Mirjana Mira Pantic

Mirjana Mira Pantic

Assistant Professor
Middle States representative for the MCVA department
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Media, Communications, and Visual Arts
| Office Hours: Thu 10:00am-12:00pm


Faculty Bio

Mirjana Pantic has a Ph.D. in Communication and Information earned from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is originally from Serbia where she received her bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in European Union studies. Pantic has more than 12 of professional experience in the media industry.

Awards and Honors

  • College of Communication and Information, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2018, Outstanding dissertation award
  • The Participatory Journalism Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2017, Top student paper (second place)
  • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, 2016, Certificate of appreciation for contribution to the research report “The Belgrade Police: Refugee coping strategy and public diplomacy”
  • The Annual Research Symposium of the University of Tennessee College of Communication and Information, 2016, First prize proposal poster


PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2017
Communication and Information

MA, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Serbia, 2013
European Studies

BS, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Serbia, 2004
Journalism and Communication Studies

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

Digital journalism; social media; live blogging; active audiences; participatory journalism; intercultural communications

Courses Taught

Past Courses

COM 200: Public Speaking
JRN 101: Introduction to News Media
JRN 104: News Reporting
JRN 238: The Global Newsroom
JRN 499: Digital Storytelling
MCA 113: Introduction to News Media
MCA 238: The Global Newsroom
MCA 311: Ethics, Morality & The Media
MCA 338: Censorship and the Mass Media
MCA 499: Sem: Persuasive Communication
MCA 601: Industry Theory and Practice
MCA 610: Communications Research
MCA 630: Digital Cmmnctns Leadership
MCA 693: Internship

Publications and Presentations


Local media in a digital market: Establishing niche and promoting original reporting to ensure sustainability
Pantic, M. (2021). Journalism Practice.

Engagement with live blogs: When passive consumption overpowers participation
Pantic, M. (2020). Electronic News. Vol 14 (Issue 1) , pages 22-36.

Gratifications of digital media: What motivates users to consume live blogs
Pantic, M. (2020). Media Practice and Education. Vol 21 (Issue 2) , pages 148-163.

Journalism practice in a digital age: Utilization of social media in online news
Pantic, M. & Cvetkovic, I. (2020). American Communication Journal. Vol 22 (Issue 2) , pages 1-12.

From Anti-hero to commodity: The legacy of Kurt Cobain.
Ziek, P. & Pantic, M. (2019). IAFOR Journal of Arts & Humanities. Vol 6 (Issue 2) , pages 21-30.

Live-blogging the crisis: Determinants of news coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis
Pantic, M. & Pjesivac, I. (2019). International Communication Research Journal. Vol 54 (Issue 1) , pages 7-33.


A Franchise Model for Hyperlocal News
Fink, K. & Pantic, M. (2020). ICA,

Looking for a sustainable newsroom model - The case of the U.S. media.
Pantic, M. (2020). AEJMC,

Come as you are: The legacy of Kurt Cobain
Ziek, P. & Pantic, M. (2019). The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies ,

Journalism Practice in a Digital Age: Utilization of Social Media in Online News
Pantic, M. & Cvetkovic, I. (2019). AEJMC,

Journalism Tenets in the Digital Age: From Accuracy to Immediacy
Pantic, M. (2019). NYSCA,

Citizen engagement with live blogs: Passive consumption rather than participation
Pantic, M. (2018, August). AEJMC,

Gratifications of digital media: What motivates users to consume live blogs.
Pantic, M. (2018, May 25). ICA,

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication