Nicole Dahmen

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Biography

Nicole Smith Dahmen is an Associate Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. Dahmen approaches her scholarship through a normative lens, asking not just what journalism is, but what it should be. In a time of journalistic disruption, an overabundance of negative and sensational news, extreme political partisanship, and low levels of public trust in the news media, journalism can and should do better. Her research often illuminates journalism’s shortcomings, not to criticize unjustly, but to advocate for the principles of professional, credible, and ethical journalism in a democracy. Dahmen has gained a national and international reputation for her scholarship, which falls into three key areas, sometimes standing alone but more frequently intersecting: visual journalism, ethics, and contextual reporting. In sum, her research seeks to advance public-interest journalism—reporting that holds the powerful accountable, elevates underrepresented voices, and makes a positive impact in society. Her research, while academic in nature, has critical implications for the journalism profession, which is paramount in a professional discipline. When journalism is stronger and more just, society is better served.

Dahmen’s research is published in such diverse and leading journals as American Behavioral Scientist, Journalism Studies, Digital Journalism, and Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. And due to the subject matter of her research, her work is also published in the two leading journals for visual scholarship, Visual Communication Quarterly and Visual Communication. She has presented more than 40 conference papers, with top paper awards at both the AEJMC and ICA conferences. Dahmen is co-director of The Catalyst Journalism Project and the co-coordinator of the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism. She is on the editorial boards of Visual Communication Quarterly and Newspaper Research Journal.

Dahmen also has extensive professional design experience, ranging from the development of content to design and production for multiple platforms. She has been working with desktop publishing software since the mid-1990s and has developed and executed extensive print and multimedia materials.

Dahmen spent seven years at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University as an assistant and later as an associate professor prior to joining the faculty at the SOJC. She blogs about visual communication in the digital age at nicoledahmen.wordpress.com.

Education

  • PhD, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007
  • MMC, Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University, 2001

Publications

Dahmen, N. D., Walth, B., Miller, K. C. (2021). The power of images? Visual journalists’ assessment of the impact of imagery. Visual Communication Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/15551393.2020.1862662
 
Dahmen, N. S. (2020). Behavior notwithstanding: Person perception and news photographs of the two leading candidates in the 2016 presidential election. Newspaper Research Journal, 41(2): 146-159. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0739532920919829
 
Miller, K., & Dahmen, N. S. (2020). “This is still their lives:” Photojournalists’ ethical approach to capturing and publishing graphic or shocking images. Journal of Media Ethics. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23736992.2020.1731313
 
Abdenour, J., McIntyre, K., & Dahmen, N. S. (2020). Seeing eye to eye: A comparison of audiences' and journalists' perceptions of professional roles. Journalism Practice. https://doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2020.1716828
 
Midberry, J., & Dahmen, N. S. (2019). Visual solutions journalism: A theoretical framework. Journalism Practice.  DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2019.1689371
 
Thier, K., Abdenour, J., Walth, B., & Dahmen, N. S. (2019). A narrative solution: The relationship between solutions journalism, narrative transportation, and news trust. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884919876369
 
Dahmen, N. S., Abdenour, J., & McIntyre, K. (2019). Journalists’ perceptions of mass shooting coverage and factors influencing those perceptions. Journalism Practice, 13(8), 895-900. DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2019.1642131
 
Dahmen, N. S. (2019). Restorative narrative as contextual journalistic reporting. Newspaper Research Journal. DOI: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0739532919849471
 
Walth, B., Dahmen, N. S., & Thier, K. (2019). A new reporting approach for journalistic impact: Bringing together investigative reporting and solutions journalism. Newspaper Research Journal. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0739532919834989
 
Dahmen, N. S., Thier, K., & Walth, B. (2019). Creating engagement with solutions visuals: Testing the effects of problem-oriented versus solution-oriented photojournalism. Visual Communication. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1470357219838601
 
Dahmen, N. S., Mielczarek, N., & Perlmutter, D. D. (2018). The influence-network model of the photojournalistic icon. Journalism & Communication Monographs, 20(4), 264-313.
 
