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Mirjana Pantic

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School of Journalism & Electronic Media
PhD Candidate
Graduate Teaching Associate


Mirjana Mira Pantic is a PhD candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Pantic joined School of Journalism and Electronic Media in 2014, when she enrolled PhD studies in the area of mass communication. Her primary research interest is to explore the impact of the digital era on journalism, public sphere on the Internet, new practices in storytelling, social media, and active audiences. One particular digital media phenomenon that has occupied her attention is a live blog - a contemporary journalistic genre which modified journalism practices by delivering information on the events in real-time and encouraging users to engage in the storytelling. She is currently working on her dissertation, which explores the live blogging process from uses and gratifications perspective. 

Aside from digital media, Pantic is also involved in conducting research in areas such as intercultural communication, international journalism, public diplomacy, and political communication.

Pantic is an instructor of record at UT, where she teaches courses Multimedia Storytelling and Media Writing. She is fortunate to work with undergraduate students at UT and share with them the ideas and knowledge she gained while working as a journalist.

Prior to joining the UT, Pantic spent 12 years in the media industry. She worked for several Serbian news outlets, including Novi Magazin weekly, BETA News Agency, Tanjug News Agency, Euractiv network, etc. Pantic also worked for the San Francisco based website, as well as for the V.I.P. Daily News Report, designed for embassies situated in Belgrade. She has covered events related to Serbian politics, social issues, international problems, EU related issues, corruption, abuse of power, etc. Pantic was a succesful journalist who received five awards in her career. 

She also attended many journalism trainings including a course on Economic and Political Reporting from Southeast Europe, which took place in London and was organized by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Several months later, under the sponsorship of the U.S. Embassy in Serbia and International Broadcasting Bureau – Voice of America, Pantic spent a school year at Bradley University in Peoria, Illionois, where she was a visiting scholar.

Mirjana Pantic is fluent in English, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, and Montenegrin.


2014 - Current PhD, Mass Communication University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2013 MA, European Studies Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Serbia
2004 BA, Journalism and Communication Studies Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Research Interests: 
digital journalism, live blogging, social media, public sphere, international journalism, intercultural communication, political communication
Faculty Advisor: 
Erin Whiteside