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Dr. Lucinda D. Davenport

Dr. Lucinda D. Davenport is a professor in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. She was director of the School of Journalism for 10 years. Before that, she was the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Davenport has worked in different areas of the journalism and communication industries, from all types of reporting to public relations to being a digital media pioneer. The objective of her research is to significantly impact and benefit individuals and society. Her areas of focus are innovative media technologies, ethics and history, among others. 

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 co-authored two international textbooks in reporting and mass communication. Both are at the top of their markets: “Writing and Reporting for the Media” (12th ed.) New York: Oxford University Press and “Media Now: Understanding Media, Culture, and Technology” (10th ed.) Boston, Mass: Cengage Learning. 

She co-developed one of the first interactive software programs for journalism education and was one of the first to integrate augmented content into a textbook.

Dr. Davenport has taught courses of all levels, sizes, types and many journalism, media and communication topics.

She 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, among other positions. She has also held professional fellowships, such as being an online editor while in the academy.

She earned a B.A. in journalism from Baylor University, an M.A. in mass communication from the University of Iowa and her Ph.D. in journalism and mass communication from Ohio University. Her master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation were among firsts in the world on computerized information services and online news.