Lindita Camaj, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

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    • Office: Communications Bldg, Room #220
    • Email: lcamaj@central.uh.edu
    • Phone:  713-743-1656 

Lindita Camaj is an assistant professor in journalism and mass communication. She got her PhD and MA at the Indiana University School of Journalism, concentrating on political and international communication. Her research and teaching interests include media effects on political culture, agenda-setting and priming effects, Freedom of Information (FOIa) legislation, journalism studies, and media in Eastern Europe. Her scholarly work has been awarded by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and published at the Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media, Mass Communication and Society, International Journal of Press/Politics, International Journal of Communication, International Communication Gazette, Global Media Journal, and Central European Journal of Communication. Prior to entering academia, she has worked as a professional journalist in the Balkans, covering public affairs and elections for local and international media.

Education

  • PhD in Mass Communication, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • MA in Journalism and Mass Communication, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • BA in English Language and Literature, University of Pristina, Pristina, Kosovo
  • Journalism training, “Faik Konica“ School of Journalism, Pristina, Kosovo

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Research Interests

  • Media effects on political culture
  • Media and political campaigns
  • Agenda Setting and Priming theories
  • Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation
  • Journalism studies
  • New media and political communication

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Teaching

  • COMM 1301 Media and Society, University of Houston
  • COMM 4314 Social Issues in Journalism, University of Houston
  • COMM 4310 Opinion Writing, University of Houston
  • COMM 4397 Media and Electoral Campaigns, University of Houston
  • COMM 6310 Mass Communication Theory and Research, University of Houston
  • COMM 6397 Media and Globalization, University of Houston
  • COMM 7397 Media and Politics, University of Houston
  • C201 – Hot Topics in Journalism and Mass Communication, Indiana University
  • J200 – Reporting, Writing, and Editing, Indiana University
  • J110- Foundations of Journalism and Mass Media, Indiana University

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Selected Publications

  • Camaj, L. (2014). The consequences of agenda-setting effects for political trust, participation, and protest behavior. Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media, 58, 4, 634-654. DOI:10.1080/08838151.2014.966363
  • Camaj, L. (2014). Need for orientation, selective exposure and attribute agenda-setting effects. Mass Communication and Society, 17, 689-712. doi: 10.1080/15205436.2013.835424
  • Camaj, L. (2014). Media use and political trust in an emerging democracy: Setting the institutional trust agenda in Kosovo. International Journal of Communication 8. http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/2107
  • Camaj, L. (2013). The media’s role in fighting corruption: Media effects on governmental accountability. The International Journal of Press/Politics, 18, 21-42. doi: 10.1177/1940161212462741
  • Camaj, L. & Weaver, D. H. (2013). Need for orientation and attribute agenda-setting effects during a U.S. election campaign. International Journal of Communication 7. http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/1921
  • Camaj, L. (2013). Setting the political culture agenda: The impact of media use on political culture and participation in Kosovo. In Tom Johnson (Ed) Agenda Setting in a 2.0 World: New Agendas in Communication. Rutledge Press.
  • Camaj, L. (2010). Media framing through stages of a political discourse: International news agencies’ coverage of Kosovo’s status negotiations. Journal of International Communication Gazette, 72, 635-653. doi: 10.1177/1748048510378147
  • Camaj, L. (2010). Gate-keeping the Gatekeepers: International community and Freedom of Information in Kosovo. Global Media Journal, 10 (7). http://lass.purduecal.edu/cca/gmj/fa10/graduate/gmj-fa10-grad-article8-camaj.htm
  • Camaj, L. (2010). Media effects in a transitional society: Setting the political agenda in the Kosovo elections of 2007. Central European Journal of Communication, 3 (2), 269-282. http://ptks.pl/cejc/wp-Content/uploads/2012/07/CEJC_Vol3_No2_Camaj.pdf
  • Ogan, C., Bashir, M., Camaj, L., Luo, Y., Gaddie, B., Pennington, R., Rana, S., & Salih, M. (2009). Development communication: The state of research in an era of ICTs and globalization. Journal of International Communication Gazette, 71, 655-670. doi: 10.1177/1748048509345060

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Recent Conference Presentations

  • Camaj, L. Media and Politics Beyond post-Communism: the Power Relationship between Journalists and Political Elites in South-Eastern Europe. Presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Media (AEJMC), Montreal, CA, August 2014.
  • Camaj, L. The freedom of information right and the promise of the “Good Life.” Presented at the annual convention of the International Communication Association (ICA), Seattle, WA, May 2014.
  • Camaj, L. & Santana, A. Political Discourse on Facebook during Presidential Elections: the role of moderator and political ideology for online deliberation. Presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Media (AEJMC), Washington, DC, August 2013.
  • Santana, A. & Camaj, L. Facebook as a campaign tool during the 2012 elections: A new dimension to agenda setting discourse. Presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Media (AEJMC), Washington, DC, August 2013.
  • Camaj, L. Uses and misuses of the Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation in transitional societies. Presented at the annual convention of the International Communication Association (ICA), London, June 2013.
  • Camaj, L. Governmental Transparency and Journalists' Access to Information in Albania and Kosovo: The impact of freedom of information (FOI) legislation. Presented at the international conference Montenegrin Media Dialogues, Bar, Montenegro, May 2013.
  • Camaj, L. Need for Orientation, Selective Exposure and Attribute Agenda-Setting Effects: Change versus Reinforcement. Presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Media (AEJMC), Chicago, August 2012.
  • Camaj, L. Media Use and Political Trust in an Emerging Democracy: Setting the Institutional Trust Agenda. Presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Media (AEJMC), Chicago, August 2012.

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Awards and Honors

  • Emerging Scholars Grant, 2014-2015, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), $2,500
  • Small Grant Program Award, 2014-2015, University of Houston, $3,000
  • New Faculty Research Award, 2012-2013, University of Houston, $6,000
  • Frances G. Wilhoit Research Award, 2010, Indiana University
  • Dissertation Grant-in-Aid, 2010, Indiana University, $1000
  • Roy W. Howard Fellowship, 2009/2010, Indiana University, $9,300
  • Top Student Paper Award, 2009, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
  • Pre-dissertation Research Award, 2008, Indiana University, $3,000
  • Graduate Journalism Fellowship, 2006-2009, Indiana University, $27,000
  • Floyd G. Arpan Fellowship, Fall 2006, Indiana University, $500
  • Ron Brown Scholarship, 2003/2005, U.S. Department of State, $52,240

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Professional Journalism Experience

  • Senior Reporter, 2005-2006, "Koha Ditore" national daily newspaper, Pristina, Kosovo
  • Public Relations Assistant, 2004, National Albanian American Council, New York, NY
  • Reporter, 1999-2003, "Koha Ditore" national daily newspaper, Pristina, Kosovo
  • Correspondent/Freelance, 2001-2006, Institute of War and Peace Reporting
  • Correspondent, December 2001-2003, "Koha Vision" national TV station, Kosovo
  • Radio News Producer, 2000, "Radio Free Europe", Prague, Czech Republic

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