Journalism professor recognized for latest book
By Trent Goldston, The Lariat
Photo credit, Shanna Taylor
Dr. Mia Moody, Journalism professor, has been receiving great reviews for her latest book, “‘Black and Mainstream Press’ Framing of Racial Profiling: A Historical Perspective,” most notably from the publication Journalism and Mass Communication.
Will Crockett, public relations director for the College of Arts and Sciences, said Moody’s recognition from J&MC is monumental.
“This is the flagship journal of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and a premier journal in the field,” Crockett said. “The journal provides leadership in developing theory and introducing new concepts to its readership.”
Dr. Clark Baker, chairman of the journalism department said he was very pleased to hear about Moody’s work being recognized.
“It’s great. We are very proud of her,” Baker said.
Moody’s book covers primarily how different media entities framed racial profiling before and after Sept. 11. Moody said that she was surprised and excited to see what positive responses the book has received, and that the book had been a long-term project.
“I was always interested in racial framing, especially after Sept. 11. Before 9-11 racial framing was covered by primarily Hispanic and African-American perspectives [both of which said it was bad],” Moody said. “After 9-11 we had even some black writers who said that [racial profiling] was ok.”
According the to the J&MC reviewer, Queenie A. Byars, Moody’s book came at a point in history that amplifies its importance.
According to the review, the work took on a renewed and timely significance with the election of Barack Obama.
The review boasts that Moody raises the bar in understanding social phenomenon through frame structures.
“Moody’s book will appeal to diverse audiences, from policymakers to social scientists and journalists,” the review said.
Moody is also in the process of finding a publisher for another work, which is focusing on how the media frames black and white women.
Moody has also taught a course specifically dedicated to media framing titled Radford Seminar: Women and Minorities in the Media. The class will be offered again this spring.
Houston senior Chrystal Buckner, who took Moody’s Women and Minorities in the Media course, said Moody’s passion for her research leaked over into her teaching, creating a course that has a great impact on students.
“It was a good course. I thought we learned a lot about how the media frames different cultures, especially women,” Buckner said. “[Moody] would do presentations on research that she had personally done and she would be very passionate about it.”
Moody said many of her students have had been thankful for knowledge they acquired in the course.
“Students will tell me at the end of the semester ‘thank you’,” Moody said. “It will be the first time that many of them have ever talked about media framing. The media shows us images to sell products, but many of students have never talked about it. It’s liberating, particularly for the female students.”
Moody said a knowledge and awareness of media framing is crucial especially these days, and encourages anyone interested in learning more to enroll in her course next semester.
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