Jeannine Relly

About Jeannine Relly

Research focuses on influences of globalization on news media systems, government information policy, press-state relations, democratic institutions, freedom of expression and access to information in countries in conflict and political transition, and formal and informal institutions related to the policy issue of public corruption.  Dr. Relly holds a courtesy appointment with the School of Government and Public Policy and is an affiliated faculty member with the university's Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Center for Border and Global Journalism.  Dr. Relly is head of the International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She is a former research fellow of The Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. She also has served on the advisory board of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute at The University of Arizona.                                                                                            

Education

  • B.S. Virginia Tech;
  • M.A. The University of Arizona;
  • Ph.D. Arizona State University

Courses Taught at the UA

  • J 205 Reporting the News
  • J 405/505 Study of the News
  • J 489/589 Survey of Research Methods
  • J 508 Journalism Theory and Practice

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Refereed Publications

  • González de Bustamante, C., & Relly, J.E. (2015). Professionalism under the threat of violence: Journalism, self-reflexivity, and the potential for collective professional autonomy. Journalism Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2015.1006903
  • • Relly, J.E., Zanger, M., & Fahmy, S. (2015). Democratic norms and forces of gatekeeping: A study of influences on Iraqi journalists’ attitudes toward government information access. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 92(2), 346-373.      
  • Relly, J.E., Zanger, M., & Fahmy, S.  (2015).  News media landscape in a fragile state: Professional ethics perceptions in a post-Ba'athist Iraq. Mass Communication and Society, 18(4), 471-497.
  • Relly, J.E., Zanger, M., & Fahmy, S.  (2015). Professional role perceptions among Iraqi Kurdish journalists from a 'state within a state.' Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 16(8), 1085-1106.
  • González de Bustamante, C., & Relly, J.E. (2014, online.  Forthcoming in print edition). Journalism in times of violence: Social media use by U.S. and Mexican journalists working in northern Mexico. Digital Journalism.
  •  Relly, J.E., and González de Bustamante, C. (2014). Silencing Mexico: A study of influences on journalists in the northern states. The International Journal of Press/Politics, 19(1), 108-131.
  • • Relly, J.E. (2012). News media constraints and freedom of information legislation in developing countries. International Communication Research Journal,  47(1-2), 2-25. 
  • • Relly, J.E. (2012). Freedom of information laws and global diffusion: Testing Rogers's model.  Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly,  89(3), 431-457. 
  • • Relly, J.E. (2012). Examining a model of vertical accountability: A cross-national study of the influence of information access on the control of corruption. Government Information Quarterly,  29(3), 335-345. 
  • • Relly, J.E. (2011). Institutions of information access and constraint: The cases of China and India. In Y.C. Chen & P.Y. Chu (eds.), E-Governance and Cross-boundary collaboration: Innovations and advancing tools (pp. 247-269). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • • Relly, J.E. (2011). Corruption, secrecy and access-to-information legislation in Africa: A cross-national study of political institutions. In S.L.Maret (ed.), Research in Social Problems and Public Policy (pp. 325-352). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.
  •  • Relly, J.E., & Cuillier, D. (2010). A comparison of political, cultural, and economic indicators of access to information in Arab and non-Arab states. Government Information Quarterly, 27(4), 360-370. 
  • • Relly J.E. (2010). A study of E-government and political indicators in developing nations with and without access-to-information laws. In C.G Reddick (ed.), Comparative E-Government: An Examination of E-Government Across Countries (pp. 525-542). New York: Springer.
  • • Fahmy, S., Relly, J.E., & Wanta, W. (2010). President's power to frame stem cell views limited. Newspaper Research Journal, 31(3), 62-74.
  • • Relly, J.E., & Sabharwal, M. (2009). Perceptions of transparency of government policymaking. Government Information Quarterly, 26(1), 148-158.

Past Academic Positions

  • -Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, 2009-2015
  •  -Assistant Professor of Practice, University of Arizona, 2004 - 2009
  •  -Assistant director and research assistant, statewide public opinion poll - KAET/Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University (2004-2006)
  •  -Adjunct lecturer, University of Arizona, 2003-2004, 1998
  •  -Adjunct lecturer, Pima Community College, 1997 - 1998

Past Professional Positions

  • - Faculty liaison/staff member, The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, Tucson, 2008 and 2010
  •  - Reporter, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, 2000 - 2003
  •  -Reporter, The Associated Press, U.S. and British Virgin Islands, 1999-2000
  •  -Freelance reporter and / or photographer for publications including Discover magazine, Hispanic   Link News Service, La Onda, Quill, Roanoke Times & World-News, Tucson Weekly, Tucson Monthly magazine, and Virginia magazine,1990-2003

Professional Organizations

  • - International Studies Association
  • -Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • -International Communication Association
  • -American Political Science Association
  • -Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies
  • -Latin American Studies Association
  • - Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • - Society of Professional Journalists

Awards & Honors

•Serving as head of the International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2015-2016).

• Awarded a Kappa Tau Alpha Chapter Adviser Research Grant,  October 2015.

• Invited to serve as an Expert Reviewer of the Draft Taxonomy of JSTOR’s “Democracy Workbench Tool,” designed to facilitate the study of democracy, Social Science Research Council. (October 2015)

•Recommended for the Fulbright Specialist roster by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education's Council for International Exchange of Scholars for the 2015-2020 period.  The roster matches scholars by their expertise with incoming project requests from academic institutions abroad.

•Elected to serve as vice head of the International Communication Division (2014-2015) of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication at the annual conference in Montreal, August 2014.

• Selected as a faculty fellow (fall 2013), Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, The University of Arizona

• Received a grant from The University of Arizona Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry (with co-investigators Celeste González de Bustamante, Lawrence Gipe and Verónica Reyes) for research to be contributed to “The Documented Border: An Open Access Digital Archive” (2013).

• Received the Ecquid Novi African Journalism Studies Award for the Best Journalism Research Paper and a third place award for the Robert L. Stevenson Open Paper Competition in the International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The paper was co-authored with Celeste González de Bustamante and titled, “Journalism in times of violence: Uses and practices of social media along the U.S.-Mexico border” (2013)


• Elected to serve as research chair on the executive board of the International Communication Division (2013-2014) of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication at the annual conference in Washington, D.C., August 2013.

• Invited to speak on panel titled “Reporting amid chronic threat,” sponsored by DART Center for Journalism & Trauma, Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference in San Antonio, Texas, June 2013.

• Received a Faculty Small Grant through the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute (with Celeste González de Bustamante) for border journalism research (2012).

• Elected to serve as teaching chair on the executive board of the International Communication Division (2012-2013) of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication at the annual conference in Chicago, August 2012.

• Received an Emerging Scholars Program Grant through the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (with Celeste González de Bustamante) (2012).

• Received a courtesy appointment with the School of Government and Public Policy (2011-present) and is an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona (2006-present).

• Elected the Professional Freedom and Responsibility chair on the executive board of the International Communication Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2010-2011.

• Won top paper award (third place) in the Robert L. Stevenson Paper Competition of the International Communication Division for the AEJMC conference in Denver (August 2010) for "Do journalists have information access? Exploring news media freedom and colonial heritage in 42 nations."

• Received the University of Arizona outstanding female faculty member of the year award through the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society (2007)

• Won the Hugh and Jan Harelson Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2004, 2005, 2006

Research Summary

Research focuses on government information policy and press-state relations, democratic institutions, freedom of expression and access to information in enduring democracies and countries in conflict and political transition, and formal and informal institutions related to the policy issue of public corruption.

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