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McDevitt, Michael Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Prof. McDevitt is working on a book: Where Ideas Go to Die: The Fate of Intellect in American Journalism (Oxford University Press). He documents how anti-intellectualism is encoded in routine news content and channeled in more spectacular cases of media ritual. Chapters draw evidence from a national survey of journalism students, interviews of 'dangerous professors' targeted by vigilante groups, and case studies that document journalistic complicity in the rise of authoritarian populism. In political socialization, Prof. McDevitt explores influences of family, media and schools in the cultivation of youth civic development and ideological identity. This research highlights the value of conflict seeking and deliberation in youth expression, rather than adopting the prevailing view of political development as internalization and conflict avoidance.

keywords

  • political communication, political socialization, youth civic engagement, political identity, journalism studies, media studies, media sociology, anti-intellectualism, populism, deliberation

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • APRD 7003 - ProSeminar in Mass Communication Theory II
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Continues introducing and discussing theoretical and methodological points of view in areas of communication, journalism and persuasion. Discusses the most important qualitative and quantitative methodological points of view, and from theoretical viewpoints that range from social science to critical studies. The idea is to develop an appreciation for theories and methodologies that can be employed depending upon the research question. Same as JRNL7003.
  • JRNL 3651 - Media Law and Ethics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
    Studies state and federal laws and court decisions that affect the media in order to develop knowledge of media rights and responsibilities and an understanding of the legal system. Provides students with an overview of the theories, ethics, codes, and analytical models that are used in journalism, and introduces students to a variety of ethical issues that can arise in journalism.
  • JRNL 4602 - Opinion Writing
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Concentrates on several of the subjective areas of journalism. Emphasizes editorial and column writing, editorial pages and blogging. Same as JRNL 5602.
  • JRNL 4874 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Special Topics
  • JRNL 5602 - Opinion Writing
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Concentrates on several of the subjective areas of journalism. Emphasizes editorial and column writing, editorial pages and blogging. Same as JRNL 4602.
  • JRNL 5651 - Journalism Law & Ethics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Explores the legal and ethical frameworks of journalistic practice and media production. Covers historical as well as current frameworks used in examining the legal and ethical issues that arise in newsgathering and publication. Examines the relationships between ethics and the law in various media context.
  • JRNL 7003 - ProSeminar in Mass Communication Theory II
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Continues introducing and discussing theoretical and methodological points of view in areas of communication, journalism and persuasion. Discusses the most important qualitative and quantitative methodological points of view, and from theoretical viewpoints that range from social science to critical studies. The idea is to develop an appreciation for theories and methodologies that can be employed depending upon the research question. Same as APRD 7003.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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