I currently teach a mix of courses in the School of Journalism, within the College of Communication. These include the general introductory "Critical issues in journalism," and more research-oriented graduate seminars.
Both allow me to explore an eclectic range of interests in press performance--an umbrella category that for me includes ideological critique of news media, debates over news "bias," framing of public issues (particularly war and terrorism), the place of faith in the public arena, and changes in professional journalistic norms--including in the emerging "blogosphere." My ongoing research interests involve how globalization affects journalism and its contribution to a "globalized public sphere."
My administrative experience as Director of the School of Journalism led me to consider how professional education is subject to its own pressures, producing splits among practitioners and "theorists," but also to find ways to more constructively integrate conceptual and professional training.
As Associate Dean for Academic Affairs I further indulge my eclectic interests in working with faculty in what we call the "largest and most comprehensive college of communication in the country." That portfolio includes overseeing international, interdisciplinary, and cross-departmental programs, as well as managing faculty and department evaluation.
I welcome your communication on any of these issues--and use of whatever materials you may find of value on this site.
- COMING SOON from Routledge: Mediating the Message in the 21st Century: A Media Sociology Perspective
- Journalism and Globalization (article in Sociology Compass)
- Future of Journalism in Emerging Deliberative Space (symposium article)
- Managing the Symbolic Arena: The Media Sociology of Herbert Gans (chapter)
- ICA Encyclopedia "Media Production & Content" (main overview article)
- Finding Frames in a Web of Culture: The Case of the War on Terror (chapter)
- What is the War on Terror? Framing through the Eyes of Journalists (article)
- Mapping the blogosphere: Citizen-based media in the global news arena (article)
- Citizen Journalism in the Global News Arena: China's New Media Critics (chapter)
- Framing the War on Terror (article)