Dissertation, 2021


Clothes for a naked king: The bespoke talents of Fox News


Texas Tech University

Newsroom Leadership

Good journalism begins in the newsroom and good leadership supports the newsroom, not the corporate mandates

Transactional vs. Transformational Leadership Styles

Hint: Transformational is more enlightened

Mad cows, Oprah Winfrey and communicating the science in a high-profile court case

Published in The Conversation: February 23, 2018

Back And To The Left

An analysis of the Zapruder Film's impact on American culture

On November 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The film, JFK, popularized the phrase above, but the Zapruder Film captured the moment when the American government was changed forever.

The Kennedy assassination profoundly affected the American cultural psyche.

The President's Network

By all appearances All the President’s Men and Network  were separate but equal perspectives on the state of journalism in 1976. Both films predicted the state of journalism today.

How much can you tell me about Deep Throat?

12 Judgmental Men

Subtle Social Class Communication in Film

Much has been written about the narrative structure of the 1957 film, 12 Angry Men, and what it says about justice. It is considered one of the best courtroom dramas of all time. It has not been analyzed to any degree in terms of social class in such a setting in New York in the mid-fifties.

The world was my oyster, but I used the wrong fork.

Technological Persuasion in the 2016 Presidential Election

The 2016 American Presidential Election saw unprecedented interference in the electoral process by Russian operatives. It has been established that Russians created at least four technologically persuasive elements of the election: social media memes, fake organizations, fake events, and the use and prevalence of bots.

Are you real or are you a bot?

The Transformative Quality of Ambiguity Tolerance


Say, what?

The Ambiguity Model in Negotiation

A Conspiracy Theory

Conspiracy theory can be used to muddy the waters in a sea of information, to use a clumsy yet apt metaphor.  Not knowing what the truth is can be disadvantageous to an individual and a nation.

Who has the authority to define truth? The post-post truth?

Democracy in Crisis: The Anticipatory Model of Crisis Management in Journalism


Deal with it BEFORE there is a problem

To protect its credibility, the press should consider employing the Anticipatory Model of Crisis Management.
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To Buy A Fat Pig

Homogeneity For Generic People.   It's reassuring that everyone thinks like me and I like the things everyone else likes.

To Market To Market

What aisle is the bacon on?
  Life can be ugly.  I prefer not to think about it.


 My Beautiful Mind


 I have the power to shape my world

Tend To Your Garden

Click to pull the weeds and water the roses.

The Infantile Obsession With Rankings


Peck. Peck. Peck.


We don't really hate the class system.  We just want to be higher in the order.

The Judgment of Paris

Peck To Rank

             "Ethics are more important than laws."
                                                     Wynton Marsalis


        I'm Talkin' About Ethics


                 Musicians know more than journalists.


Click to know why ethical behavior is more important than your phone.

People really get hung up on language.


Context Matters


The newsroom should be a place where language is examined.  Sometimes it's a place where language is censored.

Proceed With Caution

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