Anthony Adornato is chair of the Broadcast and Digital Journalism Department at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. A dual citizen of the U.S. and Italy, he also teaches as a visiting scholar at IULM University in Milan. He previously was an associate professor of journalism at Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications. His teaching and research focus on the role of mobile and social media in journalism.
In 2020, Adornato was named a Fulbright Scholar in recognition of his international expertise on the topic. He is the author of the book Mobile and Social Media Journalism: A Practical Guide for Multimedia Journalism (Routledge).
Prior to working in academia, Adornato was a television anchor, reporter, and producer. Adornato found his passion for journalism at an early age. He began interning in newsrooms when he was a middle school student. Following his career as a full-time journalist, Adornato transitioned to higher education.
As a journalism professor, the most rewarding experiences for Adornato involve student experiential learning. He has co-managed industry collaborations with NBC News, PBS NewsHour, and NPR. For each outlet, a team of students and he covered major news stories, including the 2017 U.S. Presidential Inauguration, events in Memphis commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, and the 2016 South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary. These ongoing collaborations give students unparalleled hands-on experience.
Adornato’s research has been published in academic journals, including Electronic News and The Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law. His research has investigated the impact of social media and mobile news consumption on the responsibilities of journalists; newsroom social media policies; news outlets’ “ownership” of their reporters’ social media accounts; and how user-generated content influences editorial decisions.
He regularly presents at international and national journalism conferences. Adornato has been interviewed about his research and the topic of fake news by news outlets, including the Associated Press, The New York Times, BBC News, and Germany’s Deutsche Welle News.
Adornato earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. Fluent in Italian, he holds an Italian language certification from the Università per Stranieri di Siena.
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