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Lucinda D. Davenport Ph.D.

Director and Professor
School of Journalism


Dr. Lucinda D. Davenport is Director and Professor in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. She is published in books and refereed research journals, including the International Journal of Strategic Communications, Asian Journal of Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Newspaper Research Journal, Web Journal of Mass Communication Research, The Journal of Media Economics, Journalism Educator, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, and Visual Communication Quarterly. She developed one of the first interactive software programs for journalism education and has co-authored three international textbooks in reporting and mass communication that are at the top of their market: Reporting for the Media, (10th ed.), Media Now, (8th ed.), and The Media in Your Life. Dr. Davenport has worked as a reporter in newspapers, a news director and announcer in radio and television, a public relations practitioner in national retailing and a forum administrator in early online media. She has also held professional fellowships, such as being an online editor while in the academy. She has a B.A. in journalism from Baylor University, an M.A. in mass communication from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in mass communication from Ohio University. Her master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation were firsts in the world on computerized information services and online news.

Roles & Responsibilities
Dr. Lucinda D. Davenport is the Director in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. She recently was Associate Dean of Graduate Education for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. She has been the Director of the CAS Media and Information Studies Ph.D. program and also the School of Journalism Graduate Program.

Awards, Honors and Recognitions
Dr. Davenport has both received teaching and research awards and service recognition. She has five Top Faculty Research Paper awards from national conferences. She has received the Faculty Impact Award from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the MSU Undergraduate Teaching Award from the MSU Mid Michigan Alumni Organization.

Key Research Interest
Research interests include communication technologies and social media, history, ethics, public relations and cross-cultures.

Special Projects
Dr. Davenport received a $400,000 grant from the Robert McCormick Foundation to preserve Chicago Tribune newspapers from the 1880s to the 1940s that are now located at MSU Libraries. An important part of the grant was to also digitize the beautiful and colored images of this newspapers and develop a database with search capabilities to the images, also in thanks to MSU Libraries: http://www.lib.msu.edu/branches/dmc/tribune

Project Title & Source
A documentary on the history and culture of tailgating, with Drs. Geri Alumni Zeldes and Sue Carter, from the Michigan Humanities Council.

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