Research

A PDF version of my complete CV is available here.

Broadly speaking, my academic research focuses on media industry transformation, particularly at the intersection of organizations, institutions, and digital and social technologies. Specifically, I am interested in understanding the mechanisms of transformation behind changing processes of media production, consumption, and distribution. I hope to foster this work with a research agenda aimed at understanding organizational and cultural processes around media transformation grounded in both organizational and management theory, as well as journalism and media studies.

I utilize these disciplines as a scholarly foundation for analyzing how media institutions (both routinized practices as well as formal organizations) are impacted by digital and social technological transformation. In doing so, I intend to explore the factors that shape the overall functioning of the media system (e.g. business models, measurement and evaluation, regulation, social properties of both producers and consumers, etc.) and the mechanisms via which these factors are constituted as institutions.

My dissertation, for example, focuses on a case study of recent transformation in the U.S. news industry—past the shift of print news organizations to the Web and the emergence of digital native news organizations, and towards a focus on changes related to the development of data, analytics, and mobile and social platforms. Of specific interest is change in the journalist profession from 2011 to 2016 and the development of news nerds—a new form of professional journalist at the intersection of news and data, analytics, and social and mobile platforms. I use an institutional theory framework to investigate this process of institutional change, as it occurs in a rapid timeframe. An investigation into the factors that contribute to the likelihood that a journalist is a news nerd and that a news organization is a leader in news nerds further interrogates the process of rapid institutional change at both the actor level and the organizational level. As such, this study furthers understanding of the process, drivers, and outcomes of institutional change in a rapid time frame. In general, the findings of this research support an alternative model of rapid institutional change and an unanticipated outcome of the process, yielding crucial insight into the scholarship on institutional theory and journalism studies, as well as for the practical management of rapid change in a wide variety of industries.

Other current work is supported by funding from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School through which I am a Knight News Innovation Fellow. This research aims to provide a systematic examination of the changing composition of newsroom workforces by analyzing the work histories, educational backgrounds, and skill sets of modern newsroom employees. The goal of this project is to provide an analytical framework for understanding the significance of digital, data, and analytics for modern news organizations, as well as to highlight the challenges facing managers of modern news organizations as newsrooms adapt to increasing complexity in the digital news landscape.

Additional publications on changes in the media industry can be found in the International Journal on Media Management as well as the journal of Television and New Media.