Dr. Keonte Coleman

Assistant Professor

Dr.  Keonte Coleman
(615) 898-2704
Room 271-A, John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building (BRAGG)
MTSU Box 64, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

Fall 2021: MWR: 10-11 am; T: 9-11 am

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2018)
  • MS, Syracuse University (2003)
  • BS, Jackson State University (2002)

Areas of Expertise

  • Broadcast Journalism
  • News Producing
  • Newsroom Leadership
  • Media Diversity
  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) Higher Education Leadership
  • Diversity in JMC Higher Education Leadership

Biography

Keonte Coleman, Ph.D., serves as an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media. Coleman comes to MTSU with years of both professional media and higher ed...

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Keonte Coleman, Ph.D., serves as an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media. Coleman comes to MTSU with years of both professional media and higher education experience.

Coleman worked professionally as a local television news producer within the Hearst Television company. He received multiple Emmy awards along with other honors during his professional career.

He transitioned to the academic world by teaching at Bennett College, a historically black college for women, in Greensboro, NC. Coleman gained a lot of experience while working at Bennett College. He was an assistant professor first and foremost, but he also took on several academic leadership roles: interim academic dean, department chair, federal grant director, student publication advisor, and internship coordinator.

Coleman earned his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received his master's in broadcast journalism from The Newhouse School of Communication at Syracuse University. Coleman proudly began his college career by earning a mass communications bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University.

Coleman’s research interests intersect with various combinations of diversity, leadership, media, and higher education.

He’s married to the love of his life and is the proud father of three beautiful children.

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Publications

Book Chapter Author: Coleman, K. “Confronting color-blindness and class in the race, gender and media course.” In G. Daniels & R. Blom (Eds.), Master class: Struggles, strategies and scholarship of teaching race. Rowan & Littlefield. (Submitted for Initial Review)  

Book Chapter Author: Daniels, G. & Coleman, K. “When black college presidents visit the White House: The case of a culture...

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Book Chapter Author: Coleman, K. “Confronting color-blindness and class in the race, gender and media course.” In G. Daniels & R. Blom (Eds.), Master class: Struggles, strategies and scholarship of teaching race. Rowan & Littlefield. (Submitted for Initial Review)  

Book Chapter Author: Daniels, G. & Coleman, K. “When black college presidents visit the White House: The case of a culture clash in crisis management.” In L. Ni, Q. Wang, & B. Sha (Eds.), Intercultural Public Relations: Realities and Reflections in Practical Contexts. Routledge. (Submitted for Initial Review)  

Textbook Author: Cruikshank, S.A., Eschenfelder, C., & Coleman, K. (2021). Complete Guide to Television, Field and Digital Producing. Routledge. (Revise and Resubmit).  

Critical Book Review/Long Essay Author: Coleman, K. “Unrelenting freedom fighter: Wielding the black press for racial equality. [Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle, by J. Gershenhorn]. Communication Booknotes Quarterly. (Forthcoming).  

Columnist: Coleman, K. (2020). “Teaching during a pandemic is…” AEJMC Minorities and Communications Division Fall 2020 Newsletter  

Journal Article Author: Coleman, K. & Gonzalez, L.M. (2019). “JMC deans of color lead with a purpose: A qualitative study.” Journal of the Association for Communication Administration.  

Published Dissertation Author: Coleman, K., & NC Digital Online Collection of Knowledge and Scholarship (NCDOCKS). (2018). Virtually absent: Searching for journalism and mass communication deans of color (Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina Greensboro, 2018.). University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  

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Presentations

Panelist, Normalizing all communities through news coverage and assisting students with DEI focused journalism practices – BEA On-Location Virtual Conference [October 2021]  

Proposed Panel and Moderator, Practical Ways to Diversify Journalism Skills Courses – 2021 AEJMC Conference: Minorities and Communication and Scholastic Journalism Divisions – [August 2021]  

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Panelist, Normalizing all communities through news coverage and assisting students with DEI focused journalism practices – BEA On-Location Virtual Conference [October 2021]  

Proposed Panel and Moderator, Practical Ways to Diversify Journalism Skills Courses – 2021 AEJMC Conference: Minorities and Communication and Scholastic Journalism Divisions – [August 2021]  

Panelist, Fighting Two Battles: Athlete Activism in the Age of Covid-19 – 2021 AEJMC Conference: Sports Communication Interest Group and Minorities and Communication Division [August 2021]  

Moderator, Refereed Paper Session “Minorities in the Academy: Progress, Limitations and Calls for Change” – 2021 AEJMC Conference Minorities and Communication Division [August 2021]  

Moderator, Teaching Race and Journalism – National Association of Black Journalists Media Institute on Education & Health [April 2021]

Panelist,Good Trouble? Media Lessons from 21st Century Black Songs of Protest” – BEA 2021 Virtual Convention [April 2021]  

