Lindita Camaj, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

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

Lindita Camaj is an assistant professor at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication. She got her PhD and MA at the Indiana University School of Journalism, concentrating on political and international communication. Her dissertation investigates media effects on citizens’ political trust and participation in South-Eastern Europe. Her broad research and teaching interests include media role in democratization, agenda-setting and priming effects, the interaction between journalism and culture, and freedom of information (FOIa) legislation. Her scholarly work has been awarded by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and published at the International Journal of Press/Politics, 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 at Indiana University
  • MA in Journalism and Mass Communication at Indiana University  
  • BA in English Language and Literature at University of Pristina, Pristina, Kosovo
  • Professional School of Journalism Certificate 

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Research Interests

  • Political Communication: Media effects on political culture (trust, efficacy and participation), the impact of the news media on government, media and elections.
  • International Communication: News media role in democratic transitions, Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation in transitional societies, media institutions and journalism practices in post-Communist countries, international media institutions and their effects.  
  • New media and political communication

Teaching

  • Journalism skills: Reporting, writing, editing; Opinion Writing & Blogging; International Reporting
  • International Communication: Media & Globalization; International Media Systems; Media and Democratic Consolidation in East Europe.
  • Political Communication: Media and Politics; Media and Electoral Campaigns.   
  • Mass Communication Theory: Mass Comm Theory and Research, Media effects (agenda-setting, priming, framing),
  • Quantitative Research Methods: statistics, SPSS

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Scholarly Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Camaj, L. (forthcoming, 2014). Need for orientation, selective exposure and attribute agenda-setting effects. Mass Communication and Society 16, 6.
  • 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 (1), 21-42.  
  • Camaj, L. & and 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. (2010). Media framing through stages of a political discourse: International news agencies' coverage of Kosovo's status negotiations. Journal of International Communication Gazette, 72 (7), 635-653.   
  • Camaj, L. (2010). Gate-keeping the Gatekeepers: International community and Freedom of Information in Kosovo. Global Media Journal, 10 (7).     
  • 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.
  • 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(8), 655-670. 
  • Lindita Camaj (2013). The media’s role in fighting corruption: Media effects on governmental accountability. The International Journal of Press/Politics, 18 (1), 21-42.

Peer Reviewed Conference Presentations

  • Camaj, L. & Santana, A. (2013). 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. (2013). 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. (2013). Uses and misuses of the Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation in transitional societies. Presented at the annual convention of the International Communication Association, London, June 2013.
  • Camaj, L. (2013). Governmental Transparency and Journalists' Access to Information in Albania and Kosovo. Presented at the international conference Montenegrin Media Dialogues, Bar, Montenegro, May 2013.
  • Camaj, L. (2012). 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. (2012). 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.
  • Camaj, L. (2011). Setting the political culture agenda: The impact of media use on political culture and participation in Kosovo. 2.0 Agenda-setting conference, University of Texas, Austin, September 2011.
  • Camaj, L. & Weaver, D. H. (2010). Need for Orientation and Attribute Agenda-Setting effects During a U.S. Election Campaign. Presented at the annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Braga, Portugal, July 2010.
  • Camaj, L. (2010). Media and Corruption: Media Effects on Horizontal and Vertical Accountability. Presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Media (AEJMC), Denver, August 2010.
  • Camaj, L. (2009). Competing agendas in 2007 Kosovo Elections: Who sets the agenda for whom? Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Boston, August 2009
    *Won Top Student Paper award
  • Camaj, L. (2009). Gate-keeping the Gatekeepers: International Community and Freedom of Information in Kosovo. Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Boston, August 2009.
  • Camaj, L., Hong, S. C., Lanosga, G. & Luo, Y. (2009). Political Discourse on Facebook: A New Public Sphere? Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Boston, August 2009.
  • Camaj, L. (2009). The smuggling of the public information in Kosovo: Uses and misuses of the Freedom of Information legislation in a transitional country. Presented at the “Beyond East and West“ conference at the Central European University, Budapest, June 2009.
  • Camaj, L. (2008). Government Publicity, Public Sphere and Media in South-Eastern Europe: Analysis of the Freedom of Information Legislation. Presented at the annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Stockholm, July 2008.
  • Camaj, L. (2008). New World Order and the “Voices“: International Radio Broadcasters after the Cold War. Presented at the annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Stockholm, July 2008.
  • Camaj, L. (2008). Media framing through stages of a political discourse: International news agencies’ coverage of Kosovo’s status Negotiations. Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Chicago, August 2008.

