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Who We Are

Ralph Izard - Media Diversity
Ralph Izard

Executive Director

Professor Emeritus, Louisiana State University
Professor Emeritus, Ohio University

Dr. Izard is professor emeritus, both at Ohio University and at Louisiana State University. Izard was on the faculty at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, where he served as director for 12 years, and at the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU, serving as interim dean for one year. He specializes in ethics, First Amendment and journalistic writing. He was a Freedom Forum fellow at the Media Studies Center in New York from 1998-99 and editor of the Newspaper Research Journal, 1988-2000.

Tracy Everbach - Gender Studies
Tracy Everbach

Managing Editor

Associate Professor, University of North Texas

Dr. Everbach is an associate professor of journalism at the University of North Texas and a former newspaper reporter. Her research interests focus on gender in media, including newsroom management, media coverage and sports. She worked as a newspaper reporter for 14 years, 12 on the Metro desk of The Dallas Morning News and two at the Boston Herald. She also is the 2012-2013 head of the Commission on the Status of Women for AEJMC. Dr. Everbach was formerly the assistant editor for the Media Diversity Forum's gender studies.

Amy Reynolds

Research/ Database Editor

Dean, College of Communication and Information, Kent State University

Dr. Reynolds’ research focuses on dissent and the First Amendment, First Amendment history, and media sociology, particularly in relationship to media coverage of breaking news and of terrorism. She has authored or co-authored seven books and has written several articles and book chapters.

Content Editors

Jinx Broussard
Jinx Broussard

Editor, African American Issues

Professor, Louisiana State University

Jinx Broussard held numerous academic and professional positions before joining LSU’s faculty, where she focuses on public relations courses. She taught and served in a variety of positions at Dillard University, including co-chair of the Mass Communication Department from 2004 – 2006. She was the coordinator of a unique collaboration between Dillard University and the Manship School of Mass Communication. Broussard is a facilitator/ faculty member for the New York Times Summer Journalism Institute. As owner and president of Jinx Broussard Consulting and Public Relations, Inc., which she established in 1994, Broussard worked with a variety of businesses and organizations in New Orleans and beyond. She worked as the Louisiana Press Secretary for the Clinton-Gore Campaign in 1992 and served as press secretary to Mayor Sidney J. Barthelemy in New Orleans for seven years. She began her career as a reporter. Broussard was the first African-American to earn an undergraduate degree in journalism from LSU. She also earned her M.A. from LSU, where she completed a thesis entitled ‘Establishment of a Public Information Program for the City of New Orleans."More info

Mia Moody-Ramirez

Editor, African American Issues

Associate Professor, Baylor University

Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez is an associate professor of Journalism, PR & New Media and the director of American Studies at Baylor University. She is the co-author of "The Obamas and Mass Media: Race, Gender, Religion, and Politics" with Dr. Jannette Dates (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). She is also the author of "Black and Mainstream Press’ Framing of Racial Profiling: A Historical Perspective" (University Press of America, 2009).

She also specializes in new media portrayals of women and people of color. Her recent research focuses on the effects of the James Byrd Jr. dragging death on Jasper, Facebook hate groups, stereotypes of President Barack and Michelle Obama, male and female rappers’ differing views on the “independent woman,” and coverage of missing women. The Bryan native served as a staff writer and columnist for the lifestyle section of the Waco Tribune-Herald from 1990 to 1997, and was a general assignment reporter and intern at the Bryan-College Station Eagle in 1988-1990. She was editor and publisher of Elegant Woman Magazine.

She is secretary for AEJMC's Commission on the Status of Women and MAC's research paper chair for the graduate student competition for the 2014 AEJMC conference.

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Cristina Azocar

Editor, American Indian Issues

Department Chair and Associate Professor, San Francisco State University

In 2001, Cristina Azocar completed her doctorate in Communication Studies at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, joining a miniscule number of Native American PhDs in mass communication. Her research explores news coverage of people of color and its impact on public perception.

Victoria LaPoe
Victoria LaPoe

Editor, American Indian Issues

Assistant professor of Broadcast and Film at the Western Kentucky University.

Dr. LaPoe's research interests include construction of reality within television news, how it affects groups such as American Indians, political science, science communication, and emerging media. She is a co-author in an upcoming book by the University Press of Mississippi on the Media Lessons of Two Gulf Disasters – Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Victoria is an award winning journalist who worked in television news for thirteen years.


