Indiana University

Indiana University School of Journalism

Bonnie BrownleeBonnie Brownlee

Senior Associate Dean

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Professional positions

The Northland Press, Boyne City, Michigan; Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington; Marathon Oil Company, Findlay, Ohio; Regional Educational Radio, Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. Consultant for various communication and rural development projects in Central and South America.

Professional organizations

International Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, secretary, 1984-85, research chair 1985-86, head-elect 1986-87, head 1987-88.


Articles published in Journal of Ecology of Food and Nutrition; Latin America and Caribbean Contemporary Record, 1984-85; Gazette, and Journalism Educator. Co-editor with Christine Ogan of From Parochialism to Globalism: International Perspectives on Journalism Education. Papers presented at Midwest Association of Latin American Studies, Intercultural Communication Conference on Latin America and the Caribbean, Ontario Cooperative Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.


Gretchen Kemp Teaching Fellowship, School of Journalism, 1987.

Teaching and research areas

International communications, magazine editing, mass media as social institutions, reporting.

Research summary

Professor Brownlee has been interested over time in press coverage of Africa, especially sub-Suharan Africa. She has had her J414 classes work on individual projects looking at coverage of a particular country in Africa. They have focused on New York Times coverage and coverage in another U.S. paper. She suspects that a more systematic look at Africa in quality U.S. press these days is much more nuanced and complete than it used to be (comparing with the early news flow studies and with some of the studies in a recent book edited by B. Hawk). She is interested in pursuing press coverage of less developed countries, with an eye toward how the stories are framed, both by the Western press and by the press of the countries themselves. Her main impression is that though coups and earthquakes are still covered with great verve, reporters these days - and their editors - actually do provide a picture that's more complex than the picture that once was painted in our press. If readers paid more attention to the news, they might actually understand the world a little better than they do.
Recent work includes an article for the I.U. Alumni magazine, "Leveling the Playing Field," Indiana Alumni, Sept./Oct. 1998 (on gender equity).
On faculty since 1981.