Susan J. Robinson
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
The University of Wisconsin-Madison
5148 Vilas Hall
Madison, WI 53706-1497
Curriculum Vitae (EXCERPTED)
Ph.D. Temple University, Mass Media & Communication (4.0) 2007
M.A. Northeastern University, Journalism (3.85) 2000
B.A. University of New Hampshire, Journalism/English (Summa cum laude) 1994
Semester Abroad, Aix-en-Provence, France Fall 1992
Associate Professor, The University of Wisconsin at Madison (January 2007 – present)
- Research and publish in academic journals
- Coordinate the MA professional-track journalism program
- Teach undergraduate and graduate-level journalism (skills and theory) courses
- Spearheaded the restructuring of M.A. professional-track journalism program
Press theory (narrative journalism; press as an institution, journalistic authority)
Collective Memory and the Press
- Robinson, S. (2011) “Journalism as Process: The Labor Implications of Participatory Content in News Organization” Journalism & Communication Monographs 3(13).
Refereed Journal Articles
- Robinson, S. and Mendelson, A. (2012). “Experimental Qualitative Approach: Studying Mediated Meaning Construction Using a Hybrid Approach.” Journal of Mixed Methods Research.
- Robinson, S. and DeShano, C. (2011). “Anyone can know:” Citizen journalism and the interpretive community of the mainstream press.” Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism.
- Robinson, S. (2011). “Convergence Crises: News Work and News Space in the Digitally Transforming Newsroom.” Journal of Communication.
- Robinson, S. and DeShano, C. (2011) “Citizen Journalism as Third Places? What makes people contribute information online (or not).” Journalism Studies 12(5), 1-16.
- Robinson, S. (2010). “Traditionalists vs. Convergers: Textual privilege, boundary work, and the journalist-audience relationship in the commenting policies of online news sites.” Convergence 16(1): 125-143.
- Robinson, S. (2009). “The Cyber-Newsroom: A case study of the journalistic paradigm in a news narrative’s journey from a newspaper to cyberspace.” Mass Communication & Society, 12(4):1-20.
- Robinson, S. (2009). “ ‘We were all there:’ Remembering America in the anniversary coverage of Hurricane Katrina.” Memory Studies 2(2): 235-253. ***
- Robinson, S. (2009). “ ‘If you had been with us’: Mainstream press and citizen journalists jockey for authority over the collective memory of Hurricane Katrina.” New Media & Society 11(4): 795–814.
- Robinson, S. (2009). “A Chronicle of Chaos: Tracking the news story of Hurricane Katrina from The Times-Picayune to its Web site.” Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism 10(4): 431-450.
- Robinson, S. (2007). “Someone’s Gotta be in Control Here: The Institutionalization of online news and the creation of a shared journalistic authority.” Journalism Practice, 1(3), 305-321. ***
- Robinson, S. (2006). “Blogging the story: Recapturing a journalistic frame online.”
Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism, 7 (1, February), 65-83.
- Robinson, S. (2007). “Vietnam and Iraq: Memory vs. History in the 2004 Presidential Campaign Coverage.” Journalism Studies, 7(5), 729-744.
*** These two articles have been selected for inclusion in an edited volume due out in 2011 by Berkowitz, Dan (Cultural Meanings of News: A Text-Reader. London: Sage). The book includes 23 articles from the field’s leading journals and focuses on cultural approaches to understanding the nature of news. It is a follow-up to Berkowitz’s earlier, seminal work, Social Meanings of News, also published by Sage.
- Robinson, S. (2011). “Experiencing Journalism.” In Eugenia Siapera and Andreas Veglis (eds) Online Journalism: Global Perspectives, Local Practices. Wiley-Blackwell.
- Robinson, S. (2011). “ ‘Beaming up’ Traditional Journalists: The Transition of an American Newspaper into Cyberspace.” In David Domingo and Chris Patterson (eds) Making Online News: The Ethnography of New Media Production (Second Edition). Peter Lang Publishing.
- Robinson, S., DeShano, C., Nakho, K. & Friedland, L. (2010). “Madison Commons: Experimenting with a citizen-journalism model.” In Jack Rosenberry and Burton St. John III. (Eds) Public Journalism 2.0: The Promise and Reality of a Citizen-Engaged Press, an edited volume published by Routledge.
- Robinson, S. (2009). “ ‘Searching for my own unique place in the story:’ A comparison of journalistic and citizen produced coverage of Hurricane Katrina’s anniversary.” In University of Texas’s Journalism and Citizens: New Agendas, an edited volume published by Erlbaum.
Minor Publications (Book Reviews, Non-refereed Essays, etc.)
- “Things people older/younger than me do not understand about the Internet.” (2009) (An essay based off a panel speech at AEJMC, Chicago, August 2008). Journalism Studies 10(2): 268-280.
- Book Review: Making Online News by Chris Paterson and David Domingo (2009). New Media & Society 11: 887-889.
- Book Review: Pursuit of Journalism by Tanni Haas (2008). Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism 9(6): 775-784.
- Book Review: When the Press Fails by Lance Bennett et al. (2008, January). Journal of Communication Inquiry, 32, 90-94.
- Online News Books Essay (2006) New Media & Society, 8(5)
- “Technology and Katrina: How Gatekeepers are Becoming Gateways” (2005, October 6) Convergence Newsletter, Vol. III No. 4.
