Gina M. Masullo is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Associate Director of the Center for Media Engagement in the Moody College of Communication at UT Austin.
Dr. Masullo’s research focuses on how the digital space both connects and divides people and how that influences society, individuals, and journalism. She is the author of Online Incivility and Public Debate: Nasty Talk and The New Town Hall: Why We Engage Personally with Politicians and co-editor of Scandal in a Digital Age.
Before entering academia Dr. Masullo spent 20 years as a newspaper and online reporter and editor, with most of her professional experience at The Post-Standard in Syracuse, NY. During her tenure as a journalist, she covered crime, courts, prisons, and state and local government, as well as served as an assistant city editor, bureau chief, and copy editor. Near the end of her journalistic career, she wrote and blogged about parenting and young children for the newspaper. She holds a B.A. in communication from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in mass communication from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Before coming to UT, she spent two years as an Assistant Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism.
In her work at the grant-funded Center for Media Engagement, she conducts theoretically drive and empirically rigorous solutions to news organizations’ challenges. Currently, she and her CME colleagues are working on a connective democracy initiative, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The initiative seeks to develop practical solutions to the problem of societal division.
Dr. Masullo teaches a variety of undergraduate courses, including Gender and the News, Social Media Journalism, Reporting Words, and Online Incivility and Public Debate. She also teaches graduate courses, such as Fundamentals of Statistics. Follow her on Twitter at @ginamchen.
Masullo, G.M., Jennings, J., & Stroud, N.J. (In Press). “Crisis coverage gap”: The divide between public interest and local news’ Facebook posts about COVID-19. Digital Journalism. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2021.1965488 .
Gonçalves, J., Weber, I.H., Masullo, G.M., Torres da Silva, M, & Hofhuis, J. (2021). Common sense or censorship: How algorithmic moderators and message type influence perceptions of online content deletion. New Media & Society. Advance online publication. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/14614448211032310
Riedl, M.J., Naab, T., Masullo, G.M., Jost, P., & Ziegele M. (2021). Who is responsible for interventions against problematic comments? Comparing user attitudes in Germany and the United States. Policy & Internet. Advance online publication. http://doi.org/10.1002/poi3.257
Masullo, G.M., Curry, A., Whipple, K.N., & Murray, C. (2021). The story behind the story: Examining transparency about the journalistic process and news outlet credibility. Journalism Practice. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2020.1870529
Kim, J., & Chen, G.M. (2021). Exploring the influence of comment tone and content in response to misinformation in social media news. Journalism Practice, 15(4), 456-470. https://doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2020.1739550
Peacock, C., Masullo, G.M., & Stroud, N.J. (2020). What’s in a label? The effect of news labels on perceived credibility. Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884920971522
Masullo, G.M., & Kim, J. (2020). Exploring “angry” and “like” reactions on uncivil Facebook comments that correct misinformation in the news. Digital Journalism. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2020.1835512
Masullo, G.M., Lu, S., & Fadnis, D. (2020). Does online incivility cancel out the spiral of silence? A moderated mediation model of willingness to speak out. New Media & Society. Advance online publication. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1461444820954194