- Associate Professor
1435 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045
Teri Finneman is an associate professor in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas and publisher of The Eudora Times, a nationally recognized news desert publication that she runs with journalism students. 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 an oral historian who captures the histories of journalists in the Heartland. Finneman is also founder and executive producer of the Journalism History podcast and oversees the Journalism History journal. 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. Her co-edited book, Social Justice, Activism and Diversity in U.S. Media History, released in spring 2023. Her co-authored book, Reviving Rural News, will release in 2024.
- First ladies and women politicians
- Gender and media
- Oral history
- Journalism history
Selected Publications —
Finneman, T., Diwanji, V., Greene-Blye, M., & Martens, C. (2024). “Is it Smart to Be Thrifty?”: How Advertisers Navigated Message Strategies During the Great Depression. Journalism History
Finneman, T., & Thomas, R. (2023). “Blood on their Hands” vs. “A Foolish Prank”: The British Press, Media Ethics, and a Deadly Hoax on the Royal Family. Journalism History.
Ferrucci, P., Finneman, T., Heckman, M., & Walck, P. (2023). A Discursive Evolution: Trade Publications Explain News Deserts to U.S. Journalists. Media and Communication Special Issue.www.cogitatiopress.com/mediaandcommunication/article/view/6691
Finneman, T., Ferrucci, P., & Mathews, N.(2023).“Revenue & Readership: Rescuing & Reviving Rural Journalism.” Journalism Practice.https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/BNGPVK7S5JSUMNVHXR9J/full?target=10.1080/17512786.2023.2183236
Greene-Blye, M., & Finneman, T. (2023).“The Influence of Indigenous Standpoint: Examining Indian Country Press Portrayals of Native Women in Politics.” Newspaper Research Journal. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0739532923115519
Finneman, T., Heckman, M., & Walck, P. (2022). “Challenging Journalistic Boundaries: How Generation Z Reporters Are Taking On the U.S. News Desert Crisis.” Journalism Studies. https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/rjos20?gclid=Cj0KCQiAw9qOBhC-ARIsAG-rdn5sEmKRtEQWPzLgShTEUxQ7lgwhQ88P4PPjAtQSk5YF4f_dXEXfxqQaAnelEALw_wcB
Finneman, T., Hendricks, M., & Bobkowski, P. (2021). “The Paper Is White”: Examining Diversity Issues with the Next Generation of Journalists.” Journalism and Mass Communication Educator.https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/10776958211062683
Finneman, T., Mari, W., and Thomas, R. (2021). “‘I Didn't Know How We Were Going to Survive’: U.S. Community Newspapers’ Resilience During COVID-19.” Journalism Practice. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17512786.2021.1957703?src=
Finneman, T., and Thomas, R. (2021). "“You Had to be Reporting Constantly”: COVID-19’s Impact on U.S. Weekly Newspapers’ Journalistic Routines." Newspaper Research Journal.https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/07395329211030390
Finneman, T., and Thomas, R. (2021). “ ‘Our Company is in Survival Mode’: Metajournalistic Discourse on COVID-19’s Impact on U.S. Community Newspapers.” Journalism Practice. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17512786.2021.1888149?journalCode=rjop20
Finneman, T. & Volz, Y. (2020). “Leading the Second Wave into the Third Wave: Women Journalists and Discursive Continuity of Feminism.” Feminist Media Studies.
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.
Finneman, T. (2019). “Covering a Countermovement on the Verge of Defeat: The Press and the 1917 Anti-Suffrage Movement.” American Journalism.
Finneman, T., & Thomas, R. (2018). “A Family of Falsehoods: Deception, Media Hoaxes and Fake News.” Newspaper Research Journal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Finneman, T. (2014, August). “The Forgotten First Lady: Reinventing Varina Davis Through Her Journalism.” Nineteenth Century Gender Studies. 10(2). https://www.ncgsjournal.com/issue102/finneman.html
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).
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)
Awards & Honors —
Mason Multimedia Award, Oral History Association. (2022). The Essential Workers: How journalists in mid-America became essential workers during the pandemic. Poynter oral history project. Finneman, T., Mari, W., & Hare, K.
Top Faculty Paper, Commission on the Status of Women, AEJMC. (2022). “The Influence of Indigenous Standpoint: Examining Indian Country Press Portrayals of Native Women in Politics.” Greene-Blye, M., & Finneman, T.
Best Article, Summer 2021 Issue, Newspaper Research Journal. (2021). ‘You Had to be Reporting Constantly’: COVID-19’s Impact on U.S. Weekly Newspapers’ Journalistic Routines.
Top Faculty Paper, Newspaper & Online News Division, AEJMC. (2021). ““I Didn't Know How We Were Going to Survive”: COVID-19’s Disruption of U.S. Community Newspapers. Finneman, T., Mari, W., & Thomas, R.
Sweeney Award for Outstanding Article in Journalism History, Journalism History/AEJMC History Division. (2019). “ ‘The Greatest of Its Kind Ever Witnessed in America’: The Press and the 1913 Women’s March on Washington.”
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.
Budig Teaching Professorship of Writing. (2021). William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Jinx Coleman Broussard Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Media History. (2021). History Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
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.
Exceptional Service Award. (2022). AEJMC History Division.
Outstanding Service as Chair of the History Division. (2020). AEJMC History Division.
Third place, Best Use of Social Media/Dailies. (2018). Brookings Register. South Dakota Newspaper Association.
Moderator, Tom Brokaw and Tom Daschle, (2017). Daschle Dialogues. South Dakota State University.