Ruth C. Moon

Email: moonr@uw.edu

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.

Academic Appointments

  • University of Washington, Part-Time Instructor, 2019
  • Seattle Pacific University, Lecturer, 2018–2019
  • University of Rwanda, Affiliated Researcher, 2017
  • Northwest University, Adjunct Professor, 2016
  • University of Washington, Instructor of Record, 2014–2016

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Book Chapters, Working Papers, and Other Publications

Under Review and In Preparation

  • Moon, R. (Book proposal in preparation). Beyond the Genocide: Reporting News in Authoritarian Rwanda.
  • Moon, R. (Article in preparation). Beyond puppet journalism: Situating local-foreign journalists in their local fields. (Submission invited for special issue on local sources of news for distant audiences.)
  • Moon, R. (Article in preparation). Technology as a Coordination Tool in Geographically Dispersed, Low-Infrastructure Newsrooms.
  • Moon, R. (Article in preparation). Assessing the Impact of Media Policy on Journalistic Norms.

Conference Presentations

  • “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–current; 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; TemporaryNews Editor, 2014; Freelance Reporter, 2008–2015.
    • 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.

Research Projects

Decoding Journalists’ Use of WhatsApp and Other Mobile Platforms in Authoritarian States.

Journalists, like other social actors, rely heavily on WhatsApp and other mobile messaging platforms to do their work in countries where they have poor access to information because of restrictive legal environments and/or expensive or unreliable access to data-rich environments. This project examines the ways these platforms enables and changes newsroom routines and the ways journalists assess and filter information provided through this and other mobile platforms to sort information from disinformation and misinformation and present facts for publication. Status: Securing funding.

NGOs and Social Media.

Under the supervision of Matthew Powers, I conducted interviews with staffers at key NGOs during summer 2014 for a research project examining the ways NGO staff use social media tools in their communication with mass media and the public. Status: Complete.

Digital Journalism and Civic Engagement.

As part of a research team under the direction of Philip Howard funded by Columbia University’s Tow Center for Journalism, I examined the ways journalists use Twitter to obtain information and share it with each other. Status: Complete.

Teaching Proficiencies — syllabi available upon request

  • Global Communication
  • Media Ethics
  • Visual Communication
  • Effects of Mass Communication
  • Politics and the Media
  • Introduction to Human Communication
  • Introduction to Multiplatform Journalism
  • Community Journalism
  • Interviewing
  • Introduction to Public Speaking

Service

  • Reviewer for journalism studies division, International Communication Association conference, 2019.
  • 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: November 3, 2018

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