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Ronald R. Rodgers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Department of Journalism

Office: 3058 Weimer Phone: 352-392-8847 Email: rrodgers@jou.ufl.edu Twitter: @ronrodgers

Bio

Dr. Ronald R. Rodgers is an associate professor in the Journalism Department where he has been teaching since 2005. Rodgers was born and raised in Washington state. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature at the University of Washington where he minored in communications and psychology. He earned his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona, and later his doctorate in communications from Ohio University. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer in South Korea where he taught at a middle school and an education research center, while also participating in a traveling English-teaching theater from 1978-1980. He then spent more than 20 years in the newspaper business in Japan and South Korea, and in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Alaska as a reporter, editorial writer, copy editor, slot editor, assigning editor and page designer. Rodgers is the Journalism Department’s Graduate Coordinator and was a UF Research Foundation Professor from 2012 to 2015.

Education

Ph.D., Journalism and Mass Communication, Ohio University

News

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Rodgers, R. (2020). The Social Awakening and the News: A Progressive Era Movement’s Influence on Journalism and Journalists’ Conceptions of Their Roles. Journalism History, 46(2), 81-105.

Rodgers, R. (2020). Baseball and the News. American Journalism, 37(4), 450-475.

Rodgers, R. (2019). Lincoln’s Messengers: Norman Hapgood’s and Ida Tarbell’s Biographies of the ‘Great Soul’ at the Dawn of the Progressive Era. Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture (1900-present), 18(1).

Rodgers, R. (2015). A Strange Absence of News’: The Titanic, the Times, checkbook journalism, and the inquiry into the public’s right to know. Journalism History, 41(1), 31-38.

Rodgers, R. (2013). "One of the most crying needs of the present time”: The call for a Christian daily newspaper. American Journalism, 30(3), 394-413.

Rodgers, R. (2010). The press, pulpit and public opinion: The clergy’s conferral of power and the concomitant call for a journalism of advocacy in an age of reform. Journal of Media and Religion, 9(1), 1-18.

Rodgers, R. (2009). The press and public relations through the lens of the periodicals, 1890-1930. Public Relations Review, 36, 50-55.

Rodgers, R. (2009). “Goodness isn’t news”: The Sheldon Edition and the national conversation defining journalism’s responsibility to society. Journalism History, 34(4), 204-215.

Rodgers, R. (2008). Collier’s criticism of the newspaper press during the Norman Hapgood years, 1902-1913. American Journalism, 25(4), 7-36.

Rodgers, R. (2008). OhmyNews and its citizen journalists as avatars of a post-modern marketplace of ideas. Journal of Global Mass Communication, 1(3/4), 271-292.

Rodgers, R. (2007). Journalism is a loose-jointed thing”: A content analysis of Editor & Publisher’s discussion of journalistic conduct prior to the Canons of Journalism, 1901-1922. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 22(1), 66-82.

Rodgers, R. (2007). Journalism is dead, long live journalism: Exploring new ways of making meaning in the realm of the connected computer. Explorations in Media Ecology, 6(2), 97-113.

Rodgers, R. (2004). From a boon to a threat: Print media coverage of Project Chariot, 1958-1962. Journalism History, 30(1), 11-19.

Rodgers, R. (2004). Two papers in joint operating agreement publish meaningful editorial diversity. Newspaper Research Journal, 25(4), 104-109.

Books

Rodgers, R. (2018). The Struggle for the Soul of Journalism: The Pulpit versus the Press, 1833-1923. Columbia, Missouri : The University of Missouri Press.

Book Chapters

Rodgers, R. (2020). The Progressive Era’s Social Awakening and the Soul of the News. In Journalism’s Ethical Progression: A 20th-Century Journey (pp. 1-22). Lanham, Maryland, United States : Lexington Books.

Presentations

Rodgers, R. (2019). Book of Year. Other at 2019 convention of the American Journalism Historians Association American Journalism Historians Association, Dallas, TX.

Rodgers, R. (2019). Journalism and the Concept of the Constructive. Oral Presentation at American Journalism Historians Association annual convention, Dallas, TX.

Rodgers, R. (2019). All Pain Is Anecdotal: Contesting the Boundaries of a Craft Through the Lens of Literary Journalism. Oral Presentation at World Journalism Education Congress , Paris, France.

Rodgers, R. (2018). Religious Dimensions of Journalism Criticism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Oral Presentation at American Journalism Historians Association: “Faith as Media Frame, Influence, and Component.”, Salt Lake City , UT.

Rodgers, R. R. (2018). All Pain Is Anecdotal. Oral Presentation at “Literary Journalism and Truth: Odd Bedfellows”, Washington, DC.

Rodgers , R. R. (2018). Baseball and the News. Oral Presentation at Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference at New York University , New York , NY.

Rodgers, R. (2017). “Lincoln’s Messengers: Hapgood’s and Tarbell’s Biographies at the Dawn of the Progressive Era.”. at Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Chicago , IL.

