Faculty & Staff

Jesse Abdenour

Jesse Abdenour

Assistant Professor

133 Franklin Building

CV buttonJesse Abdenour is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, teacher, and media researcher. He spent eight years in the TV news business working as an anchor, reporter, and videographer in several markets. As a sports reporter, Abdenour covered the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Arkansas Razorbacks, and several high school, college, and minor league teams. As a news reporter, he had the opportunity to cover state governors, legislatures, and presidential visits. His documentaries have won multiple awards, have been shown at festivals across the country, and have been broadcast on numerous PBS affiliates. Abdenour’s research interests include investigative journalism, documentary production, news production, and copyright law.


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

Areas of Expertise

  • Documentary
  • Broadcast news
  • Video production
  • Journalism processes and production
  • Investigative journalism
  • Fair use law
  • Sports journalism


Abdenour studies how news stories and documentaries are produced. He is particularly interested in the status of television investigative journalism and the organizational and market factors that affect its production. Abdenour also examines the influence of social media on investigative journalism routines, the role that journalists and documentarians see for themselves, and the ways that copyright laws affect news and documentary production.

Recent Citations, Publications, and Professional Work

“Covering Mass Shootings: Journalists’ Perceptions of Coverage and Factors Influencing Attitudes.” Journalism Practice, 2017.


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


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