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Framing can also cause audiences to deflect responsibility for solving social and political problems away from elected leaders. In his studies of framing, communications professor Shanto Iyengar identified two types of media news coverage: episodic and thematic. Episodic coverage treats issues as individual events, while thematic coverage links events together in a type of case-study format. When audiences are exposed to episodic news frames, they fail to make logical connections between the issues being covered—such as crime and poverty—and elected leaders or economic realities. Iyengar found that when reporting on poverty in particular, the media is more than twice as likely to frame the issue episodically than thematically. As a result, audiences place responsibility for poverty on the poor and hesitate to support government efforts to solve the problem.
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Part of what makes communication studies popular is its reputation for being flexible.  Graduates of formal communication studies programs take many different career paths, including university professors , marketing researchers , media editors and designers , journalists , advertising executives, actors , human resources managers, corporate trainers , professional athletes , public relations practitioners, media managers , and consultants , amongst many other professions.
Many of our majors join the National Communication Association Student Chapter (NCASC). NCASC is the national professional organization for communication scholars and individuals whose jobs or career goals are related to communication. The student chapter here at BU offers monthly meetings that feature professionals who discuss topics such as interviewing, internships, résumé writing, career development, and graduate school.
communication is a field of information and mathematics that studies the technical process of information and the human process of human communication.