Lucinda D. Davenport Ph.D.

Lucinda Davenport

Director and Professor

Department
  • Journalism
ludavenp@msu.edu
(517) 353-6430

Bio

 

Dr. Lucinda D. Davenport is Director and Professor in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. She is published in books and refereed research journals, including the International Journal of Strategic Communications, Asian Journal of Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 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, and Visual Communication Quarterly.

She co-authors two international textbooks in reporting and mass communication that are at the top of their market: 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 co-developed one of the first interactive software programs for journalism education and was one of the first to integrate augmented content into a textbook.

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 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 firsts in the world on computerized information services and online news.

Research and Teaching

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.

Selected Awards

John V. Field Award - Michigan Interscholastic Association, for significant contributions to scholastic journalism in Michigan.

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

Robert F. Banks Award for Institutional Leadership– Michigan State University, for outstanding leadership. Awarded every other year to one recipient. 

Outstanding Woman in Journalism and Mass Communication Education– by the 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. Not an annual award.

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

MSU Undergraduate Teaching Award – from the MSU Mid Michigan Alumni Organization.

Several Top Faculty Research Paper awards from national conferences.

Contact Information

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