Pam Shoemaker speaking on creativity in teaching and doing research


Pamela Shoemaker

John Ben Snow Professor
Mass Communications, Media Studies
S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, 
Syracuse University

Pamela Shoemaker is the author of Gatekeeping Theory (with Tim Vos, 2009); News Around the World: Practitioners, Content and the Public (with Akiba Cohen, 2006); How to Build Social Science Theories (with James Tankard and Dominic Lasorsa, 2004); Mediating the Message: Theories of Influences on Mass Media Content (with Steve Reese, 1991, 1996); Gatekeeping (1991); and Building a Theory of News Content (1987).


She has been co-editor (with Michael Roloff) of the top-ranked Sage Journal Communication Research since 1997. Earlier she was associate editor of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly and has served on the editorial boards of many journals.

Shoemaker served as president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and received the 2007 Distinguished Educator award for excellence in teaching and the Kreighbaum Under-40 Award for Achievement in Research, Teaching and Public Service. Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism recognized her career contributions with the Distinguished Alumna Award. She was also the chair of the Mass Communication Division of the International Communication Association and chair of the Consortium of Communication Associations. She is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the International Communication Association, the International Association for Mass Communication Research and the National Communication Association.

She was previously director of The Ohio State University’s School of Journalism and a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin.

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