Dr. Armstrong is a native of Southern California and he graduated with a degree in history from Pomona College in Claremont, California. At Pomona, he was commencement speaker, an All-American in NCAA, Division III Track & Field, and the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Fellowship. He still holds the school record in the 5,000 meter run at Pomona. After receiving his masters degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, he worked as a broadcast journalist at CNN in Atlanta and at network affiliates in Salt Lake City and Denver. After 14 years as a television journalist, Dr. Armstrong returned to academics and received his doctorate from the University of Utah. His dissertation, on localism in television, received the Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Broadcast Education Association. He has taught at Furman since 2002 and in 2004 he received the Alester G. Furman, Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Meritorious Advising Award. His research interests include media history, broadcast journalism, and broadcast law and policy. Dr. Armstrong lives in Greenville with his wife, son, and daughter. His hobbies include running and following the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Name Title Description

COM-121

Digital Communication

The use of digital, electronic media in the cultivation of democratic society. Students will gather information and learn to transmit that information through blogs, podcasts, video, and other digital media.

COM-131

Broadcast Communication

Study of the journalistic, technical, and aesthetic aspects of television production. Critical analysis of electronic news texts and to research, write, videotape, and edit news stories.

COM-133

Video Documentary

Examines the research, theory, aesthetics,and production techniques of the video documentary. Students will work together to produce a 15-to-20-minute long documentary. They will conduct research, shoot video, and edit the final documentary.

COM-221

Intro to Mass Communication

The nature and history of mass communication. Beginning with oral communication and the literacy revolution and moving to print, electronic, and digital forms of communication. Examining the social, economic, political, legal, and cultural aspects of mass communication, as well as the role of technology in the development of mass media.

COM-331

Media History

Examining the changing nature, structure, and function of mass media institutions in the United States and their historical relationships to society and culture from the founding of the republic to the end of the 20th century.

COM-335

Poltcl Economy of Mass Media

Examining the structure, regulation, economics, ownership, and technology of mass media, as well as the influence of these factors on global media content.

COM-461

Communication Law

Issues confronting public speakers, journalists, advocates, debaters, and film and television producers when they seek to speak freely and responsibly. Topics include: seditious speech, symbolic conduct, fighting words, offensive speech, obscenity, defamation, commercial speech, free press v. fair trial, media regulation, advertising codes, and the theoretical justifications for free expression.

  • Armstrong, J. (2012). "The Carnival in Kingstree: A Bakhtinian Analysis of the Charlie Walker Obscenity Case." Journal of Radio & Audio Media
  • Armstrong, J. (2011). "The Devil and Free Speech: Response Essay to John Durham Peters' Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition" (Forum Section). Free Speech Yearbook, 2009-2010. Juliet Dee (ed.) (44) pp. 147-150. Washington, D.C.: NCA Publications
  • Armstrong, J. (2011). "Taking Aristotle to Work: The Practical and Moral Value of Ethics Education." In Controversies in Media Ethics (3rd ed.). A. David Gordon and John Michael Kittross (eds.), 86-90. New York: Routledge
  • Armstrong, J. (2011). Glossary for Controversies in Media Ethics (3rd ed.). A. David Gordon and John Michael Kittross (eds.), 536-554. New York: Routledge
  • Armstrong, J. (2008). "Public Access Television." In The International Encyclopedia of Communication. Wolfgang Donsbach (ed.). Malden, MA: Blackwell
  • Armstrong, J. (2007). "Constructing Television Communities: The FCC, Signals, and Cities, 1948-1957." Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media (Spring 2007): 129-46
  • Armstrong, J. (2007). "More Philosophy Means More Relevance: Digging Deeper into Media Ethics." Media Ethics (Fall 2007)
  • Armstrong, J. (2007). Review of The Quieted Voice: The Rise and Demise of Localism in American Radio, by Robert L. Hilliard and Michael C. Keith. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media (September 2007): 537-38
  • Armstrong, J. (2006). "Applying Critical Theory to Electronic Media History." In Methods of Historical Analysis and Criticism in Electronic Media. Edited by Donald G. Godfrey, 145-65. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum
  • Armstrong, J. (2004). "Martin Gabel." In The Encyclopedia of Radio, Vol. 2. Christopher Sterling and Michael Keith (eds.), 639-40. Chicago, IL: Fitzroy Dearborn.
  • Outstanding Debut Paper, History Division, Broadcast Education Association, 2005
  • Alester G. Furman, Jr., and Janie Earle Furman Meritorious Advising Award, 2004
  • Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2002
  • NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar, Northwestern University, 2000
  • Top Student Paper, Media Studies Interest Group, Western States Communication Association, 1998
  • Outstanding Graduate Teacher, Department of Communication, University of Utah, 1997. I was selected for the Department's annual International Communication Association Award
  • Best 10PM Newscast, Denver Market, 1990. Awarded by Associated Press, Denver, Colorado. I received while I was 10PM Newscast Producer at KMGH TV
  • Third Place, JVC Student Video Competition, New York City, 1980
  • NCAA Postgraduate Fellowship, 1977
  • All-American, 1976 and 1977.
Education
Ph.D.
University of Utah
M.A.
University of California at Berkeley
B.A.
Pomona College
Benton Broadcast Fellow
University of Chicago

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