McIntyre, K., Dahmen, N. S., & Abdenour, J. (2018). The contextualist function: U.S. newspaper journalists value social responsibility. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 19(12), 1657-1675. DOI: 10.1177/1464884916683553
 
Dahmen, N. S. (2018). Visually reporting mass shootings: U.S. newspaper photographic coverage of three mass school shootings. American Behavioral Scientist. DOI: 10.1177/0002764218756921
 
Dahmen, N. S., Mielczarek, N., & Morrison, D. D. (2018). The (in)disputable “power” of images of outrage: Public acknowledgement, emotional reaction, and image recognition. Visual Communication. DOI: 10.11470/134570732517721774794999
 
Dahmen, N. S., Abdenour, J., McIntyre, K., & Noga-Styron, K. (2018). Covering mass shootings: Journalists’ perceptions of coverage and factors influencing attitudes. Journalism Practice, 12(4), 456-476. DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2017.1326832
 
Dahmen, N. S., Miller, A., & Morris, D., II. (2018). The visual depth of Hurricane Katrina imagery: A longitudinal study through the lens of commemorative journalism and iconicity. Communication Reports, 31(3), 131-142. DOI: 10.1080/08934215.2017.1397722
 
Dahmen, N. S., & Coyle, E. K. (2017). Obama White House photos limited by access policies. Newspaper Research Journal. DOI: org/10.1177/0739532917739872DOI: 10.1177/0739532917739872
 
Abdenour, J., McIntyre, K., & Dahmen, N. S. (2017). Putting broadcast news in context: An analysis of U.S. television journalists’ role conceptions and contextual values. Electronic News. DOI: 1931243117734585
 
Coyle, E. K., & Dahmen, N. S. (2017). Filtering history: Photojournalists’ access to U.S. presidents, 1977 to 2009. American Journalism, 34(3), 333-352. DOI: 10.1080/08821127.2017.1344062
 
Dahmen, N. S. (2016). Images of resilience: The case for visual restorative narrative. Visual Communication Quarterly, 23(2), 93-107.

Areas of Expertise

  • Visual communication
  • News and publication design
  • Visual ethics
  • Photojournalism
  • Iconic photographs
  • Media technology
  • Social media
  • Eye-tracking
  • Contextual reporting
  • Solutions journalism

Honors and Awards

  • SOJC Petrone Faculty Fellowship
  • UO Williams Instructional Grant Faculty Research Award, UO (2016-2017)
  • Top Paper Award, Faculty Paper Competition, Newspaper and Online News Division, AEJMC (2016)
  • American Copy Editors Society Award, Faculty Paper Competition, Newspaper and Online News Division, AEJMC (2016)
  • Top Paper Award, Faculty Paper Competition, Visual Communication Studies Division, ICA (2016)
  • Faculty Seed Grant, UO (2015-2016)
  • Agora Journalism Center Faculty Fellowship, UO (2015-2016)
  • Bank One/John H. Bateman Professorship, LSU (2009-2013)
  • Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award, LSU (2011)
  • Ranked number 11 for AEJMC top paper productivity, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator (2010)
  • Service-Learning Faculty Scholars Award, LSU (2009)
  • Doris Westmoreland Darden Professorship, LSU (2008-2009)
  • Summer Research Stipend, LSU (2008)
  • Eason Prize, Top Student Paper, SCIG, AEJMC (2007)
  • Roy H. Park Doctoral Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill (2004-2007)
  • Margaret Blanchard Dissertation Support Award, UNC-Chapel Hill (2007)
  • Top Student Paper Award, GLBT Interest Group, AEJMC (2006)
  • William Francis Clingman Jr. Ethics Award, UNC-Chapel Hill (2006)
  • John S. Clogston Award, Top Student Paper, MDIG, AEJMC (2005)