I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

– Maya Angelou

Welcome to my website. The pages here describe my research related to the role of emotions in media processes and effects. I’m particularly interested in how media and emotions can be harnessed for positive ends, from improved public health to greater civic engagement with policy issues. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at jgmyrick@indiana.edu.

I am an assistant professor at the Indiana University Media School. I received my Ph.D. in Mass Communication and a certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013.

Prior to returning to graduate school, I worked in a variety of communications/journalism positions. I was a multi-platform broadcast journalist, a freelance magazine writer, a newspaper opinion columnist, and was the director of experiential education and recruitment for the former IU School of Journalism.

In addition to currently working at IU, I am an alumna of the school. I hold a B.A. (Political Science, 2005) and a M.A. (Journalism, 2007) from Indiana University. While attending IU, I earned a Big Ten championship and three All-American honors as part of the cross country and track teams. Today, though, my running pace is much more leisurely.

When I’m not researching, teaching, or in a meeting, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Scott, and pug dog, Biscuit. I’m currently learning to play the ukulele.