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Meet the Faculty

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Elizabeth R. Smith

Director of Pepperdine Graphic Media,
Assistant Professor of Communication

Division: Communication Division
Office: Center for Communication and Business (CCB) 143
Phone: (310) 506-4568
E-mail: elizabeth.smith@pepperdine.edu

  • EdD, Learning Technologies, Pepperdine University, 2016
  • M.A., Intercultural Communication, Pepperdine University, 2003
  • B.A., Journalism, Harding University, 2000


  • JOUR 241, Introduction to Journalism
  • JOUR 251/351, Newsroom Practicum
  • JOUR 345, News Reporting and Editing
  • JOUR 463, Feature Writing
  • JOUR 469, Opinion and Editorial Writing
  • JOUR 561, Journalism and Society
  • COM 205, Storytelling with Media
  • COM 313, Intercultural Communication
  • COM 400, Communication Ethics

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Society of Professional Journalists Member of the Month, 2013
  • Pepperdine University Capstone Honors, "Storytelling, Mentorship and Change", 2014
  • Emmy Award, Writer, Unplanned Breaking News Event, The Death of Michael Jackson, KTLA, Los Angeles, 2009
  • Recipient, the Linda M. Gage Scholarship, 2012
  • Recipient, the Associated Women of Pepperdine Scholarship, 2012
  • Recipient, Graduate Assistantship Award, Pepperdine University, 2002
  • Outstanding Adjunct Professor, Pepperdine University, 2004
  • New England Associated Press, Feature Design, 3rd Place, 2001
  • College Media Advisers, member
  • Associated Collegiate Press, member
  • Associated Collegiate Press, advisory board
  • California College Media Association, member
  • Society of Professional Journalists, member
  • International Communication Association, member

Academic Interests:

  • Communities of Practice in student newsrooms
  • Job/Role Perception in News Editors
  • Perceived Bias in the News Media
  • Social media and news
  • The trends and frames of fake news
  • Use of the Media for AIDS Education in sub-Saharan Africa

Selected Works:

  • Smith, E. Social Media and Social Learning: A Critical Intersection for Journalism Education (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest (10251916), 2016
  • Waters, K., & Smith, E., Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives: How the Christian Press Framed the AIDS in Africa Crisis. Paper presented at the meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, St. Louis, MO., 2011., 2011
  • Chandler, R. & Smith, E. (2007). Disaster Recovery and the News Media. BCP Media: St Louis, MO., 2007
  • Smith, E. (2003). The Dependency of African Americans on Daily Newspapers and the Role of Perceived Bias and the Use of Alternative Media. Master's thesis, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA., 2003
  • Smith, E. (2003). Do if Fast, do it right, and make it local: exploring the meaning of work for managing editors at daily newspapers. Paper presented at the meeting of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA., 2003
  • Murrie, M. & Smith, E. (2004). The Role of a Student Newspaper on a Christian College Campus. Paper Presented at the Seaver Faculty Conference, Malibu, CA., 2004
  • Featured Lecturer, Arkansas College Media Association (Spring 2005)., 2005

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