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Matthew Powers is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication. His research interests include journalism studies, transnational advocacy and comparative media, and his writings have been published in the International Journal of Communication, Journal of Communication and Communication Research, among others. At present, he is involved in two projects. The first examines the role of humanitarian and human rights NGOs in the changing landscape of international news. The second is a comparative analysis of metropolitan journalism in Seattle, Washington and Toulouse, France.
Powers received his Ph.D. in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. Previously, he worked as a journalist at the Burlington Free Press in Vermont.
“Opening the News Gates? Humanitarian and human rights NGOs in the US News Media, 1990-2010.” Media, Culture & Society, 2015.
“Contemporary NGO-Journalist Relations: Reviewing and Evaluating an Emergent Area of Research.” Sociology Compass, 2015.
“The role of qualitative methods in political communication research: Past, present, and future.” (with David Karpf, Daniel Kreiss, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen). International Journal of Communication, 2015.
“The new boots on the ground: NGOs in the changing landscape of international news.” Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, 2015.
“The structural organization of NGO publicity: Explaining divergent publicity strategies at humanitarian and human rights organizations.” International Journal of Communication, 8: 90-107, 2014.
“Is the Internet homogenizing or diversifying the news? External pluralism in the U.S., Danish and French Press.” International Journal of Press/Politics 19(2): 246-265.
Review of Thomas Medvetz, Think Tanks in America. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 15(2): 254-255, 2014.
“In forms that are familiar and yet-to-be invented: American journalism and the discourse of technologically specific work.” Journal of Communication Inquiry, 36(1): 24-43, 2012.
“Media Systems On-line and Off: Comparing the form of news in the United States, Denmark and France.” (Co-author with Rodney Benson (lead), Mark Ørsten, Ida Schultz, and Sandra Vera). Journal of Communication, 62(1): 21-38, 2012.
“Public Media and Political Independence: Lessons for the future of journalism from around the world.” (co-author with Rodney Benson), Policy report for Free Press.