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.
|Title:||Visual Communications Sequence Head
|Department:||School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
|Website:||Student Design Work|
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
800 Sumter Street, Room 123
Columbia, SC 29208
B.S., Mass Communication, Black Hills State University
M.S., Journalism, South Dakota State University
Ph.D., Journalism, University of Oklahoma
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., Moscowitz, L., Wan, A. & Yang, A. (2018). The marijuana user in US news media: An examination of visual stereotypes of race, culture, criminality and normification. Visual Communication, forthcoming.
Mortensen, T. Wan, A., & Yang, A. (2018). Now that the smoke has cleared: Examining visual stereotypes of marijuana users before and after legalization in Colorado. Visual Studies, forthcoming.
Wan, A., Mortensen, T., Zhu, Y., Jo-Yun Li, Q. (2018). 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., & Gade, P. (2018). Does photojournalist matter? A content analysis of photojournalism in the Times Herald-Record before and after layoffs of the photojournalism staff. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, currently online only.
Mortensen, T., Hull, K., & Boling, K. (2017). Really social disaster: An examination of professional and ordinary peoples’ photo sharing during times of disaster. Visual Communication Quarterly, 24(4), 219-229.
Panel moderator for “Picturing Democracy” at the Sottile Theatre in Charleston. This is part of the national initiative spearheaded by the Federation of State Humanities Councils titled “Democracy and the Informed Citizen.” The national initiative and series have been funded by the Mellon Foundation.
Head of the Visual Communications Division of AEJMC (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications)