Faculty Profile for Dr. Vanessa D Higgins Joyce

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Dr. Vanessa D Higgins Joyce
Associate Professor — School of Jrnlism & Mass Comm
OM 102
phone: (512) 245-6113

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Vanessa de Macedo Higgins Joyce is an assistant professor focused on global journalism, media effects and democracy at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University. Her studies look at the evolution of journalism in an interconnected world, focusing on transnational news and their effects, as well as the changing roles of journalists in comparative, cross national analyses. Her work specialized in Latin America, which has, in the past few decades, undergone particularly relevant transformation within the journalism landscape as well as in its strides towards democratic consolidation. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Communication/Journalism from Pontifícia Universidade Católica, in São Paulo, Brazil, and both her masters and doctorate degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Her thesis analyzed the agenda-setting and cultivation effects of crime coverage of Brazilian media. Her dissertation focused on the consensus-building function of agenda setting, analyzing national and transnational news media in Europe.
She has published a book, co-authored with leading experts in Global media, Television Audience Trends: An Analysis of 10 years of TGI Latin America (2004-2014), that provides empirical evidence for Cultural Proximity in Latin America, and analyzes national, regional and transnational media consumption. She received the recent Latino/Latin American Communication Research Award at AEJMC 2018 for her study titled Seeking Transnational, Entrepreneurial News from Latin America: An Audience Analysis. Her research has been featured in several top journals in her area, such as Journalism, International Communication Gazette and Journalism Practice, as well as in the 2nd and 5th highest ranking journals in communication in Latin America: Cuadernos (Innovation and Sustainability: A relationship Examined Among Latin American Entrepreneurial News Organizations) and Palabra Clave (Independent Voices of Entrepreneurial News: Setting a New Agenda in Latin America). Her study Ethical perspectives in Latin America’s journalism community: a comparative analysis of acceptance of controversial practice for investigative reporting, published by the International Communication Gazette, was featured by Journalism Research News, and her study Sharing the Stage: Analysis of social media adoption by Latin American journalists received the recognition by publisher Taylor and Francis/Routledge as one of the 10 most important studies in the area of social media published by their top journals. She has also authored several book chapters, nationally and internationally. She has received two College Achievement Award for Excellence in Scholarly Activities, at Texas State University (2017 and 2015).
She has chaired six master theses, and participated, as committee member, in one (external) completed doctoral dissertation and eight master theses. Her masters students have been successful at presenting their work at national and international conferences and publishing their academic studies. She’s proud to have received two Alpha Chi Favorite Professor Awards (2015 and 2014) as well as the College Achievement Award in Teaching, at Texas State University (2016). She also taught for two years in the Division of Journalism at the Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas.
In 2015/2016 she served as the Graduate Advisor for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, at Texas State University, raising enrollment and student conference participation. She remains involved in the Graduate Committee, where she leads the Global Media concentration. She currently serves as Secretary, for the International Communication Division of AEJMC. She received the College Achievement Award for service, at Texas State University in 2018.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Straubhaar, J., Santillana, M., Higgins Joyce, V. D., & Duarte, L. (2021). From Telenovelas to Netflix: Transnational, Transverse Television in Latin America. England: Palgrave MacMillan. Retrieved from https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-77470-7
  • Higgins Joyce, V. D. (2021). News Organizations in Colombia Building Consensus through Social Media: A Case of Digital-Native La Silla Vacía. Journalism and Media, 2(1), 62–76. https://doi.org/doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia2010005
  • Higgins Joyce, V. D., & Harlow, S. (2020). Seeking Transnational, Digital-native Entrepreneurial News from Latin America: An Audience Analysis through the Lens of Social Capital. Journalism Studies, 21(9), 1200–1219. https://doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2020.1734858
  • Higgins Joyce, V. D., & Khani, Z. (2019). Consensus building on trust in government: contrasting media and neighborhood effects. The Agenda Setting Journal: Theory, Practice, Critique, 3(2), 165–185. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1075/asj.18011.mac
  • Saldaña, M., Higgins Joyce, V. D., Schmitz Weiss, A., & Alves, R. C. (2017). Sharing the Stage. Analysis of social media adoption by Latin American journalists. Journalism Practice, 11(4), 396–416. https://doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2016.1151818

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Latino/ Latin American Communication Research Award, International Communication Division AEJMC. May 2018 - August 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Faculty Development Leave, Faculty Senate, Texas State University. 2020 - May 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Department Achievement Awards, School of Journalism and Mass Communication Texas State University. March 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Teaching Award of Honor, Texas State Alumni Association. May 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: , Retention Management and Planning. 2018

Selected Grants

  • Higgins Joyce, Vanessa D (Co-Principal), Téllez Mendivelso, Fernando Alonso (Principal). Cine Clubs in Community: Video as a Tool for Knowledge, Creation and Identity, US Department of State and Colsciencias, Federal, $35000. (Funded: October 2020 - December 2021). Grant.
  • Higgins Joyce, Vanessa D. Identifying News Elements that Aid Consensus in Polarized Brazil, Texas State University, $7992. (Submitted: October 2021, Funded: January 2022 - Present). Grant.
  • Scharlach, Jennifer (Co-Principal), Ngondo, Prisca Sibongile (Co-Principal), Higgins Joyce, Vanessa (Co-Principal). COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Study, The Texas Association for Mexican American Chamber of Commerce, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $1000. (Funded: January 2022 - Present). Grant.
  • Scharlach, Jennifer M (Principal), Ngondo, Prisca Sibongile (Co-Principal), Higgins Joyce, Vanessa D (Co-Principal). Health Research Accelerator award, Translational Health Research Center, Texas State University, $6000. (Funded: June 2021 - May 2023). Grant.
  • Harlow, Summer (Principal), Higgins Joyce, Vanessa D (Co-Principal), Calmon Alves, Rosental (Co-Principal), Schmitz Weiss, Amy. Transnational Collaboration Networks in Latin American Journalism: Exploring New Practices and Challenges in a Social Media Era, Houston University, Institutional (Higher Ed), $4500. (Submitted: November 10, 2019, Funded: January 2020 - Present). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

International Communication Division/ Aejmc
August 2017-August 2018
IDEA Center Undergraduate Research
November 2021-Present
Editorial Review Board Member
Miguel Hernández Communication Journal
September 27, 2021-Present
Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication - Markam Competition Chair
August 2021-Present
Board Member
Latinitas/ Media Chicas
April 2021-Present