Media Maker / Raconteur / Roustabout
Patrick T. Lafferty is an award-winning mass communicator specializing in production and content management, as well as Assistant Professor and Lead Faculty Member of Interactive Media at Johnson County Community College (JCCC). Before joining the faculty at JCCC, Professor Lafferty managed and taught a staff of 200+ student journalists the ways of the new media landscape, while serving as web master to 39 web sites affiliated with the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at The University of Kansas.
Outside of his teaching duties, Professor Lafferty’s attention focuses on his campus service work and his community work with the Blue Valley School District’s CAPS program. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Political Science from The University of Kansas, followed by graduate work at The University of Kansas School of Law and a Master of Science in Journalism and Mass Communications from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at The University of Kansas. Lafferty is the author of Implications of Ownership: Applying the propaganda model to media ownership theory. His research focuses on the democratic impact of media consolidation and conglomeration, community journalism, implementations of technology for news dissemination, evolution of the news industry, as well as the ever-changing internet journalism landscape.