Elisabeth Fondren

Assistant Professor
Mass Communication
PhD, Media & Public Affairs, Louisiana State UniversityMA, International Journalism, City, University of LondonBA (Hons), German and English Philology, Literature and Cultural History, Heidelberg University

Dr. Elisabeth Fondren is an Assistant Professor of Journalism in the Division of Mass Communication. She received her Ph.D. in Media & Public Affairs from Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication in 2018.

She holds an M.A. in International Journalism from City, University of London with a focus in public affairs reporting (2013) and a B.A. in English and German Philology, Literature and Cultural History from the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (2012). She received both degrees with distinction.

She teaches journalism, print/online news reporting, and feature writing at St. John’s University. 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. Her study chronicles the inter-governmental discussions and ideas for German propaganda, censorship, and new institutions during the First World War.

Dr. Fondren is currently working on a monograph and has published her work in international peer-reviewed journals including American Journalism; Journal of Public Affairs; Media History; Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture; and Southeastern Review of Journalism History.

She is actively involved in the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA) and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) History Division. She is also part of the conference coordinating committee for the 2020 Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference (JJCHC) at New York University.

Her professional experiences span from government public relations, print and online journalism, to corporate communications in Germany, the U.K. and the United States.

Elisabeth is passionate about student research and experiential learning opportunities. During the 2019 Louisiana legislative session, she was the co-director of the LSU Manship School State House Reporting Program, which provided coverage of public affairs news for media outlets (print, online, broadcast) across the state.

Selected Publications:

Klein, T., Fondren, E., & Apcar, L. (2019). News editing and the editorial process. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Oxford University Press. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.802

Fondren, E. “’This is an American Newspaper’: Editorial Opinions and the German Immigrant Press in 1917.” Media History. DOI 10.1080/13688804.2019.1597628

Fondren, E. “Publicizing Tragedy: The Sinking of the Lusitania as an International News Event.” Southeastern Review of Journalism History. Volume 13, Issue 1.

Fondren, E. “‘America First and America Only’: German-American Newspapers, Self-Censorship, and Press Freedom in 1917-1918” Journalism History Online – First Amendment Essay Series.

Fondren, E.. Book Review: Fake News, Propaganda and Plain Old Lies, Barclay, Donald A. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. DOI 10.1080/01439685.2018.1563385

Chon, M., & Fondren, E. “Seeing Crisis Through Colored Glasses: Exploring Partisan Media and Attribution of Crisis Responsibility on Government Trust in a National Crisis.” Journal of Public Affairs. DOI 10.1002/pa.1950

Fondren, E. and McCune, M. “Archiving and Preserving Social Media at the Library of Congress: Institutional and Cultural Challenges to Build a Twitter Archive.” Preservation, Digital Technology, and Culture. Volume 47, Issue 2.

Teaching Interests

Journalism, Print/Online Reporting, Media History, Political Communication, Media Ethics & Social Responsibility, Media & Public Affairs Reporting

Research Interests

History of Journalism, Media Institutions, Propaganda, Government information, Media and War, International Communication

Courses Taught