Faculty & Staff

Jesse Abdenour

Jesse Abdenour

Assistant Professor

133 Franklin Building

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Jesse Abdenour is a scholar, journalist, filmmaker, and teacher. His research often looks at nonfiction storytelling from a practical point of view to help determine how it can be sustained and how it contributes to democracy. He has studied several communication topics, including investigative journalism, social media, emerging forms of reporting, documentary film production, copyright law, and hip-hop.

Abdenour grew up in Seattle and worked as a television reporter and anchor for eight years, covering news and sports. He has produced several award-winning documentaries that have appeared in film festivals across the country. Abdenour’s teaching focuses primarily on practical communication skills such as video production and reporting. Before coming to Oregon, he taught communication classes at the University of North Carolina, the University of Arkansas, and Arkansas State University.


  • PhD, Mass Communication, University of North Carolina
  • MA, Journalism, University of Arkansas
  • BS, Journalism, Ohio University

Areas of Expertise

  • Broadcast News
  • Documentary Film
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Copyright Law
  • Journalism Processes & Production
  • Video Production
  • Sports Journalism


Jesse Abdenour studies how news stories and documentaries are produced. He is particularly interested in sociological factors that affect journalism processes and content. He also researches the roles that nonfiction storytellers see for themselves and the ways in which copyright laws affect media production.

Recent Citations, Publications, and Professional Work

Abdenour, J. (2018, January 3). Study: Competition between TV stations spurs investigative journalism. Columbia Journalism Review. https://www.cjr.org/analysis/study-competition-between-tv-stations-spurs-investigative-journalism.php

Abdenour, J. (2017). Inspecting the investigators: An analysis of television investigative journalism and factors leading to its production. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1077699017733438

Abdenour, J., McIntyre, K. & Dahmen, N. (2017). Putting broadcast news in context: An analysis of U.S. television journalists’ role conceptions and contextual values. Electronic News. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1931243117734585

Dahmen, N., Abdenour, J., McIntyre, K. & Noga-Styron, K. (2017). Covering Mass Shootings: Journalists’ Perceptions of Coverage and Factors Influencing Attitudes. Journalism Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/17512786.2017.1326832

Riffe, D. & Abdenour, J. (2017). “Erosion” of television city hall reporting? Perceptions of reporters on the beat in 2014 and 2001. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. 94(4), 1096-1114. doi: 10.1177/1077699016654683

McIntyre, K., Dahmen, N. & Abdenour, J. (2016). The Contextualist Function: U.S. Newspaper Journalists Value Social Responsibility. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1464884916683553

Honors and Awards

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

  • Top Faculty Paper Award, Newspaper and Online Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, 2016

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

  • Best Non-News Program/Documentary, Mid-America Emmy Awards, 2011
  • Best Non-News Program/Documentary, Mid-America Emmy Awards, 2010


  • Documentary Production
  • Gateway to Media
  • Reporting for Electronic Media
  • Reporting 1



ID Course Name Duration Start Date
SOJC Research Seminar: Digging for Gold 58:47 October 18, 2017