Vincent Pham

Co-Editor, Asian American Issues

Assistant Professor, California State University San Marcos

Dr. Pham, Department of Communication, California State University, San Marcos, co-author of Asian Americans and the Media; who conducts research on means used by Asian American media organizations to constitute and represent themselves within U.S. society and how they are constructed and represented by public discourse.


Jaime Loke
Jaime Loke

Co-Editor, Gender Studies

Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma

Dr. Loke is a member of the journalism faculty at Gaylord College. Her research interests rest on the intersection of women and minorities, mass media and the new online public spaces. Additionally, her scholarly work relies on critical media and cultural studies theory in accompaniment to the more traditional journalism research.


Miglena Sternadori
Miglena Sternadori

Co-Editor, Gender Studies

Associate Professor, Texas Tech University

Dr. Sternadori served as the coordinator of University of South Dakota's Women and Gender Studies program and the associate editor of the Journal of Magazine & New Media Research. Sternadori worked as a journalist for seven years, including five as an investigative reporter in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Dane Claussen - LGBT
Dane Claussen

Editor, GLBTQ Issues

James Pedas Professor and chair, Department of Communication, at Thiel College

Dr. Dane S. Claussen is James Pedas Professor and chair, Department of Communication, at Thiel College. He is the former Editor of Journalism & Mass Communication Educator; former visiting professor of international journalism, Shanghai International Studies University; former executive director of ACLU of Nevada; and former professor/faculty chair, School of Communication, Point Park University. He is author of Anti-intellectualism in American Media; and editor/co-author of Sex, Religion, Media and two other books.


Gary Hicks
Gary Hicks

Editor, GLBTQ Issues

Department Chair and Professor, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville


Dr. Gary Hicks is chair of the Department of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In his research, Dr. Hicks focuses on the impact of media on society's marginalized communities. He has done qualitative studies of media portrayals of lesbians and gay men, immigrants, and the disabled. His current research focuses on media portrayals of those suffering mental illness. His framework for studying these groups includes ethical theory, as well as critical and cultural theories. Because of his background as a newspaper reporter and as an associate producer in the southwest bureau of The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, he works to make his research relevant and applicable to the real-world work of media practitioners.

Maria Len-Rios

Editor, Hispanic/Latino issues

Associate Professor, Public Relations, University of Georgia

Dr. Len-Ríos’ research focuses on inequalities in public relations and health communication. Together with colleagues and doctoral students, she has earned more than 9 Top Paper awards in national and international academic conferences across multiple areas - public relations, health and science communication, mass communication & society, popular culture and magazine research.

Dr. Len-Ríos has taught courses in cross-cultural journalism, public relations, public relations writing, strategic campaigns, master's thesis seminar, quantitative methods, mass media seminar and doctoral seminar courses. Click here for more information.

Federico Subervi - Latino/Hispanic
Federico Subervi

Editor, Hispanic/Latino Issues

Full Professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University, Ohio.

Dr. Subervi is the editor and author of The Mass Media and Latino Politics: Studies of U.S. Media Content, Campaign Strategies and Survey Research: 1984-2004 , along with more than 25 book chapters, more than 20 journal articles and more than 15 independent reports. His current writing focuses on media and politics in Puerto Rico, his home country.."


Debra Mason
Debra Mason

Editor, Religion

Professor & Director, Center on Religion & the Professions, The University of Missouri

Dr. Mason brings more than 25 years of professional reporting, research, and teaching experience to her position. Her major religion and media research work includes a content audit of religion news spanning 50 years and the largest telephone survey of religion journalists. She edited the recently published Religion Reporting: A Guide to Journalism’s Best Beat, and co-edited Readings in Religion as News, a collection of religion news from the colonial era to the present. Mason also serves on the editorial board and is book review editor for the Journal of Media and Religion.


Masudul Biswas

Site Editor & Webmaster

Assistant Professor, Loyola University Maryland

Biswas conducts research mainly in the intersections of diversity, media and/or politics/public affairs. His newer research area is Web content strategy. His teaching interests are: graphics/promotional design, web development/design, strategic communication, and diversity and the media.


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