Speaker, “Stop and Think Before You Get Canceled” – Creative Conversations/Questioning Civility: A Mini-Conference at Randolph College [March 2021]  

Moderator, MTSU 2021 Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marc Lamont Hill – [February 2021]  

Co-coordinator & Moderator, One World Symposium, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon [November 2020]  

Speaker, Career Exploration Seminar: “First Generation HBCU Student to Winning Emmy Awards to Earning a Ph.D.” MOTHERS for Justice & Equality, Boston, MA [September 2020]  

Moderator, “Racial Justice Protests and the First Amendment” Presented by the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies and the Free Speech Center in the College of Media and Entertainment at MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN [September 2020]  

Co-presenter, A Matter of Tone and Sources: Toward a Black Men on TV News Analysis – Refereed paper presentation AEJMC Virtual Conference / San Francisco, CA [August 2020]  

Moderator, Minorities and Communication Division Refereed Paper Session, AEJMC Virtual Conference, San Francisco, CA [August 2020]

Incoming! Analyzing the Use of “bombshell” in U.S. Cable News Chyrons Research-in-Progress Presentation – BEA Virtual Convention, Las Vegas, NV [April 2020]  

Panelist, “Navigating Controversial Issues in the Classroom and in Research: Academic Freedom at MTSU” Roundtable Discussion, MTSU AAUP,  Murfreesboro, TN [October 2019]  

Conducting a “Black Men on TV” News Analysis: The Story of Two Markets Research-in-Progress Presentation, BEA-On-Location / University of Colorado [October 2019]  

Poster Presenter, “JMC Deans of Color Lead With a Purpose: A Qualitative Study” AEJMC Convention, Toronto, Canada [August 2019]  

Paper Presentation, “JMC Deans of Color Lead With a Purpose: A Qualitative Study” AEJMC Southeast Colloquium, Columbia, SC [March 2019]  

Guest Lecturer, “The life of a local television news producer” Middle Tennessee State University, Electronic New Producing & Reporting Course [April 2019]  

Poster Presenter,President Donald Trump Meets HBCU Presidents: A Public Relations Post-Mortem” AEJMC Convention, Chicago, IL [August 2017]  

Panel Moderator, “Politics, Body Image, and the News” AEJMC Convention, Chicago, IL [August 2017]  

Opening Presenter & Moderator, Consciously Consuming Media, Davidson County Community College, Thomasville, NC [February 2017]  

Organizer & Moderator, Bennett College Black History Media Festival [February 2017]  

Presenter & Moderator, Consciously Consuming Media Opening, Davidson County Community College, Thomasville, NC [February 2016]  

Organizer & Presenter, Faculty and Staff Institute (Distance Learning Workshop) [August 2016]  

Organizer & Moderator, Bennett College Black History Media Festival [February 2016]  

Organizer & Moderator, The Social Media Slippery Slope: A Crisis Communication Case Seminar [November 2015]  

Organizer & Host, Documenting Black Lives Media Event featuring Kevin Powell [October 2015]  

Organizer & Moderator,  Book Tour Stop at Bennett College: MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid Host [October 2015]  

Organizer & Panel Moderator, Future of Media: Panel Discussions with Local and National Journalists featuring CBS Sports & News Broadcaster James Brown [March 2015]  

Speaker, WNAA 90.1 FM NC A&T State University Broadcast Interviewing Workshop [March 2015]  

Organizer & Moderator, Triad Journalists Discuss Modern-Day Civil Rights Issues [January 2015]  

Speaker, NC A&T JOMC Press Release Workshop: Deadline Writing Tips [November 2014]  

Presenter, UNCG Higher Education Doctoral Colloquium: Leadership, Equity, & Social Justice [April 2014]  

Opening Speaker, Diversity Think Tank: Consciously Consuming Media, Davidson Community College [February 2014]  

Facilitator, BCABJ Workplace Sexual Harassment Workshop - [November 2011]  

Panelist, “Exclusive Talk with Triple R” Live Talk Show [November 2011]  

Panelist, NABJ Convention: Take Your Experience to the Classroom, National Association of Black Journalists, San Diego, CA [July 2010]  

Panelist, SIFE Best Practices Panel: Getting a Journalism Job [February 2010]  

Presenter, Summer Research Opportunities Program at University of Illinois [Summer 2001] Committees on Institutional Cooperation Conference at the University of Michigan “Why Aren’t They Reporting the Games? An Examination of the Lack of African American Sports Journalists,” Advisor:  Dr. William E. Berry  

Presenter, Summer Research Opportunities Program at University of Illinois [Summer 2000] Committees on Institutional Cooperation Conference at The Ohio State University “Can They Walk and Chew at the Same Time: Stereotypes Surrounding Black Male Athletes in Sports Films,” Advisor:  Dr. Norman K. Denzin

