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., Yang, A., Wan, A. (2017) “Now that the smoke has cleared: Examining visual stereotypes of marijuana users before and after legalization in Colorado.” Visual Studies, forthcoming.
Mortensen, T., Hull, K., & Boling, K. (2017). "Really social visual sharing: An examination of professional and ordinary peoples’ photo sharing during times of disaster.” Visual Communication Quarterly, forthcoming.
Sisson, D., & Mortensen, T. “The Ethics of Online Information Graphics of Nonprofit Organizations.” The Journal of Public Relations Education, forthcoming.
Wan, A., Mortensen, T., Zhu, Y., Jo-Yun Li, Q. (2017). From Confrontations to Civil Liberties: Newspaper Photo Framing of Police Brutality and Riots in Los Angeles 1992 and Ferguson, Mo. 2014. Newspaper Research Journal, forthcoming.
Mortensen, T., Keshelashvili, A. & Weir, T. (2015). Who we are: A study of types of citizen journalists.
Digital Journalism, 3(4), 1-20.