Dr. Tara Mortensen studies visual communication, media sociology, de-professionalization of visual journalism, amateur photography and user-generated (visual) content.
Faculty and Staff
Tara Marie Mortensen, Ph.D.
|Department:||School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
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School of Journalism and Mass Communications
B.S., Mass Communication, Black Hills State University
M.S., Journalism, South Dakota State University
Ph.D., Journalism, University of Oklahoma
Dr. Mortensen teaches creativity, visual research, conceptualization, the Adobe Suite programs and interactive/animation programs, including Flash and Edge. She is a typography enthusiast. The courses she teaches are Introduction to Visual Communication, Graphics for Visual Communication and Infographics for the Mass Media.
Mortensen, T. (2014). (in press). Blurry & centered or clear & balanced? Citizen photojournalists and professional photojournalists’ understanding of each others’ visual values. Journalism Practice.
Mortensen, T. (2014). Comparing the ethics of citizen and professional photojournalists. The Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 29(1), 19-37.
Buehner Mortensen, T., & Keshelashvili, A. (2013). If everyone with a camera can do this, then what? Professional photojournalists’ sense of professional threat in the face of citizen photography. Visual Communication Quarterly, 20(3), 144-158.