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Jane Hall Associate Professor Journalism

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

Bio
Jane Hall is an associate professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., specializing in researching, writing and teaching about the intersection of media and politics. She is the author of Politics and the Media: Intersections and New Directions, published by CQ Press in fall 2021. Her book has been praised by Kirkus Reviews as a “tour de force,” an “accessible read beyond academia as well as an ideal classroom text” that will be “a definitive resource on politics and the media for years to come.” The book, as Kirkus Reviews wrote, provides "expert analysis on the modern media's theoretical and ethical underpinnings" and "in-depth coverage of social media, race, immigration, women and media globalization, along with standout interviews with "a range of perspectives on the media and politics from the vantage points of U.S. senators, journalists, critics, and activists.”
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Before joining American University, Hall was an award-winning 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.

She is the longtime moderator and executive producer for the long-running American Forum events series in Washington, D.C., interviewing journalists and politicians about issues in politics and media that young people care about, on TV, public radio and online. Her American Forum programs have included interviews with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Anita Hill, Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper, Yamiche Alcindor, Chuck Todd, Maria Elena Salinas, former Washington Post editor-in-chief Martin Baron and January 6 police officers Harry Dunn and Daniel Hodges.

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 is frequently interviewed about issues in media and politics by the New York Times, Washington Post, AP, NPR, Politico and numerous other outlets.


Professor Hall has been a 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. 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.

Hall has twice been chosen Professor of the Year by student government at American University for her work with student groups. She speaks regularly on politics and the media, and she has overseen numerous student-led projects in journalism that have been published in the Washington Post, WAMU public radio in DC, and online.

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.
See Also
Politics and the Media
For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

Teaching

Spring 2024

  • 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 the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., specializing in researching, writing and teaching about the intersection of media and politics. She is the author of Politics and the Media: Intersections and New Directions, published by CQ Press in fall 2021. Her book has been praised by Kirkus Reviews as a “tour de force,” an “accessible read beyond academia as well as an ideal classroom text” that will be “a definitive resource on politics and the media for years to come.” The book, as Kirkus Reviews wrote, provides "expert analysis on the modern media's theoretical and ethical underpinnings" and "in-depth coverage of social media, race, immigration, women and media globalization, along with standout interviews” with "a range of perspectives on the media and politics from the vantage points of U.S. senators, journalists, critics, and activists.” Before joining American University, Hall was an award-winning 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. She is the longtime moderator and executive producer for the American Forum events series at American University, interviewing journalists and politicians about issues in politics and media that young people care about, on TV, public radio and online. Her American Forum programs have included interviews with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Anita Hill, Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper, Yamiche Alcindor, Chuck Todd, Maria Elena Salinas, former Washington Post editor-in-chief Martin Baron and January 6 police officers Harry Dunn and Daniel Hodges. 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 is frequently interviewed about issues in media and politics by the New York Times, Washington Post, AP, NPR, Politico and numerous other outlets. Professor Hall has been a 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. 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. Hall has twice been chosen Professor of the Year by student government at American University for her work with student groups. She speaks regularly on politics and the media, and she has overseen student-led projects in journalism that have been published in the Washington Post and other publications. 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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