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Dr. Jessica Roberts

Jessica Roberts, Communication, Studio portrait
Assistant Professor
Office: C-120
Phone: (208) 426-3337
Office Hours: Tu 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, by appointment
Curriculum Vitae


COMM 271 Introduction to Media
COMM 273 Introduction to Newswriting
COMM 363 Advanced Journalistic Writing
COMM 467 Mass Communication and Democracy

Teaching Specialties

journalism and media studies, media and democracy, media law, media history, citizen journalism, social media and active audience

Research Interests/Activities

journalism and media studies, citizen journalism, social media and active audience, selfies, Wikileaks, journalism and paradigm repair


Jessica Roberts received her Ph.D. in Journalism Studies from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, her Master’s in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School, and her Bachelor’s in English and Spanish from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to coming to Boise State, she taught Media Studies for two voyages of the Semester at Sea program sponsored by the University of Virginia, and in the Department of Communication at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China. She has worked as a reporter for the Santiago Times in Chile, The Cape Times in South Africa, and the Santa Monica Daily Press in California, and was a reporting fellow for the News21 Carnegie-Knight Initiative in Los Angeles. Her recent work has been published in the International Journal of Communication and Journalism.