Rodgers, R. (2016). “The mission vs. the market: The dialectic of press reform in the age of a commercialized press.”. Demonstration at the American Journalism Historians Association, St. Petersburg, FL.

Rodgers, R. (2016). “The social awakening and the soul of news.”. Oral Presentation at Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Minneapolis, MN.

Rodgers, R. (2016). “The social awakening and the soul of news.”. Oral Presentation at Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference , New York , NY.

Rodgers, R. (2015). “The mission vs. the market and the struggle for the soul of news.”. Oral Presentation at Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference , New York , NY.

Rodgers, R. R. (2014). The Sabbath and the ‘Social Demon’: Sunday newspapers as vehicles of modernity. Oral Presentation at the History Division at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Montreal, Canada.

Rodgers, R. (2012). A Strange Absence of News’: The Titanic, the Times, checkbook journalism, and the inquiry into the public’s right to know. Paper/Poster at History Division of the AEJMC, Chicago, IL.

Rodgers, R. (2010). One of the most crying needs of the present time’: The call for a Christian daily newspaper. Oral Presentation at Media Interest Group of AEJMC , Denver, CO.

Rodgers, R. (2009). The roots of enmity: Public relations and the disintermediation of the press. Oral Presentation at American Journalism Historians Association, Birmingham, AL.

Rodgers, R. (2009). The Future of the Story, The Story of the Future: Narrative Journalism in a Multi-Media Environment. Oral Presentation at International Association for Literary Journalism Studies’ Fourth International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies , Evanston , IL.

Rodgers, R. (2008). The Social Gospel and the news. Oral Presentation at American Journalism Historians Association, Seattle , WA.

Rodgers, R. (2008). The press and public relations from the periodicals’ point of view in the early twentieth century. Oral Presentation at Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Chicago , IL.

Rodgers, R. (2008). The press, pulpit and public opinion: The clergy’s conferral of power and the concomitant call for a journalism of advocacy in an age of reform. Oral Presentation at Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Chicago, IL.

Rodgers, R. (2007). The old order and the new: Visions of the newspaper’s past vs. its present, 1890-1923. Oral Presentation at American Journalism Historians Association, Richmond, VA.

Rodgers, R. (2007). Desiderata across the decades: Conversations about a civic-minded model of newspapering. Oral Presentation at Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Washington, DC.

Rodgers, R. (2007). Goodness isn’t news’: The Sheldon Edition and the national conversation defining journalism’s responsibility to society. Oral Presentation at Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Washington, DC.

Rodgers, R. (2006). The newspaper with a conscience’: Discourse on journalism’s responsibility to society and civic life in the late 19th and early 20th century. Oral Presentation at Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, San Francisco, CA.

Rodgers, R. (2005). Journalism is a loose-jointed thing’: A content analysis of Editor & Publisher’s discussion of journalistic conduct prior to the Canons of Journalism, 1901-1922. Oral Presentation at Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, San Antonio, TX.

Rodgers, R. (2005). Keeping step to the music of the drums’: Editor & Publisher and the problems of journalism in the war years and beyond, 1914-1923. Oral Presentation at Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, San Antonio, TX.

Rodgers, R. (2005). OhmyNews and its citizen journalists as avatars of a post-modern marketplace of ideas. Oral Presentation at Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, San Antonio, TX.

Rodgers, R. (2004). Double crossing democracy? The civic vision vs. vertical integration in the debate over the cross-ownership ban. Oral Presentation at Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Toronto , Canada.

Rodgers, R. (2004). Tainting of the stream of pure news: Collier’s criticism of the newspaper press during the Norman Hapgood years, 1902-1913. Oral Presentation at Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Toronto , Canada.

Rodgers, R. (2004). Technology outruns the law: Newspapers and the e-mail public records quagmire. Oral Presentation at Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Toronto , Canada.

Rodgers, R. (2004). The genteel magazines’ criticism of the daily newspaper press, 1890-1910. Oral Presentation at Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Toronto , Canada.

Rodgers, R. (2004). Tainting of the stream of pure news: Collier’s criticism of the newspaper press during the Norman Hapgood years, 1902-1913. Oral Presentation at Journalism & Mass Communication Southeast Regional Colloquium, Tampa , FL.

Rodgers, R. (2003). New York Times and national magazine coverage of Project Chariot: 1958-1962. Oral Presentation at Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Kansas City , KS.

Rodgers, R. (2003). The paradox of editorial diversity: A content analysis of the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati Post. Oral Presentation at Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Kansas City , KS.

Research

Specialization

Journalism and Media History, Evolution of Journalism Ethics (Agents of Influence on Content and Conduct), Media and Religion, Literary Journalism

Professional Interests

His research focuses on the early formation of normative standards and the historical and contemporary agents of influence on journalistic conduct and content. Dr. Rodgers has presented thirty papers at national and international conferences, participated in four invited conference panels, and published fourteen articles in peer-reviewed journals, two peer-reviewed monographs, and one book chapter. He is also the author of The Struggle for the Soul of Journalism: The Pulpit versus the Press, 1833-1923, Columbia, Missouri: The University of Missouri Press (May 2018).

Courses

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