Janet Steele

Prof. Janet Steele

Title:
Director
Faculty: Associate
Office:
508A Hours for Fall: Tuesdays, 2-3:30 and by appointment)
Address: School of Media and Public Affairs
805 21st Street NW
Suite 508A
Washington, District Of Columbia
20052
Phone: 202-994-4220
Fax: 202-994-5806
Email:
jesteele@gwu.edu

Areas of Expertise

The history, ideology and professional practices of journalism; journalism in Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, East Timor); narrative journalism; media in the developing world

Janet Steele is an Associate Professor of Journalism at the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.  She received her Ph.D. in History from the Johns Hopkins University, and is especially interested in how culture is communicated through the mass media.  She is a frequent visitor to Southeast Asia, where she lectures on topics ranging from the role of the press in a democratic society to specialized courses on narrative journalism.  Her book Wars Within: The Story of Tempo, an Independent Magazine in Soeharto’s Indonesia focuses on Tempomagazine and its relationship to the politics and culture of New Order Indonesia.  Awarded two Fulbright teaching and research grants, she has served as a State Department speaker-specialist in Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, the Philippines, East Timor, Taiwan, Burma, Sudan, Egypt, India, and Bangladesh.  The author of numerous articles on journalism theory and practice, her most recent book Email Dari Amerika [Email from America] is a collection of newspaper columns written in Indonesian and originally published in the newspaper Surya. She is currently working on a book on journalism and Islam in the Malay Archipelago.

 

Education

Ph.D., American Cultural History, The Johns Hopkins University, 1986
M.A., History, The Johns Hopkins University, 1982
B.A., History, The College of William and Mary, 1979

Publications

“Journalism and Islam in Indonesia and Malaysia, Five Approaches,” Studia Islamika, Vol. 21, no. 3 (2014):  pp. 459-487.

Trial by the Press:  an Examination of Journalism, Islam, and Ethics in Indonesia and Malaysia,” The International Journal of Press/Politics 18 (July 2013) 342–359. 

Journalism and ‘the call to Allah’: Teaching journalism in Indonesia’s Islamic Universities and State Institutes,” International Journal of Communication, Vol, 6 (2012):  pp. 2944–2961.

"The Making of the 1999 Indonesian Press Law," Indonesia, October 2012, 94:  pp. 1-22.

Justice and journalism: Islam and journalistic values in Indonesia and Malaysia,Journalism vol. 12, July 2011, pp. 533-549.

http://web.ccas.gwu.edu/dev/filehost/8/Journalism article Janet Steele.pdfProfessionalism Online: How Malaysiakini Challenges Authoritarianism The International Journal of Press/Politics vol. 14, January 2009, pp. 91-111.

The Voice of East Timor: Ideology, and the Struggle for Independence, Asian Studies Review, Vol. 31, September 2007, pp. 261-282.

Wars Within: The Story of Tempo, an Independent Magazine in Soeharto's Indoesia. Equinox Publishing and the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, 2005.

The Sun Shines for All: Journalism and Ideology in the Life of Charles A. Dana. Syracuse University Press, 1993.

Representations of The Nation in Tempo Magazine, Indonesia 76 (October 2003) pp. 127-145.

Suara Dari Dalam: Majalah TEMPO, 1971-2001, in TEMPO: 30 Tahun (1971-2001). PT Tempo Inti media TBK, 2001. pp. 7-18. [The Voice of Their Hearts: TEMPO Magazine (1971-2001).]

"Into the Brightness: Goenawan Mohamad and the Influence of TEMPO Magazine, 1994-1998," conference on "Media in the Asia Pacific World: Press and Politics in Economic Crisis," The Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College, Pomona, California, October, 1998.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Explain: Unofficial Sources and Television Coverage of the Dispute Over Gays in the Military, Political Communication, Spring 1997.

Experts and the Operational Bias of Television News: The Case of the Persian Gulf War, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Vol. 72, No. 4, Winter 1995, pp. 799-812.

Classes Taught

SMPA 2101 Journalism and Mass Communication Theory and Practice
SMPA 3244 Narrative Journalism
SMPA 3471 Media in the Developing World
SMPA 2177 Media History