Center for Communication and Media Research

The Center for Communication and Media Research (CCMR) advances knowledge and supports scholarly and applied inquiry into the study of interpersonal, group, organizational, and media communication. The Center sponsors outreach programs designed to reach under-served populations, educational institutions, media companies, businesses and non-profit organizations.

Multidisciplinary in nature, the Center facilitates scholarship among allied disciplines such as journalism, law, business, political science, psychology, sociology, and computer science. Research topics include communication and advertising, dispute resolution, education, environmental concern, family, health, information technology, legal concerns, life stages, media audiences, organizational concerns, politics and religion.

For information, contact the Department of Communication and Media Research, Department of Communication, 417 Kimpel Hall, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, or call 479-575-3046. Center Director is Dr. Rob Wicks at rwicks@uark.edu .

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Online Government & Local Business

A Report for the Information Network of Arkansas

Dr. Rob Wicks and Dr. Ron Warren of the Department of Communication and the Center for Communication and Media Research (CCMR) began working with INA in 2014 to explore how research can help the organization understand issues related to communication between governmental entities and Arkansas business owners. INA in consultation with CCMR decided to assess attitudes of business owners toward online services such as Arkansas.gov, which INA maintains. Another objective was to explore ways to improve communication between these entities. The resulting survey analysis was completed in January of 2016, and the final report and presentation are below.

 

Focus of the Survey:

  • Access to digital government
  • Current interaction between government and business
  • Need of government services to assist business
  • Future interaction between government and business