The Department of Journalism and Media Studies is committed to understanding traditional and emergent media in their social, political, technological, and economic contexts. The undergraduate program provides budding journalists and media makers with practical experience in the latest technological developments while being grounded in the history, ethics, and values of the craft. The Digital Media track of the MCIS program is intended for media and communication professionals who wish to gain or update understanding of 21st century media theory, production, and social impact. At the PhD level, the Media Studies area is concerned with the political, social, psychological, and economic impact of the media, as well as with the cultural and historical conditions that give rise to contemporary media. Our faculty is comprised of engaged teachers and researchers, combining practical with scholarly expertise. In addition to degrees in journalism studies, our professors come from a variety of disciplines, among them sociology, political science, history, communications, anthropology, and psychology. Together we generate an interdisciplinary approach to promote awareness, training and engagement for students as citizens, professionals, researchers, and community members. Learn more about the Department of Journalism and Media Studies.
Announcements and Features
Congratulations to several JMS faculty members on a spectacular month of scholarly appearances as panelist, co-presenters, guest speakers and interviewers.
- The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University hosted Assistant Professor Christina Dunbar-Hester as a panelist for “VIRTUALITY, SIMULACRA, AND SIMULATION: Virtual Reality, Real War.”
- Associate Professor and MCIS Digital Media Coordinator Susan Keith co-presented “When News Happens to Sports and Vice Versa” at the annual meeting for the American Copy Editors Society in St. Louis, Mo.
- The Center on Violence Against Women and Children invited Associate Professor Regina Marchi Ph.D. area coordinator for media studies, as a guest speaker on “How Media Normalize Female Submission and Violence Against Women" During the forum, “The Media’s Role in Violence Against Women.”
- Part-time lecturer and Star-Ledger food writer and critic, Teresa Politano, moderated“A Conversation with Bobby Flay,” Emmy-winning chef and author, at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J.
American legal scholar Robert H. Bork’s recent death has sparked numerous articles and comments regarding his failed nomination by Ronald Reagan to the Supreme Court. Rejected by the Democrat-controlled Senate in 1987, Bork’s nomination is sometimes seen as a historical shift in how Supreme Court justices are selected.
In a generation that gave rise to the terms “helicopter parents,” “trophy kids” and “boomerang generation,” there is one term that isn’t easily connected to Gen Y—feminism.
Yet when an essay contest sponsored by Douglass Residential College and Ms. Magazine came to Journalism and Media Studies major Abigail Nutter’s attention, she quickly submitted her entry on the topic, “Who Needs Feminist Media Today?”
Nutter’s quick response stemmed from being rejected by what she thought was a forward-thinking online magazine. She submitted a short essay describing the nearly impossible standards of measuring up to the “ideal woman” that mainstream media portrays on a daily basis. It was rejected for being “overtly feminist.”
Influenced by Gloria Steinem, Nutter highlights the need for feminist media to influence young women and the necessary changes needed to allow women’s voices to be equally heard. She also discusses how her generation has become complacent when it comes to women’s rights. She writes:
“As a generation, we will continue to drown if we continue this negative connotation of feminist media. I need feminist media to continue to speak out and say: We’ve come a long way, but we have miles more to go.”
Nutter’s essay was chosen as runner up, and was printed in Ms. Magazine’s blog, along with two other Rutgers students.
"It meant so much to me to be chosen a runner up,” said Nutter. “I firmly believe and stand by what I wrote, and I hope that we, as a society, will one day be able to open up and see the stereotypes, see the oppressions and the consequences, and decide that enough is enough.”