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Ph.D. Student and DMN Graduate Fellow for Journalism Innovation, University of Texas at Austin
Kelsey N. Whipple is a doctoral student at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, where she holds the school’s first Dallas Morning News Graduate Fellowship for Journalism Innovation. Her research focuses on gender, gender identity and class in the media and the influence of technology on mass communication. Kelsey received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Before moving to Austin, Kelsey worked for an alt-weekly newspaper company as its editorial digital director. In this role, she oversaw audience development, social media, online publishing and other digital best practices for a network of 11 alt-weeklies across the country. She has also worked as a longform staff writer and led digital strategy at the local level as a web editor. At UT, she is an assistant instructor for Digital Storytelling Basics, helping students navigate the rapidly evolving world of online journalism.