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Penny Abernathy

Penny Abernathy

Visiting Professor

Penny Abernathy's research focuses on the implications of the digital revolution for news organizations, the information needs of communities and the emergence of news deserts in the United States. She is the author of “News Deserts and Ghost Newspapers: Will Local News Survive?” and "The Strategic Digital Media Entrepreneur."

David Abrahamson

David Abrahamson

Professor Emeritus

David Abrahamson's research focuses on literary journalism, long-form journalism, contemporary magazine media ecosystems, and 20th century media history. He is the author of “Magazine-Made America,” co-editor of the "Routledge Handbook of Magazine Research” and general editor of a 26-volume historical series, "Visions of the American Press."

J.A. Adande

J.A. Adande

Associate Professor and Director of Sports Journalism

J.A. Adande has more than three decades of experience in sports media, including stops at ESPN, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and the Chicago Sun-Times. He has produced content for online, TV, radio, podcasts and (once upon a time) newspapers. He was the editor for the Year's Best Sports Writing 2022 collection.

Jill Blackman

Jill Blackman

Lecturer

Jill Blackman’s expertise includes the study of digital trends and the evolution of social media in journalism. She focuses on storytelling through innovative digital techniques, including interactive data visualizations, explanatory animations, mapping and various programming languages.

Martin Block

Martin P. Block

Professor Emeritus

Martin Block is an expert in marketing mix models, marketing research and analytical techniques, sales promotion, advertising management, direct marketing and entertainment marketing. He formerly consulted and conducted research for the cable television industry, and has served as an expert witness in cases involving marketing communication issues.

Clarke Caywood

Clarke Caywood

Professor Emeritus

Clarke L. Caywood has written extensively on corporate, government and NGO responses to the public during crises. His work on political communications and advertising has been quoted at the national, state and local level on broadcast, social and print media. He has spoken extensively in China, Japan and other countries.

Debbie Cenziper

Debbie Cenziper

Associate Professor and Director of Medill Investigative Lab

Debbie Cenziper's investigative stories focus on social justice reporting, from affordable housing corruption to breakdowns in child welfare systems. Debbie has spent more than 20 years writing for major daily newspapers, including the Miami Herald and The Washington Post.

Susan Curtis

Susan Mango Curtis

Professor Emeritus

Susan Mango Curtis is an educator, designer and consultant. She specializes in visual storytelling and digital publishing. Formerly, she was the assistant managing editor for the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal, where she was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize gold medal.

Kelly Cutler

Kelly Cutler

Lecturer

Kelly Cutler has more than 20 years of experience with digital marketing and digital media. Her work focuses on the areas of search marketing, social media marketing, programmatic, retargeting and digital analytics and measurement. She works in both theory and practice.

Michael Deas

Michael A. Deas

Assistant Professor

Michael Deas focuses on editing and libel as well as multimedia reporting. He is a former editor on the national-foreign and news-design staffs at Chicago Tribune. He was among contributors, including former President Jimmy Carter, who wrote tributes for "Grace Under Fire: Barbara Jordan's Rhetoric of Watergate, Patriotism, and Equality."

Elise De Los Santos

Elise De Los Santos

Lecturer

Elise De Los Santos is an editor with experience in both traditional and new media. She was executive editor of RedEye, the Chicago Tribune’s publication for millennials, and was an editor on the Tribune's copy desk and audience team, editing stories for print and online publication.

Jack Doppelt

Jack Doppelt

Professor Emeritus

Jack Doppelt is Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Emeritus Prof. of Journalism. He’s publisher of Immigrant Connect and the Doppelt Effect, a blog on current events. He helped create Medill’s Social Justice Journalism direction. His expertise is media law and ethics, the reporting of legal and immigrant affairs, & the tenets of social justice journalism.

Craig Duff

Craig Duff

Professor

Craig Duff's long career in video journalism spans broadcast/cable news, long-form television, documentary filmmaking and video on digital platforms (including key roles at the New York Times and TIME). Craig leads the video and broadcast specialization at Medill and has developed a popular course in producing and reporting video for social media.

Stephanie Edgerly

Stephanie Edgerly

Professor and Associate Dean of Research

Stephanie Edgerly's research explores how features of new media alter the way people consume news and impact engagement, particularly among youth and young adults. She is 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.

