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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Douglas Cumming

Assoc. Prof. of Journalism & Mass Comm.

Reid 101
(540) 458-8208

Curriculum Vitae

Doug Cumming worked for newspapers and magazines in Raleigh, Providence and Atlanta for 26 years before getting a Ph.D. in mass communication at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002.Since then, he has taught at Loyola University in New Orleans and Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., where he is now a tenured associate professor of journalism.



University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C., August 2002

* Ph.D., School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Freedom Forum Fellow.
* Dissertation - "Facing Facts, Facing South: The Southern Education Reporting Service and the Effort to Inform the South after Brown v. Board, 1954-1960."
* Kappa Tau Alpha, journalism student honor society.

Brown University, Providence, R.I., May 1980

* M.A., American Civilization, with focus on religion, social reform.

Bennington College, Bennington, Vt., June 1974

* B.A., Literature.


Literary journalism, literary journalists and narrative non-fiction writing.

History: Southern, American intellectual, media, civil rights, religion, education.



Recent courses taught:

The Magazine: Past, Present, & Future

The Press and the Civil Rights Movement

Introduction to Reporting

Reporting for Print Media

Discovering America's Early Newspapers

Magazine feature writing

In-Depth Reporting

Selected Publications

‘So Splendid It Hurts,' on the papers of Southern magazine journalists Marshall Frady (1940-2004), Journalism History, (40:1) spring 2014.

The Lexington Letters: Two Centuries of Water Under the Bridge, Mariner Media, November 2011.

The Southern Press: Literary Legacies and the Challenge of Modernity, Northwestern University Press, Visions of the American Press series; 2009.

"Foreword," in Bylines: Writings from the American South, 1963-97, by Joe Cumming, Authorhouse, 2010.

"Putting Your Community on Stage: Creating a Play out of Local Historical Letters to the Editor," presented at AEJMC Southeast Colloquium, March 17-19, 2011, Columbia, S.C.

"Editors" and "Atlanta," two entries (4,000 words and 1,800 words) in Encyclopedia of Journalism, New York: MTM/Sage Publications, 2009.

"Ink and Blood: Dueling as an Occupational Hazard in Southern Journalism," presented at AEJMC Southeast Colloquium, Tuscaloosa, Ala., March 2006.

"Tom Wolfe, Reporter: His Relationship to Old New Journalism and New New Journalism," Shenandoah: The Washington & Lee University Review, Spring, 2007, and for online Journal of Magazine & New Media Research, Fall, 2006.

"Building Resentment: How the Alabama Press Prepared the Ground for Sullivan v. New York Times." American Journalism, Summer 2005.

Professional Experience

Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Va. (beginning Fall 2003)

Communications Department Loyola University New Orleans, 2002-03

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., 1990-2000

Southpoint monthly, Atlanta, Ga., 1989-90

Providence Journal-Bulletin, Providence, R.I., 1976-89

Raleigh Times, News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C., 1974-75

Atlantic Monthly, Boston, Mass., Jan.-Feb. 1974

Academy Theatre, Atlanta, Ga., 1971

Fellowships & Award

Freedom Forum Fellowship, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2000-02

CASE Fellowship, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Mass., April 1999

Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, religion, University of Maryland, College Park, Md., December 1993

Nieman Fellowship, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1986-87

Unity Award; New England Associated Press News Executives (1st Place-Features); United Press International New England Newspaper Award, 1986

George Polk Award, Metropolitan Reporting, Providence Journal-Bulletin, 1982

Author of the Year Award in poetry, Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists, with co-author Joe Cumming and illustrator Walter Cumming, for book Family Secret, 1983

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