells us what is the most urgent health problem, but that is not reality: A longitudinal agenda-setting study 2001 to 2010. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, San Francisco, CA.
  18. Vu, H. T. (2014) Nationalizing a global phenomenon: A study of how the press portrays climate change in four different countries. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Montreal, Canada.
  19. Vu, H. T., Yoo, J., Stephens, M., Baresch, B., Mourao, R., & Johnson, T.J. (2013) Communication’s Next Top Model: Comparing the Differential Gains and Communication Mediation Models as Predictors of Political participation and Knowledge. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Washington DC. ***Top Paper Award***
  20. Stephens, M., Yoo, J., Mourao, R., Vu, H. T., Baresch, B., Lee, E.J., Gutierrez, F.M. & Johnson T.J. (2012). How app are people to use smartphones, search engines and social media to gather news?: Examining alternative means to gather news and their influence on political attitudes & behaviors. Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research annual conference, Chicago.
  21. Vu, H. T., Guo, L. & McCombs, M. (2012) “The world outside and the picture in our head”: A network agenda setting study. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Chicago.
  22. Vu, H. T., and Gupta, A. (2012). A study of how online social networking influences people’s involvement in humanitarian work. Corporate Communication International conference, New York.
  23. Vu, H. T. (2011). State-Press relations revisited: A case study of how American media portray postwar Vietnam. International Communication Association annual conference, Boston.
  24. Vu, H. T. (2011). Soap operas as a matchmaker: A cultivation analysis of the effects of South Korean TV dramas on Vietnamese women’s marital intention. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Saint Louis.

Book Chapters & Encyclopedia Entries

  1. Vu, H. T. (2020). Agenda building. The International Encyclopedia of Media Psychology. Wiley Blackwell. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119011071.iemp0136
  2. Vu, H. T. (2019). Female leadership in Vietnam: Traditional gender norm, quota and media In L., Ha & C. C. Chao, (Eds). Asian Women Leadership: A Cross-National and Cross-Sector Comparison. New York, NY: Routledge.
  3. Nguyen, A & Vu, H. T. (2017). News judgment and gatekeeping in a “click-thinking” culture: the impact of web metrics on journalism and journalists. In A. Nguyen, (Eds). News, Numbers and Public Opinion in a Data-Driven World. London, UK: Bloomsbury.
  4. Guo, L., Chen, Y. N. K., Vu, H. T., Wang, Q., Aksamit, R., Guzek, D., & McCombs, M. (2015). An international comparison of network attribute agendas. In L. Guo & M. McCombs, (Eds). The Power of Information Networks. New York: Routledge, p. 144-158.
  5. Vu, H. T. (2013) “Factors influencing journalists’ gatekeeping role” in Journalism: Theories and Practice, by the Department of Journalism and Communications, Hanoi National University.
  6. Vu, H. T. (2012). “Multimedia: the Media Trend,” in Thuy – Long – Huong – Thu’s eds. Handbook for Journalism: Skills in Collecting Information and Writing for the Media, Hanoi: Thong Tan Publishing House.
  7. Vu, H. T. (2012). “International Reporting,” in Thuy – Long – Huong – Thu’s eds. Handbook for Journalism: Skills in Collecting Information and Writing for the Media, Hanoi: Thong Tan Publishing House.

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