Abigail Foerstner

Abigail M. Foerstner

Associate Professor

Abigail Foerstner is an award-winning reporter covering and teaching health, environment and science journalism. She teaches students how to bridge between an increasingly technological culture and general audiences who rely on science journalism to make critical decisions and understand the wonders around them. She teaches multimedia journalism.

Tim Franklin

Tim Franklin

Senior Associate Dean, Professor and John M. Mutz Chair in Local News

Tim Franklin is leading the Medill Local News Initiative, a research and development project aimed at better understanding the behaviors of digital audiences and finding new approaches to sustainable local news business models.

Judy Franks

Judy Ungar Franks

Assistant Professor

Judy Franks' research focuses on the supply of media audience attention that flows into the advertising economy. Franks is also studying how self-serve ad portals are democratizing access for businesses of all sizes. Her book, "Media: From Chaos to Clarity" (2nd Ed) provides history and context for today's digital media world and where it's headed.

Jeremy Gilbert

Jeremy Gilbert

Knight Professor in Digital Media Strategy

Jeremy Gilbert's work and research focuses on the content and revenue strategies of existing and emerging media companies. He explores the intersection of technology and media, employing a human-centered design process to examine how new tools and techniques will affect the creation, consumption and distribution of media.

Rich Gordon

Rich Gordon

Professor and Director of Digital Innovation

Rich Gordon launched Medill’s graduate program in new media journalism. He has spent most of his career exploring the areas where journalism and technology intersect. He was an early adopter of desktop analytical tools (such as spreadsheets and databases) to analyze data for journalistic purposes.

Randy Hlavac

Randy Hlavac

Lecturer

Randy Hlavac focuses on how entrepreneurs and businesses can use social and community systems to build market share and build stronger relationships with their high-value consumers. He also researches strategies for building business and executive personas that build followers and engage key influencers.

Mei-Ling Hopgood

Mei-Ling Hopgood

William F. Thomas Professor

Mei-Ling Hopgood, author of Lucky Girl and How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm (Algonquin), has won awards for investigative journalism, travel reporting and writing. She is an expert in reporting and multilingual and international storytelling and narrative. She also works on improving diversity and equity in higher education, newsrooms, and coverage.

Brent Huffman

Brent Huffman

Professor

Brent E. Huffman's research centers around China's economic influence and presence around the world in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. He has also done extensive research about threatened cultural heritage and human rights issues around the globe. He can also talk about the U.S. and international documentary production, working in conflict, etc.

Ashlee Humphreys

Ashlee Humphreys

Professor

Ashlee Humphreys is a sociologist who examines core topics in consumer behavior and marketing strategy. Her research investigates topics in social media, market creation, language, and digital satisfaction. Humphreys is the author of "Social Media: Enduring Principles," and she is the creator of the Digital Satisfaction Index (DSI).

Melissa Isaacson

Melissa Isaacson

Assistant Professor

Melissa Isaacson is an assistant professor at Medill, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in writing, reporting and sports reporting. A sportswriter for more than 30 years, Isaacson was named among the 20 “Most Influential Women in Chicago sports media” by the Chicago Tribune in 2022. She worked most recently for ESPN in its international division, covering a variety of beats from the Olympic Games to professional tennis. In 19 years at the Tribune, she was the principal beat writer covering the Michael-Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in the 90s and later the Chicago Bears for seven seasons, the first woman in both of those roles.

Emily Ko

Emily Ko

Assistant Professor

Emily Ko's research interests span online marketing and user-generated contents (structured and unstructured), as well as applications of machine learning and econometric methods. Ko is mainly focusing on content features from user-generated content (UGC), addressing the important role of semanticity in UGC to empower marketing practitioners and businesses.

Candy Lee

Candy Lee

Professor

Candy Lee's work on leadership and the effects of voice in technology are showcased in her research. She also does work on customer retention through loyalty, membership, pricing, display, management, attrition consideration, acquisition and growth strategy. Her focus on sport marketing involves diverse arenas from fandom to sponsorship.

Mi Hyun Lee

Mi Hyun Lee

Assistant Professor

Mi Hyun Lee's research interests center around digital advertising, channels, media, and platforms. She studies how consumers respond to new digital advertising, media, and channels by using econometric and statistical modeling. Her most recent work focuses on consumers' visual attention to ad elements across various types of digital advertising.

