Race and media are my research interests and New Orleans is my hometown, essentially.
My professional bio goes like this: Assistant professor at Fort Hays State in Kansas with 10 years experience in Higher Ed and a journalism background from Alabama and Louisiana.
Dr. Loggins works in Hays as an assistant professor of Digital Media and Journalism. She has a passion for teaching solid journalism and solid writing skills, and a passion for her research.
She likes to emphasize learning through doing. Her focus on action-oriented learning helped her win the Scripps Howard Visiting Professor in Social Media grant to visit a national news bureau in Washington, D.C.
She started in news decades ago as a teleprompter operator at ABC 26 in New Orleans and moved up to Control Room Operations at that station. Shortly after moving to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, she switched to journalism and produced a variety of award-winning newscasts at WVUA-TV, before deciding to return to school. She earned her master’s and doctorate at the University of Alabama before her first stint in the midwest.
Her publications have touched on a variety of media topics from multimedia protest coverage to early television news history, but her main interest is race and the media. She’s examined how local news may impact viewer prejudice and examined best practices for suspect descriptions. Her entry in The Sage Encyclopedia of Higher Education on the socialization of crime alerts was published this past summer. She also recently co-authored a chapter in From Tahrir Square to Ferguson on the online coverage of protests after Michael Brown’s death.
When not under quarantine, she splits her time between Hays and visits to her family in Topeka. She usually lives with her two cats, Prince and Faffy. Her husband usually lives with their dog. Havoc. Once life “returns to normal” feel free to let her know if you are thinking of a trip to New Orleans. With plenty of friends and family still in that area, she’d be happy to provide you with travel tips.