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Dr. Brian Thornton

Professor: Multimedia Journalism

Ph.D., Communication, University of Utah

M.A., Wichita State University

B.A., University of Hawaii-Manoa

Phone: (904) 620-2651; cell (815) 762-0778


Office: Building 14D, Room 2017


Before joining academia, Thornton was a reporter for the Wichita Eagle, Maui News, Hawaii Observer, and West Hawaii Today. He was a tenured associate professor at Northern Illinois University for eight years before coming to UNF. He also earned tenure at Midwestern State University before that where he was an associate professor for five years. His research area for the past 20 years has been the history of letters to the editor, with an emphasis on African American newspapers. He has published 15 articles on the subject and presented 35 conference papers. He recently co-authored a book chapter on the Chicago Defender in 1929 with colleagues, Drs. Stephynie Perkins and Tulika Varma. His study of the Chicago Defender in 1968, called "The 'Dangerous' Chicago Defender: A study of the newspaper's editorials and letters to the editor in 1968," was published in Journalism History in April 2014. He has published research articles in several journals, including American Journalism, Journalism History, the Newspaper Research Journal, and the Journal of Mass Media Ethics. He holds a black belt in go-jyu-ru and studies tai-chi.