RIT Researcher Discusses Impact of Media on Health Messages

Tracy Worrell presents From Presidents to PSAs at colloquium series




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While most discussions about media influence in society focus on its negative impact, such as the proliferation of sex and violence in movies and television, the media can also affect positive change and raise awareness.

The use of the media as a tool for informing the public about health risks and prevention is the topic of From Presidents to PSAs, the next session of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Communication Colloquium Series. The talk, conducted by Tracy Worrell, assistant professor of communication at RIT, will be 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15 in the Golisano College Auditorium on RIT’s campus. The talk is free and open to the public.

Worrell will discuss media portrayals of illness, the impact of such messages on the public and how the media can be used to combat negative health messages in society. The colloquium series is sponsored by RIT’s Department of Communication.

WHAT: “From Presidents to PSAs”

WHO: Tracy Worrell, assistant professor of communication at RIT

WHEN: 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15

WHERE: Golisano College Auditorium, RIT campus