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Ammina Kothari

Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies: Journalism
Office: 
3176 Eastman Hall
Phone: 
585-475-7397
Fax: 
585-475-7732
BA, North Central College; MA, University of Oregon; Ph.D., Indiana University

Since coming to RIT in the Fall of 2012, Professor Kothari has been teaching a variety of journalism and communicationclasses, including Intro to Journalism, Reporting and Writing, Computer-Assisted Reporting, Mass Communications and Communication, Gender and Media.

Her research focuses on issues related to health, gender, technology and religion that are situated within the contexts of global communication, journalism and media studies. Professor Kothari often employs a multi-method approach to her work, which has included in-depth interviews, content analyses, textual analysis and structural equation modeling.

Some of her on-going research projects include comparative analyses of global journalistic practices within the context of emerging media platforms; how the media conveys information based on the newsworthiness of the issue; and exploring effective channels for message transmission based on topics and target demographics. In 2013 and 2014, she was awarded competitive grants to conduct fieldwork in Tanzania to assess the feasibility of using short-message-system (SMS) to communicate health information.

Professor Kothari’s dissertation examined how journalistic practices and the relationship between journalists and their news sources, influences media coverage of HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. She was awarded two university-wide competitive research fellowships in 2010 to conduct her fieldwork in Tanzania, which involved interviews with journalists and leaders of NGOs. In addition to interviews, she also conducted semiotic and content analyses of newspaper texts, to examine how media representations contributed to the social construction of HIV/AIDS.

 

Referred Publications:

Hickerson, A and Kothari, A. (In Press). Learning in public: Faculty and student opinions about social media in the classroom. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator.

Kothari, A. (2016). Signifying Aids: How media uses metaphors to define a disease. African Journalism Studies. Pages: DOI: 10.1080/23743670.2016.1173572

Kothari, A and Hickerson, A. (2015). Social media use in journalism education: Faculty and student expectations. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator. dos:10.1177/1077695815622112

Kothari, A. (2015). The ethics of keeping HIV/AIDS newsworthy in Tanzania. Journalism Practice, 9 (2), 200-214.

Kothari, A and Elliott, D (2014). HIV/AIDS information on East African websites: A comparative analysis. Journal of African and Asian Studies. DOI:

Kothari, A. (2013). “Media Constructed Muslim Identity: 1999 – 2009”. Editors: Dominic Lasorsa and America Rodriguez. Chapter in Identity and Communication: New Agendas in Communication. New York, NY: Routledge.

Kothari, A. (2010). The framing of the Darfur conflict in the New York Times: 2003 – 2006. Journalism Studies, 11 (2), 209-224.

Kothari, A. (2008). When rape victims become symbolic representations of war: A textual analysis of The NY Times reporting on the use of 'rape as weapon of war' in Darfur. Global Media Journal: Mediterranean Edition 3(2), 21-29.

 

Conference Presentations:

  • Kothari, A. (2016). “Understanding hijab: Muslim women’s motivations for communicating on Tumblr and Instagram.” International Association for Media and Communication Research, Fukuoka, Japan.
  • Kothari, A. (2016). “Mobile technology and health data: Challenges and opportunities of formulating policies in sub-Saharan Africa to govern global distribution of health information.” International Association for Media and Communication Research, Fukuoka, Japan.
  • Kothari, A. (2015). “Modifying the inverted pyramid style of newswriting for journalism education in diverse national and cultural contexts.” International Association for Media and Communication Research, Montreal, Canada.
  • Hickerson, A. & Kothari A. (2015). “Learning in public: Handling social media mistakes in the classroom.” International Association for Media and Communication Research, Montreal, Canada.
  • Kothari, A. (2014). “Teaching panel session: Preparing journalism students for a globalized world.” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Montreal, Canada.
  • Kothari, A. (2014). “Role of elite news sources in shaping coverage of HIV/AIDS.” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Montreal, Canada.
  • Kothari, A. & Hickerson, A. (2014). “Social media in journalism education: Comparing student and faculty expectations.” International Association for Media and Communication Research, Hyderabad, India.
  • Kothari, A. & Elliott, D. (2014). “Acknowledging and acting on SMS health messages: A study of user needs in Tanzania.” International Association for Media and Communication Research, Hyderabad, India.
  • Kothari, A. & Elliott, D. (2014). “Using SMS to communicate HIV/AIDS information in Tanzania.” International Communication Association’s Mobile Pre-conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Kothari, A. (2013). “Representing hijab on Tumblr.” National Communication Association, Washington, DC.
  • Kothari, A. (2013). “Keeping HIV/AIDS newsworthy: Ethical dilemmas.” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, DC.
  • Kothari, A. (August 2013). “Twitter and #KONY2012.” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, DC.
  • Kothari, A. & Elliott, D. (2013). “Web-based HIV/AIDS information: Potential for effective communication.” International Association for Media and Communication Research, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Kothari, A (2012). “Signifying AIDS: How media uses metaphors to define a disease.” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, IL.
  • Kothari, A (2012). “Hijab and Muslim comedians: Challenging stereotypes with humor.” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, IL

 

Published Reviews

  • Kothari, A. (August 2011). Review of Bella Mody, The Geopolitics of Representation in Foreign News: Explaining Darfur. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 12, 763-764.
  • Kothari, A. (Spring 2011). Review of Vincent Mosco, The Political Economy of Communication. Global Media Journal,11(18).