Shelley Wigley, communication associate professor, recently published a scholarly article in the The Electronic Journal of Communication titled “Fake News? An Exploration of Political Polarization, Selective Exposure and Political Misinformation on Facebook.”

In the article, Wigley proposes that for a democracy to function properly, “citizens must remain armed with factual and complete information when issuing a vote.”

Wigley iterates how fake news and false information can cause some voters to formulate beliefs, opinions and engage in actions based on misinformation.

Wigley, an Oklahoma native, began her education at Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. She completed her education at OSU after obtaining a master’s degree in mass communication and a doctorate in communication philosophy.