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Michael Bugeja

Michael Bugeja is director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University of Science and Technology. Bugeja is the author of 20 books, including Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age (Oxford University Press, 2005), which recently won the prestigious Clifford G. Christians Award for Research in Media Ethics and which was featured in a review by Shelby Coffey III in the Washington Post, who praised the “admirably clear writing” and multidisciplinary approach. The Des Moines Register calls the book “empowering” and states that “perhaps no previous scholar has synthesized the ways media technologies are harming a sense of community.”


Bugeja is also author of Living Ethics: Developing Values across Media Platforms, forthcoming from Oxford Univ. Press; Guide to Writing Magazine Nonfiction (Allyn & Bacon); and Living Without Fear: Understanding Cancer and the New Therapies (Whitston). Bugeja, a former state editor for United Press International, works on assignment for several publications, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, Editor & Publisher and The Quill, and has a monthly column on technology in Inside Higher Education. His commentaries on ethics have been featured in Newsday, Columbia Journalism Review, American Journalism Review, Editor & Publisher, The Quill, The Rocky Mountain News, The Des Moines Register, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Columbus Dispatch.


Bugeja received two outstanding professor awards bestowed by the student body of Ohio University; AMOCO Outstanding Teacher Award bestowed by the student body of Oklahoma State University; fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Ohio Arts Council; and a culture grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Bugeja also has held positions as associate professor, Paul Miller School of Journalism and Broadcasting, Oklahoma State University, 1979-86; professor, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, 1986-2003; and associate director, Scripps School of Journalism, 2001-03. 



News media profits undermine reporting
COMMENTARY | October 24, 2005
Michael Bugeja says lines may blur, but not the bottom line: profits. And it is the profession and the community that suffer.

'Comfortable media companies losing sight of their mission'
COMMENTARY | October 06, 2005
Michael Bugeja of Iowa State questions internships without pay, convergence, and the proper place for reporters’ posteriors.

If it’s all about productivity, then make your stories count
SHOWCASE | July 12, 2005
Future files, done right, make for better watchdog reporting. Michael Bugeja of Iowa State tells how.

It’s hard to bump into stories if you don’t leave the office
SHOWCASE | May 17, 2005
'Greed, downsizing and computerization eventually may create an investigative void,' writes Michael Bugeja, director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University.

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