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J. Frazier Smith


Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Communication


Email: J. Frazier Smith
Phone: 937-229-5407
SJH 133


  • MSJ, Ohio University, 1991
  • B.A., Journalism, Indiana University, 1982


Frazier began teaching for the University of Dayton in 1998. He continues to serve as a valuable professional with News Center 7 (Cox Media Group) as a content producer for His professional experience spans more than 35 years and includes stints as a writer, editor, columnist and newsroom manager for The Cincinnati Enquirer, USA Today and Dayton Daily News. Frazier also is faculty adviser for Flyer News and is a recipient of the Ellen M. Murphy Award for Outstanding Faculty Adviser. 

Faculty perspective

"I love the family atmosphere of the faculty, and the willingness to help colleagues across disciplines. I continue to be humbled by the complete and selfless cooperation I have received from faculty members who have answered my requests to visit with my media classes over the years (faculty and staff from the Rec Plex, the athletic department, religious studies to name a few). I also love the direction that the university has taken in the area of diversity (faculty and student recruitment)."

Research interests

  • Multiculturalism and the news media
  • Diversity and the news media
  • Media and the black community
  • News writing as communication ("hard news" and public affairs journalism)
  • Storytelling as communication (feature writing, sports writing, profile writing)