Renita Coleman


Renita Coleman

Renita Coleman has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Florida, a M.S. and Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Missouri.

Her research focuses mainly on visual communication and ethics. She has studied the effects of photographs on ethical reasoning, the role of images in agenda setting, and the moral development of journalists and public relations practitioners, among other topics. She has published peer reviewed articles in academic journals including Journal of Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Visual Communication Quarterly, Journalism, and Journalism Studies, and others. She has a book, published in 2005 with co-author with Lee Wilkins of the University of Missouri, titled "The Moral Media: How Journalists Reason About Ethics."

Before beginning her academic career, Coleman was a journalist at newspapers and magazines for 15 years. She was a reporter, editor, and designer at the Raleigh, N.C. News & Observer, the Sarasota FL Herald-Tribune, and the Orlando, FL Sentinel.

Coleman teaches courses in ethics and visual communication, and is Graduate Adviser. To make an appointment, sign up on her Doodle calendar, 


Contact Information:

Office: BMC 3.330

New Course for Fall '13:
Experimental Design

Recent courses:
J349T/J395 Ethics
J363    Mass Communication Theory
J380V  Visual Communication
J363    Visual Design
J395    Proseminar in Journalism.

Recent publications