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John Kirch, an assistant professor of journalism and new media at Towson University, teaches courses in journalism history, news writing, news reporting, media theory, online journalism and media literacy. Before getting his PhD in Journalism and Public Communication from the University of Maryland in 2008, Dr. Kirch worked as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor for 16 years. He has covered a wide-range of issues, including gubernatorial and congressional campaigns, business profiles, spot news such as murders and fires, education, the environment, and national and industrial security issues. His main research interests are media history as well as the intersection of journalism and politics. His dissertation, On the Fringe: Third-Party Gubernatorial Candidates and the Press, is a two-part study that examines (1) how minor-party political candidates are overed by the mainstream media when they do receive coverage, and (2) why reporters tend to ignore political contenders who do not come from the Democratic or Republican parties. The study concludes that American journalists have accepted the hegemony of the two-party system without question and have, in many ways, been co-opted by the Democrats and Republicans. Rather than encouraging free flowing debate during an election campaign, the news media act as barriers to American political discourse, excluding marginalized voices from the discussion and failing to challenge the dominate narratives established by political elites.

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8 Comments
  1. What a great Blog, you have a very good grasp on how the media works..I m going to be following you from here on in and will recommend you to my friends, your article on Obama and the Occupy movement was very good at summarizing how I felt, I am admittedly on the left, and how not only did Obama fail us but we let him co-opt us, thank you for your work…

  2. carlwill@live.com permalink

    Media Bias much? Why do you have a blog about Politics and the Media yet you pick and choose what responses are posted to your blog? 5 bucks you wont post this….weeeak.

  3. I moderate the blog only to ensure there is no profanity. I have no intention of censoring anyone.

  4. Great Answer Horrah

  5. Dr Kirch, I have just about started reading your fascinating blog on a subject that is very intriguing to me – one I feel I know very little about.
    Thank you for following my blog. Given your background and credentials, I am extremely keen on your comments and views on it. Interestingly, I have far more involved readers from the US than from any where else, and have been wondering why. And my blog is just over a month old or so. I post three sonnets each day.

    • I would very much like to read your blog. I have had trouble finding it. Would you mind sending me the URL. Thank you.

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