The School of Journalism & Mass Communication is pleased to welcome new faculty member Brendan Watson, who will be starting as an assistant professor in fall 2012.
Watson earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. His research examines how social structures affect communication about local issues involving conflict. His dissertation focused on how communities around the Gulf Coast influenced coverage of the BP oil spill. Previously, Watson was a reporter for the St. Petersburg Times of Florida where he led early efforts to start multimedia reporting, including podcasting and live-blogging.