Paul Lester

Clinical Professor

Dr. Paul Martin Lester is a clinical professor for the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication and a tenured, full professor of communications at California State University, Fullerton.

After an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and employment as a photojournalist for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Lester received a Master’s from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in mass communications.

He is the author or editor of several books including: Digital Innovations for Mass Communications: Engaging the User (2014), Visual Communication Images with Messages Sixth Edition (2013), Visual Communication on the Web with xtine burrough (2013), Images that Injure Pictorial Stereotypes in the Media Third Edition with Susan Ross (2011), On Floods and Photo Ops: How Herbert Hoover and George W. Bush Exploited Catastrophes (2010), Visual Journalism: A Guide for New Media Professionals with Chris Harris (2002), Desktop Computing Workbook A Guide for Using 15 Programs in Macintosh and Windows Formats (1996) and Photojournalism An Ethical Approach (1991).

In 2011 Lester was named editor of the AEJMC publication Journalism & Communication Monographs published by Sage. From 2006 until 2011 he was editor of the Visual Communication Quarterly, a publication of the Visual Communication Division of the AEJMC published by Taylor & Francis.

For several years, he co-wrote a monthly column, "Ethics Matters" for News Photographer magazine for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). In 2015 he was honored by the NPPA with the Kenneth P. McLaughlin Award of Merit for "rendering continuing outstanding service in the interests of news photography."

Lester has given speeches, presentations, and workshops throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey.

His research interests include mass media ethics, new communications technologies, and visual communications.


Ph.D., Mass Communications, Indiana University (1989)
M.A., Mass Communications, University of Minnesota (1983)
B.J., Photojournalism, The University of Texas at Austin (1976)