Book Chapters and Book Reviews

  • 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. (forthcoming). Democratizing the state, democratizing the media.  Review of the book The Media in Transitional Democracies, by Katrin Voltmer (Cambridge: Polity Press). The International Journal of Press/Politics.
  • Camaj, L. (2011). International Communication at the Intersection of the Global & the Local. Review of the book International Media Communication in a Global Age, edited by G. J. Golan, T. J. Johnson and W. Wanta (New York, London: Routledge). Global Media Journal, 11(8).

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Teaching Ativities

COMM 1301 Media and Society, Fall 2013/Spring 2014, University of Houston
COMM 4314 – Social Issues in Journalism, Fall 2011/Spring 2014, University of Houston
COMM 4310 – Opinion Writing, Fall 2011, 2012, 2013 /Spring 2012, 2013, University of Houston
COMM 6397 Media and Globalization, Spring 2012/2013, University of Houston
COMM 7397 Media and Politics, Fall 2012, University of Houston
COMM 4397 Media and Electoral Campaigns, Fall 2012, University of Houston
C201 – Hot Topics in Journalism and Mass Communication, Spring 2011, Indiana University
J200 – Reporting, Writing, and Editing, Fall 2007/Fall 2008, Indiana University
J110- Foundations of Journalism and Mass Media, Fall 2006/Spring 2007, Indiana University

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Awards, Grants and Fellowships

New Faculty Research Award, 2012-2013, University of Houston, $6,000
Frances G. Wilhoit Research Award, 2010, Indiana University School of Journalism
Dissertation Grant-in-Aid, 2010, Indiana University School of Journalism, $1000
Roy W. Howard Fellowship, 2009/2010, Indiana University School of Journalism, $9,300
Top Student Paper Award, 2009, Association for Education in  Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
Conference Travel Grants, 2008/2010, Indiana University School of Journalism

  • $1,000 for travel to present research at AIMCR annual convention, Stockholm, July 2008
  • $ 500 for travel to present research at AEJMC annual convention, Chicago, August 2008
  • $ 500 for travel to present research at "Beyond East and West" conference at the Central European University, Budapest, June 2009.
  • $ 600 for travel to present research at AEJMC annual convention, Boston, August 2009
Conference Travel Grant, 2009, Central European University, Budapest
  • $ 400 for travel to present research at "Beyond East and West" conference at the Central European University, Budapest, June 2009
Conference Travel Grant, 2009, IU Graduate and Professional Students Organization, $250
Pre-dissertation Travel Grant, 2008, Indiana University
  • Granted by the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, the Office of Research and University Graduate School, $3,000
Conference Travel Grant, 2008, International Association for Media and Communication Research
  • $ 1,000 for travel to present research at AIMCR annual convention in Stockholm
Graduate Journalism Fellowship, 2006-2009, Indiana University School of Journalism
  • $27,000 granted for three consecutive years 
Floyd G. Arpan Fellowship, Fall 2006, Indiana University School of Journalism  , $500
Ron Brown Scholarship, 2003/2005, U.S. Department of State
  • $ 52,240 grated to complete the masters degree at Indiana University

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Professional Journalism Experience

Senior Reporter, "Koha Ditore" national daily newspaper, October 2005/July 2006, Kosovo
Public Relations Assistant, Summer 2004, National Albanian American Council, New York, NY
Reporter, 1999/2003, "Koha Ditore" national daily newspaper, Pristina, Kosovo  
Reporter, 2001/2002, Institute of War and Peace Reporting, London based news service
TV Reporter, December 2001/July 2003, "Koha Vision" national TV in Kosovo
Radio News Producer, January 2000/march 2000, "Radio Free Europe", Prague, Czech Republic

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Professional Membership

  • International Communication Association (ICA), 2008/present 
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), 2008/present  
  • Indiana University Journalism Alumni Association, board member, 2007/2011  
  • Indiana University Journalism Graduate Student Council, board member, 2006/200
  • Association of Professional Journalists in Kosovo, elected board member, 2005/2006  

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