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 and 2019, and one on political news literacy in fall 2018. We also presented our work at the 2018 Maine Educators Association conference in Rockport, Maine and the 2019 Maine Library Association. The pedagogy behind the workshop was described in an article that appeared in Communication Teacher in 2019. In 2019, Jen and I will also lead a panel on fake news and news literacy at the convention for the National Communication Association in Baltimore, MD.