Ruth C. Moon

Email: rmoonmari1@lsu.edu

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs, Louisiana State University, 2019–present.
  • Faculty Affiliate, Louisiana State University’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, 2020–present.
  • Affiliated Researcher, University of Rwanda, 2017.

Education

  • Ph.D. Communication, University of Washington, 2018. Dissertation Title: Constructing Journalism Practice Between the Global and the Local: Lessons From the Rwandan Journalism Field.
  • M.A. Communication, University of Washington, 2015.
  • M.A. Political Science, Southern Illinois University–Carbondale, 2011.
  • B.A. English Literature, Wheaton College (Ill.), 2009.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Book Chapters, Working Papers, and Other Publications

Conference Presentations

  • How Do Journalists Talk About Media Policy? Exploring the Metajournalistic Discourse of the Undeserving. Paper presented at the International Communication Association’s 2020 virtual conference.
  • Understanding Journalists’ Responses to Restrictive Media Policy Environments: Towards a Typology. Paper presented at the International Communication Association’s 2020 virtual conference.
  • Understanding Technological Actors in East African Newsrooms. Paper presented at University of Houston’s @frica Digital Media Conference, February 2020.
  • “They Only Threaten You or Cut Off Your Job”: How Rwandan Journalists Learn Self-Censorship. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference. Washington, D.C., August 2018.
  • Technology as a Coordination Tool in Geographically Dispersed, Low-Infrastructure Newsrooms. Paper presented at the International Communication Association. Prague, Czech Republic, May 2018.
  • Trading Capital: Documenting and Explaining Journalists’ Career Shifts in Rwanda. Paper presented at International Communication Association. Prague, Czech Republic, May 2018.
  • Negotiating Business and Ethical Pressures in Rwandan Journalism. Abstract accepted for presentation at the East African Communication Association conference. Kigali, Rwanda, August 2017.
  • “20 Years is Just the Other Day”: The Role of Genesis Narrative in Constructing Journalism Culture. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference. Chicago, IL, August 2017.
  • The Impact of Media Policy on Journalistic Norms. Paper presented at the second annual conference for The International Journal of Press/Politics. Oxford, U.K., September 2016.
  • Models and Evidence: Globalized Journalism in an Emerging Democracy. Paper presented at the International Communication Association. San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 2015.
  • Toward a Hybrid Press Model of African Journalism. Paper presented at the East African Communication Association. Mukono, Uganda, August 2014.
  • Saints and Sinners: Pros, Cons, and Tips for Interviewing Christian Elites. Round-table discussion at Christians in Political Science. Azusa, CA, May 2014.
  • Homophily in Online Newspaper Networks. Paper presented at the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research. Chicago, IL, November 2012.
  • Asking Many, Many Sensitive Questions: “Person-Count” Method for Social Desirability Bias. (With J. Tobin Grant and Shane Gleason). Paper presented at the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research. Chicago, IL, November 2012.
  • Pandering or Promoting: Do Audience Demands or Publishers’ Desires Explain Whose Views Appear on Op-Ed Pages? (With Philip Habel). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. Washington D.C., September 2010.
  • Tracking American Evangelical Politics: Collecting Data on Evangelical Interest Groups. (With J. Tobin Grant, Daniel Bennett, and Emily Carroll.) Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, IL, April 2010.

Grants, Fellowships, & Awards

  • Institute for Humane Studies Hayek travel awards: 2014 and 2018.
  • Peter Clarke Research Fund awards: 2014, 2016, and 2018.
  • Best Graduate Paper in Labor Studies, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies (awarded for “20 Years is Just the Other Day”: The Role of Genesis Narrative in Constructing Journalism Culture): 2017.
  • University of Washington Ottenberg-Winans Fellowship: 2017.
  • Guido Stempel Award, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (awarded for “20 Years is Just the Other Day”: The Role of Genesis Narrative in Constructing Journalism Culture): 2017.
  • AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship (alternate status): 2017.
  • Graduate School Chester Fritz International Fellowship: 2016.
  • National Security Education Program David L. Boren Fellowship: 2016.
  • Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies Graduate Student Grant: 2016.
  • Simpson Center for the Humanities Graduate Interest Group awards: 2015 and 2016.
  • Communication Faculty Award for Outstanding Research: 2015.
  • General Research Fund award, University of Washington: 2014.
  • Top Scholar award, University of Washington: 2012.
  • Graduate Fellowship Award, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (full tuition and stipend): 2010.
  • President’s Award, Wheaton College (four-year merit-based academic scholarship): 2005.
  • National Merit Scholar: 2005.

