Welcome.

My name is Patrick Johnson and I am currently a doctoral student at the University of Iowa’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

I come from nearly a decade of teaching high school journalism and English, and a decade of being an adjunct in journalism and media studies at Marquette University (where I received both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees).

When it comes to research, I’m interested in news (and media) literacy and ethics. I also am tremendously interested in how the journalism industry (both the professional one and the one where our journalists are initially trained–the college and high school settings) has evolved the concepts of objectivity, bias, trust, and truth telling as a result of both the Fake News presidency and the rise in disinformation and misinformation sharing. And then there is my random side interests that include political communication, horror films, media and sex, and mass communication pedagogy.