Tommy Thomason

Professor and Director of Texas Center for Community Journalism
MOUS 165 | 817-257-6551

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Ed.D., Texas A&M University-Commerce
M.A., Texas A&M University-Commerce
B.A., Ouachita University

Courses Taught

JOUR 10113 – Media Writing & Editing
JOUR 40463 – Public Affairs Reporting
JOUR 40553 – Issues in News

Areas of Focus

Dr. Thomason is an expert in community journalism. He researches the media’s treatment of crime victims, and his research has been presented at regional and national symposia in addition to being cited in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Presstime and the Columbia Journalism Review.

  • Journalism Quarterly
  • Journalism Educator
  • Southwestern Mass Communication Journal
  • Newspaper Research Journal
  • Absolutely Write: Teaching the Craft Elements of Writing
  • Write On Target: How to Prepare Young Writers for Success on Writing Achievement Tests
  • Writer to Writer: How to Conference Young Authors
  • More than a Writing Teacher: How to Become a Teacher Who Writes

Dr. Thomason’s has served as a journalist with the Associated Press, working as a sportswriter in Arkadelphia and Little Rock, Arkansas. In addition, he worked as a copy editor for several regional magazines. Dr. Thomason has taught journalism at five universities.

  • Teaching Award in Journalism Ethics from the Poynter Institute of Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla
  • Who’s Who in the South and Southwest
  • Who’s Who in American Education
  • Men of Achievement
  • Who’s Who in the World and Dictionary of International Biography
  • Dewayne Kelly Friend of the Newspaper Award, West Texas Press Association
  • Tom Mooney Memorial Friend of the Newspaper Award, North and East Texas Press Association.
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Texas Press Association
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
  • National Newspaper Association
  • News Media Alliance
  • Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • Kappa Tau Alpha