Tim P. Vos

Tim Vos

School of Journalism Director

Department
  • Journalism
tpvos@msu.edu
517-353-6430
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Bio

Tim P. Vos is Professor and Director of the Michigan State University School of Journalism. Vos serves as President of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), the field’s leading research, teaching, and service organization. He is the former vice-chair of the AEJMC Standing Committee on Research and the former head of AEJMC’s History Division.

Vos earned his Doctorate in Mass Communication from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University (2005). He previously served on the Communication faculty at Seton Hall University and was an associate professor and chair of Journalism Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism. A native Iowan, Vos was a first-generation college student. He worked as a broadcast journalist for 12 years, during which time he wrote for local and national publications and interviewed most of the major party candidates for U.S. president.

Research and Teaching

Vos's research examines the roles of journalism, media sociology and gatekeeping, media history, and media policy. His work also explores how change has happened in print, broadcast, and digital news, public relations, and advertising.

Vos is co-author, co-editor, or editor of four books and the International Communication Association's (ICA) International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. He is the book series editor of Journalism in Perspective from the University of Missouri Press. Vos has won the Best American Journalism Article award, the Laurence R. Campbell Faculty Research Award, the James E. Murphy Top Faculty Paper Award, the Leslie J. Moeller Award, the Kappa Tau Alpha research award; and top-three faculty paper awards from AEJMC and ICA.

Vos is the primary investigator for the Discourses on Journalism project and lead U.S. investigator for the 100-plus-country Worlds of Journalism Study.

Recent Publications

Vos, T.P. & Perreault, G. (2020). The discursive construction of the gamification of journalism. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 26(3) 470-485.

Raemy, P. & Vos, T.P. (2020). A negotiative theory of journalistic roles. Communication Theory. DOI: 10.1093/ct/qtaa030.

Vos, T.P. & Moore, J. (2020). Building the journalistic paradigm: Beyond paradigm repair. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism 21(1) 17-33.

Perreault, G. & Vos, T.P. (2020). Metajournalitic discourse on the rise of gaming journalism. New Media & Society 22(1) 159-176.

Hanusch, F. & Vos, T.P. (2020). Charting the development of a field: A systematic analysis of comparative studies of journalism. International Communication Gazette 82(4) 319-341.

Vos, T.P. & Russell, F. (2019). Theorizing journalism’s institutional relationships: An elaboration of gatekeeping theory. Journalism Studies 20(16) 2331-2348.

Wolfgang, D., Vos, T.P., & Kelling, K. (2019). Journalism's relationship to democracy: Roles, attitudes, and practices. Journalism Studies 20(14) 1977-1994.

Vos, T.P. & Thomas, R. (2019). The discursive (re)construction of journalism’s gatekeeping role. Journalism Practice 13(4) 396-412.

Vos, T.P., Eichholz, M. & Karaliova, T. (2019). Audiences and journalistic capital: Roles of journalism. Journalism Studies 20(7) 1009-1027.

Vos, T.P. (2019). Journalists’ endangered professional status. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, 20(1) 122-125.

Hanitzsch, T., Vos, T.P., Standaert, O., Hanusch, F., Hovden, J.F., Hermans, L. & Ramaprasad, J. (2019). Role orientations: Journalists’ views on their place in society.  In Hanitzsch, T., Hanusch, F., Ramaprasad, & de Beer, A. S. (eds.). Worlds of Journalism: Comparing Journalistic Cultures across the Globe (pp. 161-198). New York: Columbia University Press.

Hanitzsch, T., Ahva, L., Oller Alonso M., Arroyave, J., Hermans, L., Hovden, J.F., Hughes, S., Josephi, B., Ramaprasad, J., Shapiro, I. & Vos, T.P. (2019). Journalistic Culture in a Global Context: A conceptual roadmap.  In Hanitzsch, T., Hanusch, F., Ramaprasad, & de Beer, A. S. (eds.). Worlds of Journalism: Comparing Journalistic Cultures across the Globe (pp. 23-46). New York. Columbia University Press.

Hanitzsch, T., Ramaprasad, J., Arroyave, J., Berganza, R., Hermans, L., Hovden, J.F., Lab, P., Lauerer, C., Tejkalová, A., & Vos, T.P. (2019). Perceived influences: Journalists’ awareness of pressures on their work.  In Hanitzsch, T., Hanusch, F., Ramaprasad, & de Beer, A. S. (eds.). Worlds of Journalism: Comparing Journalistic Cultures across the Globe (pp. 103-132). New York. Columbia University Press.

Vos, T.P. (2019). Journalists as gatekeepers. In K. Wahl-Jorgensen & T. Hanitzsch (Eds.), Handbook of Journalism Studies (2nd ed.) (pp. 90-104). New York, London: Routledge.

Jenkins, J. & Vos, T.P. (2019). Journalistic voice as a gatekeeping force. In Matheson, D. & Moy, P. (Eds.). Voices (pp. 117-140). New York: Peter Lang.

Vos, T.P. (2019). Media gatekeeping. In M. B. Salwen & D.W. Stacks (Eds.), An integrated approach to communication theory and research (3rd ed.) (pp. 87-97). New York, London: Routledge.

Vos, T.P. (2019). Field theory and journalistic capital. In Vos, T.P. & Hanusch, F. (Eds.). Dimitrakopoulou, D. Sehl, A. & Geertsema-Sligh, M. (Assoc. Eds.). International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies.  Wiley-Blackwell.

Vos, T.P. (2019). Journalism as institution. In Ornebring, H. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. Oxford University Press. DOI:10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.825

Books

Vos, T.P. & Hanusch, F. (Eds.). (2019) Dimitrakopoulou, D. Sehl, A. & Geertsema-Sligh, M. (Assoc. Eds.). International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. Wiley-Blackwell.

Vos, T.P. (Ed.) (2018). Journalism. Vol. 19 of Handbooks of Communication Science Series, Peter J. Schulz and Paul Cobley (Series Eds.). Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.

Liebler, C. and Vos, T.P. (2018). Media scholarship in a transitional age: Research in honor of Pamela J. Shoemaker. New York: Peter Lang.

Vos, T.P. & Heinderyckx, F., (Eds.). (2015). Gatekeeping in Transition. New York: Routledge Press.

Shoemaker, P.J. & Vos, T.P. (2009). Gatekeeping Theory. New York: Routledge Press. (Portuguese translation [2011]. Teoria do gatekeeping: Selecao e construcao da noticia. Porto Alegre, Brazil: Artmed Editora SA.)

Contact Information

404 Wilson Road, Room 305
Communication Arts Building