Exciting news on my two most significant work fronts, research and teaching.

My latest article is out in the International Communication Gazette. It is an excerpt from my dissertation, which means it is wonderful to finally see in print, three years after I defended my degree. It is titled “If they really wanted to, they would: The press discourse of integration of the European Roma, 1990–2006.” Here is the abstract:

This study explores the solidification of the discourse of integration of the Gypsy/Roma in the European press following the fall of Communism. A discourse analysis focuses on the British and Romanian press between 1990 and 2006, and it suggests that, in the midst of opening of EU borders and talks of a European Constitution, the idea and necessity of integration grew in political popularity as a means to peaceably alleviate interethnic conflict. However, the discourse of integration has continuously shifted between assimilationist voices and projects that attempt to change the Gypsy other into a non-Gypsy, on the one hand, and human rights-inspired defense and advocacy for the Roma, on the other. This article further suggests that the press does more than confirm stereotypes; instead, uncertainties, contradictions, and changes mark press writing.

On a teaching note, I’ve had a lovely guest lecture via skype for Dr. Darrell Newton’s “International Media Systems” class at Salisbury University this week. I spoke about Romanian media post-Communism, and I affectionately called it “TV Is Our King.” The students from their Department of Communication Arts were fantastic and had great comments and questions.

I also welcomed a fantastic professional to speak to my photojournalism students earlier this month. Kathy Kieliswaski, Deputy Director of Photo and Video for the Detroit Free Press, spoke to my JRN 331 Digital Photojournalism about capturing emotion in storytelling, the changing multimedia environment, the significance of a well-rounded training, and the importance of having a social media presence.

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