Dr. Nsenga Burton

Academic Professional, Journalism

About: Dr. Burton is the digital editor of Grady Newsource and teaches news writing and multi-platform production courses.

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Ph.D. Critical Studies – 2005
Division of Critical Studies, School of Cinema – Television (Now Cinematic Arts)
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

MA in Communications – 1999
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

MA in Cinema Studies – 1996
Tisch School of the Arts
New York University, New York

BS in Radio/Television/Film Production – 1995
School of Speech (Now School of Communication)
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Radio, Television and Film (RTVF) major.


A media scholar with over 15 years of experience teaching at the college-level, Dr. Burton is an award-winning professor, multimedia journalist and blogger, filmmaker and producer. Currently, she serves as editor-at-large for The Root (a Univision company) and contributor to Huffington Post Black Voices where she writes media criticism. In 2012, Dr. Burton founded  The Burton Wire, an award-winning news blog that covers global Black and Afro-Latino populations.

In addition to her work as a journalist and professor, Dr. Burton is a leader in the field of technology and diversity, serving as Executive Director of the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs for the past three years and the head of her new media consulting firm, The Burton Wire Media Group.

Mad Men Nsenga Burton

Abstract: AMC’s Mad Men came under scrutiny for representing a particularly white New York in the 1950s, largely devoid of people of color. Some critics and fans were so flabergasted over the lily-white representation of New York City in the show that in 2010, The Root introduced a “Mad Men Black-People Counter” to keep track […]

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