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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

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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