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St. John's University, NY
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Journalism, Propaganda, Media History, Government Information, Media & Public Affairs
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About Me

Dr. Elisabeth Fondren is an Assistant Professor of Journalism
at St. John’s University in New York. She received her Ph.D. in Media & Public Affairs from Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication in 2018.

Her historical media dissertation, “Breathless Zeal and Careless Confidence: German Propaganda in World War I (1914-1918)” chronicles the evolution of German propaganda ideas and institutions during the First World War. She is now working on a monograph.

She holds an M.A. in International Journalism from City, University of London with a focus on public affairs reporting and a B.A. in English and German Philology, Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Heidelberg. She received both degrees with distinction.

Her research focuses on the history of international journalism, government propaganda, military-media relations, and freedom of speech during wartime.

She has published research articles in a number of peer-reviewed journals including American Journalism; Journalism History; Journal of Public Affairs; Media History; Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture; and the Southeastern Review of Journalism History, and has written several book chapters.

She is teaching classes in journalism, media ethics, journalism history, international journalism, and political communication.

Her professional experience spans from government public relations, print and online journalism, to research communications in Germany, the U.K. and the United States.

Recent Publications

Fondren, E. “The Mirror with a Memory: The Great War Through the Lens of Percy Brown, British Correspondent and Photojournalist (1914-1920).” Journalism History. (Spring 2021 issue).

Coyle, E., Fondren, E., Richard, J. “Advocacy, Editorial Opinion and Agenda Building: How Publicity Friends Fought for Louis D. Brandeis’s 1916 Supreme Court Confirmation.” American Journalism, Vol. 37. No 2, 165-190.

Klein, T., Fondren, E., & Apcar, L. “News editing and the editorial process.” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.

Fondren, E. “”This is an American Newspaper”: Editorial Opinions and the German Immigrant Press in 1917.’ Media History (April 2019)

Fondren, E. “Publicizing Tragedy: The Sinking of the Lusitania as an International News Event.” Southeastern Review of Journalism History. Volume 13, Issue 1.

Fondren, E. “America First and America Only”: German-American Newspapers, Self-Censorship, and Press Freedom in World War I’
Journalism History (First Amendment Series, January 2019)

Chon, M., & Fondren, E. “Seeing a Crisis Through Colored Glasses: Exploring Partisan Media and Attribution of Crisis Responsibility on Government Trust in a National Crisis.” Journal of Public Affairs, Vol 19, No 4. DOI 10.1002/pa.1950

Fondren, E. and McCune, M. “Archiving and Preserving Social Media at the Library of Congress: Institutional and Cultural Challenges to Build a Twitter Archive.” Preservation, Digital Technology, and Culture. Volume 47, Issue 2.

Fondren, E. “Fake News, Propaganda, And Plain Old Lies: How to Find Trustworthy Information in the Digital Age”
Book Review
Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (December 2018)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Germany, North America, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Government, Migration & Immigration, Military, Politics, Technology, World War I