Journalism & Public Relations


Susan Wiesinger

Susan McMahon Wiesinger, Ph.D.



Office: THMA 343
Zoom Office Hours:
Monday/Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm
Personal website(opens in new window)
Twitter: @SusanWiesinger

Course Specialties

JOUR 211, Gender & Sexuality in Media
JOUR 255, Digital Literacy & Civic Engagement
JOUR 260W, Writing for Mass Media
JOUR 355, Online Presentation of News & PR
JOUR 411, Race & Diversity in Media


Ph.D. in Media, Culture & Technology, Purdue University
MA in Public Affairs and Issues Management, Purdue University
BA in Sociology, Southern Oregon University

Professional Experience

Newspaper reporter and editor for 12 years in Montana, Nevada and Indiana.
Social media team extern, The Oregonian

Research Interests

Media, technology and culture; corporate media ownership; digital information literacy; community journalism; representations of race, diversity, gender and sexuality in media

Recent Publications

Digital Literacy: A Primer on Media, Identity and the Evolution of Technology(opens in new window) (Peter Lang, 2016)
Media Smackdown: Deconstructing the News and the Future of Journalism(opens in new window) (Peter Lang, 2013)
Editor, children's book – The Adventures of Terrible Tribble Ted(opens in new window) by Greg Tribble (2013)

Professional Growth & Achievement

  • Global digital literacy fellow, Département Information Communication at Université de Haute Alsace in Mulhouse, France, 2015
  • Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy fellow, 2013
  • AEJMC-Scripps Social Media Fellowship at The Oregonian, 2012
  • The Poynter Institute, "A New Curriculum for a New Journalism," 2011
  • Indiana University Teaching Fellow, 2008

Professional Outreach