Pamela WalckAssistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
544D College Hall
Education:Ph.D., E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, 2015
M.A., Journalism & Mass Communication, Point Park University, 2012
B.S., Journalism/News Editorial, Liberty University, 1995
Pamela E. Walck, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Multiplatform Journalism in the Media department of McAnulty College of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She received her Ph.D. in Journalism History and Mass Communication from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and holds a M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from Point Park University, Pittsburgh. Her received her B.S. degree in Journalism-News Editorial from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Prior to pursuing graduate degrees, Pamela was an award-winning journalist in two states while spending 16 years in the newspaper industry. During that time, she worked in a variety of positions from general assignment reporter and beat reporter to editor and writing coach. Among her award-winning stories for the Savannah Morning News were a two-part series on female veterans that examined what it means to be a veteran and a three-part series examining post-traumatic stress disorder and the problems plaguing the U.S. Army's Warrior Transition Units following the 2007 Walter Reed Medical Center scandal.
Walck's research focuses on newsroom routines and story frames both from a current and an historical perspective. From the present-day perspective, her research examines how modern-day newsrooms utilize social media platforms and technological conventions, such as hashtags, for reporting news and connecting with audiences. From an historical perspective, her research explores how news routines and story frames in the mainstream and black press influenced audience understanding of race and race relations, with a particular focus on World War II. Her dissertation, Reporting America's "Colour Problem": How the U.S. and British Press Reported and Framed Racial Conflicts during World War II, explored how-in a war centered on ideologies of racial supremacy-the media reported race and race relations during a critical period in history.
A native of Allentown, Pa., Walck enjoys going to Phillies games with her dad and brothers, hanging out with her black Lab, camping with friends, traveling, and spending time with family.
- JMA200W - Multiplatform Newsroom I
- JMA465W - Media Ethics
- JMA140 - Media Literacy
- JMA565 - Media Management Ethics
Walck, P.E. and Carter Olson, C. (2016, October). ‘Young ladies, now take warning': Pearl Bryan's Cautionary Tale in Newspapers and Song. Research in Progress presented at the annual convention of the American Journalism Historians Association, St. Petersburg, FL.
Walck, P.E. and Walter, A. (2016, March). Flying Out of the Private Sphere: How Flyin' Jenny Pioneered a Path for WWII Women. Research in Progress presented at The Joint Journalism & Communication History Conference, City University of New York, NY.
Walck, P.E. (2015, October). Casting Blame: The Black Press Becomes a Target Following Riots in Detroit and Harlem. Paper presented at the annual convention of the American Journalism Historians Association, Oklahoma City, OK.
Walck, P.E. (2015, August). A Riot ‘Never Out of Control': How the Press Reported One Night of Terror and How That Fracas Remains in British Collective Memories. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, San Francisco, CA.
Walck, P.E. (2014, October). Worth More Than A Footnote: The Pittsburgh Courier's Jessie M. Vann and Her Steadfast Promise From 1940-1963. Paper presented at the annual convention of the American Journalism Historians Association, St. Paul, MN.
Walck, P.E. (2014, October). Giving Omaha Its Voice: How The Omaha Star Helped Solidify a Community in the Cornhusker State. Research in Progress presented at the annual convention of the American Journalism Historians Association, St. Paul, MN.
Walck, P.E. (2014, August). Reporting Jim Crow Abroad: Press Images and Words for African-American Deployments in World War II. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Montreal, Canada.
Jain, P., Weed, A.J., and Walck, P.E. (2014, August). Connecting With Celebrities On Twitter And Facebook: A Narrative Processing Approach. Paper presented at the AEJMC annual convention, Montreal, Canada.
Walck, P.E. (2013, September). Jim Crow Meets John Bull: How the Press Reported the Deployment of African American Troops During World War II. Paper presented at the annual convention of the American Journalism Historians Association, New Orleans, LA.
Walck, P.E. and Kalyango, Y. (2013, August). Tweeting as a Journalistic Social Engagement Routine in Africa and Beyond. Paper presented at the annual AEJMC convention, Washington, D.C.
Walck, P.E. and Kalyango, Y. (2013, June). The Future of Journalism Practice and Pedagogy in the Media Ecology of Mobile Communication. Paper presented at the International Association for Media & Communication Research annual convention, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland.
Walck, P.E. (2013, March). Selling a Double Victory: How the Pittsburgh Courier Campaigned to Change America and the World. Research in Progress presented at The Joint Journalism & Communication History Conference, City University of New York, NY.
Walck, P.E. (2011, October). Framing an Unpopular War: How Two American Newspapers Reported the ‘What-a-story' During the Early Days of the Iraq War. Paper presented at the Pennsylvania Communication Association annual convention, Westminster College, PA.
Walck, P.E. and Meyer, H.K. (Forthcoming, Fall 2015). “The Illusion of Control: An Examination of Social Media, Bookmarking and Perceived Control in the Digital Sphere,” T. Dumova and A. Kurylo (eds.) Redefining Communication in the Era of Social Networking: Cultural, Social, and Political Perspectives. (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press: Madison, NJ).
Walck, P.E., Cruikshank, S.A., Kalyango Jr., Y. (2015). Mobile Learning: Rethinking the Future of Journalism Practice and Pedagogy. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, August 26, 2015, doi:10.1177/1077695815600478.
Walck, P.E., and Kalyango, Y. (2013). “Mobile Pedagogy: Perspectives on Teaching and Learning,” Sage Publications, Fall 2013.
Walck, P.E. (2013). “Review of Twitter: Social Communication in the Twitter Age,” International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies, 3(2).