Gayane Torosyan

Title: Associate Professor

Degrees: - Ph.D. in Mass Communications; University of Iowa, 2003 - M.A. Professional in Journalism; University of Iowa, 1997 - B.S. (Five-year degree) in Mathematics; Yerevan State University in Yerevan, Armenia

Telephone: (607) 436-2451

Course History:

  1. MCOM 252, Writing for Radio, Television and Film
  2. MCOM 262, Reporting
  3. MCOM 286, Research Methods in Mass Media
  4. MCOM 253, Audio Production
  5. MCOM 259, Mass Media and Culture (Spring 2007)
  6. MCOM 353 (Spring 2007) Audio Documentary Production
  7. COMM 227 Discussion

Other Information:

Trilingual (Armenian, Russian and English) Please visit my personal web site:

Scholarly Publications:

EARwitness Testimony: Applying Listener Perspectives to Developing a Working Concept of “Localism” in Broadcast Radio

G Torosyan, C Munro - Journal of Radio & Audio Media, 2010 - Taylor & Francis Ever since the introduction of new technologies such as satellite, Internet and cable radio, the concept of “local” has been at the center of a debate in the radio industry. Ownership consolidation has led to concerns about the loss of “local identity.” Broadcast radio news ... Cited by 2 Related articles All 2 versions Cite

Editor's Remarks M Brown - 2010 - Taylor & Francis ... Gayane Torosyan and Charles Munro examine the concept of “local identity” in radio news and whether the introduction of new audio media requires new conceptions of localism that are less dependent on geographic location. ... All 2 versions Cite

Renegotiating media in the post-Soviet era: western journalistic practices in the Armenian radio programme Aniv

G Torosyan, K Starck - International Journal of Media & Cultural …, 2006 - Abstract: This study explored the interplay of Soviet-style and western journalistic conventions by examining an Armenian commercial radio news programme, Aniv, which is broadcast nationally and produced through an American-funded non-governmental ...

An Imperfect Mirror: Analysis of Armenian and Azerbaijani Media Coverage of Recent Diplomatic Initiatives

G Torosyan, E Schwartz - Abstract Using a propaganda model, this study explores media coverage in Armenia and Azerbaijan regarding the war around Nagorno-Karabakh and the context of the recent diplomatic efforts between Turkey and Armenia. Based on interviews with media workers ... Related articles

G. Torosyan - In the Shadow of Borat. Taboo: the Journal of Culture and Education

10-17-2013 "Nobody Wants to Eat Them Alive:” Ethical Dilemmas and Dual Media Narratives on Domestic Rabbits as Pets and Commodity


Professional Interests:

  • International media practices and training
  • Broadcast media, radio broadcasting
  • Intercultural communication
  • Collaborated with NPR on several projects
  • Created and hosted an award-winning news magazine on Iowa Public Radio

Hobbies and Personal Interests:

  • Visiting my daughters in New York City and Phoenix
  • Digital audio editing
  • Cooking and baking
  • Outdoor jogging and mountain-hiking
  • Playing piano and listening to music


Major Program areas

Communication Studies

introduces students to the theories and practices of oral communication and persuasion. Students in this major usually seek careers in business related fields, as well as corporate communication, advertising, sales, public relations, and events management.


Mass Communication

is designed to meet the needs of students who seek careers in the fields of broadcasting, journalism, film, audio production and video production.