Norman P. Lewis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Department of Journalism
James M. Cox, Jr. Foundation/The Palm Beach Post Professorship in New Media
Norm Lewis joined the faculty in the fall of 2007 after completing a doctorate at the University of Maryland. He has a quarter-century of experience in newspapers, ranging from the Washington Post financial desk to three smaller dailies in the Pacific Northwest where he served as editor for 15 years. He also was a publisher for three of those years.
His research involves newsroom culture and ethics, especially plagiarism. His research has appeared in leading mass communication journals such as Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Newspaper Research Journal, American Journalism and Journalism & Mass Communication Educator. He uses quantitative, qualitative, and historical methods to examine the role of systemic and situational factors on individual behavior.
He was named the University of Florida Teacher of the Year for the 2009-10 year.
Ph.D., Journalism, “Paradigm Disguise: Systemic Influences on Newspaper Plagiarism,” University of Maryland, 2007
B.A., Journalism, Eastern Illinois University, 1979
- Norm Lewis Selected as Cox/Palm Beach Post Professor in New Media (November 7, 2018)
- Norm Lewis Receives Fulbright Scholar Award to Study Data Journalism in the Middle East (May 1, 2018)
- Norm Lewis Comments on Journalist Interaction with Crisis Survivors (March 7, 2018)
- Norm Lewis Comments on Moonlighting Activities By Florida Legislature Aides (December 12, 2017)
- Norm Lewis Co-Authors Paper on Data Journalism and Its Effect on Recent Elections (October 17, 2017)
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Refereed Journal Articles
Lewis, N. (2019). Data journalism in the Arab region: Role conflict exposed. Digital Journalism, 9(7), 1200-1214. DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2019.1617041
Lewis, N., & Waters, S. (2018). Data journalism and the challenge of shoe-leather epistemologies. Digital Journalism, 6(6). DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2017.1377093
Lewis, N., Zhong, B., Yang, F., & Zhou, Y. (2018). How U.S. and Chinese journalists think about plagiarism. Asian Journal of Communication. DOI: 10.1080/01292986.2017.1416644
Hull, K., & Lewis, N. (2014). Why Twitter Displace broadcast sports media: A model. International Journal of Sport Communication, 7(1), 16–33. DOI: 10.1123/IJSC.2013-0093
Lewis, N. (2013). Idea Plagiarism: Journalism’s Ultimate Heist. Mass Communication and Society, 16(5), 738–757. DOI: 10.1080/15205436.2013.768346
Lewis, N., & Zhong, B. (2013). The root of journalistic plagiarism contested attribution beliefs. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 90(1), 148–166. DOI: 10.1177%2F1077699012468743
Lewis, N., Starr, W. J., Takata, Y., & Xie, Q. (2012). Gulf Papers’ Oil Spill Coverage Differs from National Dailies. Newspaper Research Journal, 33(4), 91–101. DOI: 10.1177%2F073953291203300408
Lewis, N., Treise, D., Hsu, S. I., Allen, W. L., & Kang, H. (2011). DTC genetic testing companies fail transparency prescriptions. New Genetics and Society, 30(4), 291–307. DOI: 10.1080/14636778.2011.600434
Lewis, N., Neely, J., & Gao, F. (2011). Few Top Editors Blog about News Decisions. Newspaper Research Journal, 32(2), 63–73. DOI: doi.org/10.1177%2F073953291103200206
Walsh-Childers, K., Lewis, N., & Neely, J. (2011). Listeners, not leeches: What Virginia Tech survivors needed from journalists. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 26(3), 191–205. DOI: 10.1080/08900523.2011.581976
Lewis, N. (2011). Morning Miracle. Inside the Washington Post: A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 88(1), 219.
Lewis, N., & Zhong, B. (2011). The personality of plagiarism. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 66(4), 325–339. DOI: 10.1177%2F107769581106600403
Lewis, N. (2010). The Myth of Spiro Agnew’s “Nattering Nabobs of Negativism”. American Journalism, 27(1), 89–115. DOI: 10.1080/08821127.2010.10677760
Lewis, N. (2008). From cheesecake to chief: Newspaper editors’ slow acceptance of women. American Journalism, 25(2), 33–55. DOI: 10.1080/08821127.2008.10678109
Lewis, N. (2008). Plagiarism antecedents and situational influences. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 85(2), 353–370. DOI: 10.1177%2F107769900808500208
Lewis, N. (2008). “A Dozen Best” Top Books on Journalism and the Civil Rights Era. American Journalism, 25(3), 148–154. DOI: 10.1080/08821127.2008.10678132
Dr. Lewis researches news culture, and in particular, data journalism and professional plagiarism. He also studies the role that social media play in news and digital news economics, in part stemming from his background as a former publisher and editor.
journalism, data, ethics, theory
- Data Journalism
- News Culture
- Digital News Economics
Syllabi from the current and three previous semesters:
- JOU 3121 - Dataviz and Mapping - section 29000 - Spring 2020 (PDF)
- MMC 2450 - Data Literacy for Communicators - section 24G3 - Spring 2020 (PDF)
- JOU 3305 - Data Journalism - Fall 2019 (PDF)
- MMC 2450 - Data Literacy for Communicators - Fall 2019 (PDF)
- MMC 6402 - Mass Communication Perspectives - section 4842 - Fall 2019 (PDF)