John Coward - Faculty & Adjuncts

John Coward, PhD

John Coward, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Media Studies
College of Arts & Sciences
Media Studies
918-631-2542 Oliphant Hall Room 115


PhD – University of Texas at Austin MS – University of Tennessee BS – East Tennessee State University

Research Interests

How does the news media represent the world and its people, especially the lives of cultural outsiders and minorities? More specifically, how does the news cover Native Americans and other indigenous groups? What ideas and images are assigned to these groups and what do these representations mean in society?

Teaching Interests

Courses related to news and journalism, including News and Society, News Gathering, Media History, History and Philosophy of Free Expression, Documentary Workshop, and Native Americans and the Popular Imagination. Other interest areas include minorities and media, communication history, U.S. Western history, and literary journalism.



  • Coward, John. Indians Illustrated: The Image of Native Americans in the Pictorial Press. University of Illinois Press , 2016. Print.

Courses Taught

  • Independent Study
  • News and Society
  • Senior Project
  • History and Philosophy of Free Expression
  • Independent Research
  • Internship
  • News Gathering
  • Native Americans and the Popular Imagination

Professional Affiliations

  • American Journalism Historians Association
  • International Association for Literary Journalism Studies
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Awards & Honors

  • William J. Snorgrass Award for best research paper on minority journalism
  • John Pittman Prize for Excellence in Journalism
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Multicultural Leadership Award
  • Best Research Paper
  • Outstanding Research Paper Award
  • William J. Snorgrass Award for best resarch paper on minority journalism
  • Top Four Faculty Research Paper
  • Alumni Hall of Fame Award
  • Best American Journalism Article Award