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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Steven Smethers


Director; Associate Professor, JDM Sequence
Office: Kedzie 104A | 532-1110 | smethers@ksu.edu


Dr. J. Steven Smethers is the Director of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, an appointment he has held since June 2019. 

Smethers teaches MC 110 Mass Communications in Society, the school’s basic introductory course, which draws hundreds of students from across campus each semester. He also teaches in such areas as community journalism, media convergence, media management, and qualitative research.

A former Kansas broadcaster, Dr. Smethers is a member of the board of directors of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Foundation, and he is a past member of the KAB board of directors. His background in local broadcasting has yielded a research agenda that is grounded in community journalism and engagement, and he has conducted research designed to help Kansas communities explore alternative media delivery sources for relaying community news. His community journalism research interests have also yielded regional histories of local broadcasting, and how rural radio stations reflected the rural lifestyles of the people they served.

Smethers’ research has been published in such journals as the Newspaper Research Journal, Journal of Radio Studies and American Journalism