Reynolds School Dean’s research contributes to media history

Reynolds School Dean’s research contributes to media history

Al Stavitsky, dean of the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies and Fred W. Smith Chair at the University of Nevada, Reno, recently learned his research article, “The Changing Conception of Localism in U.S. Public Radio,” is featured in a new media history book. The Routledge Reader On Electronic Media History, published in 2015, is a collection of research essays from major publications in the electronic media discipline. The book illustrates the growth and development of electronic media from its earliest appearance to current day.

“Al’s research in public broadcasting is predominant in the field,” Routledge Reader On Electronic Media History Editor Donald G. Godfrey, said. “His article represents excellence in the research and bridges the topics of public broadcasting and law, regulation and ethics.

“This book is a distinct collection of research excellence demonstrating how electronic media has evolved and different methodological approaches, and it lays the groundwork for future study,” Godfrey said. “We are hopeful that this collection of essays will provide a broad understanding of electronic media history in undergraduate courses, as well as illustrating topic, methodology and research excellence to both undergraduate and graduate students.”

Stavitsky wrote the article in 1994. It was originally published in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, the leading journal in electronic media research. At the time, he was an assistant professor at the University of Oregon.

University of Nevada, Reno Provost Kevin Carman recognized Stavitsky’s work and said, “Publications – in particular peer-reviewed publications – are the currency of the realm at a research university. Scholarly work that is not shared through publications is essentially a lost effort, as it does not advance the discipline. This article was published before Al was a dean. However, its recognition as a seminal article underscores the scholarly reputation that Al has established among his colleagues in broadcast journalism.”

“I am very honored that my work was chosen for this book,” Stavitsky said. “I am in marvelous company with scholars who very much influenced my career.”

About Al Stavitsky

Al Stavitsky’s scholarship on media policy and the digital transition in journalism has been published in leading academic journals, and he is author and co-author of books on public broadcasting ethics and history.  He is currently serving as a Distinguished Scholar for the National Recording Preservation Board’s Radio Preservation Task Force, has served as a consultant to local, national and international public media organizations; advised the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on policies to ensure editorial independence; and testified before the Federal Communications Commission on issues of localism in broadcasting.

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