Mary O'Donnell

Associate Professor of Journalism; Faculty Advisor to The Chronicle/NCC Linked

Media Studies


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Dr. Kay O'Donnell has been teaching journalism and media studies since 2002. During that time, she also has served as student media advisor for a variety of student news platforms including print, online, digital and social. Under her direction, the student media organizations have won several national awards -- including online news awards from College Media Association and Editor & Publisher -- and dozens of state awards.

For more than 20 years, Dr. O'Donnell worked as an editor, writer and designer for several media organizations including The (New Orleans, La.) Times-Picayune, The (San Antonio, Texas) Express-News, and The (Lafayette, La.) Daily Advertiser. 

Selected Scholarship

"The View from the Inside: How Those Who Produce Bilingual Newspapers Perceive Their Mission," Journal of Spanish Language Media, Vol. 4, 2011

"Public Perceptions of the Newspaper's Watchdog Role," Newspaper Research Journal, Vol. 18, Winter/Spring 1997

"Antiques From Asia Not Foreign to Texas," San Antonio Express-News, Feb. 4, 2006

“Delta Music Drives Characters,” San Antonio Express-News, Feb. 13, 2005

“Contemporary Art Underfoot,” San Antonio Express-News, July 31, 2004

Courses Taught

ENG 220: Newsgathering

ENG 345: Digital Journalism

ENG 250: Editing

ENG 325: Newsgathering II