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About Robert Gutsche

Robert E. Gutsche Jr., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University. His is also an affiliated faculty member with Florida International University’s African and African Diaspora Studies Program and was named a Research Scholar at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri in June 2015 for a team-based research project related to understanding audience interaction with long-form journalism on mobile devices. He has been a journalist since 1996, with his work appearing in The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal, and other regional and local publications. In 2009, Gutsche worked as an interns director and multimedia reporter while he helped launch the online, nonprofit Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism ( He co-founded the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism ( that same year.

Gutsche’s scholarship surrounds the cultural and social meanings of news, particularly the ways in which news media demarcate space and characterize place as ideological tools for imposing social control – particularly related to race. His work focuses on how journalists operate as an interpretive community alongside other social and cultural institutions. Gutsche has presented more than 30 research papers at domestic and international conferences and has published (or has accepted for publication) research in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism, Journalism Practice, Journalism Studies, Visual Communication Quarterly, Visual Communication, Journal of Urban Affairs and refereed chapters in the peer-reviewed books Journalism Education, Training, and Employment (Routledge, 2011) and in The Iconic Obama, 2007-2009: Essays on Media Representations of the Candidate and New President (McFarland, 2012). Additionally, Gutsche reviews articles for several journals and sits on the International Editorial Advisory Board Member for Journalism and Mass Communication Educator and on the Editorial Board of Journalism Practice. He is an active participate in both the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the International Communication Association (ICA). Gutsche is also an affiliated faculty member with Florida International University’s African and African Diaspora Studies Program.


Present Assistant Professor, Florida International University School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Curriculum Vitae



2012 Ph.D, University of Iowa
2011 Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric of Inquiry, University of Iowa
2008 M.S., Concordia University, Mequon Wisconsin ‐ Student Personnel Administration

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