Mass media and traditionally discriminated groups, especially history of the black press.
I grew up during the 1960s, reading and watching news reports of assassinations, the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. The excitement of these reports inspired me to pursue a career in journalism. I believe the style of journalism practiced in the 1960s prompted changes in the society that we're now enjoying. My teaching specialties include basic news writing, introduction to mass communication, journalism history and issues concerning the relationship between the mass media and traditionally discriminated groups. I want my students to leave my classes with the enthusiasm I felt during the '60s journalism, and for them to use their craft to make a positive difference to our society.
I've always had an interest in exploring the relationship between the mass media and traditionally discriminated groups. These are the people who have been oppressed because of race, gender, sexual orientation and physical ability. Most of my research has focused on the history of the African-American press. I've also explored the way journalism programs have trained students on issues of diversity.
My personal life revolves around my husband, Bill, and our young daughter, Alicia. It's very exciting for us to watch Alicia reach milestones such as walking, using full sentences and counting to 10. We don't go out very often. Whenever I get a chance, I Jazzercise. I also enjoy watching television and reading (or listening to cassettes) of "nonintellectual" books.