Mark Cenite, JD, PhD

Associate Chair (Academic)

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 

I teach at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information, where I’m currently Associate Chair (Academic).   I am a four-time recipient of the Nanyang Technological University’s award for excellence in teaching. Most recently, I was awarded the Nanyang Education Award (University), which is offered in three levels of distinction; I was awarded the highest, gold, and was named NTU’s “Educator of the Year” for 2016 (the award was conferred in March 2017). Before that, I won the at the school level in 2004 and 2009, and the college level award in 2014, which made me eligible for the university-level award.

As Associate Chair (Academic), I oversee all academic programmes at WKWSCI, which include the undergraduate, doctoral, research master’s, and master’s coursework programmes. Previously, I served as Assistant Chair (2006-2008; also 2013) and Acting Head of the Division of Communication Research (2008-2010).

I taught at the Wee Kim Wee School from 2001 to 2011, then taught three semesters at Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication before returning to the Wee Kim Wee School.

My name is pronounced chay-NEE-tay (I’m Italian-American), although I’m not too particular about the exact pronunciation.


Doctor of Philosophy (in Mass Communication), University of Minnesota, 2001

Juris Doctor, Stanford University, School of Law, 1996

Bachelor of Arts (in Psychology), University of Wisconsin, 1990

Teaching awards

Nanyang Education Award 2017 (University-Gold), conferred March 2017

Nanyang Education Award 2014 (College), conferred March 2015

Nanyang Education Award (School), 2004, 2008


Cenite, M. (2018, April 4). “Facebook’s fake news crisis is a product of Silicon Valley culture”. Channel NewsAsia. (commentary). At

Cenite, M. (2018, March 26). “American inaction on gun control has deep roots.” The Straits Times. (op-ed). At

Cenite, M. (2017, July 10). “Wikipedia as illustration of the truth-seeking rationale for freedom of expression.” World Financial Review. (invited article).

Detenber, B.H., Cenite, M., Zhou, S., Malik, S., & Neo, R.L. (2014). Rights versus morality: Online debate about decriminalization of gay sex in Singapore. Journal of Homosexuality, 61(9), 1313-1333. (Quantitative content analysis). At

Cenite, M. (2013, August 9). “New media in Singapore.” People’s Daily (China).

Detenber, B.H., Ho, S.S., Neo, R.L., Malik, S., & Cenite, M. (2013). Influence of value predispositions, interpersonal contact, and mediated exposure on public attitudes toward homosexuals in Singapore. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 16(3), 181-196. (Public opinion survey). Preview at

Detenber, B.H., Cenite, M., Malik, S., & Neo, R.L. (2012). Examining education and newsroom work experience as predictors of communication students’ perceptions of journalism ethics. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 67(1): 45-69. (Survey of students’ perceptions of journalism ethics). At

Chia, S.C. & Cenite, M. (2012). Judgment-heuristic or attitude-influenced?: Testing perception of media bias in a regulated press system. Journalism Studies, 13(1), 124-140.  (A controlled experiment). Preview available from publisher at

Cenite, M., & Zhang, Y. (2012). Recommendations for hosting audience comments based on discourse ethics. In Babcock, W. Media Accountability: Who Will Watch the Watchdog in the Twitter Age? (pp. 37-53). New York: Routledge. (ISBN13: 978-0-415-49839-9). (Reprint of refereed journal article, below). At

Cenite, M., & Zhang, Y. (2010). Recommendations for hosting audience comments based on discourse ethics. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 25(4), 293-309.  Reprinted in Babcock, W. (2012). Media Accountability: Who Will Watch the Watchdog in the Twitter Age? (pp. 37-53). (Ethics essay). New York: Routledge. (ISBN13: 978-0-415-49839-9)

Cenite, M., Goh, Y.A., Say, M.M., Tan, G., & Tong, F. (2009).  Pornography’s perceived value for homosexual and heterosexual consumers. International Journal of Communication, 3, 973-997. (Qualitative interview study based on a Top 3 conference paper, Communication Law & Policy Division. International Communication Association conference. Dresden, Germany, June 2006). (Based on in-depth interviews). At

Cenite, M., Detenber, B.H., Koh, W.K.A., Lim, L.H.A., & Ng, E.S. (2009). Doing the right thing online: A survey of bloggers’ ethical beliefs and practices. New Media & Society, 11(4), 575-597. (International survey of bloggers). At

Cenite, M. (2009). Ethical learnings from Borat on informed consent for make benefit film and television producers. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 24(1), 22-39. (Ethics essay). At

Cenite, M., Wang, M.W., Chong, P.W. & Chan, G.S. (2009). More than just free content: File sharing and the use of peer-to-peer networks. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 33(3): 206-221. (Qualitative content analysis.) At

Wijaya, M., Detenber, B.H., Hao X., Cenite, M. & Zenab D/O Saiwalla Yusuf (2009). Development of journalism ethics: The role of education and work experience. In I. Banerjee & S.R. Muppidi (Eds.). Changing media, changing societies: Media and the Millennium Development Goals (pp. 208-219). Singapore: Asian Media Information & Communication Centre. (Based on survey of communication students.)

Cenite, M., Chong, S.Y., Han, T.J., Lim L.Q., & Tan, X.L. (2008). Perpetual development journalism? Balance and framing in 2006 Singapore election coverage. Asian Journal of Communication, 18(3), 280-295. (Quantitative content analysis.) At

Detenber, B.H., Cenite, M., Ku, M., Ong, C., Tong, H., & Yeow, M. (2007).  Singaporeans’ tolerance toward media portrayals of homosexuality and their attitudes toward lesbians and gay men. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 19(3), 367-379.  (National survey. This survey’s results had prominent role in public debate over Singapore’s Penal Code prohibitions on same-sex sexual activity (2007), and were cited in national petitions on both sides. We replicated and extended the study in February 2010.) At

Cenite, M. (2006).  Too much legislation, too little expression. In K. Seneviratne & S. Singarayar (Eds.). Asia’s march towards freedom of expression and development. Singapore: Asian Media Information & Communication Centre. (Legal analysis).

Cenite, M. (2005). The obligation to qualify speculation.  Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 20(1), 43-61. (Ethics essay). At

Cenite, M. (2004). Federalizing or eliminating online obscenity law as an alternative to contemporary community standards. Communication Law and Policy, 9,25–71.  (Legal analysis. Cited favorably in a U.S. federal district court case, United States v. Extreme Associates (Western District of Pennsylvania, 2005). Based on Ph.D. dissertation supervised by Prof. Hazel Dicken Garcia, University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Communication.) At

Encyclopedia articles

Cenite, M. (2015). Freedom of press. Henk ten Have (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics. Springer Publishers. At doi:10.1007/978-3-319-05544-2_203-1

Cenite, M. (2015). Obscenity law. In Mansell, R., & Ang, P.H. (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society. Wiley-Blackwell. At

Cenite, M. (2015). Google Books. In Freivogel, W. & Babcock, W. (Eds.). The SAGE Guide to Key Issues in Mass Media Ethics and Law. SAGE Publications. At

Cenite, M. (2015). Reader comments. In Freivogel, W. & Babcock, W. (Eds.). The SAGE Guide to Key Issues in Mass Media Ethics and Law. SAGE Publications. At At