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Stephanie Edgerly

Stephanie Edgerly


Professor and Associate Dean of Research

Stephanie Edgerly is a professor with a specialization in audience insight. She is also the associate dean of research at Medill. Her research explores how features of new media alter the way audiences consume news and impact engagement. She is particularly interested in the mixing of news and entertainment content, how individuals and groups create and share news over social media, and how audiences selectively consume media. Recent projects have explored why people don't consume news and the varied ways that people make sense of the larger media environment.

Stephanie's research has garnered several recent honors. In 2020, her article "Deciding What's News: News-ness as an Audience Concept for the Hybrid Media Environment" won the "Outstanding Article" award in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. In 2018, her publication about patterns of news consumption among U.S. teenagers was a finalist for the award. In 2019, Stephanie was awarded the inaugural Sharon Dunwoody Early Career Award from the University of Wisconsin. In 2020, she was named the 19th recipient of the Walder Award for Research Excellence at Northwestern University. She is the only journalism faculty member to receive the honor.

Stephanie is a speaker in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs as an expert in journalism. She has traveled to Belgium, the United Kingdom, Denmark, China, Greece, and the Philippines to talk with government officials, news organizations, and students about issues related to fake news, news media trust, and news media literacy. Stephanie is also Fellow in the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication and a Faculty Associate at Northwestern's Institute for Policy Research.