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Norman P. Lewis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Department of Journalism
James M. Cox, Jr. Foundation/The Palm Beach Post Professorship in New Media

Office: 3052 Weimer Phone: 352-392-5137 Email: Website:​ Twitter: @BikeProf


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



Lewis, N.P., Zhong, B., Yang, F., & Zhou, Y. (2017). How U.S. and Chinese journalists think about plagiarism. Asian Journal of Communication. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/01292986.2017.1416644

Lewis, N.P., & Waters, S. (2017). Data journalism and the challenge of shoe-leather epistemologies. Digital Journalism. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/21670811.2017.1377093

Hull, K., & Lewis, N.P. (2014). Why Twitter displaces broadcast sports media: A model. International Journal of Sport Communication, 7, 16-33.

Lewis, N.P. (2013). Idea plagiarism: Journalism’s ultimate heist. Mass Communication & Society, 16, 738-757.

Lewis, N.P., & Zhong, B. (2013). The root of journalistic plagiarism: Contested attribution beliefs. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 90(1), 148-166.

Lewis, N.P., Starr, J., Takata, Y., & Xie, Q. (2012). Gulf papers’ oil spill coverage differs from national dailies. Newspaper Research Journal, 33(4), 91-101.

Lewis, N.P., & Zhong, B. (2011). The personality of plagiarism. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 66, 325-339.

Lewis, N.P., Treise, D., Hsu, S.I., Allen, W.L., & Kang, H. (2011). DTC genetic testing companies fail transparency prescriptions. New Genetics and Society, 30, 291-307.

Walsh-Childers, K.; Lewis, N.P., & Neely, J. (2011). Listeners, not leeches: What Virginia Tech survivors needed from journalists. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 26, 191-205.

Lewis, N.P.; Neely, J., & Gao, F. (2011). Few top editors blog about news decisions. Newspaper Research Journal, 32(2), 63-73.

Walsh-Childers, K.; Lewis, N.P. & Neely, J. (2011). Listeners, not leeches: What Virginia Tech survivors needed from journalists. Journal of Mass Media Ethics. 26, 191-205.

Lewis, N.P.; Neely, J. & Gao, F. (2011). Few top editor’s blog about news decisions. Newspaper Research Journal, 32, 63-73.

Lewis, N. P. (2010). The myth of Spiro Agnew’s “nattering nabobs of negativism.” American Journalism, 27, 89-115.

Lewis, N.P. (2008). A dozen best: Top books on journalism and the civil rights era. American Journalism, 25, 148-154. (Invited)

Lewis, N.P. (2008). Plagiarism antecedents and situational influences. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 85, 353-370.

Lewis, N. P. (2008). From cheesecake to chief: Newspaper editors’ slow acceptance of women. American Journalism, 25, 33-55.


Dr. Lewis researches newsroom culture and ethics, and in particular, plagiarism. He completed the first systematic study of professional plagiarism and continues to explore individual and situational factors that define and influence plagiarism. He also examines elements of newsroom culture that manifest themselves in news coverage and explores ethics broadly across several mass communication disciplines, including health communication and advertising.

Research Keywords

journalism, data, ethics, theory

Research Areas

  • Health and Science Communication
  • Mass Communication History
  • Media Management, Economics, and Policy
  • News Credibility/News Content Development


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