Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Greg Larson, Meg Ann Traci
crisis communication, renewal theory, COVID-19, coronavirus, discourse of renewal, University of Montana
University of Montana
The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a public health crisis that has affected lives and impacted organizations across the world. The pandemic has interrupted student learning and threatened universities nationwide. Crises are trying times for organizations, and when faced with a crisis, an organization has an obligation to keep its members informed; therefore, it must carefully choose how to respond and communicate about the crisis. This study uses discourse of renewal theory as a lens to analyze the University of Montana’s communication about COVID-19, studying 37 pages of university emails and documents on the university website. Results indicate that messages did not explicitly reflect renewal elements, but rather revealed themes that connect to features of renewal theory.
Gabel, Haley Renae, "Discourse of Renewal: A Qualitative Analysis of the University of Montana’s COVID-19 Crisis Communication" (2021). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 11821.
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