Jill Hopke

Jill Hopke
DePaul University · College of Communication

Ph.D.

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Introduction
My research explores the interface of people, the environment, new media technologies and social movements. Methodologically, I am interested in how social network analysis and digital methods can help make sense of large-scale datasets, as well developing new methods for analyzing visual social media depicting contention over climate and energy issues. In my research, I ask how environmental justice activists are using new media technologies to challenge socio-political power structures.
Additional affiliations
July 2015 - present
DePaul University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
September 2012 - May 2015
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Position
  • PhD Student

Publications

Publications (26)
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In 2015, meeting in Paris for the Conference of the Parties (COP21), representatives of 195 nations set an ambitious goal to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by mid-century. This research uses the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which took place in Paris during 30 November to 11 December 2015, as a...
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The fossil fuel divestment movement has developed into an offshoot of the climate change movement in recent years. The movement has become increasingly effective at stigmatizing the fossil fuel industry. However, fossil fuel divestment remains poorly understood. Here, we apply the concept of theories of change to expand understanding of fossil fuel...
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Much has changed in the landscape of civic participation—across sectors from political campaigning to environmental and social justice movements—since the advent of social media. The Arab Spring revolutions, the Spanish Indignados (or the “Outraged”), and Occupy’s takeovers of public squares around the world in 2011 to the Black Lives Matter moveme...
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This research tests the popular press assumption that media are not discussing climate change in coverage of heat waves and wildfires. Change over time in English-language media coverage is assessed, from 2013 to 2018, including 37 news outlets from five countries, with the addition of Agence France-Presse and Climatewire. Mentions of climate issue...
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Environmental movements are increasingly turning to social media apps and platforms, along with other digital organizing tools, to reach bystanders and supporters alike. We overview literature on how environmental activists are using social media for both internal movement functions (e.g. coordinate a transnational day of action) and external ones...
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Using a year's worth of tweets related to climate change, we looked at the emotional content of messages that climate change deniers posted and engaged with through retweeting. The results of content analysis show that climate change deniers posted only 11% of our tweets and that most were negatively emotion-laden, with anger and sarcasm overwhelmi...
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We use shale gas exploration in New Brunswick, Canada and the Dakota Access Pipeline, as case studies of what we term disruptive social media virality. The Dakota Access Pipeline did not gain widespread mainstream media and public attention until it was nearly complete, despite extensive opposition from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its support...
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The modern media ecology has changed drastically over the last decade yet scholarly theoretical perspectives lag behind lay theories regarding news diffusion making it difficult to fully articulate and understand the processes driving dissemination of information and persuasion across networks and media contexts. The proposed theoretical framework...
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In 2015, meeting in Paris for the Conference of the Parties (COP21), representatives of 195 nations set an ambitious goal to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by mid-century. This research uses the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which took place in Paris November 30 to December 11, 2015, as a case...
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The Dakota Access Pipeline did not gain widespread attention until it was nearly complete, despite extensive opposition from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. It was not until images depicting repression circulated on social media that mainstream media and public attention spiked. We use shale gas exploration in New Brunswick, Canada and the Dakota Ac...
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The past two decades have transformed how interest groups, social movement organizations, and individuals engage in collective action. Meanwhile, the climate change advocacy landscape, previously dominated by well-established environmental organizations, now accommodates new ones focused exclusively on this issue. What binds these closely related t...
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Within networked, digital media spaces, new news platforms are reconfiguring traditional news production norms through hybrid cultural practices, giving rise to new paradigms of journalism. There is an increased emphasis on transparency and accountability, as well as interaction with audiences. At the same time, Internet-mediated activism allows in...
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Divestment is a socially responsible investing tactic to remove assets from a sector or industry based on moral objections to its business practices. It has historical roots in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. The present-day fossil fuel divestment movement began with climate activist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben’s 2012 Rolling...
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High-volume hydraulic fracturing, a drilling simulation technique commonly referred to as "fracking," is a contested technology. In this article, we explore discourse over hydraulic fracturing and the shale industry on the social media platform Twitter during a period of heightened public contention regarding the application of the technology. We s...
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In 2015, Hopke & Simis published an analysis of social media discourse around hydraulic fracturing. Grubert (2016) offered a commentary on the research, highlighting the politicization of terminology used in the discourse on this topic. The present article is a response to Grubert (2016)'s commentary, in which we elaborate on the distinctions betwe...
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In this article, I compare the origins and early development of the Occupy movement with that of the Spanish 15M, the Indignados or 'outraged', movement. How movements are integrated into longer lived global networks has been insufficiently studied. The 'hyperlink' can serve as a material representation of more durable affiliations between entities...
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In this article, we test the relationships between Twitter and Facebook use on mobile phones and political conversation with offline and online political participation, as well as online expressive communication. Our findings show that using Twitter on mobile phones is associated with a higher likelihood for both online and offline political partic...
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In order to develop conceptual models that reflect the realities of networked communicative processes scholars must examine both the underlying network structure and the content of these ties. Using mixed methods, I apply a relational perspective to the role of digital technologies in transnational organizing, using activism against high-volume hyd...
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I examine a 2-week window into an environmental movement trying to gain traction in the public sphere, centered on a transnational day of action calling for a ban on the drilling technology, high-volume hydraulic fracturing, the Global Frackdown. Twitter serves a different purpose for the anti-fracking Global Frackdown movement than other Internet-...
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This study examines how community radio operates transnationally through a media ethnography of the Latin American Association of Radio Education (ALER) executive secretariat in Quito, Ecuador. Findings show that ALER staff members share a common vision of their work based around 4 themes: collective self-representations, unity, inclusion, and tran...
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This article explores mainstream and alternative press discourses of conflict over metallic mining in El Salvador. Through identifying mainstream and counter-frames, I show how an anti-mining movement achieved a position of short-term prominence within the dominant media discourse surrounding gold mining. However, even when the movement was able to...

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