- Mass media ethics, history, law and performance
- The history of investigative journalism
- Literary journalism
- Professional ethics
- Development of journalism standards
- Literary journalism
- Recent journalism history
- 19th century print journalism history
- Alternative media
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.See More
He joined the faculty at the University of South Alabama in August 1994. He has published two books, including The Evolution of American Investigative Journalism, first released in 2005. He has published numerous academic articles, book chapters, and encyclopedic articles on media ethics, investigative journalism, media history, and literary journalism. He is treasurer of the American Journalism Historians Association. His teaching assignments include media ethics, feature and magazine writing, enterprise reporting, introduction to media, media law, and media history. He and Peggy Hansen married in 1990, and between them they have three children, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren (so far) and two dogs. Hobbies include sailing and foreign travel.
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.
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, 2015See More
Academic, Juried Articles
Aucoin, James, “Investigative Reporting.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Communication. Ed. Patricia Moy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
Aucoin, James, “The Imperative of Personal Journalism: James Agee and Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” Journalism, 2014, DOI: 10.1177/1464884914558917.
Aucoin, James, “Sebastian Junger’s War, ‘Expert Testimony,’ and Understanding the Story,” Journalism Studies, Oct. 2014, DOI: 10.1080/14616770X.2014.965927.
Murphree, Vanessa, and James Aucoin, “The Energy Crisis and the Media: Mobil Oil Corporation’s Debate with the Media 1973-1983,” American Journalism, 27:2 (summer 2010) 7-30.
In addition to hundreds of newspaper articles, I also have published articles in several magazines, including Columbia Journalism Review, Audubon, Sierra, Modern Maturity, Progressive Farmer, The Progressive, Environment, Writer’s Digest, Mobile Bay Monthly, and Preservation Magazine.