Professor, Department of Journalism, Western Washington University
Carolyn Nielsen, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Journalism at Western Washington University and is an affiliated faculty member with the Department of Women Gender and Sexuality Studies. She teaches a mix of skills and theory courses. Her research focuses at the confluence of newsroom sociology, digital technology, and coverage of race and immigration. Her book, Reporting on Race in a Digital Era, was published in February by Palgrave MacMillan.
Carolyn worked for a decade as a newspaper reporter and editorial-page editor in California and Washington before becoming a professor. She holds a bachelors in journalism from California Polytechnic State University, a masters in journalism from Northwestern University, and a doctorate in communication from the University of Washington.
Her scholarly work has been published in New Media and Society, Newspaper Research Journal, Howard Journal of Communications, and International Journal of Hispanic Media. She is currently serving as a co-investigator for a U.S. Department of State linkage grant, “Building a Free and Responsible Press for the Future of Democracy,” working with journalists and journalism students in Tunisia.