Research & Creative Works.


I am excited to be named as one of six 2020 U.S. Howard University Fulbright awardees. I received a Reasearch Award to take part in the Fulbright Specialist Program with Rhodes University in Makhanda, Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, where I previously visited as the invited guest for South Africa's Media Freedom Week.

During my Fulbright program, I plan to focus on media and journalistic freedom with regards to the phenomenon of "fake news," which will be under the larger umbrella of ethics and dignity in reporting. This issue is a global one for the Fourth Estate and is of paramount concern with students there.

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Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA President

Howard University

I applaud your efforts to maintain your relationship with the institution and your curiosity as to how Howard benefit from Rhodes University, South Africa, and the people with which you will meet and from which you will learn and collaborate.


My research interests include the dissection of current practices and pedagogies in journalism, the transition from professional to professor, and the complex facets of women, media and images. These interests stem from my extensive experience as a journalism industry executive as well as through publications and creative works. My research is published in peer reviewed journals and books and has been broadcast on nationally-recognized and respected television networks, and represent a variety of disciplinary perspectives and research methods.



CONTRIBUTIONS (All sole author)


March 2020

Book Chapter

Thomas J.C. (2020) Women Behind Bars: Dissecting Social Constructs Mediated by News and Reality TV. In: Harmes M., Harmes M., Harmes B. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Incarceration in Popular Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham


MAY 2018

Journal Article

Pageantry & Politics:

Miss Howard University

from Civil Rights to Black Power

 The Journal of Negro Education Vol. 87, No. 1, Special Focus: Black Power, Politics, and the Black Press: Resiliency and Engaged Learning in Education (Winter 2018), pp. 22-32 DOI: 10.7709/jnegroeducation.87.1.0022


December 2015

Journal Article

Reassessing Journalistic Pedagogy: Howard University’s Broadcast Coverage of the 2014 Midterm Election

Asia Pacific Media Educator Vol 25, Issue 2, pp. 238 – 246 First Published December 17, 2015 https://doi.org/10.1177/1326365X15604935



Chapter Contributor

"From the Trenches" essay, Chapter One - So, You’re a College Instructor. Now what?

Master Class: Teaching Advice for Journalism and Mass Communication Professors, Roush, Chris ed. (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers). (Published January 2018)


My creative productions demonstrate in-depth research, analysis and impact.  I have produced live election specials, newscasts and documentaries.These works are aligned with the Vision of the Department of Media, Journalism and Film (MJFC) to be “a best in class” professional program which allows faculty, students and alumni to have a far-reaching and rewarding impact on their disciplines, industry and society.

My current study on the pageantry and politics of the women selected as “Miss Howard University” during the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, is published in the Journal of Negro Education, and is the subject of a forthcoming documentary inspired by my own experience being crowned “Miss Howard.” Below is a snippet of an interview with the first Miss Howard to wear an afro in 1966, Robyn Gregory.

Other videos include my long-form piece on a day with the U.S. Border Patrol in El Paso, TX, as well as live election specials and newscasts.