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James S. Dyer

Assistant Professor of Journalism

James Dyer
309-341-7831
jsdyer@knox.edu

General Interests
"For 20 years I have been studying stories, how they've been told over the centuries, how they've affected and impacted lives, what medium was used to tell the story and what effect it may have had on the audience's reception. My research interests include narrative journalism and oral history and the broad overlap between their respective approaches to information gathering. I'm also fascinated by the role that digital technologies and multimedia journalism are playing in the evolution of the Fourth Estate."

Years at Knox: 2013 to present

Education
Ph.D., (ABD) Spanish, 2014, University of Iowa.
M.A., Spanish, 2006, University of Iowa.
M.A., Journalism, 2002, University of Iowa.
B.A., Spanish, 1989, University of Minnesota.

Teaching Interests
Narrative Feature Writing, Media Law and Ethics, Multimedia Journalism, and Oral History

Selected Professional Accomplishments

Honors/Grants
T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Summer 2012.
Sandra H. Barkan Graduate Student Outstanding Mentor Award, University of Iowa, 2009.
Pulitzer Prize nominee for investigative journalism, 2001 and 1997.
Pulitzer Prize nominee for feature writing, 1999.
Pulitzer Prize nominee for explanatory journalism, 1999.
Best of Gannett, 2nd Place Investigative Reporting, 1997.
Detroit Press Foundation Public Service Award, 1997.
National Press Foundation's Spanish Fellowship Abroad, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 1996.
A.P.M.E. 1st Place, Human Interest, 1996.
Inland Press Association, 1st Place Community Service, 1994.
W. Earl Hall Award for Interpretive Writing, 1992.

Presentations
"Effective Public Relations: Writing the press release." Public Speaking class, Augustana College.

"Los Desaparecidos: A multimedia project on Hispanic Culture." Intermediate Spanish Class, Augustana College, 2011.

"Emulating the Western Free Press Without Going Soft, Sensational or Bankrupt: A case study on Spain's El Pais." James F. Jakobsen Graduate Conference, University of Iowa, 2009.

"Stiffing the Jewish Loan Sharks: The legalities behind why the Cid conned Rachel y Vidas." Heroes and Anti-Heroes: A Celebration of the Cid, University of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2008.

Guest Lecturer. "Baudelaire, Rimbaud y el simbolismo." Spanish American Poetry of the 19th Century, University of Iowa, 2007.

Guest Lecturer. "Las dos amantes poéticas de Pablo Neruda." Spanish American Love Poetry, University of Iowa, 2007.

Campus & Community Involvement
Member, Society of Professional Journalists.
Member, Modern Language Association.

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