Norman P. Lewis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Department of Journalism
James M. Cox, Jr. Foundation/The Palm Beach Post Professorship in New Media
Norman Lewis is an associate professor at the University of Florida, where he landed in 2007 after earning a doctorate from the University of Maryland. Before that, he worked for 25 years in newspapers ranging from small dailies to The Washington Post. His academic research focuses on news culture and its manifestations in plagiarism, social media, and data journalism, and has been published in 10 different peer-reviewed journals. He teaches data literacy and data journalism to undergraduates and research methods and theory to graduate students. He was named the University of Florida teacher of the year in 2010 and the Cox/Palm Beach Post professor in new media in 2019. He was a Fulbright scholar to Kuwait for the 2018-19 academic year.
Areas of ExpertiseData, Numeracy and Coding, Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Visualization
Ph.D., Journalism, “Paradigm Disguise: Systemic Influences on Newspaper Plagiarism,” University of Maryland, 2007
B.A., Journalism, Eastern Illinois University, 1979
- UFCJC Student Project WATERSHED Wins 2023 Online Journalism Award (August 18, 2023)
- Four Things Schools Should Do to Teach Data Journalism (May 12, 2020)
- 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)
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Refereed Journal Articles
Lewis, N. P. (2021). Defining and Teaching Data Journalism: A Typology. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 76(1), 78-90. DOI: 10.1177%2F1077695820924309
Lewis, N. P., McAdams, M. J., & Stalph, F. (2020). Data journalism. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 75(1), 16-21. DOI: 10.1177%2F1077695820904971
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
Lewis, N. P. (2022). Newsroom Culture. In Encyclopedia of journalism (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Lewis, N. P. (2022). Plagiarism. In Encyclopedia of journalism (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Lewis, N. (2020). A Desert Flower. In Data Journalism in the Global South (pp. 239-253). New York , USA: Palgrave McMillan. DOI: link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-25177-2
Lewis, N. P. (2019). Plagiarism. In The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies (pp. 1-6). Hoboken, N.J., USA: Wiley. DOI: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/9781118841570.iejs0092
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 3305 - Data Journalism - Fall 2023 (PDF)
- JOU 4318 - Sports Data Journalism - Fall 2023 (PDF)
- JOU 3121 - Dataviz and Mapping - Spring 2023 (PDF)
- JOU 4930 - Advanced Data Journalism - Spring 2023 (PDF)
- JOU 3305 - Data Journalism - section 18DC - Fall 2022 (PDF)
- JOU 4930 - Sports Data Journalism - section HW01 - Fall 2022 (PDF)
- MMC 2450 - Data Literacy for Communicators - Fall 2022 (PDF)