Kirstie Hettinga, Ph.D.
Kirstie Hettinga joined the Cal Lutheran faculty in 2013. She earned her doctorate in mass communication from Penn State and her bachelor's and master's degrees from California State University, Fresno. Dr. Hettinga teaches courses in journalism and serves as the faculty adviser to the student newspaper, The Echo. Her research addresses news media, especially print journalism and its relationship with the Internet. She is particularly interested in issues regarding transparency and accountability.
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, Communication
M.A., California State Univeristy, Fresno, Mass Communication
B.A., California State University, Fresno, Mass Communication & Journalism; Theater Arts
Appelman, A. & Hettinga, K. “Error message: Creation of a revised codebook for analysis of newspaper corrections,” Newspaper Research Journal 40(1).
Hettinga, K., Appelman, A., Otmar, C., Posada, A. & Thompson, A. (2018). "Comparing and contrasting corrected errors at four newspapers." Newspaper Research Journal 39(2).
Hettinga, K. E. (2018) "Exploring how college media advisers teach accuracy." College Media Review 55.
Hettinga, K. E. & Appelman, A. (2016) "Repeating error lowers perception of correction's importance." Newspaper Research Journal 37(3).
Hettinga, K. E. (2016) “Student newspaper manuals need clarification on correction practices.” Published in the proceedings of the World Journalism Education Congress, Auckland, New Zealand.
Hettinga, K. E. (2016) “Newswriting textbooks earn low grades for teaching accuracy.” Published in the proceedings of the World Journalism Education Congress, Auckland, New Zealand.
Hettinga, K. E., Clark, R. & Appelman, A. (2016) “Exploring the Use of Corrections on College Newspapers’ Websites.” College Media Review 53.
Appelman, A. & Hettinga, K. E. (2015) "Do News Corrections Affect Credibility? Not Necessarily." Newspaper Research Journal.
Hettinga, K. E. (2014) “Initial Reactions to the New SPJ Code of Ethics.” Media Ethics 26(1).
Hettinga, K. E. & Appelman, A. (2014) "Corrections of Newspaper Errors Have Little Impact." Newspaper Research Journal 35(1).
Hettinga, K. E. (2013). "Obooma: A Case of Getting It Right." Media Ethics 25(1).
Hettinga, K. E. (2013). "Experiencing Error: How Journalists Describe What It's Like When The Press Fails." Journal of Mass Media Ethics 28(1).
Hettinga, K. E. (2013) "50 Shades of Gray... In Newspaper Accuracy." Media Ethics 24(1).
Hettinga, K. E. & Hardin, M. (2010)."Student Editors Need Help In Learning How To Use Codes of Ethics." Media Ethics 22(1).
- Grant Funding
2019 Community Leader Association grant $2,000.
2018 Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association Research Grant with Dr. Elizabeth Smith (Pepperdine), Dr. Lisa Lyon Payne (Virginia Wesleyan), and Dr. Jean Norman (Weber) $5,412.67
2017 Page and Johnson Legacy Scholar Grant with Dr. Alyssa Appelman (Northern Kentucky University) $2,000.