Kaitlin Bane

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Kaitlin worked professionally as a live on-air television reporter (MMJ) prior to entering the Doctoral Program in Media Studies at the University of Oregon. Her experience covering everything from goat farming to presidential primaries informs both her teaching and research interests. Kaitlin has experience teaching a variety of video reporting courses, including acting as faculty advisor for the University’s student-run television program Duck TV. In addition to teaching, she also has broad research interests. Her dissertation focuses specifically on harassment of journalists from outsiders—examining the issue from a variety of angles. 


MS, Journalism, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, 2015
BA, Journalism, California State University, Sacramento, 2014


Kaitlin’s research focuses on three interlocking areas: journalism ethics, media ownership, and harassment of journalists. Broadly, she is interested in understanding how journalists make choices (e.g. ethical choices, news content choices) as a result of a hierarchy of influences (Shoemaker & Reese, 2013). Specifically, Kaitlin’s work explores the ways in which outsider initiated harassment affects the journalism industry in general, and journalists in particular. 

Honors and Awards

  • Anderson Family Fellowship, University of Oregon (2017, 2018) 
  • Columbia Scholarship, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon (2016)
  • 1st place for Best Student Photojournalism Piece, Illinois Broadcasters Association, University of Illinois (2015)
  • Marilyn Miller Kaytor Fellowship, University of Illinois (2014 to 2015)
  • Kathleen Beasley Scholarship, Sacramento Press Club (2014)
  • Ose Family Scholarship, General Education Honors Program, California State University, Sacramento (2013)
  • Edward Ermet Scholarship, General Education Honors Program, California State University, Sacramento (2012)

Areas of Expertise

  • Reporting
  • Broadcast writing
  • Video storytelling
  • Video production
  • Non-linear editing
  • Audio storytelling
  • Media ethics