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John C. Hartsock

John HartsockOffice Location: Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 231


  • Ph.D. SUNY Albany
  • M.A. University of Maryland
  • B.A. Prescott College

Courses Taught:

  • Communication Law and Ethics
  • Communication History
  • News Editing and Design
  • Literary Journalism
  • Readings in Journalism

Areas of Expertise:

  • Narrative literary journalism
  • Journalism
  • Editing and design
  • Feature writing
  • Communication law and ethics
  • Media history
  • Critical and cultural theory

Research Interests:

  • Narrative literary journalism

Recent Publications and Creative Works:

  • Editor, Literary Journalism Studies. Biannual scholarly journal; official publication of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies. 2009 to present.


  • Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery.  Cornell University Press (2011).
  • A History of American Literary Journalism: The Emergence of a Modern Narrative Form, University of Massachusetts Press (2000).

Selected Articles:

  • “Literary Reportage: The ‘Other’ Literary Journalism.” Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, 2009.
  •   “Literary Journalism.” Reading in America Today: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Contemporary Popular American Literature. 2008.
  • “‘It Was a Dark and Stormy Night’: Newspaper Reporters Rediscover the Art of Narrative Literary Journalism and Their Own Epistemological Heritage,” Prose Studies.  2007.
  • “‘Lettre’ from Berlin,” DoubleTake and “Chapter Title: ‘Murder or Execution?’” DoubleTake. 2007. “‘Scribbling the Cat’: In a Dangerous Land of Negotiating Personal and Cultural Revelation,” DoubleTake. 2006.
  • "Telling News Naturally," Points of Entry: Cross Currents in Story Telling.  2003.
  • “Pushkin Park,” Points of Entry: Cross Currents in Story Telling. Winter.
  • "Caught between the Rhetoric of Scene and the Rhetoric of Polemic." Points of Entry: Cross Currents in Story Telling.  2004.

Honors and Awards:

  • Visiting Professor and Visiting Scholar, Université de Paris 12, Paris, France (Sept.-Oct. 2010).
  • Book of the Year Award, American Journalism Historians Association (2001).
  • History Award, AEJMC History Division (2001).
  • Fulbright scholar, Kiev State University, Ukraine (Spring 1993).
  • Chesapeake Associated Press award for government reporting (1984).
  • Chesapeake Associated Press award for news coverage (1983).
  • Chesapeake Associated Press award for news series (1982).
  • Chesapeake Associated Press award for public service reporting (1982).
  • Sigma Delta Chi award for enterprise reporting (1984).
  • Virginia Press Association award, third place, story series (1982).


  • Correspondent for San Francisco Examiner, among other publications, covering collapse of Soviet Union, 1990-1993.
  • Former Washington correspondent covering Congress, Supreme Court, and federal agencies for United Press International and reported for States New Service. Copy reappeared in New York Times, Baltimore Evening Sun, San Diego Tribune, San Francisco Examiner, Miami Herald, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, among other newspapers. 1986-1989.
  • News reporter covering local government, police, other beats for Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY, The Capital, Annapolis, MD, and the Winchester Star, Winchester, VA. 1980-86.
  • Wire Editor covering foreign news with overseas bureaus, Foreign Broadcast Information Service, 1979-1980.
  • News Editor, Weekly Courier, Damascus, MD, 1978-79.