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Ammina Kothari

Associate Professor
School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts
Program Director- Communication and Media Technologies

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Ammina Kothari

Associate Professor
School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts
Program Director- Communication and Media Technologies

Education

BA, North Central College; MA, University of Oregon; Ph.D., Indiana University

Bio

Since coming to RIT in the Fall of 2012, Professor Kothari has been teaching a variety of journalism and communication classes, 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, quantitative content analysis, textual and semiotic analyses 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. Professor Kothari was awarded an Emerging Scholar grant from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in January 2016 to support her research on how the British media have been reporting on the refugee crisis. 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.

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Currently Teaching

COMM-501
3 Credits
A guided research seminar culminating in a major project that brings together the communication students’ communication studies and substantive work in his or her professional core. Focuses on designing, conducting, and completing an independent research project. The progress of each project is shared with the class for discussion and critiques.
COMM-263
3 Credits
This course covers how to report on, illustrate, find, and analyze records and databases, with emphasis on investigative reporting.
COMM-890
0 Credits
A guided research study culminating in an original, systematic, and scholarly study of a significant communication problem. Focuses on designing, conducting, and completing an independent research project. The progress of each project is publicly defended.
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-305
3 Credits
An in-depth study of the theories, practices, effects, and ethics of persuasion. Persuasion is defined as human communication designed to influence one’s beliefs, values, attitudes, and actions. This course examines persuasion from a receiver-oriented perspective with interpersonal, small group, organizational, and mediated perspectives.
COMM-789
3 Credits
An in-depth examination of a selected aspect of the communication discipline (e.g. strategic communication, technical communication, visual communication, technology-mediated communication, advertising, public relations, journalism). Special Topics in Communication can be taken multiple times provided the topic being studied has changed. (Prerequisite: varies by topic)
COMM-800
1 - 6 Credits
A guided research project that focuses on designing, conducting, and completing a research project. The project culminates in a public presentation and defense.
COMM-720
0 Credits
An introduction to graduate study and research in communication including the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological parameters of communication and its sub-disciplines. Participants will interact with the faculty teaching required and elective communication courses. Attention will be drawn to scholarly writing and research design. When possible, the course is organized in conjunction with the department’s colloquium series.

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Journal Paper
Kothari, Ammina. "Signifying Aids: How media use metaphors to define a disease." African Journalism Studies 37. 2 (2016): 19-39. Print.
Hickerson, Andrea and Ammina Kothari. "Learning in Public Faculty and Student Opinions About Social Media in the Classroom." Journalism & Mass Communication Educator. (2016): 1-20. Web.
Ehmer, Emily and Ammina Kothari. "Coverage of Burmese refugees in Indiana news media: An analysis of textual and visual frames." Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism.. (2016): 1-20. Print.
Kothari, Ammina. "The Ethics of Keeping HIV/AIDS Newsworthy in Tanzania." Journalism Practice. (2014): 1-16. Print.
Kothari, Ammina and Dennis Elliott. "HIV/AIDS Information on East African Websites: A Comparative Analysis." Journal of African and Asian Studies.. (2014): 1-14. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Kothari, Ammina. "“UK media coverage of the Syrian humanitarian crisis.”." Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Annual Conference. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication,. Minneapolis, MN. 6 Aug. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina. "Understanding hijab: Muslim women’s motivations for communicating on Tumblr and Instagram." International Communication Association Annual Conference. International Communication Association. Fukuoka, Japan. 10 Jun. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina. "“Mobile technology and health data: Challenges and opportunities of formulating policies in sub-Saharan Africa to govern global distribution of health information.”." International Communication Association's Annual Conference. International Communication Association. Fukuoka, Japan. 12 Jun. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina. "Teaching Panel Session: Preparing Journalism Students for a Globalized World." Annual Conference. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Montreal, Canada. 8 Aug. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina. "Role of Elite News Sources in Shaping Coverage of HIV/AIDS." Annual Conference. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Montreal, Canada. 7 Aug. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina and Andrea Hickerson. "Social Media in Journalism Education: Comparing Student and Faculty Expectations." Annual Conference. International Association for Media and Communication Research. Hyderabad, India. 13 Jul. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina and Dennis Elliott. "Acknowledging and Acting on SMS Health Messages: A Study of User Needs in Tanzania." Annual Conference. International Association for Media and Communication Research,. Hyderabad, India. 14 Jul. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina and Dennis Elliott. "Acknowledging and Acting on SMS Health Messages: A Study of User Needs in Tanzania." Mobile Pre-conference. International Communication Association. Seattle, WA. 21 May 2014. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina and Dennis Elliott. "Web-based HIV/AIDS Information: Potential for Effective Communication." International Association for Media and Communication Research. IAMCR. Dublin, Ireland. 26 Jun. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina. "Keeping HIV/AIDS Newsworthy: Ethical Dilemmas." Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. AEJMC. Washington, DC. 11 Aug. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina. "Twitter and #KONY2012." Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. AEJMC. Washingotn, DC. 10 Aug. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina. "Representing Hijab on Tumblr." National Communication Association. NCA. Washington, DC. 21 Nov. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Book Chapter
Kothari, Ammina. "Media Constructed Muslim Identity: 1999 - 2009." Identity and Communication: New Agendas in Communication. Ed. Dominic Lasorsa and America Rodriguez. New York, NY: Routledge, 2013. 107-125. Print.