Academic Work

Lydia Reeves Timmins

244 Pearson Hall

Department of Communication

Newark, DE 19716

Telephone: 302.831.3567 (office)

302.521.4784 (cell)

Email: [email protected]



Ph.D.  Temple University, Mass Media & Communication              2010

Dissertation: Appealing to the Audience: How Local TV News Content Producers Learn about the Viewers

M.J.    Temple University, Master of Journalism                             2001

B.A.    The Pennsylvania State University, Telecommunications   1987

Manchester University, England                                          Spring 1987


Teaching Experience


University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware

Fall 2010-present                      Assistant Professor, Dept. of Communication

Spring 2008                              Guest Lecturer & Student Project Assessor

Spring 2004                              TV News Documentary, served as outside advisor


Widener University

Chester, Pennsylvania

Spring 2010                               Part-time Faculty, Communication Studies


Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2009-2010                                  Part-time Faculty, Department of Cinema & Television

2009-present                              Master’s theses advisor


Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Spring 2002                              BTMM 395, Senior Seminar, Ambler Campus

Spring 2003                              BTMM 55, Media Management & Organization

Guest Lecturer:

BTMM Master’s Colloquium

BTMM Journalism in Society

BTMM Intro to Mass Media


Teaching interests

Broadcast and Digital Journalism

Writing for TV and TV production

News Ethics

Research and Publications



Conference papers and presentations


Panel Member. From Newsroom to Classroom. BEA, 2014, Las Vegas, NV


Panel Member. Power Producing. BEA, 2014, Las Vegas, NV


Respondent. Educated Uncertainty: Four Perspectives on Teaching the Physics and Romance of TV Technology to Non-Technical Learners. BEA, 2014, Las Vegas, NV


Co-presenter. Digital Storytelling: From Social Media to Multimedia. Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, Bethesda, MD May 2013.


Panel Member. Academic Integrity in Skills Courses. BEA 2013, Las Vegas, NV.


Co-Presenter. Biology and Journalism: Writing Collaboratively.  Tuesday Tech Talk Series, University of Delaware, February 2013.


Timmins, L. R. (2012) From the Inside: Examining Audience Influence on Local TV News. Paper presented at BEA (Broadcast Educators Association) 2012, Las Vegas, NV. Paper won best debut paper award as well as first place in the News Division.


Panel Member. Transmedia Storytelling and Convergence: Teaching Students to Think of the Big Picture, BEA 2012, Las Vegas, NV.


Panel Member. Adventures in Academe: Professional Broadcasters Discuss Their New Careers in University Settings, BEA 2012, Las Vegas, NV.


Panel Member. The News Literacy Movement: An Issue with Answers, BEA 2012, Las Vegas, NV.


Panel Member. Industry-University Collaboration: Integrating Experiential Learning into the Television Curriculum, BEA 2012, Las Vegas, NV.

Learning Technology Consortium, 2011, Invited Faculty Presenter, “Open Textbooks in the Classroom”. (University of Delaware)


Middle East Partnership Initiative, 2011, Invited Speaker, “American Journalism and Persuasion”. (University of Delaware)


Public Engagement in Material Cultures Institute, 2011, Invited Speaker, “Creating the Story”. (University of Delaware)


Excellence in Journalism 2011, Invited Digital Media Reporter (RTDNA/SPJ)


Timmins, L. R. & Lombard, M (2003). When “Real” Seems Mediated: Anti-Presence. Paper presented at PRESENCE 2003, The 5th Annual International Workshop on Presence, in Aalborg, Denmark.


Timmins, L.R. (2003) Buying Into the Tech Revolution: How News Media Promote Human Technology Interaction. Paper presented at the 5th Annual SCAT Competitive Graduate Student Research Forum.




Timmins, L. (2013). “Report: BEA ‘Academic Integrity in Skills Courses’ Panel”, Media Ethics.  Spring 2013, V. 24, No. 2.


Timmins, L. (2011). “9/11 Remembered: The media 10 years later”, DFM News, September 7, 2011.


Timmins, L. R. (ongoing) “From the Newsroom to the Classroom” Bi-monthly articles posted to the website of RTDNA,  the world’s leading organization for electronic journalists.


Timmins, L.R. & Lombard M. (2005). When “Real” Seems Mediated: Inverse Presence.  PRESENCE: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments,14 (4), pp. 492-500.

Research interests


Digital/New Media

Local TV news

News ethics

Relationship between audience and media

Media convergence


Professional Experience

WCAU-TV (NBC10), Philadelphia, PA (1995-2009)


  • Produced weekend news and special projects
  • Field produced major news events; GOP Convention in 2000, 9-11 attack, Amish school shooting
  • New Jersey Bureau Chief 2000-2001
  • Created The 10! Show, lifestyle and news program


WDAF-TV, Kansas City, MO (1994-1995)

Producer, Newschannel 4 Saturday & Sunday Mornings

  • Managed morning crew of 10 people, produced special projects
  • Field produced Bob Dole Pres. announcement, and campaign stops

First State News, New Castle, DE (1990-1994)

Executive Producer/Assignment Manager

Produced daily newscast, ran assignment desk

Shot and edited as needed

Intern coordinator

WMGC-TV, Binghamton, NY (1988-1990)

Associate Producer and Reporter, 6 and 11pm Newscasts

   Shot, edited, wrote, produced and reported on air

Produced commercials


Professional Memberships


Fellow, Delaware Design Institute

AEJMC (reviewer: 2006-2010)

BEA (reviewer: 2011-2014)

2014-15 Research Chair, BEA News Division

Radio-Television Digital News Association (Education Blogger)

Society of Professional Journalists

Delaware Press Association


Awards and Recognition


Faculty Adviser, First Place, 2014 Delaware Press Association Communications Contest.


Faculty Adviser. “Grandma Never Texted: Changing Technology, Changing Relationships.” Nomination, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, College Long-Form Production. 2013.

Faculty Adviser. “Grandma Never Texted: Changing Technology, Changing Relationships.” Second place, Delaware Press Association 2013 Communication Contest.


Faculty Advisor, “The Quiet Riot: Apathy and Activism.” Honorable Mention, National Association of Press Women 2012 Communication Contest.


Faculty Advisor, “The Quiet Riot: Apathy and Activism.” First place, Delaware Press Association 2012 Communication Contest.


“Wednesday’s Child: Juiara” (2009) Adoption Exchange Association 2009 National Wednesday’s Child Award.


Reeves, L. (2006). “The Next Level: Producing newscasts that matter to audiences.” Communicator, May, 2006. p. 48.


“Wednesday’s Child: Farrakhan” (2005) Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association A. Wayne Mountain Award for Excellence in Communicating Veterinary Medical Contributions to Animal and Public Health to the Public


Panel member and Coach. (2004). “How to Get a Good Job in Journalism”. Society of Professional Journalists SuperRegional Conference.


Panel member. (2004). “Tech in Transition: The changing role of Public Relations and the Public Relations practitioner” Public Relations Society of America Tech2004.


“The 10! Show” (2003) Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) and Montgomery County ARC 2003 Media Awards


Keynote address. (2002) “Golden Rules for Good Writing”. Delaware Press Association’s 25th Anniversary.


Emmy Nomination. (2002). “The Philadelphia Regional Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences”, Magazine Format Broadcast “NBC 10 at 10”.


Emmy Nomination. (2001). “The Philadelphia Regional Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences”, Talk Program “Republican Convention”.


Presenter. (1999, 2000). “Writing for TV”. Wilmington Writers’ Workshop.


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