Dr. Tim Bajkiewicz
Associate Professor, Broadcast Journalism
B.A., M.A., University of Florida
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Tim Bajkiewicz ("Dr. B." to a lot of his students) is an associate professor of broadcast journalism who joined the faculty in fall 2008. In 2014-2015 he served as the School's interim associate director and was associate director from fall 2015-summer 2018. From 2010-2014 he served as the School's journalism sequence coordinator, and in spring 2014 was interim director of undergraduate studies. He's taught a number of different undergraduate and graduate courses.
From 2008-2016, and again in fall 2018, Dr. Bajkiewicz was the faculty instructor (through MASC 465 Newscasting), executive producer and co-news director for VCU InSight, the school’s 30-minute undergraduate student-produced TV news program that airs on WCVW-TV Richmond PBS. From 2013-2016 he co-taught and shared news director duties with Colleen (Reilly) Phelps, a longtime TV news reporter and anchor, most recently with WWBT-TV NBC12 in Richmond. In fall 2018 he worked with Robertson School colleague Dr. Mallory Perryman. The show’s production supervisor is Gary Gillam, a fellow faculty member who teaches video production courses.
VCU InSight was a finalist in 2016 for "Best All-Around Television Newscast" in the Society of Professional Journalists’ “Mark of Excellence” awards for Region 2 (Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Deleware and Washington D.C.), won first place in 2015, 2012 and 2010, and took third place in 2011.
Dr. Bajkieiwcz also taught courses in both the undergraduate journalism and graduate multimedia journalism programs, including MASC 203 Journalism Writing, MASC 367 Audio and Video Journalism, MASC 460 Advanced TV Newsgathering, MASC 645 Visual Journalism, MASC 684 Multiplatform Storytelling and MASC 688 Converged Media Applications.
Dr. B has extensive experience in international teaching and lecturing. In summer 2010 Dr. Bajkiewicz was a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Applied Sciences in St. Pölten, Austria through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. He taught undergraduate and graduate classes on multimedia journalism, media convergence and new media technologies and consulted university leadership and faculty on media curriculum development and convergence. (He was a guest lecturer in St. Pölten in summers 2008 and 2009.) In spring 2014 he was invited to lecture at the Communication University of China’s New Media Institute about online and visual journalism to deans, professors and professionals from across China. He's led five summer study abroad trips to Ireland.
His research on new media and news convergence has been published in the journal Electronic News and in two book chapters. He has also authored text book chapters about online writing and postmodern content analysis media research. He has presented dozens of peer-reviewed papers at refereed conferences in the U.S. and internationally.
Dr. B is an active member in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, "a nonprofit, educational association of journalism and mass communication educators, students and media professionals." He served as head of the Electronic News division for 2013-2014 and the 2014 conference in Montréal, Canada after serving as the Vice-Chair and Programming Chair for the 2013 conference in Washington, D.C. From 2004-2012 he served as the division’s webmaster. In fall 2015 he completed training as a site team member for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. From 2005-2006 he served as the elected Professional Freedom and Responsibility Chair for the AEJMC Mass Communication and Society. He is also active in other professional service. He’s a newsroom trainer for the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2011-2012 he served as president of the Ph.D. Alumni Association for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after successive officer positions the previous two years.
He began working in radio in 1987 and is an award-winning copywriter and documentary producer. His professional experience includes more than 10 years in broadcasting and media at ten different radio stations (including WNIC-FM Detroit, WRQN-FM Toledo and WRUF AM/FM Gainesville) with positions as a morning and afternoon radio on-air personality, news anchor and management positions in production and promotions. He has also worked extensively in live audio production, both for broadcast and live concert production, along with audio film post-production and freelance video production.
Dr. Bajkiewicz graduated from the Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Southfield, MI (outside of Detroit) in 1987. He earned his B.A. in Anthropology in 1993 (with honors) and M.A. in Mass Communications (with distinction) in 1995 from the University of Florida. He was a Roy H. Park Fellow in the School of Media and Journalism (formerly the School of Journalism and Mass Communication) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed his Ph.D. in 2002. He was co-recipient of the "Outstanding Ph.D. Student" award in 2001.
From 2001-2008 Dr. Bajkiewicz served on faculty at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he taught an exciting undergraduate multimedia journalism class in cooperation with The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, NBC-affiliated WFLA-TV News Channel 8, and their online news operation, TBO.com, all owned by Media General (now Nexstar). He was honored with a 2004-2005 USF Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher award and took second place in the “Promising Professors” national teaching competition in the Mass Communication and Society division of AEJMC. He was also honored with a Director’s Award by Tampa Bay-based RCS for producing a short fund-raising video for that social service organization’s successful efforts to raise $2 million to purchase property for their food bank. In 2004 he was named “Outstanding Communications Media/Technology Teacher” by the Tampa Educational Cable Consortium, which runs The Education and Learning Channels.
Dr. Bajkiewicz grew up in Monroe, Michigan, which is about 40 miles south of Detroit. He is a fan of the Gators, the Tigers, the Red Wings and will always believe in the Lions. He knows too much about Star Wars, Star Trek and the last several years of Dr. Who.