Liz Bent

Doctoral Student

Liz Bent is a doctoral candidate whose research and teaching programs target the common goal of improving critical media literacy. She targets the way citizens use news in their daily and political lives – particularly in digital environments. She approaches the development of critical media literacy skills through sociological lenses as a multi-avenue discursive construction among stakeholders such as journalists, citizens, educators, politicians, and the academy. She seeks an understanding of what connects and divides the normative perceptions among stakeholders of what the role of journalists and journalism is in society.

Publications

  • Johnson, B., Bent, L. and Dade, C. (2020). An ethic of advocacy: Metajournalistic discourse on the practice of leaks and whistleblowing from Valerie Plame to the Trump Administration. Journal of Media Ethics, 35(1), 2-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/23736992.2020.1731314
  • Bent, E. Kelling, K. and Thomas R. (2020). Electoral reckonings: Press criticism of presidential campaign coverage, 2000-2016. Journal of Media Ethics, 35(2), 96-111. https://doi.org/10.1080/23736992.2020.1736079
  • Qin, H., Bent, E. Brock, C., Dguidegue, Y., Achuff, E., Hatcher, M., Ojewola, T. (2017). Fifteen years after the Bellingham ISSRM: An empirical evaluation of Frederick Buttel’s differentiating criteria for environmental and resource sociology. Rural Sociology, 83(1), 6-23. https://doi.org/10.1111/ruso.12154

Presentations

  • Bent, E. and Epping, S. (2020, August 6-9). Visualizing citizenry-in-the-making: Representations of youth protest in Reuters news photography. [Paper presentation]. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication 103rd Annual Conference, Virtual.
  • Bent, E. (2019, August 7-10). Source Matters: The normative anchor of news values when covering social media #boycotts. [Poster presentation]. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication 102nd Annual Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Bent, E. (2019, May 24-28). Demonstrating knowledge: Cultural capital in online news comment sections. [Paper presentation]. International Communication Association 69th Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Bent, E., Kelling, K., and Thomas, R. (2018, August 6-9). Electoral reckonings: Press criticism of presidential campaign coverage, 2000-2016. [Paper presentation]. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication 101st Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Johnson, B., Bent, E., and Dade, C. (2018, August 6-9). An ethic of advocacy: Metajournalistic discourse on the practice of leaks and whistleblowing 2004-2016. [Paper presentation]. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication 101st Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Updated: October 12, 2020