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Lindita Camaj, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor

Professor
  • Office: Communications Bldg, Room #222
  • Email: lcamaj@central.uh.edu
  • Phone:  713-743-1656 

Lindita Camaj is an associate 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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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 4397 Data Journalism
  • 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

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Selected Publications

  • Ardent, F., Northup, T. & Camaj, L. (2017). Selective exposure and news media brands: Implicit and explicit attitudes as predictors of news choice. Media Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/15213269.2017.1338963
  • Camaj, L. (2016). Blurring the boundaries between journalism and activism: A transparency agenda-building case study from Bulgaria. Journalism. doi:10.1177/1464884916677757
  • Camaj, L. (2016). Between a rock and a hard place: Consequences of media clientelism for journalist-politician power relationships in the Western Balkans. Global Media and Communication, 12(3), 229-246. doi:10.1177/1742766516675649
  • Camaj, L. (2016). From 'window dressing' to 'door openers'? Freedom of Information
  • legislation, public demand, and state compliance in South East Europe. Government Information Quarterly, 23(2), 346–357. doi:10.1016/j.giq.2016.03.001
  • Camaj, L. (2016). Governments' uses and misuses of Freedom of Information laws in emerging European democracies: FOI laws' impact on news agenda-building in Albania, Kosovo, and Montenegro. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 93(4), 923-945DOI: 10.1177/1077699015610073
  • Camaj, L. & Santana, A. (2015). Political deliberation on Facebook: the role of moderator and political ideology for online deliberation. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 12(4).  Doi:10.1080/19331681.2015.1100224
  • Santana, A., & Camaj, L. (2015). Facebook as a campaign tool during the 2012 elections: A new dimension to agenda setting discourse. The Journal of Social Media in Society, 4,2. http://www.thejsms.org/index.php/TSMRI/article/view/109/61
  • 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. & 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, 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. (with Temple Northup, Regina Dennis, Felicia Russell and Jared Monmouth). "Dual screening the candidate agenda: The Moderating Role of Communication Technologies and Need to Evaluate for Attribute Agenda-Setting Effects of Presidential Debates." Presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Chicago, IL, August 2017.
  • Camaj, L. (with Jeannine Relly, University of Arizona, & Rajdeep Pakanati, Jindal Global University.) "The impact of Freedom of Information laws on journalists' news production: FOI laws as channels of newsgathering in Bulgaria and India."  Presented at the International Communication Association, San Diego, 2017
  • Camaj, L. (with *Florian Ardent & Temple Northup). "Selective Exposure and News Media Brands: Implicit and Explicit Attitudes as Predictors of News Choice." Presented at the International Communication Association, San Diego, 2017
  • Camaj, L. (2016). Blurring the boundaries between journalism and activism: A transparency agenda-building case study from Bulgaria. Presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Minneapolis, MI, August 2016.
  • Camaj, L., Dashtabadi, M., & Davis, S. (2016). Need for orientation, motivated reasoning and attribute agenda-setting effects. Presented at the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR), Austin, TX, May 2016.
  • Camaj, L. (2015). Freedom of information initiatives and the delivery of diminished goals. Presented at the annual convention of the Global Fusion consortium, Station College, TX, September, 2015. 
  • Camaj, L. (2015). Media use of freedom of information law to set the news agenda in Bulgaria. Presented at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), San Francisco, CA, August 2015. 
  • Camaj, L. (2015). From 'window dressing' to 'door openers'?: Freedom of Information legislation, public demand, and state compliance in emerging democracies. Presented at the annual convention of the International Communication Association (ICA), San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 2015.
  • Camaj, L. (2014). 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 Communication (AEJMC), Montreal, CA, August 2014. 
  • Camaj, L. (2014). 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.

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Grants & Awards

  • Carnegie Whitney Grant, 2017, "Storytelling with Data: A Resource Guide for data Journalism", $2,500
  • Research Progress Grant, 2016, University of Houston, $1,700
  • Emerging Scholars Award, 2015, Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, $2,500
  • Research Progress Grant, 2015, University of Houston, $3, 000
  • Small Grants Award, 2015, University of Houston, $3,000
  • New Faculty Research Award, 2012-2013, University of Houston, $6,000
  • Provosts Travel Award – University of Houston (2015, 2016). Recipient of award from Provost's office to support travel to conferences, $1,200 per year
  • Global Supplementary Grant, 2010, Open Society Foundation, $2,000 (declined)
  • Frances G. Wilhoit Research Award, 2010, Indiana University School of Journalism
  • Top Student Paper Award, 2009, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

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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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