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Subervi named assistant editor of diversity website

Posted by University News Service

Nov. 5, 2012

Federico Subervi, professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University, is one of eight scholars nationally named recently as assistant editor of the Forum on Media Diversity.

The addition of the eight assistant editors represents an effort by the Forum to expand its content and news to more completely serve educators and professionals, Masudul Biswas of Shippensburg University, the site’s editor and webmaster, said. Each assistant editor will provide new references about diversity research, analysis, activities and other information.

The Forum, is a national website dedicated to providing research results and news about diversity in higher education and the professional media.

Ralph Izard of Louisiana State University and Ohio University, the Forum’s executive director, added that during the 10 years of its existence, the Forum, a project of the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University, has been aware of the need for growth.

“We look forward to working with these productive scholars, and we know their contributions will be important additions to the forum’s service,” he said.

In addition to his duties as professor at Texas State, Subervi is director of the Center for the Study of Latino Media & Markets and editor/author of The Mass Media and Latino Politics: Studies of U.S. Media Content, Campaign Strategies and Survey Research: 1984-2004.

Other scholars named to assistant editor positions at the Forum are Tracy Everbach, associate professor of journalism, University of North Texas; Dane S. Claussen, executive director, ACLU of Nevada; Victoria LaPoe, adjunct instructor in broadcasting and Ph.D. candidate, Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University, former award-winning television journalist; Natalie J. Tindall, Department of Communication, Georgia State University, whose research includes identity, diversity and power in public relations; Kent Alan Ono, Department of Communication, University of Utah, co-author of Asian Americans and the Media and former director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Vincent N. Pham, Department of Communication, California State University, San Marcos, co-author of Asian Americans and the Media; and Debra Mason, professor and director of the Center on Religion and the Professions, University of Missouri School of Journalism,  who brings more than 25 years of professional reporting, research, and teaching experience.

With the contributions of these scholars, Biswas said the forum plans to make a major leap well beyond its current 3,250 academic and professional journal articles, books and conference papers on diversity issues with focus on media, journalism and communication in both national and international contexts. The main purpose of this searchable database is to help media diversity researchers locate contemporary research and other sources of literature on media diversity.