Tim P. Vos

Associate Professor

Coordinator for Global Research Initiatives

110 Neff Hall
Missouri School of Journalism
Columbia, MO 65211-1200


TIM P. VOS is the Wallace Turner Memorial Faculty Fellow, an associate professor, and chair of the journalism studies faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism. He teaches courses in principles of American journalism, American journalism history, philosophy of journalism and qualitative research methods in journalism. His research involves roles of journalism, media sociology and gatekeeping, media history, and media policy. His work has examined how change has happened in print, broadcast, and digital news, public relations, and advertising. Vos is former head of the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and current vice-chair of the AEJMC Standing Committee on Research.

Vos is research coordinator for the Journalism School’s Global Programs office, lead U.S. investigator for the 67-country Worlds of Journalism Study, lead U.S. investigator for the 34-country study, Journalism Students Around the Globe, adviser to the 28-country study, Journalistic Role Performance Around the Globe, and co-editor for the forthcoming Wiley-Blackwell International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies.

Vos is co-author, co-editor, or editor of four books. He is the book series editor of Journalism in Perspective from the University of Missouri Press. His research is published in Communication Theory, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journal of Public Relations Research, Visual Communication Quarterly, CM: Communication and Media, American Journalism, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, Digital Journalism, and Journalism. Vos has won the Best American Journalism Article award, the Laurence R. Campbell Faculty Research Award, the James E. Murphy Top Faculty Paper Award, the Leslie J. Moeller Award, the Kappa Tau Alpha research award; and top-three faculty paper awards from AEJMC and ICA. His dissertation at Syracuse University in New York won the All-University Doctoral Prize.

Vos earned his doctorate in mass communication from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University (2005). He holds a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Iowa (1995) and bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and political studies from Dordt College in Iowa (1984). Vos previously served on the communication faculty at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

Vos, a native Iowan, was a first-generation college student. He spent 12 years as a broadcast journalist, during which time he interviewed most of the major party candidates for U.S. president and also wrote for local and national publications.


  • Vos, T.P. (Ed.) (2018). Journalism. Vol. 19 of Handbooks of Communication Science Series, Peter J. Schulz and Paul Cobley (Series Eds.). Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.
  • Liebler, C. and Vos, T.P. (2018). Media scholarship in a transitional age: Research in honor of Pamela J. Shoemaker. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Vos, T.P. & Heinderyckx, F., (Eds.). (2015). Gatekeeping in Transition. New York: Routledge Press.
  • Shoemaker, P.J. & Vos, T.P. (2009). Gatekeeping Theory. New York: Routledge Press. (Portuguese translation [2011]. Teoria do gatekeeping: Selecao e construcao da noticia. Porto Alegre, Brazil: Artmed Editora SA.)

Book Chapters

  • Vos, T.P. (2018). Journalism. In T.P. Vos (Ed.). Journalism. Vol. 19: Handbooks of Communication Science (pp. 1-17). Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.
  • Vos, T.P. and Liebler, C.M. (2018). Introduction: Examining media in a transitional age. In C.M. Liebler and T.P. Vos (Eds.). Media scholarship in a transitional age: Research in honor of Pamela J. Shoemaker (pp. 1-10). New York: Peter Lang.
  • Michael, N. and Vos, T.P. (2018). From gatekeeping to bridge-keeping: Gatekeeping theory through the lens of micro-documentary. In C.M. Liebler and T.P. Vos (Eds.). Media scholarship in a transitional age: Research in honor of Pamela J. Shoemaker (pp. 193-208). New York: Peter Lang.
  • Vos, T.P. (2016). Historical and cultural perspectives on professional roles. In C. Mellado, L. Hellmueller & W. Donsbach (Eds.) Journalistic role performance: Concepts, models, and measures (pp. 41-59). New York, London: Routledge.
  • Mellado, C. & Vos, T.P. (2016). Conceptualizing journalistic role performance across media platforms. In C. Mellado, L. Hellmueller & W. Donsbach (Eds.) Journalistic role performance: Concepts, models, and measures (pp. 106-124). New York, London: Routledge.
  • Vos, T.P. (2016). Journalistic Fields. In Witschge, T, C. W. Anderson, D. Domingo & A. Hermida (Eds.) The Sage handbook of digital journalism (pp. 383-396). New York: Sage.
  • Vos, T. P. (2015). Revisiting gatekeeping theory in a time of transition. In T. P. Vos & F. Heinderyckx (Eds.), Gatekeeping in transition (pp. 3-24). New York: Routledge.
  • Shoemaker, P.J., Vos, T.P. & Reese, S. (2009). Journalists as gatekeepers. In K. Wahl-Jorgensen & T. Hanitzsch (Eds.), Handbook of Journalism Studies (pp. 73-87). New York: Routledge. (Translated into Chinese [2014] and Korean [2015].)
  • Shoemaker, P.J. & Vos, T.P. (2008). Media gatekeeping. In M. B. Salwen & D.W. Stacks (Eds.), An integrated approach to communication theory and research (2nd ed.) (pp. 75-89). New York: Routledge.
  • Vos, T.P. (2002). News writing structure and style. In W.D. Sloan & L.M. Parcell (Eds.) American journalism: History, principles, practices (pp. 296-305). Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company.

