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Andrea Hickerson

Department Chair
School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts
Associate Professor

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Andrea Hickerson

Department Chair
School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts
Associate Professor

Education

BA, Syracuse University; MA, University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., University of Washington

Bio

Dr. Andrea Hickerson has a B.A. in Journalism and International Relations from Syracuse University; an M.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin; and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington. She joined the RIT faculty in 2009 when the journalism degree program officially launched.

Dr. Hickerson conducts research on journalism routines and political communication, specifically as they relate to immigrant and transnational communities. She is also interested in open source and journalism innovation.

In 2011 Dr. Hickerson and Dr. Vic Perotti in RIT’s Saunders College of Business received a Presidential Grant of $155,000 from the Knight Foundation to create and pilot a new interactive model for journalistic event coverage using mobile technology. The project, “Rise Above the Crowd” (rise.rit.edu) premiered at RIT’s Imagine Festival on May 7, 2011.

Professors Hickerson and Perotti received a second grant from the Knight Foundation in 2013 to fund a Digital Journalism Incubator at RIT starting in Spring 2014.

In 2017, Dr. Hickerson participated in the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corp., which teaches university faculty how to bring research products to market.

Dr. Hickerson also engages in journalism practice. Her writings have appeared in the Democrat & Chronicle, City Newspaper and Slate.

Follow Dr. Hickerson on Twitter @aehickerson

Courses offered

  • Newswriting
  • Law & Ethics of the Press
  • The History of Journalism
  • Reporting in Specialized Fields: Political Reporting
  • Senior Projects
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Currently Teaching

COMM-272
3 Credits
This course introduces students to the principles and practices of gathering, evaluating, investigating, and presenting information to general audiences. Rights and responsibilities of the press will be analyzed. Although special emphasis will be given to writing and reporting for print publications, other media will be addressed. Special attention will be given to the qualities of writing, especially organization, accuracy, completeness, brevity, and readability. Assignments must conform to Associated Press style.
COMM-497
0 Credits
Communication, advertising, and public relations majors create a portfolio comprised of projects, papers, and related professional materials; Journalism majors complete a senior project. Near the end of every semester, the department hosts a portfolio review day when department of communication seniors present their portfolio or project work in a public space for review and comment by faculty, staff, and peers. The presentation constitutes completion of the course.
COMM-342
3 Credits
This course examines major principles and trends in communication law. The course analyzes a broad range of issues related to the First Amendment, intellectual property, and media regulation. Special attention is paid to discussing the major ethical perspectives and issues surrounding contemporary communication behavior.
COMM-499
0 Credits
One semester of full-time paid work experience in a professional setting related to the communication major.

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Journal Paper
Hickerson, Andrea. "Convergence Through Conflict: A Case-study of a U.S. Spanish-language Publication's Efforts to Grow a National Audience." Crossing: Journal of Migration and Culture 9. 1 (2018): 13-27. Print.
Hickerson, Andrea. "Journalists Sourcing and Framing of Abu Ghraib." Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly 88. 4 (2011): 789-806. Print.