Journalism plays a central role in social and political life.
Research in this area reflects on the role of journalism in society from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The field examines processes of production, distribution and reception of news in global contexts, and explore journalism’s changing nature in the digital age.
The college also focuses on the study of solutions-based journalism to promote positive change in urban environments such as Philadelphia.
Recent research by our faculty has addressed:
- Solutions journalism
- The melding of news and entertainment
- Digital journalism
- Journalism history
- Non-profit news organizations
- The future of journalism
- How journalists use social media
- News in a global context
Journalism studies news
8/26/19: Dr. David Mindich's third book and first textbook, The Mediated World: A New Approach to Mass Communication and Culture, published by Rowan & Littlefield.
8/27/19: Dr. Geoffrey Baym publishes “‘Think of him as the president’: Tabloid Trump and the political imaginary, 1980-1999” in the Journal of Communication.
4/24/19: Dr. Brian Creech co-authors article “A digital baron for a digital age: Chris Hughes and neoliberalism’s ascendancy in journalism” in Digital Journalism.
3/15/19: Dr. Carolyn Kitch’s co-edited book, Women’s Suffrage and the Media, to be published by the University of Illinois Press in 2020.
3/15/19: Dr. Lauren Kogen publishes chapter “Marketplace of ideas or little shop of horrors? Comparing US news coverage of local and distant suffering” in the book Media and mass atrocity: The Rwanda genocide and beyond.
11/15/18: Dr. Soomin Seo presents lecture “Calling Pyongyang: Changes in Journalistic Approaches to North Korea Since 2000” at the Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan.
10/15/18: Dr. Soomin Seo presents “South Korea’s Watergate Moment: How a Media Coalition Brought Down the Park Geun-hye Government” at the Global Fusion Annual Conference in Charlottesville.
9/15/18: Dr. Carolyn Kitch receives the Guido H. Stempel III Award for Journalism and Mass Communication Research, given annually by the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University.
8/15/18: Dr. Brian Creech publishes article “Finding the White working class in 2016: Journalistic discourses and the construction of a political identity” in the European Journal of Cultural Studies.
Typical courses offered
- Emerging media and communication
- Communication institutions
- Journalism concepts
- Critical analysis of mass media
- Visual communication
- Critical textual analysis
- Historical methods
- Solutions journalism