Professional Bio

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2015
  • M.A., International and Intercultural Communication, University of Denver, 2010
  • B.S., Journalism, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2009

Professional Memberships

  • International Communication Association (ICA)
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
  • National Communication Association (NCA)

Research & Scholarship

BOOK
 
Sobel, M. (Under Contract). Sex Trafficking and the Media: Perspectives from Thailand and the United States. Routledge. Part of Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia series edited by S. Hemelryk Donald.
 
JOURNAL ARTICLES
 
McIntyre, K. & Sobel, M. (2017). Motivating news audiences: Shock them or provide them with solutions? Communication & Society, 30(1), 39-56.
 
Sobel, M. (2016). Sex Trafficking in Thai Media: A content analysis of issue framing. International Journal of Communication, 10, 6126-6147.
 
Sobel, M., Riffe, D. & Hester, J.B. (2016). Twitter Diplomacy? A content analysis of eight U.S. Embassies’ Twitter feeds. Journal of Social Media in Society, 5(2), 75-107.
 
Sobel, M. & Riffe, D. (2016). Newspapers Use Unnamed Sources Less Often in High-Stakes Coverage. Newspaper Research Journal, 37(3), 299-311.
 
Sobel, M. (2016). Confronting Sex Trafficking: Gender depictions in newspaper coverage from the Former Soviet Republics and the Baltic states. European Journal of Communication, 31(2), 152-168. doi: 10.1177/0267323115612211
 
Sobel, M. & Riffe, D. (2015). U.S. Linkages in New York Times Coverage of Nigeria, Ethiopia and Botswana (2004-13): Economic and Strategic Bases for News. International Communication Research Journal, 50(1), 3-22. *Lead article
 
Johnston, A., Friedman, B. & Sobel, M. (2015). Framing an Emerging Issue: How U.S. Print and Broadcast News Media Covered Sex Trafficking, 2008-2012. The Journal of Human Trafficking, 1(3), 235-254.
 
Sobel, M. (2015). Female Genital Cutting in the News Media: A content analysis. International Communication Gazette, 77(4), 384-405. doi: 10.1177/1748048514564030
 
Sobel, M. (2014). Chronicling a Crisis: Media Framing of Human Trafficking in India, Thailand and the United States. Asian Journal of Communication, 24(4), 315-332. DOI:10.1080/01292986.2014.903425
 
BOOK CHAPTER
 
Sobel, M. (In Press). News Coverage of Female Genital Cutting: A seven country comparative study. Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights, edited by Silvio Waisbord and Howard Tumber.
 
 
 
Recent Presentations
 
Sobel, M., & McIntyre, K. Post-Genocide Rwanda: A changing press freedom landscape. Accepted for presentation at International Communication Association (ICA). June, 2017. San Diego, CA.
 
Sobel, M., Kim, S., & Riffe, D. The World at War: Three and a Half Decades of New York Times conflict coverage. Accepted for presentation at International Communication Association (ICA). June, 2017. San Diego, CA.
 
Sobel, M. News Coverage of Sex Trafficking: The role of media in combatting human rights abuses. Presented at American Public Health Association (APHA) conference. October, 2016. Denver, Colorado.
 
McIntyre, K. & Sobel, M. Reconstructing Rwanda: How Rwandan Reporters Use Constructive Journalism to Promote Peace. Presented at Constructed | Constructive Journalism Conference. December, 2016. Brussels, Belgium.
 
Sobel, M., Kim, S. & Riffe, D. The International News Hole: Still Shrinking and Linking? 25 Years of New York Times Foreign News Coverage. Presented at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). August, 2016. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 
Sobel, M. Human Rights Reporting and Press Freedom in Thailand: The draconian crackdown since the 2014 coup d’état. Presented at International Communication Association (ICA). June, 2016. Fukuoka, Japan.
 
McIntyre, K. & Sobel, M. Motivating news audiences: Shock them or provide them with solutions? Presented at International Communication Association (ICA). June, 2016. Fukuoka, Japan.
 
Sobel, M. A Focus on Sex Trafficking in English-Language Thai Media. Presented at National Communication Association (NCA). November, 2015. Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
Sobel, M. Sex Trafficking in Thai Media: A content analysis of issue framing. Presented at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). August, 2015. San Francisco, CA. Top Faculty Paper Award, International Communication Division.
 
