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I hold a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. I'm an award-winning qualitative researcher and I currently serve as a teaching assistant professor at HSJMC. I teach courses for hundreds of undergraduate students including JOUR 4590: Social Media Management; JOUR 4243: Digital Content Development and Production for Brand Communications; JOUR 3751: Digital Media & Culture; and JOUR 1501: Digital Games & Society.
June 2018 - May 2022
- Teach JOUR 3751: Digital Media and Culture at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication; JOUR 1501: Digital Games and Society as a Graduate Instructor of Record.
September 2017 - May 2022
- Research Assistant
- Research assistant for the Minnesota Journalism Center and Public Life Project. Teaching assistant for JOUR 3745: Mass Media & Popular Culture; JOUR 1501: Digital Games, Sims & Apps; JOUR 3751: Digital Media & Culture. Grade quizzes and papers, mentor students, guest lecture on topics including Virtual Reality Journalism and News Games.
September 2017 - present
- Research Assistant
- Research Assistant with the Minnesota Journalism Center, responsible for coordinating events and producing research and content for The Society Pages/Social Studies MN.
In the early 2000s, along with the emergence of social media in journalism, mobile chat applications began to gain significant footing in journalistic work. Interdisciplinary research, particularly in journalism studies, has started to look at apps in journalistic work from producer and user perspectives. Still in its infancy, scholarly research on...
Journalism scholars have acknowledged the importance of innovation in journalism. A common finding is that journalism has difficulty adapting to change and uses multiple coping mechanisms, including making excuses for not innovating by relying on their professional norms and practices. However, such research does not more broadly show how journalis...
As news publishers consider transitioning their business models from ad to subscription focused, the News Media Alliance continues to offer insights into consumer preferences and motivations to subscribe, to help publishers hone their product offerings and tweak their marketing strategies to grow their subscriber bases. In this installment of the D...
This dissertation provides a theoretically driven empirical investigation of the emerging institution of solutions journalism. Solutions journalism is a journalistic approach defined as rigorous reporting on responses to social problems. This project uses a triangulated qualitative methodology comprising 52 in-depth interviews; netnography of solut...
This exploratory study examines the roles journalists rely on when covering social justice topics and what these role conceptions reveal about emotion and self expression values in news production. This article builds on Herbert Gans’ definition of what news is, discursive understandings of journalistic performance, and emotion in news to understan...
In a culture where traditional churchgoing populations are decreasing, how are young adults engaging with religious digital media, and what does this say about churches experiencing success with congregations teeming with Millennials?
The results are in: Young adults are consuming a majority of their news online. This development means traditionally print-focused brands, including The Atlantic magazine, have been forced to adapt to digital trends for fear of becoming a dinosaur in a rapidly evolving paperless market. The challenge of digitally re-branding a historic title is no...
News systems and media organizations are experiencing upheaval around the world. Various journalistic approaches are vying for legitimacy in a diversified information economy characterized by the rise of social media platforms and organizations that challenge traditional news organizations’ authority and viability. This dissertation project thus provides a theoretically driven empirical investigation of how solutions journalism is attempting to attain legitimacy in the midst of economic pressures and financial constraints, an increasingly diversified information landscape, and declining levels of trust in the news. This project provides an evaluation of solutions journalism--defined as rigorous reporting on responses to social problems including COVID-19, human trafficking, the climate crisis, and more--as an emerging global institution through analysis of in-depth interviews with 52 solutions journalists, editors, and practitioners located in 17 countries worldwide. These 52 in-depth interviews occurred via Zoom and Skype during the global outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020 and reveal that, while solutions journalists, editors, and practitioners are often constrained by limitations to their time and financial resources, solutions journalism has the potential to renew trust in the news, catalyze economic vitality for global news outlets, and provide readers and journalists alike with hope in the midst of a culture of toxic negativity.