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Simone, Keyana

Scholar In Residence


Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • In 2022, I was tasked with focusing on advising, and improving operations for, KVCU and The Bold: two student-run media organizations related to CMCI. And I did plenty of archival and other research related to those endeavors. But generally, a lot of my work revolves around how different marginalized groups and other bounded cultures in the U.S. are treated in and/or use mediated cultural production, including journalism. I also interrogate Blackness in U.S. mass media, both fictive and non, and how interracial and cross-cultural interactions in the mass media impact real-world cross-cultural/interracial interaction. Though much of my professional activity in 2022 was directed toward CU student media, I still study these research interests, if for no other reason, because doing so compliments my teaching.


  • Black press & popular culture, Ethnic press, Alternative/Niche press, Interracial interaction, Cross-cultural communication


courses taught

  • APRD 2005 - Strategic Communication Writing
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2021
    Introduces students to strategic writing across multiple media platforms and demonstrates the different forms of writing used in the strategic communication subfields. Students will learn strategies for crafting and delivering effective messages to target audiences.
  • APRD 3103 - Strategic Writing for Public Relations
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    Emphasizes communication tactics: How to plan, write, and produce public relations tools; select audience and media; utilize print and electronic media. Focuses on Associated Press style and advanced writing techniques.
  • APRD 3104 - Digital Storytelling for Public Relations
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Provides students a new skill set in digital storytelling ideas, production, and analysis. Students will develop the skills to produce creative online stories that will reach strategic audiences. We will look at the changing roles of the storyteller in news, promotion, and public relations while discussing and analyzing media consumption habits that encourage a seamless transition from consumer to creator. This course is designed for public relations students within the strategic communication major.
  • JRNL 1000 - Principles of Journalism and Networked Communication
    Teaching Assistant - Fall 2021
    Surveys the history, practices and responsibilities of journalism in a democracy. Examines ethics, best practices in institutional and network settings, reporting and writing, international news systems, personal branding, and strategies for creating and distributing content across media platforms. Promotes the highest professional values and encourages students to be leaders who recognize the possibilities of journalism in a democratic society.
  • JRNL 2401 - Media Coverage of Diverse Populations
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
    Explores the ways in which issues of gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and religion play out in news coverage and how news organizations approach coverage of marginalized groups in society.
  • JRNL 3221 - History of Digital Journalism
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Explores the history, economics and traditions of digital technologies. Addresses the interaction between digital technologies, culture and economy with particular emphasis on the effects on digital journalism. Concludes with a focus on how these concepts are embraced by new journalism market models.
  • JRNL 3241 - History of Journalism
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Explores the foundations of journalism practice in a historical context. Students study the evolution of the news industry and analyze examples of contemporary broadcasting, photography, online and print media in light of the past.
  • JRNL 4931 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2022
  • JRNL 5221 - Entrepreneurial Journalism
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2021
    Study the practices of entrepreneurial journalistic ventures, both in start-ups to "intrapreneurial" undertakings at legacy media companies. Throughout the course, students will learn skills to enhance their own entrepreneurial journalism, from understanding freelance markets to seeking commercial and nonprofit funding for media ventures.