Sobel, M. & Cabosky, J. Angola: war torn country or booming tourist haven? Applying the model of country concept. Presented at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). August, 2015. San Francisco, CA.
 
Sobel, M., Johnston, A. & Friedman, B. The Development of Sex Trafficking News Frames: A content analysis. Presented at National Communication Association (NCA). November, 2014. Chicago, Illinois.
 
Sobel, M. The Case of Female Genital Cutting: Newspaper Coverage in Ghana, The Gambia, Kenya and the United States. Presented at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). August, 2014. Montreal, Quebec. Second place, Markham Student Paper Competition, International Communication Division.
 
McIntyre, K. & Sobel, M. Positive News Websites and Extroversion: Motives, preferences, and sharing behavior among American and British readers. Presented at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). August, 2014. Montreal, Quebec. Top Student Paper award, Electronic News Division.
 
Sobel, M. & Riffe, D. Covering Africa (2004-2013): U.S. Linkages in New York Times coverage of Nigeria, Ethiopia and Botswana. Presented at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). August, 2014. Montreal, Quebec.
 
Sobel, M., Hester, J.B. & Riffe, D. Twitter Diplomacy: A content analysis of eight U.S. Embassies’ Twitter feeds. Paper presented at International Communication Association (ICA). May, 2014. Seattle, Washington.
 
Johnston, A., Friedman, B. & Sobel, M. Sex Trafficking in the U.S.: Emerging Issues in Research. Paper presented at International Communication Association (ICA). May, 2014. Seattle, Washington.
 
Sobel, M. The Virtual Red Light District: Regulating the online solicitation of minors for commercial sex work. Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking. October, 2013. Lincoln, Nebraska.
 
Sobel, M. Covering Human Trafficking: A content analysis of sources cited in media coverage in the United States, India and Thailand. Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking. October, 2013. Lincoln, Nebraska.
 
Sobel, M. Chronicling a Crisis: Media Framing of Human Trafficking. Paper presented at Global Fusion Conference 2013. October, 2013. Carbondale, Illinois.
 
Sobel, M. Competing Coverage: The Greensboro Massacre through the eyes of three divergent newspapers. Paper presented at American Journalism Historians Association. September, 2013. New Orleans, Louisiana.


Grants & Awards

  • Faculty Development Committee, summer grant. Funding to travel to Rwanda to research the role of media in post-genocide reconstruction. Regis University. 2016

  • Institute on the Common Good, faculty grant. Funding to travel to Rwanda to research the role of media in post-genocide reconstruction. Regis University. 2016.

  • Top Faculty Paper Award, International Communication Division, AEJMC. 2015.

  • Minnie S. & Eli A. Rubinstein Research Award for the dissertation deemed most meritorious in design and potential policy significance in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC. 2015.

  • Top Student Paper Award, Electronic News Division, AEJMC. 2014.

  • Second place, Markham Student Paper Competition, International Communication Division, AEJMC. 2014.

  • William Francis Clingman Jr. Ethics Award, University of North Carolina. 2014.

  • Francis J. and Patti Meyer Summer Research Fellowship. Funding for summer dissertation research. UNC Chapel Hill Graduate School. 2014.

  • AEJMC Graduate Student Travel Grant. Funding to travel to annual conference in Montreal, Canada. 2014.

  • William Francis Clingman Jr. Ethics Award, University of North Carolina. 2013.

  • Representative to Young Journalists Program in Germany. University of North Carolina. 2013.

  • Press Delegation Representative to European Union Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. University of North Carolina. 2013.

  • SDL Foundation. Funding for 12 sets of plows and oxen, along with the necessary training, support and inputs to help the families expand farming capacity in Otuke District, Uganda. 2011.

  • Special Community Programs. Funding to travel to India to study non-profit communication techniques. University of Denver. 2009.

  • Community Involvment & Service

    Involvement and Service
     
    2017 Opus Prize Faculty Delegate
    2016 - Present Faculty Senate
    2016 - Present Faculty Development Committee
     
     

    Creative Work