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School of Journalism to expand media studies expertise

Six media studies experts to join faculty

The Moody College of Communication promotes dynamic innovation in media research, theory and practice in response to a rapidly evolving digital society. As a result, the School of Journalism, a top-tier program at Moody College, is expanding opportunities for scholars and students to focus on communication studies in the areas of media, society and social change.

Six media studies experts who currently teach in the Department of Radio-Television-Film will join the School of Journalism in fall 2019: Wenhong Chen,  Joe Straubhaar, Sharon Strover, Kathleen Tyner,  S. Craig Watkins and Karin Wilkins.

“Our journalistic media approach will be to look at society and social change and how various media are being used to affect both,” said Jay Bernhardt, Moody College dean. “The scholarly interests of these six faculty members now more closely align with the School of Journalism, and Radio-Television-Film will take a more focused approach toward tangible media like film and television, media production, emergent media and media industries.”

Chen is an award-winning scholar focusing on digital media technologies in entrepreneurial and civic settings. Straubhaar and Wilkins, editor in chief of Communication Theory, are ICA Fellows; Strover is director of the Technology and Information Policy Institute; Tyner is a nationally-recognized expert in media literacy and gaming in education; and Watkins is the founding director of the Moody College Institute for Media Innovation.

“Our already strong department is becoming even stronger,” said Kathleen McElroy, director of the School of Journalism. “Even as we remain committed to journalism, these professors will further enhance our world-class research and theory programs. Their work will appeal to budding scholars interested in a broader range of media.”

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Kathleen Mabley at 512-232-1417