Edward Malthouse

Edward C. Malthouse

Erastus Otis Haven Professor and Research Director of Spiegel Research Center

Edward Malthouse's research interests center on customer engagement and experiences; digital, social and mobile media; media management; big data; customer relationship management and lifetime value models; recommender systems; and predictive analytics.

Reynaldo Morales

Reynaldo Morales

Assistant Professor

Reynaldo Morales’ research centers on the strategic intersection of media and education for the recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ territorial, political, environmental, cultural and human rights. He also studies the contributions of World Indigenous Peoples’ Traditional Knowledge on the implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals.

Frank Mulhern

Frank J. Mulhern

Professor and Director of Retail Analytics Council

Frank Mulhern does research on media economics and technology and its impact on brand communications. His work connects technology to customer data and marketing analytics; particularly with respect to retailing and e-commerce marketing.

Abe Peck

Abe Peck

Professor Emeritus-in-Service, Director of Business to Business Communications, Senior Director of Media Management Center

Abe Peck has worked in magazines for 40 years as a writer/editor (Rolling Stone, Outside, etc.), an author, a consultant and as Medill's director of B2B communication. The author of “Uncovering the Sixties: the Life and Times of the Underground Press,” he curated Medill's recent series on Media and the 1968 Democratic Convention.

Ellen Shearer

Ellen Shearer

Professor Emeritus; Co-Director, National Security Journalism Initiative; Washington Bureau Chief

Ellen Shearer has conducted research in several areas. In national security, she has focused on journalists' safety, conflict reporting, the military and the media and, more generally, national security issues. In political reporting, she has focused on civic engagement among millennials and among nonvoters.

Elizabeth Shogren

Elizabeth Shogren

Associate Professor

Elizabeth Shogren has extensive background reporting on environment, energy and climate change. She probed the climate costs of cryptocurrency and natural gas. She covered the Clinton White House, Congress and many federal agencies and was a foreign correspondent in Russia. Her investigations exposed government censorship of science.

Michael Spikes

Michael Spikes

Lecturer and Director of Teach for Chicago Journalism Program

Michael Spikes' research is centered on the practice and pedagogy of media literacy education (MLE) and news media literacy (NML) toward encouraging critical thinking to limit the effects of exposure to mis- and disinformation. His focus is on the design, assessment, and enactments of MLE & NML in classrooms and other learning environments.

Karen Springen

Karen Springen

Assistant Professor

Karen Springen, who spent nearly a quarter century with Newsweek magazine, follows how technology is changing the way journalists report and share their work. In the summer of 2022, she and two Medill undergraduates researched the "Tweetie Burd-en" -- the pressure many journalists feel to use social media. She also reviews books for Booklist.

Larry Stuelpnagel

Larry Stuelpnagel

Associate Professor

Larry Stuelpnagel is a former political journalist. He is experienced with the economic and social pressures that impact the news that the public receives. He focuses on the lack of diversity in news staffing and how that impacts reporting on racial and economic issues.

Vijay Viswanathan

Vijay Viswanathan

Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Integrated Marketing Communications and Associate Dean of IMC

Vijay Viswanathan studies customer experience and marketing effectiveness in B2C and B2B using surveys, text analytics and machine learning. His current work is on online communities, virtual influencers, loyalty programs and governance. He has given numerous talks to industry on customer centricity, embedding AI in analytics and enabling a data culture.

Caryn Ward

Caryn Ward

Associate Professor

Caryn Ward’s experience and teaching center around video storytelling and broadcast news. She has almost 30 years of experience in local television newsrooms. Ward is also working on research centered around how Gen Z student journalists see their role in the industry and what motivates them to choose journalism.

Zach Wise

Zach Wise

Professor

Zach Wise's research centers on the intersection of technology and journalism. He does iterative applied research in immersive media (AR/VR) and new storytelling forms. Through his work in the Knight Lab at Northwestern, he also creates and directs the creation of storytelling tools that are used by publications all over the world.

Patti Wolter

Patti Wolter

Helen Gurley Brown Magazine Professor and Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Clinical Professor

Patti Wolter's background includes decades of work in consumer magazines (investigative and women's health). Her teaching centers on magazines, narrative storytelling, narrative structures, and health and science reporting. In addition, she has been working with scientists to understand consumer communication and translating science to lay audiences.

Yu Xu