Written by Barri Bronston
A Tulane University professor now shares something in common with legendary journalists such as Bill Moyers, Molly Ivins, Leonard Pitts Jr., Studs Terkel and Nina Totenberg. Like them, and other major authors and communicators, Vicki Mayer, a professor of communication in the Tulane University School of Liberal Arts, has been awarded the Professional Freedom & Responsibility Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
The award, an honor given by the association’s Cultural and Critical Studies Division, is bestowed annually to a journalist, writer, activist or scholar who the group believes embodies the spirit of cultural studies.
Mayer, associate dean for academic initiatives and curriculum in the School of Liberal Arts, is an expert in media and communication industries, their political economies, infrastructures and organizational work cultures. She held the Louise and Leonard Riggio Professorship in Social Entrepreneurship at the Taylor Center from 2014-2019. Her publications seek to theorize and illustrate how these industries shape workers and how media and communication work shapes workers and citizens.