Vincent Filak

Vincent Filak
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh | UWOSH · Department of Journalism

Ph.D. Journalism, University of Missouri

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Introduction
Additional affiliations
August 2008 - present
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
May 2003 - August 2008
Ball State University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 1998 - May 2003
University of Missouri
Position
  • Assistatn professor (professional track)

Publications

Publications (27)
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Online education has grown exponentially over the past two decades, in large part due to its promise of flexibility and connectivity for students. However, this approach to pedagogy has remained relatively unexamined in regard to issues of motivation and intellectual thriving. Using self-determination theory as a foundation, we assessed the degree...
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This study revisits Filak’s 2004 research of print and broadcast journalists to assess whether changes in the field have diminished the levels of intergroup bias for these groups. The findings here demonstrate that print and broadcast journalists (n = 191) remained biased against each other, even in the face of obvious outside threats and outgroup...
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A study of news media and strategic communication majors (n = 273) revealed differences in regard to personality indices and impetuses for selecting to pursue degrees. Showing overall agreement in the importance of openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness, strategic communication students were significantly higher in their ratings of agreeabl...
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This study examines the concepts of perceptual bias and willingness to self-censor (WTSC) to ascertain which factors would influence college newspaper editors’ comfort levels with controversial material. Data from 189 matched pairs of college newspaper editors revealed that editors underestimated advisers’ comfort levels and that those erroneous es...
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This research examines the role of intergroup bias in mass communication students and faculty perceptions of the importance of various media technology skills. This study differs from previous research because it compares the views of both print journalism and broadcasting students and faculty about media skills and convergence. A scale of social i...
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Using the Maslach Burnout Inventory, a study of 185 college newspaper editors revealed that participants were experiencing moderate levels of emotional exhaustion and depersonalization, two key factors in clinical burnout. Emotional exhaustion and depersonalization were significant negative predictors of editors' job satisfaction while personal acc...
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This study used social learning theory and a framing perspective to examine the ways in which Black and White college quarterbacks were described by a major sports publication prior to the National Football League draft. An examination of 4,745 attributions used to describe Black and White National Football League quarterback prospects over a 10-ye...
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The traditional roles of the media in a democratic society including informing the public and facilitating social unity are changing rapidly. Factors such as media conglomeration, a "business" view of news, more sources and greater customization of those sources results in news morphing into entertainment and opinion, greater selectivity in our new...
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As graphically driven, animated, interactive applications offer educators new opportunities for shaping course content, new avenues for research arise as well. Along with these developments comes a need to study the effectiveness of the individual tools at our disposal as well as various methods for integrating those tools in a classroom setting. T...
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Research on the Willingness to Self-Censor (WTSC) scale posits that the desire to withhold one's opinion is an intrinsic, as opposed to situational, trait. This study of high school media advisers (N=563) revealed that advisers who rated high on WTSC were more likely to state lower levels of comfort with the coverage of five controversial topic are...
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Advances in digital technology and a rapidly evolving media landscape continue to dramatically change teaching and learning. Among these changes is the emergence of multimedia teaching and learning tools, online degree programs, and hybrid classes that blend traditional and digital content delivery. At the same time, visual communication programs t...
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Using the three-component Maslach Burnout Inventory (emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, personal accomplishment), results indicate that high school journalism advisers (N = 563) are not experiencing burnout on any level. Journalism advisers are not experiencing high levels of wear and tear from the job, they enjoy working closely with their s...
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Self‐determination theory posits that individuals who have basic psychological needs satisfied while engaging in an activity will be more likely to value and persist in that activity. Scholars in this area have also posited that autonomy‐supportive social contexts are top‐down determinants of individual need satisfaction. To understand better the p...
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Self-report correlational data support self-determination theory's (SDT's) postulate that there are three basic psychological needs, for autonomy, competence, and relatedness, which combine additively to predict well-being and thriving. However, experimental research in the SDT tradition has focused only on autonomy support, not relatedness and com...
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A content analysts of The Washington Post and the Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung revealed that both papers relied on official sources, but the German paper provided far less coverage of the conflict.
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This study examined the self-determined motivation and autonomy support reported by student members and advisers of a journalism organization. At the student level, self-determined motivation and autonomy support predicted psychological need-satisfaction, which predicted students' ratings of the organization and the adviser. At the adviser level, h...
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In order to better understand how media users react to incidents that follow and deviate from a standard cognitive script, we examined the response postings (n 1/4 389) left on a newspaper’s website regarding two fatal shootings. An analysis of the postings found differences in placement of blame and support based on whether the incident followed s...
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An examination of students in twelve sections of an introductory team-taught convergence course (n = 140) found that students taught continuously by an individual instructor across media lines were more likely to view print and broadcast media positively and demonstrate positive attitudes toward the benefits of convergence than students taught thro...
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We examined whether group-based identities would impact an individual's desire to speak out more so than the fear of isolation as posited in the spiral of silence. Survey data collected from a group of freelance photographers (N = 234) revealed that the later stages of the spiral of silence were affirmed in the overall prediction of whether individ...
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A survey of 189 print and broadcast journalists (N = 189) assessed whether journalists possess characteristics of groups in an intergroup-bias dynamic. Journalists demonstrated roots of bias by rating their own medium and career choices significantly higher than those of their outgroup. The participants also rated a convergence plan more positively...
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Two studies examined student psychological need satisfaction as a predictor of positive teacher-course evaluations. In Study 1, 268 undergraduates recalled and rated the quality of a recent important college course, then rated their feelings of autonomy, competence, and relatedness within that course. Consistent with self-determination theory, all...
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TPR submissions are accept-ed based upon editorial board evaluations of relevance to public relations education, importance to public relations teaching, quality of writing, manuscript organization, ap -propriateness of conclusions and teaching suggestions, and adequacy of the infor -mation, evidence or data pre-sented. Papers selected for the PRD'...
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This study is an exploratory investigation into the relationship between power, leadership, and membership in an organization's dominant coalition using Finkelstein's (1992) four dimensions of power, salient research in leadership theory, and input from public relations practitioners who work for Indiana Hospital Association members. This study asc...

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