Anthony  Adornato

Anthony Adornato

  • Chair

    Broadcast and Digital Journalism

Anthony C. Adornato joined the broadcast and digital journalism department in 2022 as an associate professor and department chair. His teaching and research focus on the role of mobile and social media in journalism. A dual citizen of the U.S. and Italy, he also teaches as a visiting scholar at IULM University in Milan. 

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Adornato was an associate professor of journalism at Ithaca College. He also previously taught as an adjunct professor at the Newhouse School and Utica College. Before transitioning to academia, Adornato was a television anchor, reporter, and producer. 

Adornato’s scholarship focuses on journalists’ use of social media and mobile devices. Specifically, he investigates the impact of social media on the responsibilities of journalists; news organizations’ use of social media; social media policies in newsrooms; and how user-generated content influences editorial decisions. In 2020, Adornato was named a Fulbright Scholar in recognition of his international expertise on the topic. 

The second edition of his book “Mobile and Social Media Journalism: A Practical Guide for Multimedia Journalism” (Routledge) was published in 2021. Adornato’s research has been published in academic journals including Electronic News and The Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law. He regularly presents at international and national journalism conferences. 

Adornato has been interviewed about his research and the topic of fake news by news outlets including the Associated Press, The New York Times, BBC News and Germany’s Deutsche Welle News. 

Adornato earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the Newhouse School in 1999 and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. Fluent in Italian, he holds an Italian language certification from the Università per Stranieri di Siena.