A former television news producer, Professor Meg Moritz examines the impact of crisis reporting on journalists and their subjects. Her current research project examines the role of the Internet in Finland during school shooting there in 2007 and 2008. Her recent publications in crisis reporting include “From Columbine to Kauhajoki: Amateur Videos as Acts of Terror,” which appears in Global News: Amateur Images;“We Don’t Make the News, We Just Report It: Television Journalism and Narratives of Trauma,” written with Theresa Crapanzano and appearing in Miscelnea: A Journal of English and American Studies; “Students as Creators and Consumers of e-News: The Case of Virginia Tech,” in e-Journalism: New Directions in Electronic News Media, and “Crime Reporting: Media and Identity in the South African Press” in Power, Politics and Identity in South African Media.
In 2005, she received a National Science Foundation grant to study coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Her article “Covering the News ‘come hell and high water:’ Journalists in a Disaster” appears in Learning from Catastrophe: Quick Response Research in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina . Her hour-long documentary, “Covering Columbine,” looks at the emotional and ethical issues raised in the coverage of the most visible school shooting in U.S. history. It has been screened in the United States, Canada, France, Sweden, South Africa and Turkey. Her analysis of television news coverage of the September 11th attacks appears in Representing Realities: Essays on American Literature, Art and Culture. Professor Moritz also does research on media and gay rights. Her article, “Say I Do: Gay Weddings in Mainstream Media,” appears in Media/Queered: Visibility and its Discontents.” In “Hate Speech Made Easy: The Virtual Demonisation of Gays,” she examines the global impact of U.S. court rulings on free speech and the Internet. It appears in Racial, Ethnic, and Homophobic Violence: Killing in the Name of Otherness. She was writer and story consultant for the documentary film Scouts Honor, which examines the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policies.
The film won the audience award for best documentary and the Freedom of Expression Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001. A UNESCO Chair and Fulbright Senior Scholar, Moritz has presented her research in more than 20 countries. She created the JMC Global Seminar, China Through TIME, and in 2011 travelled to Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou with 11 CU undergrads. She has been a visiting scholar at Communication University of China in Beijing, Jiao Dong University in Xian, University of Stockholm, University of Malta, University of Versailles and University of Paris, The Sorbonne. She held an appointment in the Graduate program from 2006-2008 as Faculty Director of International Graduate Education. She has served on the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association advisory board and as liaison to the RIAS Berlin Commission. Professor Moritz received her BSJ and MSJ from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and her PhD from NU’s School of Speech.