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Jenn Burleson

Jenn Burleson, Assistant Professor

Jenn Mackay, Assistant Professor
Jenn Burleson, Assistant Professor

School of Communication
139 Shanks Hall
181 Turner St. NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-1663 |

Jenn Burleson is an assistant professor in the School of Communication. 

  • Ethics in Journalism
  • Technology in Journalism
  • Reporting
  • PhD, University of Alabama, 2008
  • MA, University of Alabama, 2004
  • BA, in Journalism, 1998
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
  • International Communication Association (ICA)
  • Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE)
  • Best Student Paper/Carol Burnett Award, Media Ethics Division, Association for Education and Journalism in Mass Communication, "The media ethics necessity: Do journalism students need to study ethics?" Paper presented at the 87th annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Toronto, Canada.
  • Outstanding Master's Student Award, University of Alabama, April 2004.


Mackay, J.B. (in press). Finding Justice Online in A Tormented College Town:  Virginia Tech And The Anonymous Commentary War. In Contemporary Media Ethics: A Practical Guide for Students, Scholars and Professionals in the Globalized World, 2nd ed. Spokane, WA: Marquette Books.

Sloan, W.D., & Mackay, J.B. (Eds.), (2007). Media Bias? Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc.

Journal Articles

Mackay, J.B. and Bailey, E. (2012). Succulent Sins, Personalized Politics, and Mainstream Media’s Tabloidization Temptation. International Journal of Technoethics, 3(4), 41-53.

Mackay, J.B. (2012). Journalistic Constraints: Weighing the pressures on ethical decisions. Newspaper Research Journal, 33, 24-37.

Mackay, J.B. and Lowrey, W.  (2011). The Credibility Divide: Reader Trust of Online Newspapers and Blogs. Journal of Media Sociology ,3, 39-57.

Mackay, J. B. (2008). Journalist reliance on teens andchildren.  Journalism & Mass Media Ethics, 23, 126-140.

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