The College of Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Michigan State University, through three of its units: The School of Journalism, the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, and the Department of Communication have advanced major activities in the field of crisis communication, specifically how crises are communicated to the public(s) through different media formats (traditional or social) before, during or after a crisis. ICCC is part of the Center for Journalism Studies, MSU.
Our group studies crises from any nature including: natural disasters, pandemics and epidemics, large-scale accidents, intentional harms to humans-organizations-communities, and even political actions that can caused major disruptions on the normal operation of a society. The academic fields include: journalism, public relations, communication, media, international relations, and criminal justice.
Initially, the academic efforts were inter-departmental and interdisciplinary within our College (CAS) but the collaboration started to expand not only in America but also in other parts of the world. Currently, there are participations and collaborations with six U.S. based universities including: Indiana University, University of Texas at El Paso, Arizona State University, Pennsylvania State University, Florida International University, and of course, Michigan State University. Internationally, there are six major participating universities including: the Universidad Cardenal Herrera, Valencia, Spain, the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, the National University of Mexico (UNAM), the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, and Ilmenau University, Germany.
Major activities include three international research workshops organized each in 2014 (Valencia, Spain), in 2015 (Mexico City), in 2017 (East Lansing, Michigan), and the 2020 Workshop has been postponed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Each workshop focuses on one area of crisis communication such as case-studies, methodology, and theory and has produced a publication after each workshop. Most participants are active in researching and teaching about skills, strategies to cover events in the media and to respond to crisis and emergency events. The initiative is placing special attention to traditional, new communication technologies, and social media.
Currently members of ICCC are working jointly on research of the Crisis of the global Covid-19 Pandemic.