About & Vitae

Robert E. Gutsche, Jr., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Florida International University Department of Journalism + Media
Miami, Florida (USA)
robertgutsche@gmail.com
robertgutschejr.com

Beginning in January 2018:
Senior Lecturer (with tenure), Critical Digital Media Practice
Lancaster University Department of Sociology
Bailrigg, Lancaster (UK)

 

SUMMARY

My research and teaching explore how journalists assign and transmit notions of power and social control through news storytelling of geography, social conditions, and race. I also have been involved in working with students to produce and research emerging technologies, including virtual reality, and have been a journalist for national and local news outlets in the U.S. My hope is to instill in my students a sense of critical practice focused on social justice and engagement with issues of power.

 

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EDUCATION

 

University of Iowa

Ph.D., Mass Communication, 2012
Dissertation: Mediated constructions and lived experiences of place: An analysis of neighborhood news and mental mapping (recipient of the Gene Burd Urban Journalism Research Prize, Annual Dissertation Award from the Urban Communication Foundation and the Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association, 2013)

Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric of Inquiry, 2011

 

Concordia University Wisconsin

M.S., Student Personnel Administration, 2008
Thesis: Understanding newsmakers: Exploring themes of interest surrounding the development and experiences of college student journalists

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, 2006

 

University of Wisconsin-Richland

A.A.S., 2001

 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

 

Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster (UK)

Senior Lecturer of Critical Digital Media Practice (with tenure), Department of Sociology – beginning January 2018

 

Florida International University, Miami, Florida (USA)

Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism + Media, August 2012 – January 2018

Affiliated Faculty, African & African Diaspora Studies Program; Sea Level Solutions Center; Latin American and Caribbean Center

Co-PI, Inter-disciplinary Educational E-immersive Production Studio, June 2017 – January 2018

Lead, Mobile Virtual Reality Lab, June 2016 – January 2018

 

City University of New York, New York City (USA)

Fellow, Tow-Knight Disruptive Educator, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, 2017

 

University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri (USA)

Research Scholar, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, June 2015 – June 2016

 

University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (USA)

Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 2009 – 2012

Fellow, Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy, 2011

Journalism Instructor, Upward Bound Program, Summer 2011

Instructor and Counselor, Summer Journalism Workshop, Summers 2002, 2003

 

Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wisconsin (USA)

Graduate Assistant, Graduate Business Studies / International Student Services, 2007 – 2008

Graduate Assistant, Vice President of Student Life, 2007 – 2008

 

University of Wisconsin-Richland, Richland Center, Wisconsin (USA)

Assistant Lecturer and Student Newspaper Advisor, 2008 – 2009

Interim Student Services Coordinator, July 2008 – October 2008

Summer Program Counselor and Journalism Instructor, Summers 2000, 2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin (USA)

Academic Advisor, Student Orientation and Registration, Summer 2008

 

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA)

Journalism Instructor, Upward Bound/TRIO Program, Summer 2007

 

RELATED ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS

 

Editorial Activities

Associate Editor, Journalism Practice, beginning January 2018

Book Reviews Editor, Journal of Communication Inquiry, 2011 – 2012

Associate Editor, Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, 2009 – 2012

Guest Editor, Journalism Studies, “Contesting communities: Reimagining journalism and social order in a fragmented world,” forthcoming (with Kristy Hess)

Guest Editor, Journalism Practice, “Contesting communities: Reimagining journalism and social order in a fragmented world,” forthcoming (with Kristy Hess)

Editorial Board Member, Journalism Practice, March 2014 – January 2018

Editorial Board Member, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, April 2013 – present

 

Reviewer for Journals

Journal of Communication

Digital Journalism

Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly

Critical Studies in Media Communication

International Journal of Communication

Journal of Communication Inquiry

Memory Studies

Media, War & Conflict

Visual Communication

Visual Communication Quarterly

Australian Journalism Review

International Journal of Drug Policy

 

Manuscript Reviewer

Routledge, 2017 – present

Fairchild Books, 2015 – present

Lexington Books, 2014 – present

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Journalist, 1996 – present

Cofounder, The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, 2009 – present

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, 2009

The Washington Post, 2004 – 2009 (freelance)

Madison Magazine, 2004 – 2009 (freelance)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2001 – 2009 (freelance)

Chicago Tribune, 2001 – 2009 (freelance)

The New York Times, 2003 – 2004 (freelance)

The (Racine, Wis.) Journal Times, 2005

Newsday, (Washington, D.C.), 2003

Wisconsin Public Television, 2003 – 2004

Wisconsin State Journal, 2000 – 2003 (staff and freelance)

Central Wisconsin Newspapers, 2000

Associated Press, 1999 – 2002 (freelance)

La Crosse (Wis.) Tribune, 1999 – 2001 (staff and freelance)

Tomah (Wis.) Journal, 1996 – 2001 (staff and freelance)

 

Cover image by Jared Rodriquez, Media Control (2017)
Bio photograph by Carolina Gutsche