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People of DMRP

The members of the Digital Media Research Program are constantly developing and undertaking challenging research. Each semester, twelve to fifteen graduate students come together to produce some of the most exciting research in communication.

Tom Johnson

Amon G. Carter Jr. Centennial
Professor
DMRP Director

Tom Johnson, Digital Media Research Program Director, is the Amon G. Carter Jr. Centennial Professor in the School of Journalism. His research has focused on the uses and effects of new media in politics. Recent works have explored the credibility and uses of social media as well as the effects of these media on political attitudes and behaviors. He had authored one book and co-edited four others. He has published more than 70 articles in academic journals, including Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journal of Information Technology and Policy, and Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.

Heloisa Aruth Sturm

Ph.D. Student
Student Leader

Heloisa Aruth Sturm is a second-year PhD Student in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously she received a MA in Luso-Brazilian Literature from the same University, a BA in Journalism and a BA in Law, both from the University of Sao Paulo (USP), in Brazil. Her media experience includes a reporter position at O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper, one of the two main Brazilian newspapers, where she covered educational, environmental, scientific and cultural issues. She also worked as a reporter at Zero Hora newspaper, the main daily publication in the south region of Brazil. Her research interests involve political communication, civic engagement and cultural studies.

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Joseph Jai-sung Yoo

Ph.D. Candidate

Joseph Jai-sung Yoo is a Ph.D. candidate in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are Political Communication, especially how opinion leaders are working for politics and media policy, especially the relationship between net neutrality and media environment.

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Lourdes Cueva Chacón

Ph.D. Candidate

Lourdes Cueva Chacón is a second-year doctoral student in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously she received an MS in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in Communication from The University of Texas at El Paso. Cueva Chacón helped design and develop the online magazine Borderzine.com from UT El Paso, where she also taught multimedia journalism courses. In 2012 Borderzine won the Online Journalism Award for Non-English Small/Medium Projects. Her research interests include media sociology, newsroom diversity, ethnic media —more specifically Latino-oriented media— and how they challenge traditional U.S. media paradigms. Her work has been published in Feminist Media Studies.

Ori Tenenboim

Ori Tenenboim

Ph.D. Candidate

Ori Tenenboim (MA, Tel Aviv University) is a doctoral candidate in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests center on digital journalism, political communication, and media economics. Tenenboim examines how journalists and news organizations hybridize older and newer behaviors, norms and forms in different contexts, such as political conflicts and campaigns. He also investigates factors that contribute to different types of user engagement (e.g., commenting and sharing) with news-related content and political messages in the digital media environment. His work has been published in Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, International Journal of Communication,
Digital Journalism
and Journalism Practice.

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Margaret (Yee Man) Ng

Ph.D. Candidate

Margaret (Yee Man) Ng is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is an artist, a journalist and a visual rhetoric researcher. At UT, she focuses her research on how emerging visual and social technologies can be wielded to create stronger bridges between civic engagements. Her previous journalistic works have largely focused on design and content creation. Her journalism experience includes working as an infographic designer at the National Geographic magazine and the Seattle Times, as well as working as a data journalist at the Center for Public Integrity and Investigative Reporters and Editors. She uses visualizations to bring about the community engagement and citizen activism needed for vibrant democracy and social justice.

Ioli Campos

Ph.D. Student

Ioli Campos is a PhD student within the UT Austin/Portugal Colab and Nova University of Lisbon; she is funded by FCT. Her research interest center on journalism studies,digital media and news literacy. She has a M.A. in Journalism and a post-graduation in Human Rights. She was a Fulbright fellow at UT in 2011. Campos teaches news and feature writing at Cenjor, in Lisbon, since 2012. Having worked as reporter for 15 years, Campos specialized in features and she covered stories from various places such as Kosovo, Cambodia, Vietnam, Algeria, Egypt, Iceland, and Lapland. Her reportage work has been awarded by the National Committee from United Nations for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration and by the Association of Sustainable Cities.

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Kyser Lough

Ph.D. Student

Kyser Lough is a third-year Ph.D. student in Journalism at the University of Texas. His main research interests are new media, visual journalism, photojournalism and photographic communication. Prior to coming to UT, he spent 10 years in various capacities such as photojournalist, reporter, public relations practitioner, adjunct lecturer and collegiate student media adviser. Professional work has appeared in/for the Austin American-Statesman, Lexington Herald-Leader, Louisville Courier-Journal, Associated Press and American Hunter Magazine among others. He has a B.A. in Public Relations with a minor in Photography and an M.A. in Mass Communications from Murray State University.

Kelsey Whipple

Kelsey Whipple

Ph.D. Student

Kelsey Whipple holds the School of Journalism's first Dallas Morning News Graduate Fellowship for Journalism Innovation. Her research focuses on gender and class in the media and the influence of technology on mass communication. Whipple received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Missouri. In the professional realm, she has worked as a longform staff writer, a music editor, a web editor, a social media editor and, most recently, as the Digital Editorial Director for Voice Media Group, a position in which she oversaw audience development, social media, online publishing and other digital best practices for a company of 11 alt-weeklies across the country.

Jeremy Shermak

Jeremy Shermak

Ph.D. Student

Jeremy Shermak is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Moody College of Communication Doctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He has two master of arts degrees: one in journalism from the University of Missouri, and one in writing pedagogy from DePaul University, and a bachelor of science in informatics with a journalism cognate from Indiana University.

Shermak has nearly 20 years of professional experience as a college professor, media analyst, and journalist. He has taught at the collegiate level for 13 years, including his current assignment as a teaching assistant in the UT School of Journalism.

Shermak’s research interests include the use of social media during live coverage, such as sports and weather events, reinforcement of cultural norms on social media, and the influence of social media on journalists’ routines. For his thesis, he examined the use of Twitter by newspaper sports beat reporters during live-game events.

Martin Riedl

Martin Riedl

Ph.D. Student

Martin J. Riedl is a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism. His research interests include online political participation and news engagement, reader comments and moderation, the sociology of news work, new media technologies and social media. Riedl received Master’s degrees in media management from Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media and social sciences from Humboldt University of Berlin, and he has a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and media management from FHWien University of Applied Sciences in Vienna. His professional experience includes marketing work with German media companies and advertising, project management and editorial work with an Austrian magazine publisher, as well as internships with Austrian news outlets.