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Angelica Kalika


Dr. Angelica Kalika is a Lecturer in Communication at the University of California, San Diego and a recent PhD graduate at the University of Colorado Boulder in the College of Media, Communication, and Information. Angelica received her MA in Newsgathering from CU in 2012 and her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2006. She also attended the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2009 for her certificate in the Business and Management of Entertainment. 

Her research focuses on alternative information models in digital journalism, social and new media, and unique local broadcast ventures that add to a growing discussion on the future of normative news and media practices. Her conference papers have been accepted to AEJMC, ICA, the Popular Culture Association, San Diego Comic Con's Comic Arts Conference, Denver Comic Con's Page 23, the Rocky Mountain Communication Association. 

Before academia, Angelica worked as a digital media associate for The Climate Reality Project, freelanced as a multimedia journalist for a variety of news organizations along the Front Range, and contracted for various Los Angeles entertainment networks and studios in script development and communications. 

For her creative work, she worked as a research assistant for CU's the Digital Test Kitchen and the Muslims in the Mountain West video projects. She won awards from the Colorado Film Festival for “Best Documentary Directing” in 2013, “Best Short Form Directing” in 2014, won a student Emmy Award for work on CU Science Update, and her latest documentary project, as associate producer for "¿Cómo fue? A Cuban Journey," has toured the US on the festival circuit.

Her current work uses ethnographic qualitative research methods and looks at a community radio newsroom’s organizational culture, convergence, and how social and new media collide in a nonprofit station. Essentially looking at how technology leads to new newsroom practices and routines. She also has an interest in non-traditional journalism outlets, such as TMZ and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, to understand what traditional newsrooms can learn from these profitable and popular news entities. 

American News Media

History, politics, social organization, and ideology of the American news media. Surveys of the development of the news media as an institution, from earliest new newspapers to modern mass news media.

Law, Communication, and Freedom of Expression

Examination of the legal framework of freedom of expression in the United States. Covers fundamentals of First Amendment law studying key cases in historical content. Prior restraint, incitement, obscenity, libel, fighting words, public forum, campaign finance, commercial speech, and hate speech are covered.

Digital Journalism

Builds upon digital production skills through the creation of multimedia project. Applies media theory to evaluate digital media content and explore how digital forms influence the news industry, politics, culture, and society.

Media Law and Ethics 

Studies state and federal laws and court decisions that affect the media in order to develop knowledge of media rights and responsibilities and an understanding of the legal system. Provides students with an overview of the theorie, ethics, codes, and analytical models that are used in journalism, and introduces students to a variety of ethical issues that can arise in journalism.

Journalism Ethics and History

Examines how the depiction of journalists evolves over time through watching classic films. Also, the course studies how journalists depicted in film enact (or do not enact) ethical norms of the profession. Through the reading of cinema as text, and in conjunction with written texts, the class will discuss how these depictions in popular culture have, over time, impacted the way American society views the media.


Ferrucci, P., Painter, C.E., & Kalika, A. (2019). How market orientation affected coverage of marijuana legalization. Newspaper Research Journal.

Kalika, A., & Ferrucci, P(2019). Examining TMZ: What traditional digital journalism can learn from celebrity news. Communication Studies.

Kalika, A. (2017). Redeeming celebrity news: TMZs minority content. In T. G.
The Image of Redemption in Literature, Media, and Society: 2018 SASSI Conference Proceedings. Greeley, CO: University of Northern Colorado Press. 

Kalika, A. (expected 2021). Digital Journalism Tools. In G. Borchard, Encyclopedia of Journalism, 2nd edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

Conference Papers

Kalika, A. (2020). Organizational Culture in a Converged Community Radio Station - A Case Study Look at How News Is Made. Paper presented at Association for  Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, San Francisco, CA.

Kalika, A. (2020). How Does Golden Girls Hold Up Today? A Performative Gender Look at the Show's Feminist Plot Lines. Paper presented at the Page 23 Comic Conference, Denver Comic Con, Denver, CO. 

Kalika, A. (2018). TMZ and mass media: A love/hate relationship. Paper presented at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Washington, DC.

Kalika, A. (2018). Newsroom and the imagine audience: interviews from a local populist broadcast station. Paper presented at the International Communica- tion Association Preconference on Global Populism, Budapest, HU.

Kalika, A. (2018). Audience of broadcast: Agenda building in a digital newsroom. Paper presented at the 50 Years in Agenda Setting Research: Past and Future Perspectives Conference, Boulder, CO.

Kalika, A. (2018). The afterlife of a legend: Michael Jackson's legacy. Paper presented at the Page 23 Comic Conference, Denver Comic Con, Denver, CO.

Kalika, A. (2018). Redeeming celebrity news: TMZ’s minority content. Paper presented at Society for the Academic Study of Social Imagery Conference, Greeley, CO.

Kalika, A. (2018). Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and the
media abyss. 
Paper presented at Rocky Mountain Communication Associa- tion: Make Communication Great Again: Reclaiming the Role of Discourse, Denver, CO.

Ferrucci, P., Painter, C., Kalika, A. (2017). Weeding out the differences: Market orienta- tion’s effects on the coverage of marijuana legalization. Paper presented at As- sociation for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual con- ference (Media Ethics Division), Chicago, IL.

Kalika, A. (2017). Finding the Spider-Gwen community: Adventures in text and speech. Paper presented at the Comics Arts Conference at the San Diego Comic Con, San Diego, CA.

Kalika, A. (2017). Gwen Stacy: Derivative gone wild, clashing worlds of a feminist millennial. Paper presented at the Popular Culture Association, San Diego, CA.

Kalika, A. (2017). Living in fan world and I am a fan girl: Ethnography of communication look at Spider-Gwen fans. Paper
presented at the Page 23 Comic Conference, Denver Comic Con, Denver, CO.

Kalika, A. (2017). Funny is the call-to-action: How Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is beating the fourth estate. Paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Communication Association, Messages of Healing: Hope Across Genres, Den- ver, CO.

Kalika, A., & Ferrucci, P. (2016). Sex, drugs and sports 'n' divorce: How TMZ satisZies its audience. Paper presented at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference (Entertainment Studies Interest Group), Minneapolis, MN.