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Sandra Lynn Mardenfeld

Sandra Lynn Mardenfeld

Assistant Professor of JournalismDirector, Journalism Program

B.A., State University College at BuffaloM.A., New York University


Sandra Mardenfeld is an assistant professor in the Media Arts Department and director of the Journalism Program. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in communication and information at Rutgers University, specializing in media studies. Her dissertation looks at reporter’s privilege through the perspective of the public and the practitioner using focus groups, interviews and published editorials. Her research revolves around contemporary issues of how reporters practice their craft and what impedes them in collecting information and informing the public. She also has an interest in media polarization and the relationship of emerging technologies and traditional journalistic ethics. She received a master’s in magazine journalism at New York University and a bachelor’s in journalism at the State University College at Buffalo.

Professor Mardenfeld has worked as the managing editor for several national magazines, as the Broadway editor of Playbill and as an editor/writer on many Web sites. She has written for more than 50 newspapers, magazines and Web sites. Her features, articles, essays and reviews have been published by various media outlets including Allure, Distinction, The New York Times Book Review, Parents and Children, The Daily News, Jewelry Connoisseur,, Elegant Bride, Working Woman, Time Out New York, Stagebill, The Christian Science Monitor,, Retail Ad World, American Bookseller, Construction Equipment Guide and Good Dog.

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