Professor Zizi Papacharissi interviewed by L’Express

Zizi Papacharissi, UIC professor and head of communication and professor of political science, was recently interviewed by L'Express, a French weekly news magazine, about Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s use of humor during the COVID-19 pandemic. Papacharissi said that using humor in crisis communication is generally not advised, and it is to her credit that she did it, and did it well. She also noted Lightfoot’s meaningful use of social media to bridge some social connections that were lost as the physical distance requirements of the shelter in home order were imposed. (subscription required)