Scholar Blogger Consultant Takes AEJMC’s Top Dissertation Award

Matthew Ragas of DePaul University manages two blogs and managed to complete the top doctoral dissertation in the field of mass communication in 2011. He was recognized last week at the AEJMC Annual Conference in St. Louis.

ST LOUIS– One of the things attendees at the AEJMC Annual Conference were challenged to do by our opening keynote speaker Rishad Tobaccowala was to start a personal blog.

We might want to look to this year’s winner of the Nafzinger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award for guidance.

Not only has DePaul University’s Matthew Ragas managed to produce the top dissertation in the field this year. He did it while maintaining not one, but TWO web logs.

Ragas did what we are often challenging our journalism students to do online– follow their passions and write about it often.

The FloridaFoodHound blog is just one example of how to do that. One can go there to find all kinds of restaurant reviews and “ruminations,” as he describes his posts.

But, Ragas also maintains a separate family blog, RagasReport with his wife.

On Friday, Ragas and his major professor took the stage as the new DePaul University professor was recognized for his dissertation research

Matt maintains the FloridaFoodHound blog which provides “Chicago (and Florida) restaurant reviews and ruminations by a New Orleans native.”

According to his web site, he also consults for several companies.

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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