Faculty at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism carry out leading research in Journalism Studies, with an emphasis on the analysis of journalism practice and ethics. Within this broad research framework, we have particular interests in international media, media history, gender, as well as the study of emerging technology and the audience. These themes are explored in a range of national and international research publications, academic conferences, grants, keynote presentations, workshops, and other outlets. In particular, we pride ourselves on a strong culture of research collaboration, both informally within the College as well as formally through a large number of co-produced work among colleagues and with our PhD students. Indeed, from 2012 to 2015 alone, PhD students were co-authors on 27 separate refereed journal articles, scholarly papers, book chapters, reports, and other publications.
You can learn more about individual researchers under our Faculty listings, but below is an overview of research from our tenured and tenure-track faculty (alphabetical order):
Kalyani Chadha: Media globalization, including the implications of new media technologies with a particular emphasis on international contexts as well as the media and journalism landscape in India.
Ira Chinoy: Computer-assisted reporting, media history, and the role of technology in journalism. A founder and director of the Future of Information Alliance (www.fia.umd.edu)
Nick Diakopoulos: Computational and data journalism with an emphasis on algorithmic accountability, narrative data visualization, and social computing in the news.
Mark Feldstein: Media history, with a focus on the intersection of national politics and reporters.
Christopher Hanson: Conflict reporting and media history. Gender, the military, and media coverage.
Susan Moeller: U.S. and global media and public policy, especially in regards to violence, conflict, war and disasters; terrorism and WMD; human rights; photojournalism; trauma, ethics.
Sarah Oates: Political communication and democratization, particularly the way in which the traditional media and the internet can support or subvert democracy in places as diverse as Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Researching online content.
Linda Steiner: How and when gender matters in news and newsrooms and how feminist groups use media. Other research areas include media ethics; gender and war reporting; journalism history; and public journalism. Qualitative methods.
Ron Yaros: Digital storytelling structures; mobile journalism techniques; infographics; reporting/anchoring for television and radio; science and health journalism; research methods (quantitative and qualitative); blended teaching and learning with technology; teaching and learning with mobile devices.