Emergent Journalism

Reports from the front line of journalism instruction

Academic CV

Current as of December 2016


State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y., 2000 to 2005
Ph. D. in Communications conferred in September 2005.
Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y., 1976-1980 and 1983-1985
Graduate school: MBA degree with marketing major, concentrating in marketing management of innovations and new products, May 1985.
Undergraduate: Dual-major bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science, May 1980. Wrote senior honors thesis on relationship of the federal government and the national media during the Nixon administration.


St. John Fisher College, September 2002 to present.
Professor of Media and Communication. Responsible primarily for courses in multimedia content, introductory and advanced journalism, and media law/ethics.
State University College at Brockport, January 2001 to May 2002.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication. Full-time position teaching courses in news writing, feature writing, editorial methods, newspaper design, media law/ethics and special-topic seminar on media, business and society. Advised student newspaper the Stylus.

Applied Mass Communication: A Guide for Media Practitioners (2nd ed.), Jack Rosenberry and Lauren A. Vicker. (2017, Routledge).
Public Journalism 2.0: The Promise and Reality of a Citizen-Engaged Press, Jack Rosenberry and Burton St. John III (Old Dominion University) (2010, Routledge).

“Key Works in Community Journalism Research,” Chapter 2 of The Foundations of Community Journalism: A Primer for Research, Bill Reader (Ohio University) and John Hatcher (University of Minnesota Duluth), editors. (2011, Sage).

JOURNALS (REFEREED) (all sole authorship except where indicated)

 “Classic Elements of Engagement in U.S. Journalism Apply to Irish Online Community News Sites.” Community Journalism. April 2015. Online journal with access at http://journal.community-journalism.net/articles/classic-elements-engagement-us-journalism-apply-irish-online-community-news-sites
“Circulation and Community Population Are Factors in Newspapers’ Use of Social Media.” Newspaper Research Journal, Summer 2013.
“Participants in Newspapers’ Online Forums Support Anonymity Despite Negative Effects,” Newspaper Research Journal, Summer 2011.
Virtual Community Support for Offline Communities Through Online Newspaper Message Forums,” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Spring 2010. Summary and link to full text was featured in the “Research You Can Use” portion of the AEJMC website.
“Capstone Courses in Mass Communication Programs,” (with Lauren A. Vicker) Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Autumn 2006.
“Few Papers Use Online Techniques to Improve Public Communication.” Newspaper Research Journal, Fall 2005.
 “The Effect of Content Mix on Circulation Penetration for U.S. Daily Newspapers.” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Summer 2005.

Abridged to show past 5 years only
“AEJMC, Kettering Project: Revitalizing the Bonds of Journalism, Citizenship, and Democracy.” Editor’s Essay, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly Special Section on Revitalizing the Bonds of Journalism, Citizenship and Democracy. Online version posted at http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1077699016684779 (Dec. 20, 2016). Print publication anticipated Spring 2017.
“Journalism Educators Exchange Update: Joint research project with AEMJC yields insights about impact of innovative curriculum.” Kettering Foundation, in press. (Article completed under Kettering Learning Contract and submitted Sept. 1, 2016.)
“How Educators are Approaching Citizenship, Democracy and Journalism.” MediaShift. (Sept. 20, 2016). Available at: http://mediashift.org/2016/09/educators-present-findings-citizenship-democracy-journalism/
“Yelp Manager Offers Insight into Community Engagement.” MediaShift. (Jan. 5, 2016). Online article available at: http://mediashift.org/2016/01/yelp-manager-offers-insight-into-community-engagement/
“Research Project Explores Nexus of Citizenship, Democracy and Journalism.” MediaShift. (2015, Sept. 11). Available at: http://mediashift.org/2015/09/research-project-explores-nexus-of-citizenship-democracy-and-journalism/
“A Match Made in the Media.” (585) magazine, Sept/Oct 2013. Magazine feature article.
 “Tweeting Without Fear or Favor: Reporters Turn to Twitter to Reach the Public and Hear Feedback.” (585) magazine, July/August 2013, Magazine feature article.
 “Radio riffs: Rochester is One of the Only Cities in America that has two Jazz-format Radio Stations.” (585) magazine, (May/June 2013) Magazine feature article.
“Civic, Citizen Journalism Taking Root in Europe.” CCJIG News, AEJMC Civic & Citizen Journalism Interest Group Division newsletter, Winter 2012.
Book review of News and Public Opinion: Media Effects on Civic Life (by Maxwell McCombs et al.) Journalism Vol. 1, Issue 2 (2012).
“Growth of Patch, Indie Sites Shows Citizen Journalism Going Mainstream.” CCJIG News, AEJMC Civic & Citizen Journalism Interest Group newsletter, Summer 2011.

