My doctoral dissertation, “Measuring media literacy: Youngsters, television, and democracy” (2007) designed and tested an instrument aimed to measure news literacy. Parts of the dissertation appeared in the Communication Yearbook, as well as the European Journal of Communication Research. Additional research on media literacy and fandom appeared in the edited volume, “Lord of the Rings: Popular culture in global context“.

In recent years, interest in news literacy has increased. In response, Jen Bonnet of the Fogler Library at the University of Maine and I organized two workshops on news literacy in spring 2018. Follow-up events are planned for the fall of 2018.