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Jane Hall Associate Professor School of Communication

Degrees
BA English (minor in Journalism), University of Texas at Austin; MS Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Bio
Jane Hall is a professor in journalism and media studies in the School of Communication. She specializes in media and politics, particularly issues of special interest to young people, the depiction of women in media and politics, media ethics and popular culture. A former weekly commentator on Fox News Channel, she regularly appears as a commentator and media expert on CNN's "Reliable Sources," MSNBC, PBS, NPR, C-SPAN and other TV networks . Before coming to American University, Hall was a journalist covering the news media in New York for the Los Angeles Times, where she won numerous awards for her reporting, including being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Prof. Hall is moderator and executive producer for the long-running American Forum radio and TV series in Washington, D.C., interviewing prominent newsmakers on WAMU public radio, NBC4, the Newseum, on campus and online. Over the past several years, Prof. Hall has worked with the non-partisan Kennedy Political Union and other student groups to moderate and produce exciting interview events and video programming with prominent newsmakers, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, CNN's Jake Tapper and Anderson Cooper, Washington Post editor Marty Baron, Anita Hill, Donna Brazile, NBC's Chuck Todd, civil-rights leader Julian Bond, Maria Elena Salinas, Ana Navarro and Patti Solis Doyle. During her career, Hall has also interviewed talk-show hosts, senators, entertainment and news executives, celebrities, authors and many other prominent figures. Her recent op-ed for the New York Times about Fox News, sexual harassment and politics was widely quoted, as is her commentary on TV and radio. She is a frequent contributor to Columbia Journalism Review, the Harvard International Journal of Press and Politics and other publications; and she is frequently interviewed about media and politics by the New York Times, the Washington Post, AP, Politico and other outlets. She has written the chapter about the status of women in media for the two-volume Sage reference book Gender and Women's Leadership, and her co-authored survey of self- censorship by war correspondents in Iraq as well as her other writing about media and politics are regularly cited and have had impact.
Prof. Hall teaches courses in advanced reporting and media studies, including politics and the media and a large freshman course about mass media and popular culture. She has collaborated with news organizations on numerous projects, and she is a popular moderator of events in D.C. and New York. In 2014 and again in 2018, she was chosen Professor of the Year by AU student government for her work with students.
A native of Abilene, Texas, Prof. Hall earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her master's from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

Teaching

Spring 2021

  • COMM-425 Advanced Reporting

  • COMM-509 Politics and the Media

Fall 2021

  • COMM-425 Advanced Reporting

  • COMM-509 Politics and the Media

Partnerships & Affiliations

  • AEJMC
    Member

  • APSA
    Member

  • Women and Politics Institute, AU
    Affiliated Faculty

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

       
  • Politics and the Media;  Media Ethics;  Young People and Politics/Young People and Media.
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  • Projects:  “College Vote ’08,” washingtonpost.com. A year-long collaboration about election with students and washingtonpost.com. November ’07  and March ’08  

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

       
  • Pulitzer Prize finalist, LA Times
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  • LA Times Editor’s Award
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  • Los Angeles Press Club Award
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  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Presentations

Regular speaker on media and politics, including in 2008:

       
  • Association of Americans for Civic Responsibility at Syracuse University
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  • James Madison Fellows lecture, Georgetown University
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  • PBS program at Quinnipiac College

Selected Publications

Grants and Sponsored Research

       
  • Curriculum Development Award, American University, 2008-2009
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  • Convener and moderator, conference on the future of news, Center for Social Media, American University, 2006
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  • Research Award, American University, 2006-2008
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  • Co-author, grant on diversity in journalism education, Knight Foundation and Assoc. of Schools of Mass Communication

Media Appearances

AU Experts

Area of Expertise

Politics and the media, media ethics and criticism, television news, women and politics, depiction of women in the media, young people and media, young people and politics, youth and media/popular culture, millenials

Additional Information

Jane Hall is an associate professor in journalism and media studies in the School of Communication at American University, specializing in researching, writing and teaching about the intersection of media and politics and journalism and media ethics overall. She is the author of Politics and the Media: Intersections and New Directions, published by CQ Press in August 2021. Her book examines how media and political institutions interact to shape public thinking, debate and policies. The book features research, analysis and case-studies, along with interviews with prominent journalists, politicians and critics of politics and the media on the most important topics and issues in media and democracy today: women in media and politics, race and ethnicity in media and politics, war reporting and international news, polarization and disinformation, the debate over objectivity and accountability in journalism, young people and the news, political advertising, and other important topics. The book puts contemporary trends in a recent historical context, and it covers the media across generations and platforms. Before joining American University, Hall was a journalist covering the news media, politics and policy for national publications, including nine years as the media correspondent for the Los Angeles Times in New York. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Los Angeles Times Editor′s Award and the Los Angeles Press Club Award. Hall is moderator and executive producer for the long-running American Forum events series in Washington, D.C., interviewing prominent journalists and politicians with college students on TV, public radio and online. Professor Hall has been a regular contributor to Columbia Journalism Review, the Harvard International Journal of Press and Politics and the Freedom Forum Media Studies Journal; and she has written for other publications from Rolling Stone to the Wall Street Journal. Her op-ed essay for the New York Times about the impact of Fox News on politics and journalism was widely quoted. Hall is frequently interviewed about issues in media and politics by the New York Times, Washington Post, AP, NPR, Politico and numerous other outlets. A former panelist on Fox News Channel’s media-analysis program, she has regularly appeared as a media expert on CNN’s media-analysis program “Reliable Sources” as well as “PBS NewsHour,” MSNBC, CSPAN-TV and other networks.. Hall wrote the chapter on the status of women in TV and print journalism for Sage’s Gender and Women′s Leadership: A Reference Handbook. She has written about the history and future of war reporting, the relationship between the media and the military and coverage of humanitarian crises for the Harvard International Journal of Press and Politics, and she co-authored a survey and analysis of more than 200 journalists regarding self-censorship of imagery from the Iraq War that was praised as an important study by Columbia Journalism Review. Prof. Hall teaches a popular inter-disciplinary course, Politics and the Media, that attracts majors from political science, political communication and journalism. She also teaches the school’s Advanced Reporting course in reporting on the federal government and has taught the course on understanding media and popular culture. Hall has collaborated with news organizations and students on numerous student-centered editorial and national polling projects, including a year-long series with the Washington Post around the 2008 presidential election as well as a year-long project about the 2018 Congressional mid-term elections that culminated in a live town hall on WAMU public radio in Washington, D.C. Hall has twice been chosen Professor of the Year by student government at American University for her work with student groups. A native of Abilene, Texas, Professor Hall earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

For the Media

To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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