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Jennifer Rauch

Jennifer Rauch

Acting chair, Department of Journalism & Communication Studies Professor of Journalism & Communication Studies

B.A. Mass Communication and French, The Pennsylvania State UniversityM.J. Journalism, Temple UniversityPh.D. Mass Communication, Indiana University Bloomington

Description

Dr. Rauch is an authority on news audiences, alternative media, public trust in journalism, and deliberate abstention from media use. Her teaching focuses on writing for news media, news literacy, social and environmental sustainability, political rhetoric, and cultural impacts of new technologies. Dr. Rauch coordinates journalism internships and advises the campus chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha national honor society. Dr. Rauch has received the Newton Award, LIU’s highest award for excellence in teaching. She also serves as a judge for the George Polk Awards in Journalism.

Before joining LIU Brooklyn, Dr. Rauch was a Chancellor’s Fellow as well as a Roy Howard, Eugene Pulliam and Ernie Pyle scholar at Indiana University Bloomington. She previously taught at Temple University, Indiana University, Lehigh University, and Ursinus College. Dr. Rauch has several years’ experience as a writer and editor for the Philadelphia City Paper, China Daily, Temple Times, and other news organizations. Her work has appeared in outlets such as the Huffington Post, Medium, Thrive Global, and Urban Audubon.


Specialties

Mainstream and alternative journalism, news audiences, political communication, social movement and activist media, protest coverage, media rituals


Publications

Books

Slow Media: Why Slow is Satisfying, Sustainable and Smart. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. Winner of a Silver Nautilus Book Award. Finalist for a Marshall McLuhan Book Award.

Book Chapters

“Comparing Progressive and Conservative Attitudes for Alternative Media and their Attitudes Toward Journalim.” Alternative Media Meets Mainstream Politics: Activist Nation Rising, edited by Joshua Atkinson and Linda Jean Kenix. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2019.

“Slow Media as Alternative Media: On the Cultural Persistence of Print and Analog Forms.” The Routledge Companion to Alternative and Community Media, edited by Chris Atton, 571-581. Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2015.

“Participation Beyond Production: Possibilities for Reception and Ritual in the Study of Activist Audiences.” Audience and Interpretation in Media Studies, edited by Radhika Parameswaran, vol. 3 in The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies, edited by Angharad Valdivia, 489-509. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

“Zines.” International Encyclopedia of Communication, edited by Wolfgang Donsbach, 5381-5383. Oxford and Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.

Journal Articles

“Are There Still Alternatives? Relationships between Alternative and Mainstream Media in a Converged Environment.” Sociology Compass 10, vol. 9 (2016): 756-767. https://doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12403

“Exploring the Alternative-Mainstream Dialectic: What ‘Alternative Media’ Means to a Hybrid Audience.’”Communication, Culture and Critique 8, vol. 1 (2015): 124-143. https://doi.org/10.1111/cccr.12068

“Constructive Rituals of Demediatization: Spiritual, Corporeal and Mixed Metaphors in Popular Discourse about Unplugging.” Explorations in Media Ecology 13, vols. 3 and 4 (2014): 237-252. https://doi.org/10.1386/eme.13.3-4.237_1

“The Origin of Slow Media: Early Diffusion of a Cultural Innovation through Popular and Press Discourse, 2002-2010.” Transformations: Journal of Media and Culture 20 (2011). http://www.transformationsjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Rauch_Trans20.pdf

“Superiority and Susceptibility: How Activist Audiences Imagine the Influence of Mainstream News on Self and Others.’”Discourse and Communication 4, vol. 3 (2010): 263-277. https://doi.org/10.1177/1750481310373216

“Activists as Interpretive Communities: Rituals of Consumption and Interaction in an Alternative Media Audience.” Media, Culture and Society 29, vol. 6 (2007): 994-1013. https://doi.org/10.1177/0163443707084345

“Do Students at Your College Follow the News? How to Foster Youths’ Understanding of Current Events, Survey Methods and Their Own Media Consumption.” The Journalist 35, vol. 2 (2007): 48-58.

“From Seattle 1999 to New York 2004: A Longitudinal Analysis of Journalistic Framing of the Movement for Democratic Globalization.” Social Movement Studies 6, vol. 2 (2007): 131-145. With Sunitha Chitrapu, Susan Tyler Eastman, John Christopher Evans, Christopher Paine and Peter Mwesige. https://doi.org/10.1080/14742830701497244

All the News That’s Fit to Sell: How the Market Transforms Information into News by James T. Hamilton (Book Review).” Journal of Communication Inquiry 30, vol. 3 (2006): 273-276.

