2012 - 2013 Faculty Senate Research Grant ($9,770 competitive West Virginia University grant). “Does Media Financial Interest Drive News and Editorial Coverage? A Longitudinal Examination of Coverage and Editorial Framing of the FCC’s 2002, 2006, and 2010 Review of Media Ownership Rules.” Currently in the analysis stage of this extensive, multi-year sample.
2011 - 2012 Faculty Innovation Grant ($3,000). Used to support summer research on agenda cutting.
2011 Summer Research Funding ($2,777 competitive grant). Used to support summer research to write and edit my 100-page monograph.
2009 P.I. Reed School of Journalism Summer Research Grant ($3,000 competitive grant). Used for research that examined extramedia sources of influence (advertising, public relations, political/governmental officials) on news coverage decisions, using three theoretical approaches (agenda building, frame building, agenda cutting), based on a national survey of TV reporters: “TV Reporter Perceptions of Extramedia Influences on News Content and Coverage Decisions.”
2007 Minnie S. and Eli A. Rubinstein Research Award ($2,700 competitive University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill grant). Used to support dissertation research.
***Information about professional-development and travel grants is available upon request and is included on my CV.***
Second Place Paper. Rita F. Colistra, Coverage and Editorial Framing of the FCC’s 2003 Review of Media Ownership Rules: A Comparison of the Cross-Owners and the Print Purists, Media Management and Economics Division, National Convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, DC, August 2007.
Alpha Epsilon Lambda. National Academic Honor Society for Graduate and Professional Students, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Inducted 2006
Third Place Paper. Rita F. Colistra, Strength and Success in the Weekly Newspaper Industry: A Theoretical Model of Ownership and Resource Partitioning, Media Management and Economics Division, National Convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, San Antonio, TX, August 2005.
Roy H. Park Doctoral Fellowship. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Awarded 2004 – 2007
Kappa Tau Alpha. National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communication, West Virginia University, Inducted 2004
Graduate Advising Assistantship. West Virginia University, Awarded 2003
Gamma Beta Phi. Honors and Service Society, West Virginia University, Inducted 1998