2020 Conference Coordinating Committee

Brian Creech, Temple University

Brian Creechthe conference’s research co-chair and a representative for the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, is an assistant professor of journalism in Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication in Philadelphia. Brian received his Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Georgia. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in digital journalism and the critical study of media and journalism and currently directs the journalism department’s award-winning capstone and local news website, PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com. His research—which has been published in Journalism Studies, Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism, The European Journal of Cultural Studies, and The Communication Review, among other venues—focuses on the relationship between journalism, technology, and culture, using critical and historical methods to interrogate journalism’s imbrication in broader relations of social power.


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Elisabeth Fondren, the conference’s event coordinator, is an assistant professor of journalism at St. John’s University in New York. She received her Ph.D. in Media & Public Affairs from Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication (2018). Her research focuses on the history of journalism and media institutions, propaganda, media and war, and international communication. Her dissertation, “‘Breathless Zeal and Careless Confidence’: German Propaganda in World War I (1914-1918)” was selected as an Honorable Mention for the 2019 American Journalism Historians Association Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize. Elisabeth has published her work in peer-reviewed journals and is currently working on a monograph that explores the origins of propaganda ideas during the twentieth century. She has professional experience in public affairs journalism and government public relations in Germany, the U.K. and the United States.



Cayce Myers, Virginia Tech University 

Cayce Myers, Ph.D., LL.M., J.D., APR, the conference information specialist and a representative for the American Journalism Historians Association, is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Virginia Tech where he teaches public relations and graduate communication courses.  His research focuses on this history of U.S. public relations practice and contemporary legal issues affecting PR.







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Brooke Kroeger, New York University

Brooke Kroeger, co-coordinator and AJHA Representative, is a professor of journalism at New York University. Professor Kroeger directs NYU Journalism’s graduate Global and Joint Program Studies. She was department chair from 2005 to 2011 and the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute’s inaugural director. Her forthcoming book, The Suffragents, will be published in 2017. She is also the author of Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception (2012), Passing: When People Can’t Be Who They Are (2003), Fannie: The Talent for Success of Writer Fannie Hurst (1999), and Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist (1994).



Carolyn Edy, Appalachian State University

Carolyn Edy is a professor of journalism and Chapter Adviser for the Society of Professional Journalists at Appalachian State University. Dr. Edy received her Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches Introduction to Journalism, Feature Writing, Copy Edition, News Reporting and Writing, and Intercultural Communication.   



Jennifer E. Moore, University of Minnesota Duluth

Jennifer E. Moore is a professor of journalism at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Moore currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Journalism and Mass Communication, including: Convergence and Digital Journalism, Journalism History, and Mass Media Ethics.

Prior to her work in academia, Dr. Moore worked in radio reporting, marketing and promotion. In addition to her work with JJCHC, Dr. Moore is also the treasurer for the steering committee of the Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression, held annually at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


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Elliot King, Loyola University Maryland

Elliot King is a professor and chair of the Department of Communications at Loyola University. He is also the co-founder of the Emerging Media M.A. program at Loyola. His specializations include: media culture and society, digital culture, and travel reporting. Dr. King received his Masters in Journalism at Columbia University and his Ph.D. in Media Sociology from the University of California.

In his free time, Dr. King has written Best Practices in Online Program Development and maintains his blog University5dot0.com on issues facing higher education from online education.


Kevin Lerner, Marist College 

Kevin Lerner received his Ph.D. in Journalism and Media Studies from Rutgers University. He is currently a journalism professor at Marist College. Dr. Lerner teaches the History of the American Press, Mass Communication Law, and reporting and writing classes. In 2000, he became the first web editor of Architectural Record magazine, and was part of the team that won the 2003 National Magazine Award for General Excellence for the magazine’s coverage of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site. He has published freelance journalism in Slate, The New York Times, New York magazine and the Nieman Journalism Lab.