Journalism Awards

  • Religion Newswriters Association First place, Religion Reporting Excellence — magazine news reporting, 2012; overall excellence award for religion news reporting with Christianity Today staff, 2011.
  • Evangelical Press Association Second Place, Best Department — Christianity Today for “Briefing” (contributing reporter), 2012.
  • South Dakota Newspaper Association Third place, Best News Series, 2012.
  • United Nations Student Journalist Reported on UN NGO conference in Bonn, Germany, 2011.
  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Student Reporting Fellow, “Niger: Feeding the Forgotten,” 2010.
  • Illinois College Press Association First Place, News Story, 2009; Third Place, News Story, 2009;
  • Honorable Mention, In-Depth Reporting, 2008; Honorable Mention, Sports Photo, 2006.

Related Journalism Experience

  • Seattle Pacific University, Response magazine: Editor, 2017–19; Interim Managing Editor, 2015.
    • Managed editorial content, design, budget, and other considerations for a 60,000 circulation campus magazine published three times per year.
    • Managed budget for freelance writers, designers, photographers, and publication process.
    • Used Adobe Creative Suite software to assist with issue design and proofing.
    • Coordinated workflow between writers, copy editors, photographers, and designers.
    • Edited and reported articles and other content for publication.
    • Managed production and shipping process.
  • Christianity Today: Contributing Editor, 2014–15; Temporary News Editor, 2014; Freelance Reporter, 2008–15.
    • Contributed to Gleanings news blog by aggregating and organizing news from around the world.
    • Reported news for print and online publication and produced audio slideshows for the web.
    • Acquired and edited monthly opinion feature, 2009–13.
    • Created monthly news discussion feature for print.
  • World Vision: Contract Employee in President’s Office, 2013–14.
    • Researched and wrote white papers on development sectors underWorld Vision’s purview.
    • Provided editorial assistance, including edits and updates for book re-release.
  • Rapid City Journal: Staff Reporter, 2011–12.
    • Pitched, reported, and occasionally photographed for military, Native American and general assignment news and features.

Teaching Proficiencies — syllabi available upon request

  • Public Affairs Reporting (graduate)
  • Media and the Policy Process
  • Global Communication
  • Media Ethics
  • Visual Communication
  • Effects of Mass Communication
  • Introduction to Human Communication
  • Introduction to Multiplatform Journalism
  • Interviewing
  • Introduction to Public Speaking

Service

  • Reviewer for Newspaper and Online News (2020), International Communication (2019–2020), History (2019), and Mass Communication (2020) divisions and Graduate Student Interest Group (2019–2020) for Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference.
  • Reviewer for Journalism Studies Division, International Communication Association conference, 2019-present.
  • Faculty associate, Iowa of the Tiger student trip, 2019–2020.
  • Faculty co-adviser, Society for Politics, Communication, and Law at LSU, 2019–2020.
  • Reviewer, Public Opinion Quarterly, 2018.
  • Staff representative, Seattle Pacific University Board of Student Media, 2018–19.
  • Research co-chair, Graduate Student Interest Group of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2017–18.
  • Member of organizing committee, East African Communication Association conference, 2017.
  • Journalism training volunteer, selected publications and media organizations in Rwanda, 2017.

Languages

  • French (intermediate)
  • Kinyarwanda (beginner)

Software Proficiencies

  • Adobe Creative Suite (proficient)
  • Stata (proficient)
  • WordStat (proficient)
  • SPSS (intermediate)
  • Python (intermediate)

Related Certifications

Public Policy Concentration, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs

Last updated: May 27, 2020.