Scholar | teacher | leader | advocate

Hi, i’m patrick.

Researcher of news literacy; journalism education, ethics, and practice; and issues of deviance, sex, and sexuality.

Instructor of journalism, teaching ethics, law, and journalism and vis. comm. skills courses.

Former high school teacher, journalism mentor, and program director.

Champion for the voiceless.


I BELIEVE THAT EVERYTHING THAT CONTRADICTS CAN COEXIST IN HARMONY.



About Me

I am a Ph.D. candidate and the inaugural Easton Graduate Teaching Fellow in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa whose work centers on finding a pathway toward more just and equitable futures in journalism and media practice. My time as a high school teacher and journalism advisor helped shape my desire to be a voice for the voiceless in my teaching, service, and research. Because of my years in the classroom, I bring a transformative pragmatist approach to my work.



Student Testimonials

  • Marquette University Student

    “Patrick Johnson was one of my favorite journalism professors for his authenticity and way of caring for stories and how they’re told, along with people and how we honor them.”Full story link

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  • Journalistic Reporting & Writing Student

    “Patrick was incredibly helpful at a moment’s notice. He is one of those people who grades tough, but with purpose. The amount of feedback he provided me helped me grow tremendously and every second with him felt like time well-spent. He was a pleasure to work with, brainstorm with, and learn with. Thank you for […]

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  • Journalistic Reporting & Writing Student

    “Patrick provided excellent feedback on all of our pieces (if he knew we were going to care about it and learn from it). He used his teaching skills to make lab time better for us. He put a lot of effort into making sure we became better writers and learned the course material. I really […]

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  • Journalistic Reporting & Writing Student

    “Patrick’s passion for journalistic writing comes through which makes it such an enjoyable subject to learn about. He cares deeply for the success of his students. Whenever I had a question or needed help, he responded with compassion and useful comments. My writing is 100% better after being in Patrick’s class.”

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  • Freedom of Expression Student

    “Patrick is the gold standard for educators, always helps everybody and really does genuinely care. I loved having Patrick as my teacher.”

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  • Journalistic Reporting & Writing Student

    “Patrick was almost always accessible in office hours. He really wanted to help us get better, and it showed throughout the time we were in lab together. Whenever we worked on assignments in lab, he would walk around and give us great verbal feedback to help us make our work better, which took off some […]

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