Lucinda D. Davenport Ph.D.

Lucinda Davenport


  • Journalism


Dr. Lucinda D. Davenport is a Professor in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. She recently stepped aside as Director of the School of Journalism after 10 years. Before that, she was the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences (overseeing 11 programs). She is also a former director of the Information & Media Ph.D. program and former director of School of Journalism grad programs.

Dr. Davenport has worked in different areas of the journalism and communication industries, from all types of reporting to public relations to being a digital media pioneer.  The objective of her research is to have significance and impact that benefit individuals and society in general. Her areas of focus are innovative media technologies, ethics and history, among others. 

She is published in books and refereed research journals, including the International Journal of Strategic Communications, Asian Journal of Communication, International Communication Gazette, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Studies, LBS Journal of Management & Research, Newspaper Research Journal, Web Journal of Mass Communication Research, The Journal of Media Economics, Journalism Educator, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Communication Teacher and Visual Communication Quarterly.

She co-authors two international textbooks in reporting and mass communication that are at the top of their markets: Writing and Reporting for the Media (12th ed.) New York: Oxford University Press and Media Now: Understanding Media, Culture, and Technology (10th ed.) Boston, Mass: Cengage Learning. 

She was one of the first to integrate augmented content into a textbook and co-developed one of the first interactive software programs for journalism education.

Dr. Davenport has taught all levels, sizes, types and many various journalism, media and communication topics of courses.

She has worked as a reporter in newspapers, a news director and announcer in radio and television, a public relations practitioner in national retailing and a forum administrator in early online media, among other positions. She has also held professional fellowships, such as being an online editor while in the academy.

She earned her: Ph.D. in journalism and mass communication from Ohio University, an M.A. in mass communication from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in journalism from Baylor University. Her master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation were among firsts in the world on computerized information services and online news.

Research and Teaching

Selected Awards

Recent Recognitions for Research and Instruction:

2020    Online News Association (ONA) Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education National Grand Prize. With Joe Grimm, for New Instrument that Drives Journalism to Reflect Diversity

2020    1st place. AT&T Award in Instructional Technology, Michigan State University. With Joe Grimm, for JRN 300 and Diversity and Innovation Technology project.

2020    1st place. Best Practices in Teaching Difficult Topics in a Polarized Society. AEJMC. Standing Committee on Teachings. With Joe Grimm. 

2020    Faculty Research Grant. AEJMC. Newspaper and Online News Division. Measuring the Success of a New Tool for Visualizing Diversity in News Coverage and Sourcing.

2020    Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century (TNT21): Innovative Teaching Ideas. Finalist. AEJMC. Newspaper and Online News and Scholastic Journalism divisions. With Joe Grimm.

2020    Great Ideas for Teaching (GIFT). Finalist. AEJMC. Scholastic Journalism Division and Small Programs Interest Group. With Joe Grimm.

2019    Robert F. Banks Award for Institutional Leadership, Michigan State University.

2019    L. J. Hortin Distinguished Alumna Award, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, for accomplishments over the course of a career.

2019    John V. Field Award, state of Michigan Interscholastic Press Association, for contributions to scholastic journalism in Michigan.

2019    Scholarly Contribution, recognition by Michigan State University Libraries for authored books and documentaries (also in 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013).

2017    Outstanding Woman in Journalism and Mass Communication Education, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Commission on the Status of Women for “personal excellence and high standards in journalism and mass communication education.”

Undergraduate Teaching Award, Michigan State University, Mid Michigan Alumni Organization.

The Faculty Impact Award, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University.

Top Research Paper awards at national conferences.

One of five “top-read” articles in Journalism and Mass Communication Educator journal in 2012.

Contact Information

404 Wilson Rd., Room 305
Communication Arts and Sciences Building
Michigan State University