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Thomas Schmidt

Assistant Professor in Critical Journalism Studies

Ph.D., Media Studies, University of Oregon, 2017

M.A., Literary Nonfiction, University of Oregon, 2011

Ph.D. student, Political Science, New School for Social Research, 2005-2007

Mag. phil. (equivalent to M.A.), Philosophy, University of Vienna, 2005

In my interdisciplinary research I explore the changing form of news in its social, cultural, technological, economic and political dimensions. My point of departure is to think about journalism as a field that is shaped by both institutional and cultural dynamics. Drawing from different disciplines and often emphasizing comparative perspectives, my work connects seemingly dissimilar areas: I focus both on the historical context and the contemporary evolution of journalistic institutions; I explore both cultural history and global dynamics; I analyze both political culture and technological imagination; I both evaluate specific journalistic tools and critically assess their implications in a larger societal context. 


Schmidt, Thomas R., Rewriting the Newspaper: The Storytelling Movement in American Print Journalism. (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2019). 

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Schmidt, Thomas R., Lisa Heyamoto, and Todd Milbourn, “Folk Theories of Trust: A Bottom-Up Approach for Exploring Trust in Journalism.” Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies (in print). 

Ali, Christopher, Thomas R. Schmidt, Damian Radcliffe, and Rosalind Donald, “The Digital Life of Small-Market Newspapers: Results from a Multi-Method Study.” Digital Journalism (2018).

Ali, Christopher, Damian Radcliffe, Thomas R. Schmidt, and Rosalind Donald. “Searching for Sheboygans: On the Future of Small Market Newspapers.” Journalism (2018).

Lawrence, Regina, Damian Radcliffe, and Thomas R. Schmidt, “Practicing Engagement: Participatory Journalism in the Web 2.0 Era.” Journalism Practice (2017).

Schmidt, Thomas R., “Pioneer of Style: How the Washington Post Adopted Literary Journalism.” Literary Journalism Studies 9, vol. 1 (2017).

Schmidt, Thomas R., “The Circuit of Culture: A Model for Journalism History,” CM: Communication and Media 11, no. 36 (2016): 71-88.

Book Chapters

Wahl-Jorgensen, K. and Thomas R. Schmidt, “Storytelling and News,” in Handbook of Journalism Studies (ICA Handbook Series), 2nd ed., eds. Karin Wahl-Jorgensen and Thomas Hanitzsch. (Routledge, 2019).

Schmidt, Thomas R., “Rearticulating Carey: Towards a Cultural History of Journalism,” in Models of Communication: Philosophical and Theoretical Approaches, ed. Mats Bergman (London: Routledge, forthcoming).

Schmidt, Thomas R., “Grundlagen des digitalen Erzählens“ [Foundations of Digital Storytelling], in Die Kunst der Story [The Art of Story], ed. Marlis Prinzing (Thun: Werd und Weber Verlag, 2015).

Research Reports

Schmidt, Thomas R., Constructing Engagement: How News Organizations are Using Hearken. Agora Journalism Center (forthcoming).

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Best Research Paper Award, Journalism and Education section, International Association of Media and Communication Research, 2018
  • American Journalism Historians Association Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize, Honorary Mention, 2018
  • Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society, 2016
  • Oregon Humanities Center Graduate Research Support Fellowship, 2015-2016
  • Graduate Research Grant, Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon, 2015
  • Transatlantic Media Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C., 2012
  • Fulbright grantee, 2005-2006