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

University of Iowa
Melissa Tully, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Brian Ekdale, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Rachel Young, Ph.D., MPH, Associate Professor
Cristina Tilly, J.D., Associate Professor of Law

Kajsa Dalrymple, Ph.D., Communication Professional
Srividya “Srivi” Ramasubramanian, Ph.D., Syracuse, Newhouse Professor
Stephanie Craft, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Professor, Journalism Dept. Head
Ana Garner, Ph.D., Marquette University, Professor, Journalism Dept. Head
Bonnie Brennen, Ph.D., Marquette University, Professor Emerita
Daradirek “Gee” Ekachai, Ph.D., Marquette University, Associate Professor Emerita
Karen Slattery, Ph.D., Marquette University, Professor Emerita

When I’m not being a teacher/scholar

In my free time I probably can be found reading random works of narrative nonfiction, watching way too many horror films (or rewatching countless Disney or 90s/00s teen movies), being inundated with the news, making fun of and commenting about politics, consuming far too much pop culture on social media, getting way too involved in college football and basketball, and bouncing around and singing to whatever song ends up playing on my Apple Music (which usually is a healthy dose of today’s top hits, 90s/00s hits, grunge, classic rock, heavy metal, and show tunes). 

What I’m doing currently

Graduate Instructor | School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Research Team | Mapping Impactful Media Literacy Practices Project

Additional Iowa Experiences

Research Assistant | School of Journalism and Mass Communication
(Summer 2021

Public Humanities Fellow | Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
(Summer 2021)

Additional Teaching Experiences

English and Media Teacher & Media Adviser | Antioch Community High School

Adjunct Professor of Journalism and Media Studies | Marquette University

Additional Relevant Professional Experiences

Ethics Research Intern | Storyfit: AI for the Entertainment Industry
(Winter 2020)

Director, Summer Journalism Workshop | Kettle Moraine Press Association

Instructor, Urban Journalism Workshop | Diederich College of Communication


Ph.D.|Mass Communication, in progress
The University of Iowa, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Research Interests: Metajournalistic discourse, journalism and media ethics, media and news literacy, issues of deviance in journalism, sex media
Advisor: Dr. Melissa Tully

MA|Communication, May 2013
Marquette University, Diederich College of Communication
Thesis: The Impurity Truth: How Popular Media Taught Millennial Males to Get Laid and “Do It” as Early as Possible
Advisor: Dr. Bonnie Brennen, Professor Emerita and Nieman Professor of Journalism

BS|Secondary Education and Journalism, June 2011
Marquette University, College of Education



Editorial Board Member Journal of Communication Inquiry • 2021-present

Leadership Ladder • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication • Graduate Student Interest Group (Vice-Head• 2021-22)/Commission (Head• 2022-23• Past-Head• 2023-24)

Pre-Conference Workshop Chair • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication • Graduate Student Interest Group • 2020-21

Graduate Student Committee Head & Liaison • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication • Media Ethics Division • 2020-present


Graduate Student Representative • Graduate Committee, School of Journalism and Mass Communication • The University of Iowa • 2021-present

New TA Training Facilitator • Grading and Providing Feedback on Writing• Graduate College • The University of Iowa • August 19, 2021

Board Member • The Daily Iowan • SPI Board • 2020-present


Faculty Advisor • Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Xi-Xi Chapter • Marquette University • 2018-2020

Strategic Communication Campaign Judge • Diederich College of Communication Department of Strategic Communication • Marquette University • 2011-2015

Board Member • Marquette Student Media • Marquette University • 2011-2013

Founding Board Member & President • Diederich College of Communication Graduate Student Organization • Marquette University • 2011-2013


Trustee & Board Member • Quill and Scroll International Journalism Honor Society • 2013-present
• Vice President• 2021-present
• 2026 Committee Chair • 2021-2022 – this committee explores the future of the organization in terms of fiscal and institutional status

Mentor Committee Chair • Board Member • Journalism Education Association • 2017-2020

Committee Chair (Volunteers) • National High School Journalism Convention, Chicago • Journalism Education Association & National Scholastic Press Association • 2015-2016

Reviewer • PRAXIS Journalism Teaching Certification Exam • Educational Testing Services • 2013

Curriculum Designer • Empty Cradles (Pulitzer winning series) • Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel • 2011-2012

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