Journalism

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Students interact with industry professionals such as Katie Couric, pictured.

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Journalism faculty members have an average of 15 years of pro industry experience.

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Students can gain hands-on experience from day one on the Daily Update news show.

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Journalism offers a B.A. as well as specialty tracks in business and in fashion media.

Karen Thomas

Karen Thomas

Karen Thomas

Professor of Practice

Karen Thomas has spent more than 25 years in the trenches of daily journalism. She worked as a feature writer for 13 years at the Dallas Morning News, specializing in family issues, narrative writing and column and essay writing. Prior to joining the Morning News, Ms. Thomas was national correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and a general assignments reporter at the Springfield Daily News in Springfield, Mass.

After leaving the Dallas Morning News in 2006, Thomas freelances for several publications.

Her writing awards include the Media Award for Excellence given by the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism’s “Let’s Do It Better! Award and the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Benjamin Fine Award.

Thomas has been selected a fellow in several programs, including the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and the Kaiser Family Foundation Media Fellowship in Health.

Thomas holds a Master of Science degree in journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism/English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Teaching

CCJN 2303: Writing and Editing
CCJN 2312: Reporting 1
CCJN 4392: Journalism & Religion

Publications

News

(2011, January 19). A family transformed. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved from http://www.dallasnews.com/health/family-health/headlines/20110118-a-family-transformed.ece

(2006, January 15). Insurance gap at root of kids' teeth troubles. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved from http://www.kff.org/mediafellows/upload/Karen%20Thomas-%20Insurance%20Gap%20at%20Root.pdf

(2006, January 22). Vanishing safety net. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved from http://s3.amazonaws.com/zanran_storage/www.kff.org/ContentPages/6138186.pdf

(2006, January 29). Living from checkup to checkup. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved from http://www.kff.org/mediafellows/upload/Karen%20Thomas-%20Living%20from%20checkup%20to%20checkup.pdf

(2003, April 30). Dangerous liasions: work infidelities. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved from http://www.shirleyglass.com/dallas.htm

Book Reviews

(2011, June 3). Book review: ‘The Color of Night,’ by Madison Smartt Bell. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved from http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/books/20110603-book-review-the-color-of-night-by-madison-smartt-bell.ece

(2010, February 28). Book review: 'The Girl Who Fell From the Sky' by Heidi W. Durrow. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved from http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/headlines/20100228-Book-review-The-Girl-6473.ece

(2010, July 25). Book review: 'The Marrowbone Marble Company,' by Glenn Taylor. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved from http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/headlines/20100725-book-review-the-marrowbone-marble-company_by-glenn-taylor.ece

(2010, September 12). Fiction review: 'Getting to Happy' by Terry McMillan. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved from http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/headlines/20100912-Fiction-review-Getting-to-4112.ece

Arts

(2010, March 3). Author brings passion for Haitian hero to Arts and Letters Live. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved from http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/arts/headlines/20100303-Author-brings-passion-for-Haitian-hero-6359.ece

Opinion

(2009, January 20). Far away from Barack Obama's inauguration, change has already begun. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved from http://www.dentonrc.com/sharedcontent/dws/fea/lifetravel/stories/DN-thomasessay_0118gd.ART.State.Edition1.4f0c21f.html

*Note: The works above are only a partial list of Prof. Thomas' publications

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