Martin Smith-Rodden

Martin Smith-Rodden

Assistant Professor of Journalism


Room:AJ 354

About Martin Smith-Rodden

Dr. Martin Smith-Rodden is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication. He was a professional visual journalist for 25 years in three markets including at The Virginian-Pilot, the highest-honored newspaper in Virginia from 1986 to 2015. While there, he held positions as News Photo Editor, Daily Sections Photo Editor and was a member of the staff's Photo Leadership Team for nearly a decade. Dr. Smith-Rodden’s primary focus as a researcher is as a cognitive psychologist, exploring the practice and scholarship of visual journalism with a scientifically informed and research-based approach. Much of his research focuses on how human behavior interacts with media content and technology, including media effects. Other interests include development of evidence based practices, topics in visual ethics, diversity and inclusion in the field, as well as solutions-based and advocacy photojournalism. Dr. Smith-Rodden is committed to his students and to their success. He is a resource and an ally, offering tips on how to succeed, including his policy for a written letter of recommendation.




  • Ph.D., Applied Experimental Psychology, Old Dominion University
  • M.S., Experimental Psychology/Cognitive concentration, Old Dominion University
  • B.A., Social Sciences, Virginia Wesleyan College

Selected Research and Publications


Honors and Recognitions


  • National Press Photographer's Photo Editor of the Year/Best of Photojournalism competition, May 2011
  • Regional (Mid-Atlantic) Photographer of the Year in 1996
  • Frequent national honors in picture editing

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Intro to Photo Story 212 1 1530 - 1645 T R AJ, room 360
Senior Honors Projec 499 37 0000 - 0000
Media and Society 101 1 0930 - 1045 T R AJ, room 289
Media and Society 101 2 1100 - 1215 T R AJ, room 289
Advanced Photo Story 437 1 0000 - 0000
Advanced Photo Story 437 1 1400 - 1515 T R AJ, room 363