Recent Publications

  • Vos, T.P. and Moore, J. (2018). Building the journalistic paradigm: Beyond paradigm repair. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism DOI: 10.1177/1464884918767586
  • Vos, T.P., Eichholz, M. and Karaliova, T. (2018). Audiences and journalistic capital: Roles of journalism. Journalism Studies DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2018.1477551.
  • Vos, T.P. and Thomas, R. (2018). The discursive (re)construction of journalism’s gatekeeping role. Journalism Practice. DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2018.1478746.
  • Vos, T.P. and Wolfgang, D. (2018). Journalists’ normative discursive constructions of political viewpoint diversity. Journalism Studies 19(6) 764-781.
  • Hanitzsch, T. and Vos, T.P. (2018). Journalism beyond democracy: A new look into journalistic roles in political and everyday life. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism 19(2) 146-164.
  • Perreault, G. and Vos, T.P. (2018). The GamerGate controversy and journalistic paradigm maintenance. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism 19(4) 553-569.
  • Artemas, K., Vos, T.P. and Duffy, M. (2018). Journalism hits a wall: Rhetorical construction of newspapers’ editorial and advertising relationship. Journalism Studies 19(7) 1004-1020.
  • Vos, T.P. and Finneman, T. (2017). The early historical construction of journalism’s gatekeeping role. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. 18(3) 265-280.
  • Vos, T.P. and Craft, S. (2017). The discursive construction of journalistic transparency. Journalism Studies 18(12), 1505-1522.
  • Vos, T.P. (2017). The paradigm is dead, long live the paradigm. Journalism and Communication Monographs, 19(4), 307-311.
  • Hanitzsch, T. & Vos, T.P. (2017). Journalistic roles and the struggle over institutional identity: The discursive constitution of journalism. Communication Theory 27(2) 115-135.
  • Ferrucci, P. and Vos, T.P. (2017). Who’s in, who’s out? Constructing the identity of digital journalists. Digital Journalism. 5(7): 868-883.
  • Heinderyckx, F. & Vos, T.P. (2016). Reformed gatekeeping. CM: Communication and Media 11(36), 29-46.
  • Vos, T.P. & Singer, J. (2016). Media discourse about entrepreneurial journalism: Implications for journalistic capital.  Journalism Practice 10(2), 143-159.
  • Tandoc, E. & Vos, T.P. (2015). The journalist is marketing the news: Social media in the gatekeeping process.  Journalism Practice. DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2015.1087811
  • Vos, T.P. (2015). Documentary film and gatekeeping forces. Visual Communication Quarterly, 22(1) 20-24.
  • Vos, T.P. & Ashley, S. (2014). Amending equal time: Explaining institutional change in American communication policy. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 58(4) 671-686.
  • Vos, T.P. (2013). Explaining the origins of the advertising agency. American Journalism 30(4).
  • Tandoc, E., Hellmueller, L. & Vos, T.P. (2013). Mind the gap: Between journalistic role conception and role enactment. Journalism Practice, 7(5) 539-554.
  • Vos, T.P. & Li, Y. (2013). Justifying commercialization: Legitimating discourses and the rise of American advertising. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly (90)3, 559-580.
  • Hellmueller, L., Vos, T.P. & Poepsel, M. (2013). Shifting journalistic capital? Transparency and objectivity in the 21st century. Journalism Studies, 14(3) 287-304.
  • Vos, T.P. (2013). Historical mechanisms and journalistic change. American Journalism, 30(1), 36-43.
  • Vos, T.P., Craft, S. & Ashley, S. (2012). New media, old criticism: Bloggers press criticism and the journalistic field. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, 13(7) 848-866.
  • Vos, T.P. (2012). ‘Homo Journalisticus:’ Journalism education’s role in articulating the objectivity norm. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, 13(4) 435-449.
  • Vos, T.P. (2011). A mirror of the times: A history of the mirror metaphor in journalism. Journalism Studies, 12(5) 575-589.
  • Vos, T.P. (2011). Explaining the origins of public relations: Logics of historical explanation. Journal of Public Relations Research, 23(2) 119-140.
  • Vos, T.P. (2010). A cultural explanation for early broadcast policy: Professionalism, voluntarism, and U.S. broadcast networks. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 54(2) 179-193.

Selected Publications

  • Books

    • Tim P. Vos, Vos, T.P. & Heinderyckx, F.. Gatekeeping In Transition, Routledge, 2015.
    • Tim P. Vos, Pamela J. Shoemaker. Gatekeeping Theory, Routledge, 2009.

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