Center For Teaching Fellowship

I’m honored to announce that I was selected as one of four 2019-2020 Graduate Teaching Fellows at the Center for Teaching at the University of Iowa. Graduate Teaching Fellows engage in a year of research and praxis on teaching. I’ll be developing an online workshop about universal design for learning in online contexts for faculty andContinue reading “Center For Teaching Fellowship”

New Article: Grandma or Mommy: Familial Labels as Constructs of Identity in Grandfamilies

As a master’s student, Dr. Jessica Freeman asked me to help her transcribe interviews on research she was working on around grandparents raising grandchildren, or grandfamilies. Transcribing was an entirely new experience since I was new to research, so it gave me a great opportunity to dive into the world of interview methodology. After transcribingContinue reading “New Article: Grandma or Mommy: Familial Labels as Constructs of Identity in Grandfamilies”

Summer 2019 Reading List

As usual, I’ve given myself a pretty strict reading schedule for this summer. I’ll be working through these, a chapter a day, while working on my dissertation proposal, working on journal articles, and managing the Journal of Communication Inquiry. Here’s what I’m planning to get through this summer: Millennial Monsters by Anne Allison Modernity at LargeContinue reading “Summer 2019 Reading List”

New Article: How Travel Influencers Work With Destination Marketing Brands

My article “Professionalizing and Profiting: The Rise of Intermediaries in the Social Media Influencer Industry” was published last month in Social Media and Society. This study examines the relationship between travel influencers (e.g., bloggers and social media personalities) and destination marketers within the changing travel and tourism industry. Through in-depth interviews, observations, and document analysis,Continue reading “New Article: How Travel Influencers Work With Destination Marketing Brands”

Book Review: Localising Hollywood by Courtney Brannon Donoghue

Book reviews have become a good friend during my PhD program. They help decide what books are worth spending the time to read fully, contextualize what conversations the book joins, and usefully summarize some of the key arguments of the books (and often where to find them within the book). The Media Industries Journal recently publishedContinue reading “Book Review: Localising Hollywood by Courtney Brannon Donoghue”

Comprehensive Exams Reading Lists

It’s time for my comprehensive exams in my Ph.D. program, meaning I get to spend the next few months reading non-stop. I’ve decided to share my comprehensive exam lists in the interest of helping anyone looking for resources to understand digital media industries and culture. A.J Christian undertook a similar task in 2010 because heContinue reading “Comprehensive Exams Reading Lists”

New Classes: Journalistic Reporting and Writing and Multimedia Storytelling

I’m excited to announce I’ll be teaching two courses this fall at the University of Iowa—Journalistic Reporting and Writing as well as Multimedia Storytelling. These co-requisite classes work together to teach journalism undergraduate how to tell stories effectively across a variety of media. Journalistic Reporting and Writing teaches students the fundamentals of journalistic practice, rangingContinue reading “New Classes: Journalistic Reporting and Writing and Multimedia Storytelling”

Conference Presentation: Streaming Film and TV Services and Independent Film at FlowTV Roundtables

Earlier this year, I presented a paper about digital television portals and independent media producers at the regional Big 10 Mini Conference. After receiving some useful feedback from the mini-conference, I re-worked some of the paper and will be discussing at the national FlowTV Roundtables in Austin, TX September 27-29. “The Growing Intersection of theContinue reading “Conference Presentation: Streaming Film and TV Services and Independent Film at FlowTV Roundtables”

Conference Presentation: Travel Influencers and Ethics of Authenticity

Social media personalities, bloggers, and other influencers have been questioned for their ethics because of fears associated with influencers marketing products without telling their audiences. Joe Sinkwitz has an accessible summary of the concerns around influencers’ lack of disclosure. My research group on influencers within the travel industry sought to explore how these workers understoodContinue reading “Conference Presentation: Travel Influencers and Ethics of Authenticity”