I am a visual storyteller by trade. That is my ultimate passion. The ability to combine my newsgathering skills with in-depth academic inquiry results in a valuable blend of literary and visual production. This fuels my research and my teaching. The power of the visual media has an ability to transcend boundaries and culture if done correctly. My goal is to be that transcendent filmmaker and educator. 



Documentary Filmmaking

2013 - 2017

University of South Florida

Ph.D., Communication

Media Effects

Race and Sport

Social Construction

2002 - 2005

The Florida State University

M.S., Sports Administration

1995 - 2000

University of Central Florida

B.A., Radio-TV Broadcasting

B.S., Business Administration


Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

International Association for Communication and Sport


National Communication Association

North American Society for the Sociology of Sport


Online News Association


Bell, T.R., & Coche, R. (2018). High power kick: Content analysis of the 2015 USWNT World Cup victory on American front pages. Communication & Sport, 6(6), 745-761.

Bell, T. R., & Applequist, J. (forthcoming). Veiled hyper-sexualization: Deciphering Strong is Beautiful as collective identity in the WTA’s global ad campaign. In R.J. Lake & C. Osborne (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of tennis: History, culture, and politics. New York: Routledge.

Bell, T.R., & Sanderson, J. (2016). A hit on American football: A case study of bottom-up framing through op-ed readers' comments. International Journal of Sport Communication9(4), 499-518.

Bell, T.R. (2016). Visually engaged ethnography: Constructing knowledge and critical consciousness. Journal of Media Practice17(2-3).


Bell, T. R. (2018, November). Radical or revolutionary? Examining N.W.A’s confrontational rhetoric in Straight Outta Compton. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, African American Communication and Culture Division, Salt Lake City, UT.

Bell, T. R., Applequist, J., & Dotson-Pierson, C. (2018, April). CTE, media, and the NFL: Framing of an American football crisis. Paper presented at the 11th Summit on Communication and Sport, Bloomington, IN.

Bell, T.R. (2017, March). Media, myth, and perception: An examination of football recruiting through the critical lens of interest convergence. 10th Summit on Communication and Sport, Phoenix, AZ.

Bell, T.R. (2016, November). Fantasy journalism: How technical creation of information simulates football reality. The North American Society for the Sociology of Sport. Tampa, FL.

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