John Coward PhD

Professor of Media Studies Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences
Media Studies

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
M.S., University of Tennessee
B.S., East Tennessee State University

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?

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.

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.


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

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

COM 2423 News and Society
COM 2723 Native Americans and the Popular Imagination
COM 3413 News Gathering
COM 3863 Media History
COM 3873 History and Philosophy of Free Expression
COM 4113 Documentary Workshop
COM 4613 Internship
JS 3001 Journalism Practicum