We are delighted to welcome to our Department, for the 2019-20 academic year, Visiting Fulbright Scholar Dr. Russell Frank, Associate Professor of Communications at Bellisario College of Communications of Penn State University. During his stay, Prof. Frank will be researching journalists’ coverage of the migrant crisis in Greece, as well as teach courses on media ethics and the reporting of humanitarian crises in our MA program.
Russell Frank worked for newspapers in California and Pennsylvania as a reporter and editor for 13 years before joining the journalism faculty of the Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State University in 1998. He teaches news writing, feature writing, column writing, news media ethics and literary journalism. His research articles and essays have been published in Nieman Reports, News Media Ethics, Quill, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Western Folklore, Journal of American Folklore, New Media and Society, Contemporary Legend, Journalism, Rural Sociology and Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. In addition to his scholarly publications, he writes a weekly column for StateCollege.com. A collection of his columns, titled “Among the Woo People: A Survival Guide for Living in a College Town,” was published in Fall 2017 by the Penn State University Press. He is also the author of a book about Internet folklore titled “Newslore.” He has also written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and other newspapers. His Ph.D. is in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania.