Dr. Chris A. Bacon

Assistant Professor

Dr. Chris A. Bacon
(615) 494-7748
Room 249, John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building (BRAGG)
MTSU Box 64, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

Mondays & Wednesdays:  2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Tuesdays & Thursdays:  2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Fridays:  By appointment.

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of Kansas (2017)
  • MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2008)
  • BS, Murray State University (2001)

Areas of Expertise

Television News, Sports Media Education, Sports Journalism

Biography

Dr. Chris Bacon is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to MTSU, Dr. Bacon worked as the Executive Producer for KUJH-TV at the University of Kansas.  Under his leadership, the station won numerous awards including the Signature Station Award from the Broadcast Education Association, Best TV Newscast from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, and a Pinnacle Award for Best Special Events Program from the College Media Association....

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Dr. Chris Bacon is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to MTSU, Dr. Bacon worked as the Executive Producer for KUJH-TV at the University of Kansas.  Under his leadership, the station won numerous awards including the Signature Station Award from the Broadcast Education Association, Best TV Newscast from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, and a Pinnacle Award for Best Special Events Program from the College Media Association.  Bacon also helped create a sports communications concentration at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at KU.  As a professional, he spent over 10 years in television news and public relations.

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Publications

Reinardy, S. & Bacon, C. (2014). Feast and famine? Local TV news workers expand the offerings but say they are hungry for quality journalism. Journal of Media Practice, 15(2): 133-145. DOI: 10.1080/14682753.2014.960766

Presentations

Panelist, “Majors or Tracks:  Sports Media Courses in the Curriculum,” Broadcast Education Association Annual Conference, April 2018.   

Session Organizer, “Lessons Learned:  Tips on Starting a Sports Communication Program,” Broadcast Education Association Annual Conference, April 2016.  

Panelist, “BEA Aircheck-The Student Newscast Experience,” Broadcast Education Association Annual Conference, April 2016.  

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Panelist, “Majors or Tracks:  Sports Media Courses in the Curriculum,” Broadcast Education Association Annual Conference, April 2018.   

Session Organizer, “Lessons Learned:  Tips on Starting a Sports Communication Program,” Broadcast Education Association Annual Conference, April 2016.  

Panelist, “BEA Aircheck-The Student Newscast Experience,” Broadcast Education Association Annual Conference, April 2016.  

Panelist, “Reboot-Student Media Organizations in Smaller Schools and Programs,” Broadcast Education Association Annual Conference, April 2015.  

Panelist, “Bringing Sports to Life in the Classroom,” Broadcast Education Association Annual Conference, April 2014.

 

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Awards

International Radio and Television Society:  Faculty/Industry Seminar Fellowship (2018)

University of Kansas:  Honorable Mention for Graduate Teaching (2013)

International Radio and Television Society:  Summer Fellowship (2000)

Research / Scholarly Activity

Dr. Bacon currently researches sports media education in colleges and universities.  He also studies image-repair strategies by athletes and sports organizations after high-profile incidents.