Teri Finneman

Associate Professor
Primary office:
Stauffer-Flint Hall, room 209D
University of Kansas
1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Summary

Teri Finneman is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. She previously worked as a print journalist and multimedia correspondent covering state government, business and enterprise. Her research focuses on news coverage of U.S. first ladies and women politicians, as well as the U.S. suffrage movement. She is the author of Press Portrayals of Women Politicians, 1870s-2000s, which was named a 2016 finalist for the Frank Luther Mott - Kappa Tau Alpha book award for best research-based book about journalism or mass communication. 

She is also a contributing author of Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women's Suffrage; Cross-Cultural Journalism: Communicating Strategically About Diversity; and the forthcoming Southern First Ladies book.

Finneman also conducts research related to media ethics and journalism history. Her oral history work focuses on local and regional journalism history in the Heartland. Her documentary, “Newspaper Pioneers: The Story of the North Dakota Press,” premiered in 2017.  

She is executive producer and co-host of the Journalism History podcast and the Dakota Journalists podcast. She is a past chair of the AEJMC History Division and serves on the board of directors for the American Journalism Historians Association.

In 2020, she won first place in the Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century contest and an honorable mention in the AEJMC Standing Committee on Teaching's contest for Best Practices in Teaching Difficult Topics in a Polarized Society.

She is a prior winner of the Sweeney Award for Outstanding Article in Journalism History, Sloan Top Faculty Paper Award and Beasley Outstanding Paper on Women's History Award.

Education

Bachelor’s, English/Mass Communication, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Master’s, Journalism, University of Missouri

Ph.D., Journalism, University of Missouri

Research

First ladies and women politicians

Gender and media

Oral history

Journalism history

Selected Publications

Finneman, T. & Volz, Y. (2020). “Leading the Second Wave into the Third Wave: Women Journalists and Discursive Continuity of Feminism.” Feminist Media Studies.
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14680777.2019.1644658?journalCode=rfms20

Finneman, T., Thomas, R. & Jenkins, J. (2019). “I Always Watched Eyewitness News Just To See Your Beautiful Smile”: Ethical Implications of U.S. Women TV Anchors’ Personal Branding on Social Media.” Journal of Media Ethics.
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/23736992.2019.1638260?af=R&journalCode=hmme21

Finneman, T. (2019). “Covering a Countermovement on the Verge of Defeat: The Press and the 1917 Anti-Suffrage Movement.” American Journalism.
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08821127.2019.1572416?fbclid=IwAR24bq0eyK060MesHQH3wToJBXTlifTjv5BFXeDw4dfirgY_lIfH3_9_dzE&journalCode=uamj20

Finneman, T., & Thomas, R. (2018). “A Family of Falsehoods: Deception, Media Hoaxes and Fake News.” Newspaper Research Journal.
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0739532918796228

Finneman, T., & Jenkins, J. (2018). “Sexism on the Set: Gendered Expectations of TV Broadcasters in a Social Media World.” Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08838151.2018.1484292?journalCode=hbem20

Finneman, T. (summer 2018). “ ‘The Greatest of Its Kind Ever Witnessed in America’: The Press and the 1913 Women’s March on Washington.” Journalism History.
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00947679.2018.12059201

Jenkins, J., Volz, Y., Finneman, T., Park, Y., & Parkinson, K. (2017). “Reconstructing collective professional identity: A study of a women’s journalist association in the post-second wave feminist movement.” Media, Culture and Society.
http://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/e5JR893RWFNfXq9rZPJP/full

Jenkins, J., & Finneman, T. (2017). “Gender Trouble in the Workplace: Applying Judith Butler’s Theory of Performativity to News Organizations.” Feminist Media Studies. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14680777.2017.1308412

Vos, T. & Finneman, T.  (2016). “The Early Historical Construction of Journalism’s Gatekeeping Role.” Journalism.
http://jou.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/03/11/1464884916636126.abstract

