Office/Department: Mass Communication
Location: Bangsberg Hall 203
Phone: (218) 755-3904
Box #: 16
Valica Boudry started teaching at Bemidji State University in 2001. She has a B.A. in visual communication and news writing from The University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, an M.A. in journalism from The University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in communication and public discourse from the University of North Dakota.
Valica came to teaching from a professional journalism background in both photojournalism and news writing. She has worked covering news in northern Michigan for The Detroit Free Press, Associated Press and The Detroit News. Valica has also worked as a photojournalist in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the Associated Press and St. Paul Pioneer Press, as well as a staff photographer at the Grand Rapids Press in Michigan.
Her research interests are in cultural communication and media representation of cultural values. She recently finished a pilot project training reporters in ethnojournalism, a hybrid model of ethnography and journalism, which teaches reporters how to integrate qualitative research methods into the way they gather and think about news. She researches communication methods that facilitate genuine diversity in communication, which encompasses varied perspectives in areas such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and religion.
Valica is also interested in the changing technology of news delivery and keeps up to date with new media practices. She teaches classes in digital photography, computer-assisted reporting, news writing and communication theory and research.