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Former reporter earns Ph.D. from Missouri School of Journalism

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Former reporter earns Ph.D. from Missouri School of Journalism

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  • Former Canton Herald reporter Terry L. Britt, left, stands with Missouri School of Journalism Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Dr. Earnest Perry on Dec. 14, 2018, following the doctoral hooding ceremony at the Hearnes Center

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Terry L. Britt, a longtime former reporter for the Canton Herald and its sister newspapers in the Van Zandt Newspapers LLC family, earned his doctorate in journalism from the University of Missouri on Dec. 14, 2018.

Dr. Britt’s dissertation at Missouri includes the establishment of a new media psychology concept, mediated temporal consciousness, with interview-based research linking semantic (information-based) memory and episodic (personally experienced) memory in humans with news events.

The Missouri School of Journalism is the oldest degree-awarding college journalism program in the United States, having been established in 1908 by Walter Williams. Its Ph.D. program was the first in the world when it was established in 1934. Dr. Britt spent the past three and one-half years as a graduate teaching fellow in the program, instructing courses in the school’s undergraduate program, which enrolls about 2,000 students each year.

Prior to arriving at the University of Missouri, Dr. Britt had earned a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin in 2015 and a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Texas at Tyler in 2013.

He worked as a reporter for the Canton Herald and also wrote articles for its sister newspapers from 1994-2001 and again from 2007-2013. Dr. Britt begins as assistant professor of digital journalism for the Spring 2019 semester at Texas A&M University at Commerce this month.

While completing his doctorate at Missouri, Dr. Britt married the former Amy Elizabeth Downing Crews, of Columbia, on May 20, 2017. They have one son, Jesse Crews, 14, and Dr. Britt has another son, Ryan Britt, 27, of Pantego, Texas, who is a psychology major through the online degree program at Southern New Hampshire University.