Maggy Zanger

About Maggy Zanger

Teaching and research focuses on international journalism, the Middle East and Islamic world, US-Mexico Border; media coverage of conflict and humanitarian crises; Iraq, Egypt, Kurdistan; media development; and community journalism. Affialited faculty and serve on the Governing Board of the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies.


  • M.S.L. (Master of Studies in Law), Yale Law School
  • B.A., M.A., University of Arizona;

Courses Taught at the UA

  • Jour/menas 496f/596I. Media Coverage of International Crises.
  • Jour 402/502 Media and Terrorism.
  • Jour 496D/596D. Journalism Seminar: Issues in Covering the Environment.
  • Jour/menas 458/558. International Opinion Writing.  
  • Jour 426/526. Reporting the Middle East.
  • Jour 451/551. Community Journalism: El Independiente.
  • Jour 412/512. Magazine Writing and Production.
  • Jour 411/511. Feature Writing.
  • Jour 405. Media Apprentice.
  • Jour 402. Media and Terrorism.
  • Jour 320A. Editing.
  • Jour 306. Advanced Reporting.
  • Jour 150C1. News in a Digital Age.

See course descriptions

Publications and Research

  • Relly, J.E. & Zanger, M. (2016). The enigma of news media development with multi-pronged “capture”: The Afghanistan case. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism.  Published online September 28, 2016.
  • Relly, J.E., Zanger, M., & Fahmy, S. (2015). Democratic norms and forces of gatekeeping: A study of influences on Iraqi journalists’ attitudes toward government information access. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 92(2), 346-373.
  • Relly, J.E., Zanger, M., & Fahmy, S. (2015). News media landscape in a fragile state: Professional ethics perceptions in a post-Ba'athist Iraq. Mass Communication and Society, 18(4), 471-497.
  • Relly, J.E., Zanger, M., & Fahmy, S. (2015). Professional role perceptions among Iraqi Kurdish journalists from a 'state within a state.' Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 16(8), 1085-1106.
  • Op-ed. “Higher purpose found in fighting distant war,” Arizona Daily Star, August 2015.
  • Op-ed. “Americans must open arms to Syrian refugees,” Tucson, September 9, 2015. 
  • Op-ed. "A Concise Guide to What's Happening in Iraq," Arizona Daily Star, June 20, 2014.

Past Academic Positions

  • Lecturer, American University in Cairo, 1999 – 2003
  • Adjunct lecturer, University of Arizona, 1987 – 1992

Past Professional Positions

  • Iraq Country Director, Institute for War & Peace Reporting, Baghdad, 2003 – 2005
  • Publications Coordinator, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, 1995 –1999
  • Assistant Editor, Middle East Report, Washington, DC, 1992 – 1999

Awards & Honors

  • Excellence in Global Service Award by UA Global Initiatives and the UA Center for English as a Second Language, for efforts “to internationalize the UA experience through border reporting curriculum and development of dual master programs and study abroad programs in the School of Journalism.” 2015.
  • Hugh and Jan Harelson Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007
  • Knight Journalism Fellow, Yale Law School, 1988 - 1989

Research Summary

International journalism; media, conflict and humanitarian crises; Iraq and Kurdistan; media development, community journalism


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Contact Information

Maggy Zanger
Professor of Practice, Director of Graduate Studies
Telephone: 520-621-5710 or 520-661-2742
Fax: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 323D


MSL (Master of Studies in Law), Yale Law School, 1989.
    Knight Journalism Fellow. Areas of study: International law, human rights.

MA, Journalism, University of Arizona, 1985.

BA, General Studies, University of Arizona, 1979.
    Areas of Concentration: Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, and Political Science.
    Studies focused on Latin America, contemporary societies.

Courses Taught

University Classes Developed

HRTS 531 Human Rights Crises
Jour/fmrs 590. Media Coverage of International Humanitarian Crises
Jour/menas 496f/596f. Media Coverage of International Crises
Jour 496d/596d. Journalism Seminar: Issues in Covering the Environment
Jour/ menas 458/558. International Opinion Writing
Jour 455/555. Issues in Covering the Environment
Jour 426/526. Reporting the Middle East

University Classes Taught

HRTS 531 Human Rights Crises. The study of internal or inter-state crises that include human rights challenges of varying levels, such as conflict, ethnic cleansing, genocide, and civil or political turmoil. Through audio, visuals, readings, discussions and case studies, students will develop the skills needed to understand and critically evaluate crises situations and assess the possibilities of local or global efforts to alleviate human rights challenges or abuses. Online.

Jour/fmrs 590 (Forced Migration and Refugee Studies). Media Coverage of International Humanitarian Crises. Examines how the international news media cover international humanitarian crises and the impact of that coverage.

Jour/menas 496f/596I. Media Coverage of International Crises. Scrutinizes how the international broadcast, print and Web news media have covered war, conflict and other humanitarian crises, with a focus on the Arab-Muslim world.

Jour 402/502 Media and Terrorism. Investigates the interplay between terrorism around the world and media content about terrorism. Focuses on how news media portray extremism, and the effects of extremism and media portrayal of extremism on the public. 

Jour 496D/596D. Journalism Seminar: Issues in Covering the Environment. Examines the phenomena behind global climate change and explores the role that newspapers, magazines, television, and online media play in public understanding of related environmental, political, social and economic issues.

Jour/menas 458/558. International Opinion Writing.  Explores the role and purpose of editorial and opinion writing and the process of writing opinion pieces about international issues and events, with an emphasis on the Middle East and Muslim world, from Morocco to Indonesia.

Jour 426/526. Reporting the Middle East. Through historical, economic and political exploration of a country or the region, this course provides students with an understanding of current events in the Middle East and of the challenges journalists face reporting from a region with competing narratives, authoritarian regimes and sporadic or ongoing conflict.

Jour 451/551. Community Journalism: El Independiente. Students work as editorial staff to produce a bi-lingual publication for the Mexican-American community of South Tucson. Intensive study of problems and responsibilities of journalism. Writing emphasis course.

Jour 412/512. Magazine Writing and Production. Reporting and writing feature magazine articles; editing, working with designers and preparing art and content for hard copy production.

Jour 411/511. Feature Writing. Writing feature articles for newspapers, magazines or other media; specialized reporting and writing techniques.

Jour 405. Media Apprentice. Supplements student newsroom work at the Arizona Daily Star to help deepen the learning of journalism fundamentals, gain perspective on covering different communities and enhance professionalism.  

jrmc 405. Advanced Graphic Communication. The practical integration of writing and photography with desktop publishing in the development of a magazine.

Jour 402. Media and Terrorism. Investigate how news media portray terrorism and terrorists and the effects on the public.

Jour 320A. Editing. Theory and techniques of copyediting and headline writing; introduction to layout and design.

Jour 306. Advanced Reporting: Focuses on enterprise and beat reporting.

jrmc 305.Introduction to Graphic Design. Introduces the student to the field of desktop publication and design; teaches design fundamentals and use of QuarkXpress and Photoshop for development of printed publications.

jrmc 301. Mass Media Editing and Design. Principles and practice of news media editing in English; laboratory practice in print design and layout.

Jour 205. Reporting the News. Gathering, evaluating and writing news.

jrmc 201. Mass Media Writing. Study and practice of basic writing, editing and reporting techniques used in the print media.

Jour 150C1. News in a Digital Age.  Examines the role of news media in a democracy and how the media will face the challenges brought by unprecedented technological change.

Jour 109. Introduction to Journalism. This class introduces journalism minors to the exciting and changing world of newsgathering.