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College of Information and Communications


Faculty and Staff

Tara Marie Mortensen, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
E-mail: taram@sc.edu
Website: Student Design Work
Phone: 803-777-3762
Office:

School of Journalism and Mass Communications
800 Sumter Street, Room 123
Columbia, SC 29208

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Curriculum Vitae

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Education

B.S., Mass Communication, Black Hills State University
M.S., Journalism, South Dakota State University 
Ph.D., Journalism, University of Oklahoma

Research

Dr.  Tara Mortensen studies visual communication, media sociology, de-professionalization of visual journalism, amateur photography and user-generated (visual) content.

Teaching

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.

Recent Publications

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.