Robert J. de Maria Professor of Journalism & Mass Communications Emeritus

Robert J. de Maria
Curriculum Vitae


1971 MS-Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y. (Public Communication--The Newhouse School)
1968 BA-St. JOHN FISHER COLLEGE Rochester, N.Y. (Literature)


Documentary Film (history of the genre)

Documentary Production

Literature of Journalism

Sports Reporting

Vietnam War


Current Courses

Intro to Mass Communications

Literature of Journalism

Sports Writing and Reporting

Documentary Film History and Criticism

Broadcast News Magazine

The Vietnam War and the Journalists Who Covered It

Past Courses

Broadcast Reporting

Broadcast Producing

Television Production

Public Affairs Reporting

Radio Management


Selected Publications

"Rockbridge Guitars: A study in Culture and Craft". A film in production for Virginia Public Television
"New Orleans: A Place Nobody Knows" It is a film funded through Operation Golden Rule. It deals with volunteers from the area who traveled to New Orleans to aid in the clean-up from Hurricane Katrina.

Student News Production. A paper and video tape presentation. Presented at the National Broadcasters Association/Broadcast Educators Association Meeting. Las Vegas, NV 2003

"Pyrokenesis" A film funded by the Virginia Council for the Arts. Deals with the art of Lee Sauder, an Iron Sculptor (2000)

"Lee: Beyond the Battles" - A Film for The Public Broadcasting System and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. (1994) (aired during the 2002 Broadcast Season)

"This Fragile Union" A film produced about Washington and Lee's acquisition of the Herreshoff and Reeves Porcelain Collections at Washington & Lee in 1998

"The Mock Convention" A Video taped Overview of the event (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000)

"The Honor System" A Video Taped presentation examining the system at Washington and Lee University. (1989 and 1995)

"Ethics in Broadcast Journalism-A Systems Approach" A Panel Presentation:Broadcast Education Association (1990)

"A Nutrition Primer" A five-part video series produced for the Valley Back Clinic and the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center. (1987-8)

"Washington and Lee University: Its History through Its Architecture" A video taped program, Washington and Lee University (1985)

"Your United Way and You" a locally produced series of videos presentations aimed at the Lexington/Rockbridge Community for the local United Way (1981-87)

"This is Rockbridge County" a multi-media presentation. Produced for the Lexington-Rockbridge Horse Center Steering Committee.


Virginia Association of Broadcast Educators
Virginia Association of Broadcast Educators
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
National Cable Television Association
Virginia Cable Television Association
Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
National Association of Broadcasters
Virginia Association of Broadcasters
Broadcast Education Association
College Media Advisers
National Federation of Community Broadcasters
American Film Institute
Diocesan Communications Commission: Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond

Offices Held

Board of Directors: Evans-McCann Production Co., Inc.
Board of Directors: Lime Kiln Arts. Lexington, VA
Board of Directors; Rubicon Productions, Baltimore, MD
Radio Management Council (National Federation of Community Broadcasters)
Professional Freedom and Responsibility Council (Broadcast Education Association)
National Ethics Committee (Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi)
Past President: Blue Ridge Chapter (Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi)
Vestry, RE Lee Memorial Episcopal Church (2005-2008)
Treasurer: Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce (1988-89)
President: Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce (1989-90)
President: Pastoral Council: St. Patrick's Church, Lexington, VA )1988-90)
Vestry, R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church, Lexington, VA (2007-2009)