Nicholson News

Editorial Board Service

August 1, 2017

The Nicholson School of Communication is proud to announce that Melissa Dodd, Ph.D., now serves on the editorial board for Journal of Public Interest Communications (JPIC). JPIC is a new academic publication through the Public Knowledge Project ( and a product of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. Dodd, an assistant professor of public relations, considers this an honor.

“The vision for JPIC is similar to that of my own research interests and goals,” said Dodd, who earned her doctorate of philosophy in communication from the University of Miami. “JPIC accepts academically rigorous manuscripts useful for practitioners, activists and other members of the public interest communication community. I am honored to have been invited to serve on the editorial board for this emergent area, grounded in traditions of positive behavioral change and societal impacts.”

JPIC is an online, open-access, interdisciplinary journal that publishes peer-reviewed research in the emerging field of public interest communications, an academic discipline that seeks to help communicators working on social, political, and environmental issues impacting society. It draws from disciplines such as communication, political science, sociology, social psychology and marketing—among others—to conduct research that builds theory and informs best practices around creating positive change. JPIC embraces all social science research methods including quantitative, qualitative, historical, critical and legal.

JPIC does not require publication fees from authors and is free for readers. Thanks to support from the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, it is published open access and free of fees so that communication academics—as well as practitioners, activists, advocates and nonprofits—can access top-quality research without having to subscribe through a commercial publisher.

JPIC’s first issue was published in April 2017. Faculty are encouraged to submit for the second issue. To read the first issue or submit a paper, please visit JPIC’s official website:

For more information about JPIC, please contact journal manager Dr. Lauren Griffin,