Melissa Wall

Office location:
MZ 330 Office Hours 2-4 p.m. Wed, 6:30-7 p.m. Thu


Professor Wall is the editor of the book, "Citizen Journalism: Valuable, Useless or Dangerous." Her research focuses on international news/participatory media such as YouTube, Flickr, and blogs and has been published in journals such as New Media & Society; Journalism; Media, Culture and Society; Journalism Studies; Journal of Communication Inquiry; Journalism Practice; International Communication Gazette; International Journal of Communication; Popular Communication; Rhodes Journalism Review; Journal of Development Communication; Javnost: The Public; Journal of Middle Eastern Media.

Her latest work focuses on Syrian citizen journalism.

Prof Wall is the creator of the Pop-Up Newsroom, a temporary, virtual newsroom for citizen and student journalists.  Pop-Up Newsroom has collaborated with universities around the world to produce collective coverage, including covering global poverty with university journalism programs in the UK, India and Taiwan. 

She has worked as a staff writer at the "Daily Press" in Virginia and "The Charlotte Observer" in North Carolina and has written for "Real Change," Seattle’s homeless newspaper. She has organized learning communities for her students to produce audio stories for Pacifica outlet KPFK’s "Indymedia on Air."  

Among the places her photographs of protests and civil disobedience have been published are the books "Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance" and "From Act Up to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalization," along with the "Washington Post Magazine." Her photo of the "Shrine of Sayyide Ruqqaya" in Damascus, Syria, appears in a media station as part of the permanent exhibition “The World of Islam” at the Ethnological Museum in Berlin, Germany, and another of her photos of a Damascus newsstand is the cover for an Intermediate Arabic language textbook, Al-Kitaab Fii Ta'Allum Al-'Arabiiyya, published by Georgetown University Press.

Prof Wall has taught journalism in Lebanon and in Ethiopia, studied township newspapers in Zimbabwe, and produced a radio documentary about the media reform movement in Taiwan. She also has reported from and conducted research in Lebanon, where she was a Fulbright scholar in 2012. She was selected for a Berglund Fellowship for internet studies and a Poynter fellowship at Indiana University for journalism professors.

Her BA is from the University of Virginia and MA and PhD from the University of Washington. 

The syllabi for her Spring 2014 classes are available on Moodle.