Cristina L. Azocar
Cristina L. Azocar (Mattaponi) is the director of the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism (CIIJ) and an assistant professor of journalism at San Francisco State University. Azocar earned her doctorate in Communication Studies at the University of Michigan in 2001. Her research and teaching focuses on portrayals of people of color in the news. She received her master’s degree in Ethnic Studies and her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Dr. Azocar’s interest in diversity in the news media spans more than fifteen years, and began with her concern about negative representations about Native Americans. Dr. Azocar serves on the board of the Native American Journalism Association and is a former president, the California Society of Newspaper Editors, Grade the News, the Sequoyah Research Center’s American Native Press Archives. The Journalism Association of Community Colleges honored her as the Journalism Educator of the Year for 2005.