Lona D. Cobb is a professor in the Communication and Media Studies Department at Winston-Salem State University. She was a Mellon Fellow in Salzburg, Austria writing on the “Influences, Values and Professional Responsibility in the News Media”. USA Today newspaper gave her the “Power Teacher Award.” She also served as a Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves. She is faculty adviser of the award-winning student newspaper, The News Argus. She has taught at West Virginia State University, Marshall University and Bennett College for Women. She has been a reporter for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Winston-Salem Journal and a copy editor for the Greensboro News & Record. She earned a master’s degree in journalism from Marshall University and a doctorate in journalism from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She was awarded the University of North Carolina-Greensboro’s first Post-Doctoral Fellowship, which resulted in a research paper on “Mobilizing Information in the Health Content of Ebony, Essence and Jet,” presented at the national convention of the Association for Education Journalism and Mass Communication.
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