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Julianne Newton

Director, Communication and Media Studies Master's and PhD Programs
Phone: 541-346-2167
Office: 206 Allen Hall
City: Eugene
Research Interests: visual ethics, journalism, visual journalism, visual behavior, cognitive theory


Julianne H. Newton is director of the Communication and Media Studies Master's and Ph.D. programs and professor of visual communication in the School of Journalism and Communication. She was SOJC interim dean 2013-2016, associate dean of undergraduate affairs 2008-2013, interim Journalism area head 2016-17, and Faculty Personnel Committee chair 2016-2021. 

Newton is an award-winning scholar who has worked as a reporter, editor, photographer, and designer for newspapers, magazines, and electronic media. She is author of The Burden of Visual Truth: The Role of Photojournalism in Mediating Reality and co-author (with Rick Williams) of Visual Communication: Integrating Media, Art and Science, which won the 2009 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in Media Ecology. Her research applies ethics and cognitive theory to the study of visual behavior. 

Recent work includes chapters on visual ethics in The Handbook of Global Media Ethics (2021, Ward), Routledge Companion to Journalism Ethics (2021, Price, Sanders & Wyatt), Handbook of Media Ethics (2020, Wilkins & Christians), and the Handbook of Visual Communication (2020, Josephson, Kelly & Smith), as well as on the aesthetics and ethics of visual identity in A Companion to Television (2019, Meehan & Wasko).

Newton’s honors also include The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Award, University of Oregon; National Communication Association Visual Communication Research Excellence Award (2004 and 2008); Jonathan Marshall Award for Innovation Teaching in Journalism and Communication; National Press Photographers Association Garland Educator of the Year Award; AEJMC President's Citation for Service; and AEJMC Distinguished Contributions to Visual Communication Award.

Newton was editor of Visual Communication Quarterly 2001-06, establishing the journal as a stand-alone publication, and she serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Communication, Journalism PracticeVisual StudiesJournal of Media EthicsEME (Explorations in Media Ecology), Visual Resources and VCQ.

Before joining the SOJC faculty in Fall 2000, she served on the faculties of The University of Texas at Austin, where she directed the Photojournalism Program, and St. Edward's University, where she directed student publications. She was born in Dallas, Texas, and spent most of the first five years of her life in Colombia and Ecuador. 



  • PhD, The University of Texas at Austin, 1991
  • MA, The University of Texas at Austin, 1983
  • BA, Baylor University, 1970