Joshua M. Scacco (PhD, The University of Texas at Austin, 2014) is an Assistant Professor of Media Theory & Politics in the Brian Lamb School of Communication. He also serves as a Research Associate for the Engaging News Project (ENP), a venture in the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at The University of Texas at Austin. ENP conducts innovative research to improve the commercial viability and democratic benefits of online news. He is interested broadly in the communicative role elites and organizations, including political leaders, journalists, and news outlets, play in American political life. Josh’s research has been published in the International Journal of Press/Politics, New Media & Society, the American Behavioral Scientist, the Journal of Electronic Media & Politics, and the Journal of Political Science Education as well as presented at national and international conferences. Before coming to Purdue, Josh worked for a lobbying and public relations firm located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a member of legislative leadership in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and a U.S. senator.