Scripps Doctoral Students
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Education: M.S. Journalism, Ohio University, 2016; B.A. English Literature, Ohio University, 2012, magna cum laude.
Research: Journalism history and emerging technologies. Sam’s past publications have focused on tracing women’s entrance into professional journalism by looking at “stunt girl” reporting in the late 1800s. Publications include, “Ada Patterson: The Nellie Bly of the West,” Journalism History, Fall 2017 and “Nell Nelson’s Undercover Reporting,” American Journalism, Summer 2017. Research in progress includes a study of mobile technologies used in journalism in Central Asia. She led focus groups in Kyrgyzstan with co-researcher in Kazakhstan. Sam has two upcoming reviews of digital archives that can be used for historical research in journalism: Digital Media Review: “Brooke Kroeger’s Deception for Journalism’s Sake: A Database,” American Journalism, Fall 2018 and Digital Media Review: “The Vault at Pffaf’s,” American Journalism, Spring 2019. Sam has presented research at the American Journalism Historians Association conference, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Southeast Colloquium, and the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conventions.
Teaching areas: Sam teaches emerging media and reporting courses, including Strategic Social Media and Multiplatform Reporting and Writing.
Professional experience: Sam has worked as a freelance reporter for community newspapers in Ohio, such as the Ashland Times-Gazette, Richland Source and Athens News.