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Kristie Bunton - Texas Christian University. Fort Worth, TX, US

Kristie Bunton Kristie Bunton

Dean and Professor of Journalism | Texas Christian University


Kristie Bunton's expertise lies in media ethics, media accountability, gender, race and class issues.



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TCU Presents: Elections, Journalism & the Media Landscape A Salute To Bob Schieffer




Kristie Bunton is an academic leader with a history of enhancing students' learning experiences and changing organizational culture in higher education. Skilled in journalism, editing, strategic thinking, and management. Strong media and communication professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Mass Communication Ethics and Law from Indiana University Bloomington.

Areas of Expertise (6)


Media Accountability

Media and Gender

Mass Media Ethics

Race and Class Issues


Education (3)

Indiana University - Bloomington: Ph.D., Mass Communications and Law 1993

University of Missouri-Columbia: M.A., Journalism 1989

University of Missouri-Columbia: B.A., Journalism 1983

Affiliations (1)

  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Media Appearances (3)

5 Habits That Have Been Wiped Out By The Internet

HuffPost  online


But it’s not all bad: The physical part of reading the Sunday newspaper is gone for a lot of Americans, but at least reading the news on Sunday is still happening, said Kristie Bunton, dean and professor of journalism at the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Watching bad reality TV like MAFS can be good for you

ABC Life  


In The Ethics of Reality TV, Kristie Bunton points out that the Super Nanny taught parents it was OK to ask for help, while Project Runway challenged social norms around sexual orientation, race and ethnicity...

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TCU alumna’s villainess role on ‘Bachelor’ might not be reality

TCU 360  online


Such a label is not uncommon, according to Dr. Kristie Bunton, dean of TCU’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication. Bunton co-authored a study on the ethics of reality TV, which found that producers often look for cast members to fill specific roles they want to represent.

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Articles (1)

Practical Transparency: How Journalists Should Approach Digital Shaming and the Streisand Effect

Journal of Media Law & Ethics

2016 What has become known in Internet culture as the" Streisand Effect" occurs when a person seeks to minimize the harm of something posted online through censorious legal threats, which then backfire, leading to even more scrutiny and attention for the harmful post.

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