Dr. Gina Gayle is photojournalist, educator, and researcher earning her doctorate in Mass Communications from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with research interests in media credibility, innovation, new technologies, the future of photojournalism, and digital media entrepreneurship. Her coursework has included traditional research methods along with ethnography, experimental research methods, Q Methodology, as well as applied research in new media, data visualization, data analytics, AR/VR/360 storytelling and drone journalism.
Dr. Gayle has created curriculum in multimedia storytelling at the University of Southern Mississippi and media entrepreneurship and innovation for the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at the Newhouse School. Dr. Gayle has taught multimedia, photojournalism, entrepreneurship, and media management courses. Her professional work has taken her across the United States as well as to Cuba and Italy while previously working in New York City with clients including numerous new organizations, papers, and magazines.
Dr. Gayle received recognition for her work with awards and fellowships including the Hearst Newspaper Journalism Fellowship and the NABJ Gulf Coast Fellowship allowing her to continue working on personal projects such as her New Orleans Zulu project, about the recovery of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Other projects include the Picture Me project, telling the stories of children in foster care waiting for their forever families in Mississippi, The Black on Black Love Project, and the one closest to her heart, the autoethnographic and multimedia project that involves the photography collection of her late father, Mr. James F. Gayle, the first Black photographer at the Cleveland Plain Dealer.