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The (randomly) selected focus publication for October 2016 is:

Giles, H., & Stohl, M. (2016). Fans, rivalries, communities, and nations: An intergroup approach to communication and sports. In A. Billings (Ed.), Sports communication as a field (pp. 150-164). New York: Routledge. [PDF]

A PDF of the chapter is available via the link above.

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The Department of English at Hong Kong Polytechnic University is inviting applications for the positions of Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor in one or more of five research areas: Language & Professional Communication, Language Teaching & Learning, Media & Communication, Intercultural Communication, Linguistics & English Language.

The application deadline is 31 Oct 2016. Further information is available here:

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The (randomly) selected focus publication for August/September 2016 is:

Bull, P. (2016) Claps and Claptrap: An analysis of how audiences respond to rhetorical devices in political speeches. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 4(1), 473-492. [PDF]

Abstract: Significant insights have been gained into how politicians interact with live audiences through the detailed microanalysis of video and audio recordings, especially of rhetorical techniques used by politicians to invite applause. The overall aim of this paper is to propose a new theoretical model of speaker-audience interaction in set-piece political speeches, based on the concept of dialogue between speaker and audience. Research is reviewed not only on applause, but also on other audience responses, such as laughter, cheering, chanting, and booing. Research is also reviewed on other factors besides rhetorical devices, in particular, delivery, speech content, and uninvited applause. Although these analyses are based primarily on British speeches, they also include recent studies of speeches delivered in both Japan and the USA. This cross-cultural perspective, it is proposed, provides significant insights into the role of political rhetoric in speaker-audience interaction, which may be usefully conceptualized in terms of broader cross-cultural differences between collectivist and individualist societies.

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The (randomly) selected focus publication for June/July 2016 is:

Chevalier, B.A.M., Watson, B.M., Barras, M.A., Cottrell, W.N. (in press). Hospital Pharmacists’ Perceptions of Medication Counselling: A Focus Group Study. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy. [PDF]


Medication counseling sessions are key times for a pharmacist to speak to patients about their medications and the changes made to their therapies during their hospital stay.

To explore hospital pharmacists’ perceptions of their roles and goals in patient medication counseling, and perceived barriers and facilitators to achieving their goals.

Hospital pharmacist focus groups were held in two tertiary referral hospitals. Eligible pharmacists had provided medication counseling within the previous six months in inpatient and/or outpatient settings. Interested pharmacists attended a focus group designed to elicit their opinions and perceptions of patient medication counseling. Focus groups were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. Inductive thematic analysis was applied to the data to identify initial patterns (codes) which were then organized into common overarching themes using NVivo® software. The codes were reviewed for reliability by pharmacists independent of the focus groups.

Six, 1-h focus groups were conducted with a total of 24 pharmacists participating. Saturation of information was determined after four focus groups. Greater than 80% consensus was achieved for reliability of the identified codes. A number of themes emerged from these codes around the goals, roles, and the barriers and facilitators to meeting these goals. Pharmacists’ patient-centered goals in medication counseling were to build rapport, to empower patients and to improve patients’ experience, health and safety. These goals would be accomplished through specific roles such as being an assessor, educator and problem-solver. Pharmacists frequently cited time pressures caused by systemic (hospital), and pharmacy specific processes as key challenges to achieving their goals. Factors that enabled pharmacists to meet their goals were those related to effective interprofessional collaboration and the quality of professional practice (such as training, expanded roles and advanced planning for discharge).

Hospital pharmacists emphasized patient-centered goals in medication counseling and outlined the challenges to meet those goals. The findings from this study will be used to develop strategies for effective communication and inform pharmacy practice changes to improve patient care.