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Dr. David Ferman

Mass Communication Professor at Texas Wesleyan, David Ferman Headshot

David Ferman

Rambler Media Group Advisor
Polytechnic United Methodist Church 219B

Courses Taught

  • MCO 1303 Writing Across Media
  • MCO 2200 Practicum

Education

  • Ph.D. in Mass Communication, University of Oklahoma
  • M.A. in Journalism, Texas Christian University
  • B.A. in Journalism, University of Texas at Arlington

Personal Biography 

Dr. David A. Ferman worked as a news reporter, critic, columnist and feature writer for several Texas newspapers and magazines for more than 20 years before going back to school to earn his master’s and doctorate degrees.

He enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction, often about music, politics and Irish culture. He has played music in several bands, both in America and Ireland, and is currently learning to play the uilleann pipes. He writes about music, books, popular culture and more at daveferman.com.

He loves teaching journalism and working with students to help them develop their skills as young journalists both in and outside the classroom.

His research interests are varied, but focus on journalism ideology and ethics and non-mainstream publications. He particularly enjoys writing research papers based on interviews with journalists. 

Research Interests 

  • Qualitative methods and discourse analysis
  • Ethnic and religious publications
  • Human subjects (especially extended interviews with journalists at mainstream and non-mainstream publications)
  • Ethical decisions made by journalists
  • Journalism ideology
Presentations
  • “God’s objective truth, as far as we know it”: Journalism ideology at an evangelical news magazine. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Southwest Education Council for Journalism & Mass Communication, Fort Worth, Texas, November 2015. Named one of the conference’s top six papers.
  • Still on the God beat: The continued importance of religion reporters. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Southwest Education Council for Journalism & Mass Communication, Dallas, Texas, November 2011.
  • Secular and religious press framing of the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Paper presented at the national convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, St. Louis, Missouri, August 2011. Second place: Student paper competition, Religion and Media Interest Group.
Publications
  • Ferman, D. (2016). “God’s objective truth, as far as we know it”: Journalism ideology at an evangelical news magazine. Southwestern Mass Communication Journal, 31.
  • Ferman, D. (2013). A parade or a riot: A discourse analysis of two ethnic newspapers on the 2011 marching season in Northern Ireland. Journal of Media and Religion, 12.
  • Ferman, D. (2012). Religiosity, selective exposure and the U.S. military’s “don’t ask/don’t tell” policy. Southwestern Mass Communication Journal, 27.
  • Ferman, D. (2007). Journalism in Ireland: How two Irish newspapers covered the 1960 presidential election of John F. Kennedy. VDM Verlag.
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