This area of research focuses on the relationship between civic media (media created with the intent of civic participation) and self-empowerment, agency, and civic engagement within historically marginalized populations. Throughout the project descriptions below, you will see a variety of similar terms used: civic media, participatory media, community media, and citizens’ media. My examination of these type of media consistently examines their relationship with civic engagement.


Vincent, C., & Gismondi, A. (2021). Fake News, Reality Apathy and the Erosion of Trust and Authenticity in American Politics. In R. Lutrell, L. Xiao, & J. Glass (Eds.), American Democracy: Influence, Activism, and Misinformation in the Social Era. New York: Routledge.

Vincent, C. (2017). Raging Chicken Press, NCA Scholar Response. In Communication’s Civic Callings: The Social Justice Exchange and Community Engagement (pp. 38-39). A National Communication Association publication. DOWNLOAD PAPER HERE

Vincent, C., & Straub, S. (2016). Structures of Dissent: Social Media, Resistance Journalism, and the Mobilization of Poverty Activism. In G.W. Richardson (Ed.), Social Media and Politics: A New Way to Participate in the Political Process. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Vincent, C., & Foster, L. (2014). In K. Harvey (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Select Presentations

Gismondi, A., & Vincent, C. (2019). Getting Beyond the Echo Chamber: How Students Can Engage Critically with Conflicting Sources about the Trouble We’re in and What We Need to Do. Session presented at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s 5th Annual Conference on Civic Learning and Engagement. Fitchburg, MA May 2019.

Vincent, C., Gordon, E., Koenig Richards, C., Lyons, M., Mihailidis, P., & Rhinesmith, C. (2016). Technology, Civic Participation and Social Change: Exploring Civic Media Across Practice, Research and Pedagogy. Seminar presented at the National Communication Association Conference. Philadelphia, PA November 2016.

Vincent, C. (2015). Civic Studies Panel: Continuum of Civic Action. Panel presented at Frontiers of Democracy. Boston, MA June 2015.

Vincent, C. (2010). New Media in the Public Sphere: Public Sphere Formation in Spaces of Conflict. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Seminar. Salt Lake City, UT July 2010. DOWNLOAD PAPER HERE