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Vincent Fitzgerald
Vince Fitzgerald Associate Professor of Communication
Ph.D., Rutgers University
M.A., William Paterson University
B.A., William Paterson University

vincent.fitzgerald@mountsaintvincent.edu 

Areas of Interest
  • Media coverage of political campaigns
  • The use of public opinion polls in political campaigns
  • Analyzing political debates
  • The media's effect on society and culture

Courses
  • COMM 210 Public Speaking
  • COMM 312 Radio and TV News Writing
  • COMM 313 Sports Writing
  • COMM 316 TV News
  • COMM 331 Media Criticism
  • COMM 370 Topics: TV Directing
  • COMM 490 Seminar in Communication
Research Interests
Use and effect of public opinion polls by the news media during coverage of U.S. presidential campaigns. 
Television news
Mass communication theory
Effects of the media on American society and culture.  

Selected Presentations
Analyzing Content in Political Communication. National Communication Association conference, San Francisco, November, 2010.

A Functional Approach to Campaign Content. National Communication Association conference, Chicago, November, 2009.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Covering Presidential Elections on University TV. Broadcast Education Association conference, Las Vegas, April, 2009.

Campaign Communication. International Communication Association conference, San Francisco, May, 2007.

Political Debates and the Visual Image in Politics. National Communication Association conference, San Antonio, November, 2006.

Communication Between the Wheelchair-Bound and Ablebodied. National Communication Association conference, Chicago, November, 1999.

The Press and the State in an International Context. International Communication Association conference, San Francisco, May, 1999.

A Critical Analysis of Television Network News Use of Public Opinion Polls During Presidential Campaigns. National Communication Association conference, San Diego, November, 1996.

Polls and Issues:  Television News Coverage of Presidential Campaigns. International Communication Association conference, Chicago, May, 1996.

Public Opinion Polls and Network News Coverage of Presidential Campaigns. National Communication Association conference, San Antonio, November, 1995. 

The View from the Wheelchair:  The Physically Disabled Person’s Perspective of Communication with Ablebodied Strangers. Eastern Communication Association conference, Washington, DC, April, 1994.

Selected Publications
Fitzgerald, V. M.  (2008, October 30). Where’s the proof? (Op/Ed article on the lack of a liberal bias in the news media). The Riverdale Press, p. 11. 

Kubey, R. & Fitzgerald, V. M.  (1999).  Opinion polls are bad for politics [Part I].  In B. L. Stay (Ed.),  Mass media: Opposing viewpoints (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press.

Fitzgerald, V. M. (1999).  Advertising and the end of the world [Review of Advertising and the end of the world by Sut Jhally].  Feedback, 40 (1), 54.

Kubey, R. & Fitzgerald, V. M.  (1996, October 29). Poll-happy media need to cool it. The Christian Science Monitor, p. 18.  (The Op/Ed article was also syndicated internationally by The Los Angeles Times).