The University of Nevada, Reno Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is federally funded at $231,000.00 annually
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Doncia Mensing
Research Topic: "Letters to the Editor: Serial Killers and Their Correspondence to Newspaper Editors and Staff"
Abstract: As journalists are attracted to stories of serial murder, so are some serial killers compelled to communicate with the media. This study will examine cases of newspapers in receipt of materials from alleged serial murderers. Using a qualitative approach to individual case studies, this paper will include cases spanning four decades. This paper will provide background information on standard editorial policy and will note ethics theory pertaining to the receipt of materials sent to editors of American newspapers. This paper will look at publication decisions in each of the case studies and attempt to illustrate factors that dictate those decisions.
Graduated With Baccalaureate Degree: Fall 2004
Masters or Doctoral Program Update: Graduated with at Master's Degree in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno in Spring 2007.Accepted into Syracuse University for a Doctoral Program in Journalism in the fall of 2007.