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Vos, Tim


Associate Professor
School of Journalism
Journalism Studies

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Tim Vos is an associate professor and chair of the journalism studies faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism. He teaches courses in principles of American journalism, American journalism history, philosophy of journalism and qualitative research methods in journalism. His research involves journalism’s role in democracy, media sociology and gatekeeping, media history, and media policy. Vos focuses on factors that shape journalistic content and journalism as a social institution, paying particular attention to the theoretical issues of historical explanation. He is former head of the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

Vos is research coordinator for the Journalism School’s Global Programs office, lead U.S. investigator for the 80-country Worlds of Journalism Study, lead U.S. investigator for the 34-country study, Journalism Students Around the Globe, adviser to the 28-country study, Journalistic Role Performance Around the Globe, and associate editor for the forthcoming Wiley-Blackwell International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies.

Vos is co-author of Gatekeeping Theory (Routledge), co-editor of Gatekeeping in Transition (Routledge), and author or co-author of book chapters on gatekeeping and media history. His research is published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Public Relations Research, Visual Communication Quarterly, American Journalism, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, and Journalism. He has won the Best American Journalism Article award, the James E. Murphy Top Faculty Paper Award, the Leslie J. Moeller Award, the Kappa Tau Alpha research award; and top-three faculty paper awards from AEJMC. Vos’ dissertation at Syracuse University in New York won the All-University Doctoral Prize.

Vos earned his doctorate in mass communication from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University (2005). He holds a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Iowa (1995) and bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and political studies from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa (1984). Vos previously served on the communication faculty at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.

Vos spent 12 years as a broadcast journalist, during which time he interviewed nearly every major party candidate for U.S. President and also wrote for a variety of print publications.

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