Julianne Newton

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  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-2167
  • Office: 206 Allen Hall
  • City: Eugene, Portland


Julianne H. Newton is a professor of visual communication for the School of Journalism and Communication. 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.

Newton’s honors also include the National Communication Association Visual Communication Research Excellence Award (2004 and 2008), Marshall Award for Teaching Innovation, National Press Photographers Association Garland Educator of the Year Award, and the AEJMC Distinguished Contributions to Visual Communication Award.

Newton was editor of Visual Communication Quarterly 2001-06, and she serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of CommunicationVisual StudiesJournal of Mass Media EthicsEME (Explorations in Media Ecology), Visual ResourcesInternational Journal of McLuhan Studies, and VCQ.

She joined the University of Oregon faculty in fall 2000 after teaching for 15 years at The University of Texas at Austin and 2 years at St. Edward’s University in Austin.


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