What’s This About

In a nutshell, this site provides a list of interesting case studies of “organizational communication in the news” (hence, the name of the site!) that have occurred in the past few months or years (depending on how far back you want to go). In addition to organization-specific media stories, it includes articles on some groundbreaking research and trends pertaining to organizational communication, as well as some insightful critiques of organizational events.

While we initially conceived of this project as a valuable teaching resource for instructors of organizational communication and public relations, it might also be used for research purposes, for instance, if you are doing a preliminary search for media mentions of particular organizations or broader issues. You can use this site for whatever purpose you find most useful! 🙂

Format of the stories posted: The site gathers relevant organizational cases, offers a “teaser” excerpt, and refers readers to the complete media articles at the original sources. Each post also mentions the story length (i.e., the number of words in the complete article), so that you quickly decide, depending on how your class is structured, if you have enough time/space to assign the story as reading material to your students. Some of the posts also feature “takeaways” by organizational communication scholars, which is original content found ONLY on this site.

The stories posted in this site are categorized along three broad lines, all of which are likely to be useful to you. At the footer of each web page, you will find…

Categories: You can scope out the stories according to “conventional” areas of study among organizational communication scholars, such as leadership, careers, culture, crisis communication, organizational change, and technology. Currently, there are 21 different categories, and this number will likely increase as more stories get added.

Tags: Next, the posts have been “tagged” with story-specific themes, which might well cut across the “conventional” areas of study or categories mentioned above. So, you can search for cases that have to do with mothers, legal policy, Facebook, community engagement, or the recession/recovery, to mention but a few of the tags. Again, as more stories are included in the pool, the number of tags might both increase and consolidate for easier search.

Archives/ Dates: Finally, there’s the “good ole” search by dates, so that you can find the most contemporary/current cases, depending on your preferred window. All stories have been posted as per their original date of publication.

There is also the “SEARCH” bar at the bottom of the page (below “Categories”), which you can use to search for terms that don’t appear in the categories or tags listed on the right-hand column.

You can leave comments on any of the posts/pages of the site or email us directly. We’ve included a few details about ourselves here, in case you’re interested or just plain curious! 🙂

Finally, thank you for visiting “Organizational Communication in the News” (a.k.a. http://www.orgcominthenews.com) and we hope you find it useful. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get daily updates.

9 thoughts on “What’s This About

  1. Very interesting…makes me think about how I might use this or something like it in my summer organizational communication course. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I’m glad you find it useful, Craig. 🙂 If you have suggestions for additional material, pages, etc., that would be great.

  2. This is a great resource! When I teach Org. Com. I try to include “experiential learning” compoenents to showcase the practical side of the material. This website will make it on the syllabus. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Valerie! 🙂 If you’d like to post any of your learning components here on the “resources” page to share with other instructors, we’d love that! We would, of course, attribute it to you.

  3. I love this site. I’m going to figure out a way to work it into my class activities for my Org Comm class. Thanks for putting this all together and maintaining it.

    1. Thanks for your kind note, Angela! 🙂 We’d love to hear more from you later on how you ended up using the site, what particular assignments you crafted, etc. Take care, and have a great new semester.

  4. I would like to see case studies using multiple lenses for the same study — in my class I will be teaching students how lenses change analysis. I’ve done this using Morgan’s Metaphors, and it’s very interesting and teaches student groups to apply theory really well.

    1. That sounds like a great assignment, Jeanne. Since we source already available news articles from the web, rather than writing our own case studies, you might not be able to access too many articles from our site on the same case study from different perspectives. However, if you see a case study you like, you could always search for the case on Google, and come up with different treatments by different publications… Or, you could simply assign different lens to your students to analyze the same news article with. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

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