“Gender in Crime News: A Case Study Test of the Chivalry Hypothesis.” Mass Communication and Society 9, vol. 2 (2006): 137-163. With Maria Elizabeth Grabe, K.D. Trager, and Melissa Lear. https://doi.org/10.1207/s15327825mcs0902_2

“Hands-on Communication: Zine Circulation Rituals and the Interactive Limitations of Web Self-Publishing.” Popular Communication: International Journal of Media and Culture 2, vol. 3 (2004): 153-169. https://doi.org/10.1207/s15405710pc0203_2

“Rooted in Nations, Blossoming in Globalization? A Cultural Perspective on the Content of a ‘Northern’ Mainstream and ‘Southern’ Alternative News Agency.” Journal of Communication Inquiry 27, vol. 1 (2003): 87-103. https://doi.org/10.1177/0196859902238642

“Clinging to Tradition, Welcoming Civic Solutions: A Survey of College Students’ Attitudes toward Civic Journalism.” Journalism and Mass Communication Educator 58, vol. 2 (2003): 175-186. With K.D. Trager and Eunseong Kim. https://doi.org/10.1177/107769580305800206

Radical Media: Rebellious Communication and Social Movements by John D.H. Downing (Book Review).” Journal of Communication Inquiry 26, vol. 2 (2002): 221-223.



Lectures and Presentations

  • Presenter, “Slow Media as Alternative Media: On Cultural Resistance and the Persistence of Print and Analog Forms,” Annual Meeting, International Communication Association (2014)
  • Presenter, “Power to the People: Spiritual and Nutritional Metaphors in Intentional Media Non-Use,” Symposium on Social Media and Psycho-Social Well-being, Rutgers University (2014)
  • Presenter, "Popular Resistance to Mediatization through Constructive Rituals," Annual Meeting, Eastern Communication Association (2014)
  • Presenter, “Exploring the Alternative-Mainstream Dialectic: What ‘alternative media’ means to a hybrid audience,” Annual Meeting, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2013)
  • Presenter, “Sabbath, Diet, Detox, Fast: New Rituals of Unplugging from Media,” Annual Meeting, Media Ecology Association (2013)
  • Presenter, “Participation Beyond Production: Possibilities for reception and ritual in the study of activist audiences,” Annual Meeting, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2012)
  • Presenter, “Slow Media: Subcultures of media avoidance and resistance,” Annual Meeting, Media Ecology Association (2012)
  • Presenter, “From Digital Overload to Digital Fasts: Balancing the need to stay connected with the need for grounding & reflection,” Annual Meeting, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2012)
  • Presenter, “Activist Media and Technological Convergence,” Annual Meeting, International Communication Association (2009)
  • Presenter, “How News Audiences Spontaneously Display the Third-Person Effect in Naturalistic Conversation: A qualitative look at self-other comparisons,” Annual Meeting, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2008)
  • Presenter, “Do Students at Your College Follow the News? How to foster youths’ understanding of current events, survey methods and their own media consumption,” Annual Meeting, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2007)
  • Presenter, “Activists as Interpretive Communities: Rituals of consumption and interaction in an alternative media audience,” Annual Meeting, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2006)
  • Presenter, “‘If This Were All I Knew…’: How activists play with mainstream news meanings and imagine the mass audience,” Annual Meeting, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2005)
  • Presenter, “Not Necessarily the News: Youth culture, news and popular media discourse,” Annual Meeting, International Communication Association (2005)
  • Presenter, “Gender in Crime Coverage: A case study of a local newspaper,” Annual Meeting, International Communication Association (2004)
  • Presenter, “From the ‘Battle of Seattle’ to the ‘War on Terrorism’: A dynamic approach to framing protests against globalization,” Annual Meeting, International Communication Association (2003)
  • Presenter, “Hands-On Communication: The ritual limitations of Web publishing in the alternative ‘zine’ community,” Annual Meeting, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2002)
  • Presenter, “Clinging to Tradition, Welcoming Civic Solutions: A survey of college students’ attitudes towards civic journalism,” Annual Meeting, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2002)
  • Presenter, “Rooted in Nations, Blossoming in Globalization? A cultural perspective on the content of a ‘Northern’ mainstream and ‘Southern’ alternative news agency,” Annual Meeting, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2001)

Honors/Awards

Silver Nautilus Book Award for Slow Media: Why Slow is Satisfying, Sustainable and Smart (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2018).

Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching, Long Island University.

Chapter adviser research grant, Kappa Tau Alpha honor society.

Knight Digital Media Center fellowship, University of California Berkeley.

GIFT Scholar (Great Ideas for Teachers), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Multimedia Journalism scholarship, The Poynter Institute.

Top Student Paper Award for “Clinging to Tradition, Welcoming Civic Solutions: A Survey of College Students’ Attitudes toward Civic Journalism,” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.



Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication
  • International Association for Media & Communication Research
  • International Communication Association
  • Media Ecology Association
  • National Communication Association
  • New York State Communication Association
  • Society of Professional Journalists