Journalism (newswriting, news editing, literary journalism, press theory, editing, journalism history, press law, multimedia storytelling)
Mass Media & Society
New Media Theory
University of Wisconsin @ Madison
Journalism in Theory
Integrated Media Storytelling
Research Methods (Qualitative)
Advanced Media Practices
Temple UniversityPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Writing for Journalism
Journalism & Society
Saint Michael’s College
Writing for Media I
Writing for Media II
ServiceAcademic Service at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
School of Journalism & Mass Communication
- Organized and conducted a video training session for the Society for Environmental Journalists, Fall 2009
- Organized multimedia training session for faculty, Spring 2009
Master’s Professional Track Program
- Served on the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication Graduate Committee (2007-present)
Society of Professional Journalists
- Served as the faculty advisor for the SPJ chapter at the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication (2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010)
UW Faculty Senate
- Served as an alternate (2008-2009)
Professional Service outside of University of Wisconsin-Madison
Service to Trade Organizations
- Served as Teaching Chair of Communication Technology, 2009-2010
- Served as Membership Chair of Communication Technology, 2008-2009
- Served as Head of the Graduate Education Interest Group, 2006-2007
- Served as Vice-Head and Co-Program Chair, 2005-2006
- Published the GEIG newsletter as the group’s Secretary during 2004-2005
Book Manuscript Development
- Chapman, Jane. (2009) Journalism Past and Present: Issues and Challenges. Blackwell Publishing.
Blind Reviewing for Conferences and Journals
- Journal of Magazine & New Media Research, 2010
- The American Behavioral Scientist, 2010
- Communication Theory, 2009
- Convergence, 2009
- Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 2008, 2009
- Mass Communication & Society, 2008, 2009
- Journalism Studies, 2007, 2008
- International Communication Association, Journalism Studies Division, 2008
- Communication Technology for the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2009, 2010
- The Graduate Education Interest Group for the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
- The Promising Professors Award for the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2007, 2009, 2010
Invitations, Appearances in Mainstream Press and News Organizations
- Newspaper Consultant: The Isthmus, an alternative weekly in Madison, WI (April 2007)
- Expert for Capital Times transition from print to online: The Seattle Times, the Associated Press, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jay Rosen’s PressThink (a highly regarded media blog); The Isthmus, Dane101 (2008-2009)
Speaking Engagements (Invitation)
- Capital Times (April 2008)
Business Reporter/Special Projects, The Courier-Post, Cherry Hill, NJ (Sept. 2003-Nov. 2005)
- Wrote regular business and metro enterprise stories, including a narrative entrepreneur series that ran every other month
- Critiqued the business section at the request of the editors
- Served on a committee to form a new youth publication, called Impulse
Business Reporter, The Burlington Free Press, Burlington, VT (April 2000-Aug. 2003)
- Wrote three sections of a six-part, award-winning series entitled “Saving Our Farms” (2001)
- Followed IBM (VT’s largest employer), agriculture, technology, recession, energy issues
Reporter, The Gloucester Daily Times, Gloucester, MA (March 1996-July 1998)
- Covered fishing, waterfront, and business issues, and wrote columns (1997-1998)
- Wrote two articles a day covering the town of Rockport (1996)
Reporter, The Derry News, Derry, NH (Dec. 1994-March 1996)
- Covered the 1995-1996 U.S. presidential primary race
- Wrote 10-12 articles a week about the town of Londonderry
Contributing Writer, Seafood Business and GoFish.com (Jan. 2000-April 2001); The Associated Press (1999-2000); The Boston Business Journal, The Boston Globe (1998-2000); National Fisherman, The New England Press Association Bulletin (1996-2000); North Shore Magazine (1996-1998); Rockingham County News (Summer 1993)
Honors and Awards
New Media Theory: How far have we traveled? Top Paper, 2010
AEJMC Promising Professor, 3rd Place Assistant Professor, 2009
International Communication Association, Graduate Student Teaching award, 2006
AEJMC Promising Professor, Graduate Student, 2006
International Symposium on Online Journalism, Top Paper, 2006
Temple Graduate Student Forum, Top Paper, 2nd place, 2006
Graduate Assistantship, Temple, 2003-2004; 2004-2005, 2005-2006
AEJMC Guido H. Stempel III Research Paper Competition, 2nd Place, 2005
Philadelphia Press Association award for daily business story, 2004
Vermont Press Association, Top State Reporter, 2003
Vermont Press Association, Top Local Story, 2003
Vermont Farm Bureau Media Person of the Year award, 2002
Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for breaking news, IBM (team*), 2001
New England Associated Press award for Sept. 11 special team follow-up coverage, 2001
Best of Gannett awards for series and breaking news (team*), 2001, 2002
James M. Ragsdale Memorial Award for commitment to First Amendment issues, 2000
Graduate Assistantship, Northeastern, 1998-2000
New England Associated Press award for enterprise reporting, 1998
New England Associated Press award for enterprise reporting, 1997
New England Press Association award for education reporting, 1996
Dean’s List (Highest Honors), 1990-1994
Governor’s Success Grant (full academic scholarship), 1990-1994
UNH Academic Achievement Award, 1992-1994
*For these stories, I was lead reporter on a team
Online Newspaper Association
AEJMC (Newspaper Division, Communication Technology, Graduate Education Interest Group)
Society of Professional Journalists
International Communication Association (Journalism Division)
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Kappa Phi
Golden Key National Honor Society