Finneman, T. (2015). Press Portrayals of Women Politicians, 1870s-2000s: From “Lunatic” Woodhull to “Polarizing” Palin. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.​​

Len Ríos, M.E., Finneman, T., Han, K., Bhandari, M., & Perry, E. (2015, April). “Image Repair Campaign Strategies Addressing Race: Paula Deen and Social Media.” International Journal of Strategic Communication Special Issue 9(2).
http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/9autAAHGNw7nResBp36I/full#.VTLUrJMYGa8

Finneman, T. (2014, August). “The Forgotten First Lady: Reinventing Varina Davis Through Her Journalism.” Nineteenth Century Gender Studies. 10(2).
http://www.ncgsjournal.com/issue102/finneman.htm

Finneman, T., and Thomas, R. (2014). “The British National Press and the 2012 Royal Family Photo Scandals: Privacy and the Public Interest.” Journalism Practice. 8 (4).
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17512786.2013.833678#.U7gA-rGGfKc

Finneman, T., and Thomas, R. (2014, June). “First Ladies in Permanent Conjuncture: Grace Coolidge and “Great” American Womanhood in The New York Times.” Women’s Studies in Communication. 37(2). http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07491409.2014.911232#.U7gBlbGGfKc

Thomas, R. and Finneman, T. (2014, April). “WHO WATCHES THE WATCHDOGS? British Newspaper Comment on Phone Hacking & the Leveson Inquiry.”Journalism Studies. 15(2)
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1461670X.2013.806068#.U7gCCbGGfKc

 

 

Selected Awards & Honors

For Research:

  • Sweeney Award for Outstanding Article in Journalism History. (2019). “ ‘The Greatest of Its Kind Ever Witnessed in America’: The Press and the 1913 Women’s March on Washington.” Journalism History/AEJMC History Division.
  • Sloan Top Faculty Paper Award, American Journalism Historians Association, Little Rock. (2017)
  • “‘The Greatest of Its Kind Ever Witnessed in America’: The Press and the 1913 Women’s March on Washington.”
  • Beasley Outstanding Paper on Women's History Award, American Journalism Historians Association, Little Rock. (2017)
  • “‘The Greatest of Its Kind Ever Witnessed in America’: The Press and the 1913 Women’s March on Washington.”
  • Outstanding Scholar, College of Arts and Sciences. South Dakota State University. (2017)
  • Faculty & Professional Staff Accomplishments & Aspirations. (2016)
  • Among eight employees across South Dakota State University recognized for excellence.
  • Finalist, Frank Luther Mott - Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism & Mass Communication Research Award. (2016) 
  • Press Portrayals of Women Politicians, 1870s-2000s: From “Lunatic” Woodhull to “Polarizing” Palin.
  • Top Three Faculty Paper, History Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Montreal. (2014)
  • “Legitimizing News Judgments: The Early Historical Construction of Journalism’s Gatekeeping Role.” Vos, T. & Finneman, T.

For Teaching:

  • First place, Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century. (2020). “Diversity Analysis of Student Media.” Newspaper & Online News Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. 
  • Honorable mention. AEJMC Standing Committee on Teaching. (2020). Best Practices in Teaching Difficult Topics in a Polarized Society competition. “Diversity Analysis of Student Media.”  
  • AEJMC’s Great Ideas For Teachers (GIFT) competition. (2020). Among the Top 25 teaching ideas. “Diversity Analysis of Student Media.”
  • Finalist (third place), Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century. (2019). “Covering a News Desert.”
  • Newspaper & Online News Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
  • Third place, Best Practices in Service Learning in Journalism and Mass Communication Teaching. (2017).
  • “Living History: Preserving Journalism’s Past While Teaching Its Future.” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

For Service:

  • Third place, Best Use of Social Media/Dailies. Brookings Register. South Dakota Newspaper Association, (2018).
  • Moderator, Tom Brokaw and Tom Daschle, (2017). Daschle Dialogues. South Dakota State University.

 


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