Dr. James Aucoin

Dr. James Aucoin

Department of Communication

Research Interests

  • Mass media ethics, history, law and performance
  • The history of investigative journalism
  • Literary journalism
  • Professional ethics
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Professor James Aucoin grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and his master’s in journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder before embarking on a career in newspapers and magazines.  He has been a reporter, writer, copy-editor, editor, and designer for various print publications, from weekly newspapers to dailies and magazines. After 18 years in journalism, he entered the doctoral program at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, earning his PhD. degree in December 1993.

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  • Aucoin, James, The Evolution of American Investigative Journalism (Columbia, Mo.: University of Missouri Press, 2005), 256 pp.

  • Aucoin, James, Water in Nebraska: Uses, Policies, Politics (Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press, 1984), 157 pp.

Textbook Chapters

  • Aucoin, James, “The Media and Reform, 1900-1917,” The Media in America: A History, 9th ed., by William David Sloan, ed. (Northport, Ala.: Vision Press, 2014): 303-18.

  • Aucoin, James, “Investigative Journalism,” American Journalism: History, Principles, Practices, by W. David Sloan and Lisa Mullikin Parcell, eds. (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2002): 209-218. Revised January 7, 2015

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