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Margaret Jones Patterson

Professor of Journalism
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Journalism and Multimedia Arts

544B College Hall
Phone: 412.396.6447

Education:

M.F.A., English-Writing, University of Pittsburgh
B.S.J., Journalism, Ohio University
Publications

Books

Rooney: A Sporting Life, with Rob Ruck and Michael P. Weber, University of Nebraska Press, 2010.

Birth or Abortion? Private Struggles in a Political World, with Kate Maloy, Plenum Press, 1992 and Perseus Press, 2001.

Behind the Lines: Case Studies in Investigative Reporting, with Robert H. Russell, Columbia University Press, 1986.

Articles in Refereed Journals, Book Chapter

"Crime News and Privacy: Comparing Crime Reporting in Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom." Co authored with Romayne Smith Fullerton, in Media and Public Shaming: Drawing the Boundaries of Disclosure. Julian Petley, Ed. London: I.B.Tauris & Reuters Institute, Oxford University. 2013. 115-143.

"Not Naming Names?: Crime Coverage Rituals in Canada, Sweden, the Netherlands." Co-authored with Romayne Smith Fullerton in Covering Canadian Crimes: What Journalists Should Know and the Public Should Question. R. Smith Fullerton and R. Richardson, Eds. Under review, University of Toronto Press. 452-497. 2014.

"Covering White ‘Justus': What Did Journalists Really Say About Ipperwash?" Co-authored with Virginia Whitehouse and Romayne Smith Fullerton in Covering Canadian Crimes: What Journalists Should Know and the Public Should Question. R. Smith Fullerton and R. Richardson, Eds. Under review, University of Toronto Press. 55-84. 2014.

"The Traditional "Pickup" or "Death Knock" Story: Its Role, Its Value(s) and What's at Stake for Communities." Co-authored with Romayne Smith Fullerton in Covering Canadian Crimes: What Journalists Should Know and the Public Should Question. R. Smith Fullerton and R. Richardson, Eds. Under review, University of Toronto Press. 2014.

"Procrustean Motherhood: The Good Mother during Depression (1930s), War (1940s), and Prosperity (1950s)" with Romayne Smith Fullerton at the Canadian Journal of Media Studies, 8, December 2010. http://cjms.fims.uwo.ca/issues/08-01/index.html

"Sex, Myth, and Media: Using Mythology and Fairy Tales to Teach Gender about Media" with Romayne Smith Fullerton, published papers from the 7th Annual International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, January 2009, electronic publication.

"Is canceling a sponsor's message censorship?" (about WDUQ-FM and Planned Parenthood sponsorship), Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 23, Winter 2008, pp. 306-312. (Not refereed. Selected by the editor.)

"'Killing' the true story of First Nations: The Ethics of Constructing a Culture Apart" with Romayne Smith Fullerton, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 23, Fall 2008, pp 201-218.

"What Jayson Blair and Janet Cooke say about the Press and the Erosion of Public Trust" with Steve Urbanski, Journalism Studies, 7(6), Fall 2006, pp. 828-850.

"Murder in Our Midst: Expanding Coverage to Include Care and Responsibility" with Romayne Smith Fullerton, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 21(4), 2006, pp. 304-321. 

Journalism

"Box Seats: When Labor Peace Meant Prosperity for All," with Rob Ruck, New York Times, September 12, 2010

"Journalism students cover the G-20," Duquesne Magazine, February 2010.

"Seeing Old Europe Anew," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 26, 2009.

"Where the Road Rises up to Meet You: Mishaps Turn into Lucky Charms," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 22, 2001.

"Ancestral search results in deeper connection," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 22, 2001.

"Test Tube: Turn on, Tune in and Check Out when TV News Puts its Best Foot Forward During Sweeps" with Dru Ann Neil, Amy Seigfried and Tim Sirhall in Pittsburgh Magazine, September 2000.

Courses

Medial Writing (graduate)

Investigative Reporting (grad/undergrad)

Freshman Honors Seminar
Feature Writing (grad/undergrad)

Sex, Myth and Media (grad/undergrad)

Literary Journalism (grad/undergrad)

Media Ethics

Media Management Ethics (graduate)

International Media (grad/undergrad)

Honors/Awards

Professional Freedom & Responsibility award. "In the shadow of giants: The ethics of crime reporting rituals in Ireland & Canada", as the most relevant paper to those practicing the profession of journalism. The paper also came in second for the division's best faculty research paper. Media Ethics Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. 2013.

Finalist for the best online only article or series of articles.. "Opinion: The press owes the public more than repeating gossip on the alleged Ford video," article co-authored with Romayne Smith Fullerton, appeared in J-Source, Canadian Journalism Review. Canadian Online Publishing Awards. 2013.

Carol Burnett Fund for Responsible Journalism award for "'Killing' the true story of First Nations: The Ethics of Constructing a Culture Apart," co-authored with Romayne Smith Fullerton, 2008.

The William H. Taft Outstanding Adviser Award, Kappa Tau Alpha, National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2008.

Invited fellow (one of six papers invited) at the Colloquium 2007: Intercultural Intersections in Media Ethics at the University of Hawaii in order to develop a paper with Romayne Smith Fullerton, "Probing the Silence of One Dead Indian".

Best Paper in Ethics and Accountability in the Public Sector (national competition), 2006. Johnson Institute at the University of Pittsburgh for "What Jayson Blair and Janet Cook Say about the Erosion of Public Trust".

Best Faculty Paper, Media Ethics Division, for "Murder in Our Midst: Expanding Coverage to Include Care and Responsibility" with Romayne Smith Fullerton at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual convention in San Antonio, August 2005.

Best Faculty Paper, Media Ethics Division, for "What Jayson Blair and Janet Cooke say about the Press and the Erosion of Public Trust" with Steve Urbanski (graduate student) at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual convention in Toronto, August 2004.

Creative Teaching Award, with Michael Dillon, Duquesne University, 2002.