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David Dixon, Ph.D.

Co-Chair of the Department of Communication; Professor of Journalism, Broadcasting and New Media Production



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Interest and areas of expertise
  • Interests include political effects of religious media; missionary media especially in Africa; visual storytelling; media law and ethics
  • Additional interest in African studies, especially church history and media.
  • Student Media advisor for 15 years
  • Involved in Association of Christian Collegiate Media and Evangelical Press Association
  • Hobbies: Photography, road biking, hiking, camping
  • Ph.D. in Mass Communication
    Indiana University
  • M.A. in Communication
    Wheaton College
  • B.A. in Communication
    Messiah College
Classes I teach
  • COMM 105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
  • COMM 247 Writing for Mass Media
  • IDSC 260: Cross-Cultural Studies: Christianity and Cultures in Kenya
  • COMM 335 Photojournalism
  • COMM 365 Media Law and Ethics
  • COMM 492 Pulse Practicum
  • COMM 493 Communication Senior Seminar



Faculty Research and Scholarship

o Dr. Dixon has presented at Evangelical Press Association national convention on “Print to Digital: Thinking Differently About the Same Story,” helping publishers who are transitioning from traditional print platforms to online formats think about how to leverage new media environments. He also presented content from that presentation in a webinar format for Magazine Training International, a publishing training ministry that supports Christina communication workers worldwide.
o He also partners with undergraduate students conducting research in Communication Senior Seminar course, and he helps them find opportunities to present their work at academic events such as National Conference for Undergraduate Research, the Johns Hopkins Conference for Undergraduate Research, and Messiah’s own annual Humanities Symposium