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James McPhersonJames McPherson

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4429
Fax: 509.777.4512
Office Location: Lindaman Sem.Center 112


Ph.D., M.A., Washington State University
B.A., Idaho State University

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Mass media and society; mass-media history; women in mass media; press rights and responsibilities; mass media and politics; advisor for student newspaper The Whitworthian

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Publications include: a book, The Conservatism Resurgence and the Press: The Media's Role in the Rise of the Right (Northwestern University Press, 2008), which was one of six national finalists for the 2009 Frank Luther Mott/Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award; "The Contemporary Media, 2000-Present" in The Media in America: A History, 8th ed. (2011); "Sex and Scandal" in The Encyclopedia of American Popular Culture (in press); "Sex and Scandal" in The Culture of Celebrity (2010); a book, Journalism at the End of the American Century, 1965-Present (2006); chapters in four other books; articles in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, American Journalism, Journalism History, and the Journal of Mass Media Ethics; and numerous other articles, conference papers and book reviews.

Former editor of The Intelligencer, the newsletter of the American Journalism Historians Association; co-chair of the AJHA task force to assess and try to improve the profile of media history as a subject in university communication programs; organizer and host of the Oct. 2008 AJHA national convention, in Seattle, and convention paper reviewer.

Winner of the 2007 Academic Challenge Award for teaching at Whitworth. Participant in panel discussions about presidential politics, feminism, media and the family, the Iraq War, Social Security, creative teaching, the use of theory in historiography, and the integration of faith and learning.

Professional media experience includes: various newspaper positions (editor, reporter, photographer); freelance writer/editor/ photographer; corporate and nonprofit public relations; advertising manager. Also once hosted a news-talk radio program on KWRS. 

Serves as advisor to Whitworth's student newspaper, The Whitworthian, which won two national academic journalism awards and was a finalist for a third (2009-2010); 2010-11 president of the American Journalism Historians Association; member of board of directors for Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media (2010); journal article reviewer for American Journalism (2010); convention paper judge and national convention program organizer for American Journalism Historians Association (2009-2010).