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Amy Ritchart

Amy Ritchart

Assistant Professor


“One of the best and most unique aspects of teaching at APSU is the opportunity to work closely with students as they grow as journalists and professional communication professionals. I love being a part of their amazing work.” Instructor Ritchart on what she enjoys about being a part of the Austin Peay community
  • M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from Murray State University in 2019
  • M.A. in Mass Communication from Bowling Green State University in 1994
  • B.S. in Journalism from Bowling Green State University in 1992

Amy Ritchart is a professional journalist who has covered education, city, county and state government, and worked as an investigative and enterprise projects reporter, as well as written feature stories and a long-running column. She also served as the morning editor for news. She has been honored for her work in journalism including a first-person Tennessee Press Association award for investigative journalism, a first place award for her work in service journalism and has been recognized for her work reporting issues that affect diverse communities. She teaches journalism at APSU and has been honored to receive her department's innovative professor award and to have received The Leaf-Chronicle's favorite professor honor in 2018. She loves teaching craft, having lively discussions and working with students on creative solutions to real-world issues in modern journalism.

  • Media literacy
  • Antisemitism and the media
  • Religion and the media
  • Service learning in journalism education
  • Women and mass media
  • Hicks-Goldston, C., & Ritchart, A. A. (2019). The new digital divide: Disinformation and media literacy in the U.S. Media Literacy and Academic Research, 2(1), 49-60.
  • Ritchart, A. A. (2019). Reform Judaism in the digital age. In religion online: How the internet, social networks, and mobile devices are changing the way we worship and pray (pp. 160-169). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC.
  • Dunn, H. M., Hicks-Goldston, C., & Ritchart, A. A. (2018, November). Austin Peay's story. Working together: Stories to inspire change agents. Retrieved December, 2018, from https://mailchi.mp/b1b6a402871f/working-together-series-small-groups-changing-the-world?e=[UNIQID]
  • Ritchart, A. A. (Summer 2018). [Review of book How Stevie nearly lost the war and other postwar stories]. New Madrid, XIII(2), 126-128.
  • Ritchart, A. A. (2017). Confidence, ethics and plagiarism. In A speaker in progress: A public speaking guide (2nd ed., pp. 9-25). Clarksville, TN: Authors.
  • Ritchart, A. A. (2017). Critical thinking, assessment, ethics and diversity. In A speaker in progress: A public speaking guide (2nd ed., pp. 26-35). Clarksville, TN: Authors.