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Thomas Schmidt

Assistant Professor in Critical Journalism Studies

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. 

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


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