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Uche Onyebadi

Chair of Journalism and Professor

u.onyebadi@tcu.edu | 817-257-4431


Ph.D., University of Missouri
M.A.,  University of Missouri
M.Sc., University of Lagos, Nigeria
B.Sc., University of Benin, Nigeria

Courses Taught

JOUR 10203 – Introduction to Journalism
JOUR 20003 – Diversity in the Media

Areas of Focus

Dr. Onyebadi’s areas of expertise include political communication, and media and politics; international communication; and mass communication theory.

  • Framing from the inside: an examination of Pakistani newspapers’ house editorials on Osama bin Laden’s targeted assassination. The Journal of International Communication.
  • Gratification in journalism practice: An assessment of Kuwaiti journalists’ perspective. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism.
  • Framing conflicts in Africa: A comparative analysis of United States and United Kingdom news outlets. International Communication Research Journal.
  • Newspaper agendas and public opinion in the 2007 Kenya presidential election. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies.
  • ‘I’m Sister Maria. Please help me’: A lexical study of 4-1-9 International Advance Fee Fraud email communications. International Communication Gazette.
  • Thirty Years of Broadcasting Africa on the U.S. Network Television News. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media.
  • Newspaper Coverage of Post Political Election Violence in Africa: An Assessment of the Kenyan Example. Media, War & Conflict.
  • Social Audits as Media Watchdogging. Journal of Mass Media Ethics.

Prior to his arrival at TCU, Dr. Onyebadi served as the director of the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His experience also includes works as a Fulbright Specialist at BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh; work as a guest editor of a special issue of the International Communication Research Journal (ICRJ), a publication of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC); and work as a sports presenter and commentator on radio and television in Kenya. Dr. Onyebadi’s journalism career began at Vanguard newspaper in Nigeria.

  • Top Faculty Paper in the Radio-Television Journalism Division
  • Fulbright Specialist Grant awarded by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).
  • John Bies International Travel Grant for Doctoral Dissertation.
  • International Communication Association (ICA)
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)