 

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Awards

Academic Awards:

    Individual Awards:

  • MTSU Leadership on Deck Institute (LDI) Fellow [2021-2022]
  • Investigative Reporters & Editors Educator of Color Fellowship [2021]
  • MTSU Learning, Teaching, and Innovative Technologies Center (LT&ITC) Faculty Fellow [2021]
  • MTSU Junior Faculty Andrew Carnegie Fellowship Nominee [20...
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Academic Awards:

    Individual Awards:

  • MTSU Leadership on Deck Institute (LDI) Fellow [2021-2022]
  • Investigative Reporters & Editors Educator of Color Fellowship [2021]
  • MTSU Learning, Teaching, and Innovative Technologies Center (LT&ITC) Faculty Fellow [2021]
  • MTSU Junior Faculty Andrew Carnegie Fellowship Nominee [2020]
  • MTSU College of Media & Entertainment Dean Scholar Spotlight [September 2020]
  • Bennett College National Alumnae Association Faculty of the Year Award [2018]  

Professional Awards:

    Group Awards: 

  • Peabody Award (Commitment 2008 Coverage: Hearst-Argyle Stations) [2008]
  • Walter Cronkite Award (Excellence in Television Political Journalism: Hearst Television Stations) [2008, 2006, 2004]

    Individual Awards: 

  • Regional Edward R. Murrow Award: (Continuing Coverage) [2010]
  • Southeast Regional Emmy Award: (Best Daily Newscast 76+) [2006]
  • Southeast Regional Emmy Award: (Breaking News Coverage) [2006]

    Student Advisor for Publications Honored: ·        

  • The Society for Collegiate Journalists Overall News Website Excellence Award: 3rd Place The Bennett Banner; Advisor [Spring 2012]
  • North Carolina Media Association College Feature Writing Award: 2nd Place, Genevieve Biggs, The Bennett Banner; Advisor [Spring 2012]

   Personal Student Awards:

  • Syracuse University African-American Studies Fellow [2002]
  • NCAA Freedom Forum Sports Journalism Scholarship [2001]
  • National Black Programmers Coalition Award [2000]
  • Ronald E. McNair Scholar [2002]
  • National Dean’s List [2002]

 

 

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In the Media

[July 2021] Marcom Weekly: Racist online abuse spurs actor Idris Elba to call for social media companies to verify all users

[July 2021] 2021 AEJMC MAC Division Summer Newsletter: Save Yourself the Headache and Ditch the Current Events Quizzes

[July 2021] (Zenger Syndicated Article) Coca-Cola Is Latest Major Company To Pledge More Ad Spending With Black-Owned Media

[March 2021] 2021 AEJMC MAC Division Spring Newsletter: “The Show Must Go On: Teaching Dual Audiences Simultaneously”

[March 2021] Randolph News: RANDOLPH COLLEGE HOSTING VIRTUAL CONFERENCE ON CIVIL DISCOURSE

[January 2021] MTSU News: Inaugural MTSU Winter Session grows into a ‘huge’ success

[November 2020] MTSU News: MTSU journalists give viewers live 2020 election-night coverage on 2 stations

[November 2020] 2020 AEJMC MAC Division Fall Newsletter: “Teaching during a pandemic is…”

[October 2020] Music Journalism Insider: Evette Dionne Interview

[September 2020] WGNS News Radio: Racial justice protests and First Amendment are focus of MTSU's free September 16 virtual event

[September 2020] MTSU News: Racial justice protests are bringing hope, change amid conflict, MTSU panelists agree

December 4, 2019: Black Enterprise Magazine: "Here is a List of 33 Black Scholars for The President of Purdue University Who Thinks They are ‘Rare Creatures’"

December 1, 2019: 2019 AEJMC MAC Division Fall Newsletter: Meet MAC Division's 2019-2020 Leaders

May 30, 2019: Richard Prince Journal-isms: "Few Majority White J-Schools Have Black Leaders"

May 9, 2019: Medium: "Recruit, Reward, Retain: The invisible service burden in journalism schools"

May 7, 2019: 2019 AEJMC MAC Division Spring Newsletter: "In Memoriam: Dean Lorraine Branham"

May 7, 2019: 2019 AEJMC MAC Division Spring Newsletter: "Commentary: MAC's Men of Color Reflect Diversity at Southeast Colloquium"

January 16, 2019: MTSU Sidelines: C-SPAN Bus visits MTSU, delivers interactive media experience to students

 

 

 

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Courses

JOUR 2132: Video Journalism Practices

JOUR 2720: Digital Media Skills

JOUR 3500: Electronic News Reporting and Producing

JOUR 4820: Race, Gender & Class in Media

SPM 3100: Diversity in Sports Media