Research & Centers

MJC: Who We Are

Minnesota Journalism Center Contact Info Areas of Expertise
Valerie Belair-Gagnon
Assistant Professor
Director, Minnesota Journalism Center
329 Murphy Hall
Twitter: @journoscholar
Innovation in journalism and communication; sociology of news; emerging media (mobile apps, social media, web analytics experiences); audience engagement and participatory journalism
Sue Couling
Events Manager
101 Murphy Hall
Phone: 626-1723
Event planning and management; speaker bookings; event marketing and promotion
Faculty Specialists Contact Info Areas of Expertise
Colin Agur
Assistant Professor
Twitter: @colinagur
Mobile communication; emerging media; global media
Betsy Neibergall Anderson
Contract Teaching Assistant Professor Digital content; social media in public relations & advertising; work-life balance
Matt Carlson
Associate Professor
Twitter: @drmattcarlson   
Journalism studies, media studies, and cultural studies
Giovanna Dell'Orto
Associate Professor
Twitter: GDellortoREM
International news; foreign correspondents; migration and refugees.
Kathleen Hansen
Twitter: @khans1
News archives; information technologies
Chris Ison
Contract Teaching Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies Investigative reporting, news writing, media ethics
Jane Kirtley
Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law
Director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law First Amendment; freedom of information; privacy; media ethics
Scott Libin
Senior Fellow Journalism, broadcasting, television news, ethics
Regina McCombs
Lecturer and Senior Fellow
Twitter: @reginamc
Visual journalism, photojournalism and visual journalism ethics, multimedia production, mobile journalism
Amelia Reigstad
Twitter: @AmeliaReigstad
Gender, communication styles, public relations, workplace communication, feminism and cultural studies
Errol Salamon
Postdoc Teaching Scholar
Twitter: @errolsalamonPhD   

Media, popular culture, diversity, and inclusivity

Christopher Terry
Assistant Professor
Twitter: @ChristopherTerr
FCC, regulation, political advertising
Benjamin Toff
Assistant Professor
Twitter: @BenjaminToff
Public opinion; political communication; changing journalism norms and practices; news audiences
Matthew Weber
Associate Professor
Twitter: @docmattweber
Social media, media management, organizational change, local news
Student Fellows Contact Info Areas of Expertise
Jonathan Anderson
PhD Student, Mass Communication
Twitter: @jonathanderson
Media law/policy, news consumption, public perception of journalists/news, business of news media
Amber Hamilton
PhD Student, Sociology Content/media analysis, race, and culture
Joshua Jordan
PhD Student, Mass Communication Science communication, media psychology
Clara Juarez
PhD Student, Mass Communication Journalism and politics, nationalism/populism, content analysis 
Jisu Kim
PhD Student, Mass Communication
Twitter: @kjs8918
Computational journalism, audience engagement and participatory journalism, social network analysis
Renee Mitson
MA Student, Mass Communication
Twitter: @reneemitson
Technology adoption within organizations, knowledge sharing, digital project management practices, changes to organizations as a result of emerging technology norms, emerging professions
Allison Steinke
PhD Student, Mass Communication Journalism, digital and social media, social justice 
Sarah Kay Wiley
PhD Student & Silha Research Assistant Algorithms, platforms, automation in news production, and law and policy