John C Jirik, Ph.D.
 Title: Assistant College Lecturer
 Dept: Communication
 Office: MU 241
 Phone: 216-687-6927
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. MU 241, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Ph.D., Radio-Television-Film, UT Austin, TX, 2008
M.A., Mass Communications, Leicester University, U.K., 2000
B.A., Russian Studies & Political Science, Melbourne University, Australia, 1986
Brief Bio:
I am an Assistant College Lecturer in the School of Communication. I teach media writing and digital journalism. I am also a former journalist with extensive international experience in television news and digital and social media news.

My first full-time media job was with NBC News, in the U.S. network's Moscow bureau. After covering the collapse of the Soviet Union as a translator and assistant desk editor at NBC, I moved to Visnews -- later bought out by Reuters -- first as a satellite coordinator, then as a producer and finally a senior producer. Originally based in Moscow, I later worked out of Hong Kong and Singapore as part of the Reuters Television Asia team.

I decided to pursue a Ph.D. after my Master's Degree at Leicester University in the U.K. taught me that journalism could use the insights that good academic work provides. After earning my Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin, I worked as an academic at Lehigh University before moving to Beijing to work at China's state broadcaster, CCTV (I had spent time there earlier, while doing my M.A. and Ph.D.).

Before joining CSU in 2019, I was an executive producer on the digital news desk at TRT World in Istanbul, Turkey.

Journalism is a vocation that is a challenge to teach as its practices often do not conform with theory. My classes are about preparing students to work in the field. I am the adviser to the School of Communication student news site, The Cleveland Stater, and I bring my experience in the field into the classroom (whether on campus or online). Part of what I do is teach students how to think critically and ethically: about their work, the world around them and their role in it as journalists.

My research and writing focuses on convergence in news media, international journalism and the political and cultural economy of journalism.