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Jason Martin

Assistant Professor
(312) 362-7396
14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1126
Jason Martin is an assistant professor of journalism in the College of Communication.

He completed his Ph.D. at the Indiana University School of Journalism in Bloomington, Ind. His dissertation analyzed Congressional election coverage and surveyed citizens’ related media use habits to better understand the role that technology is playing in shaping news delivery and consumption of public affairs journalism during campaigns.

Martin teaches courses in media law and ethics; political communication; reporting, writing, and editing skills; and advanced specialty reporting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Martin’s research focuses on the political communication outcomes and First Amendment implications of public affairs journalism as it responds to rapid economic, technological, and sociological developments.

His work has been published in journals such as Communication Law & Policy, Journal of Mass Media Law & Ethics, and Newspaper Research Journal with forthcoming articles accepted in Mass Communication and Society, Journal of Communication Inquiry, and International Journal of Public Opinion. He published a book chapter in 2012 regarding the state of research on foreign correspondents, and has another forthcoming in Winter 2013 on agenda setting theory and local election-related media use. In August 2011, he was awarded a top research paper award by the Mass Communication and Society division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) for his work on media use and civic participation in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Before returning to academia, he was a professional journalist for about a decade at daily newspapers and wire services in West Virginia and Indiana, primarily covering sports. His last job in journalism was beat coverage of the Indianapolis Colts and the Indianapolis 500 for the Daily Journal in Franklin, Ind. His coverage of the politics and business developments surrounding the building of Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis sparked his interest in research about the influence and effects of media and government communications. Across his journalism career, he won numerous reporting awards including best sports news coverage; best sports feature writing; and best sports opinion column writing.

Originally from Charleston, W.Va., Martin spent the past eight years working and studying in Indianapolis. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Deanna, a former Associated Press statehouse reporter who is senior communications specialist for the American Society for Healthcare Engineering; his daughters Quinn and Sloane; and his loyal watchdog, Brady.

Outside of class and the office, he enjoys distance running, exploring the numerous great restaurants in Chicago, and attending rock concerts. He has completed six half-marathons, one full marathon, too many meals, and at least a dozen Pearl Jam shows.


Ph.D., Mass Communications, Indiana University (2011); M.A., Journalism (research), Indiana University (2006); B.S. Journalism (News-Editorial), West Virginia University (1999).


Promising Professor Award for 2013, The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's (AEJMC)​

Professional Organizations

AEJMC, International Communication Association, Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research.

Select Publications

Anonymous Online Comments: The Law and Best Media Practices from Around the World


​​​​​Academic Minute: On Social Media and Chinese Censorship​ (WAMC)​