Jesse Abdenour

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Jesse Abdenour is a scholar and teacher who focuses primarily on nonfiction storytelling. His research often uses a sociological perspective to examine how factors such as corporate structure, market competition, journalistic role, and copyright law can influence journalism and documentary film production. Abdenour also studies media content, including investigative journalism, and the ways in which audiences interact with news.

Abdenour grew up in Seattle and has worked as a television reporter, anchor, and videographer. He has also produced several award-winning documentaries that appeared at film festivals across the country. Abdenour’s teaching interests include video production, reporting, documentary film, and quantitative research methods. Before coming to the University of Oregon, he taught mass 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


Abdenour, J. (2018). Study: Competition between TV stations spurs investigative journalism. Columbia Journalism Review.

Fuller, B. & Abdenour, J. (2018). It’s bigger than hip-hop: Sampling and the emergence of the market enhancement model in fair use case law. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1077699018806969

Abdenour, J. (2018). Inspecting the investigators: An analysis of television investigative journalism and factors leading to its production. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.95(4), 1058-1078. doi: 10.1177/1077699017733438

McIntyre, K., Dahmen, N. & Abdenour, J. (2018). The Contextualist Function: U.S. Newspaper Journalists Value Social Responsibility. Journalism19(12), 1657-1675. doi: 10.1177/1464884916683553

Abdenour, J., McIntyre, K. & Dahmen, N. (2018). Putting broadcast news in context: An analysis of U.S. television journalists’ role conceptions and contextual values. Electronic News.12(3) 179-193. doi: 10.1177/1931243117734585

Dahmen, N., Abdenour, J., McIntyre, K. & Noga-Styron, K. (2018). Covering Mass Shootings: Journalists’ Perceptions of Coverage and Factors Influencing Attitudes. Journalism Practice12(4), 456-476. 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 Quarterly94(4), 1096-1114. doi: 10.1177/1077699016654683

Abdenour, J. (2017). Digital Gumshoes: Investigative Journalists’ Use of Social Media in Television News Reporting. Digital Journalism5(4), 472–492. doi: 10.1080/21670811.2016.1175312

Abdenour, J. & Riffe, D. (2016). The Investigative DNA: An Analysis of the Role of Local Television Investigative Journalists. Electronic News10(4), 224-242.

Abdenour, J. (2014). Documenting Fair Use: Has the Statement of Best Practices Loosened the Fair Use Reins for Documentary Filmmakers? Communication Law & Policy, 19(3), 367–398. doi: 10.1080/10811680.2014.919813





  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Documentary Production
  • Gateway to Media
  • Reporting for the Electronic Media
  • Reporting 1

Areas of Expertise

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

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