Dr. Skewes conducts research in a variety of areas related to journalism. Her main focus is media coverage of U.S. presidential politics, and she is working on projects related to the 2008, 2012 and 2016 campaigns, including a project on second tier candidates. Her research focuses on news coverage, but includes political information in popular culture and in online media. Her other primary area of research examines media coverage of crime and crime victims, and she currently is working on a longitudinal study that examines how coverage of victims and killers involved in mass tragedies has changed since the mid-1960s. She also is merging the two areas to examine how mass tragedy gets politicized, especially during an election campaign.
political communication, media ethics, media sociology, journalistic practices
CMCI 1020 - Concepts and Creativity 2: Media, Communication, Information
Engages key principles and practices in the fields of media, communication and information. Emphasizes the analyses of new and old media, information technologies, verbal and visual literacies, communicative interactions and cultural practices through process-based learning and hands-on projects utilizing multiple modes of expression. Two semester sequence required for all CMCI students; 4 credit hours each semester.
JRNL 3202 - Covering Political Campaigns
Provides a blend of theoretical understanding and on the ground experience for students interested in learning about the forces that shape election coverage and the practicalities of reporting on the local and national races for public office.
JRNL 3651 - Media Law and Ethics
Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
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 7002 - Research Design
Adopts a holistic and creative approach to bridging theory with method for the purpose of research design. Students learn how to bridge theory and method, exploring research designs that effectively address research questions and hypotheses through elaboration of theoretical and operational linkages. Same as APRD 7002.
MDRP 7021 - Proseminar in Media and Communication Theory 2
Continues the introduction of principle concepts, literature, and theoretical and paradigmatic perspectives of media studies and mass communication and their ties and contributions to parallel domains in the social sciences and humanities. Formerly MDST 7021.