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.

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, 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 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 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 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.

Selected Awards

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

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

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

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 Research Paper awards from national conferences.

Contact Information

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