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About Cynthia Fernald

Cynthia Fernald is a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism & Mass Communications at San José State University.


Present Lecturer & Undergraduate Adviser, San Jose State University School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • JMC Chair’s Faculty Award, 2006, 2007 & 2010
  • Finalist, 1999 CASA Outstanding Thesis Award, for my thesis, Framing Reality: Shaping News Coverage of the 1996 Tennessee Debate on Evolution (1998).


  • MCOM 100W: Writing Workshop
  • MCOM 63: New Media Technologies
  • MCOM 72: Mass Media & Society
  • MCOM 96: Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll
  • JOUR 61: Online News Writing
  • PR 190: Media Writing for Public Relations
  • PR 191: Strategic Writing for Organizations

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