Abridged to show past 5 years only

 “Getting Engaged: Public Engagement on Online Community News Sites Has Tenuous Connection to Civic Engagement.” AEJMC national professional conference, August 2014, Montreal, Canada.
“Community Characteristics Correlate with Social Media Involvement on Online Community News Sites.” AEJMC national professional conference, August 2013, Washington, DC.
“Patched In: Corporately Owned Online Community News Sites Pursue Different News Topics Than Independent Ones.” AEJMC national professional conference, August 2011, St. Louis, MO.

“Talk it Out! How students can learn to appreciate the difference between writing for readers vs. writing for listeners.” GIFT (Great Ideas for Teaching) presentation, AEJMC national professional conference, August 2013, Washington, DC.

“This House Should Embrace Digital Media.” Presentation to Literary and Debating Society, National University of Ireland Galway, March 2016.
“Basics of Online Journalism.” Guest lecture to journalism master’s degree class at National University of Ireland Galway, March 2016.
“Who was Marshall McLuhan?” Presentation at Remembering Marshall McLuhan symposium, St. John Fisher College, April 2015.
“Anonymous Comments and the Ethics of Editorial Control,” August 2012. Panelist for media ethics session at AEJMC Professional Conference in Chicago.
“Innovation in TV, Radio, and Research in a Hyper-dyadic Digital World,” August 2011. Panelist for teaching session at AEJMC Professional Conference in St. Louis, MO.

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Interim Adviser, Cardinal Courier. Served as interim adviser to Cardinal Courier campus news media organization (in addition to regular teaching duties) during search for a new adviser following departure of previous one. Facilitated selection of new senior staff and assisted students in establishing new online production system. August-September 2016.
Faculty Director, Galway Semester Program jointly presented by St. John Fisher, Hobart William Smith Colleges, and National University of Ireland Galway. Oversaw semester-abroad (teaching and administrative responsibilities) for 18 students, January-May 2016.
Irish Studies Program Advisory Board member, 2012-present.
Chair of Department of Media and Communication (formerly Communication/Journalism Department) September 2009 – August 2015.
Faculty Assembly Secretary September 2005 to August 2015.

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Research chair, AEJMC Special Presidential Initiative “Revitalizing the Bonds of Journalism, Citizenship and Democracy.” Directed refereed research competition for national conference, August 2016. Also served as research session discussant.
Seminar participant, Kettering Foundation seminars on journalism education and the work of citizens in democracy. July 2014, August 2014, February 2015, November 2015.
Board member, Rochester Media Association (local trade/networking group), 2011- present.
Board member, Irish American Cultural Institute (local chapter of a national cultural heritage organization), May 2013 – October 2016.
Editorial Board member, peer reviewed journals. Newspaper Research Journal, 2003 – present; and Community Journalism, 2011-present
Journal paper reviewer, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, New Media and Society, Journalism Studies, Mass Communication and Society. Various dates to present.
Conference paper reviewer, AEJMC, 2004-2016. Served as referee for papers submitted to AEJMC annual and regional conferences.
External reviewer, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown PA, March 2015. Member of external review team examining organization and curriculum of Department of Communication at Elizabethtown College as part of its periodic program assessment.
External reviewer, SUNY Brockport, February 2011. Member of external review team examining organization and curriculum of Department of Communication and Media at SUNY Brockport as part of its periodic program assessment.

January 2012: With assistance of college Director of Corporate Funding Maya Temperly received $4,000 community development grant from Gannett Foundation used for acquisition of television lab equipment.

Copy Editor/Section Editor, Democrat and Chronicle newspaper, Rochester, N.Y. (1986-2002); Regular duties included content editing, copy editing, headline writing and design/pagination of newspaper pages. Held position with similar responsibilities at
Pocono Record newspaper, Stroudsburg, Pa., July 1985 – November 1986.
Reporter, Finger Lakes Times newspaper, Geneva, NY. September 1980 – September 1983



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