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Journalism and Electronic Media School

The Undergraduate Program in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media (JEM) offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide students with the tools to achieve the career of their choice in a media field. The goal of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media is to prepare students to work in all media but to specialize in one. Students are encouraged to select one of the following potential specialty areas and complete four courses in that area, or select more than one specialty by selecting additional electives from within the College of Communication and Information. Students may also design a new specialty area, such as Business Reporting, Political Reporting, Entertainment Reporting, Web Journalism, International Journalism, International Communication.

Faculty and their Research Interests

Dr. Paul Ashdown, Professor
Historical research on media coverage of events; journalism as literature

Dr. Ben Bates, Professor
Evolution of information/media systems and role of 
economics, policy, and technology in shaping development; media/information economics and policy; social impact of media/information systems; social and economic impacts of intellectual property rights policy

Dr. Ed Caudill, Professor
Connection between the history of ideas in the press and in the public; coverage of science in the press

Dr. Peter Gross, Director/Professor
International and comparative mass communication, media, and journalism; media and development, transition, and transformation; politics and media; media ethics; U.S. media history; censorship and press freedom; media and foreign affairs; international information and communication law and policy; foreign- language/ethnic media in the United States and in East Central and Southeast Europe

Dr. Mark Harmon, Associate Professor
Local and national news; political communication

Rob Heller, Professor
Visual arts

Dr. Elizabeth Hendrickson, Assistant Professor
Social media cultivation, media adoption of new technology, and the organizational communication systems found within various mediums

Bonnie Hufford, Instructor
Media education on the high school level

Barbara Kaye, Professor
Uses of communication technology from an audience perspective; offensive language on television

Bob Legg, Associate Professor
Technology of television production; mass communication education

Kelly Leiter, Professor and Dean Emeritus

Mark Littmann, Professor and Hill Chair of Excellence in Science Writing
Writing for the general public about science (especially astronomy); history of science; science writing as literature

Catherine Luther, Associate Professor and Associate Dean
Coverage of social movements nationally and internationally; impact of news

Barbara Moore, Professor
Historical and legal research involving entertainment and news content of television and radio

Amber Roessner, Assistant Professor
History of (sports) media and its intersection with American culture and collective memory; Race, class, gender & the mass media; Critical & cultural studies

James Glen Stovall, Edward J. Meeman Distinguished Professor
Writing for the mass media; web journalism; survey research

Sam Swan, Director of Internationalization and Outreach and Professor
Media management issues; comparison of international media systems

Dwight L. Teeter, Jr., Professor
Legal and historical study of First Amendment rights and the role of the media

Erin Whiteside, Assistant Professor
Sports media; Cultural studies; Feminist theory; Media diversity, sexuality, and gender

Michael O. Wirth, Professor and Dean
Media and telecommunication economics, management, law and policy

JEM Lecturers

J.E. Bumpus, Allyson Devito, Richard Dodson, Dr. Maria Fontenot, Lisa Gary, Jennifer Koella, Ben McWhorter, Syrenthia Robinson, John Shearer, Hubert Smith, D. Renee Smith, Georgiana Vines, Chris Wohlwend

JEM Staff

Deborah Douglas
Bennett Smith, Manager, WUTK-FM
Margaret Cate Grigsby, Website editor

Contact Us

Dr. Peter Gross, Director
School of Journalism and Electronic Media
College of Communication 
and Information
The University of Tennessee
333 Communications Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-0333

Phone: (865) 974-5155



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