Brendan R Watson Ph.D.

Brendan Watson

Assistant Professor

  • Journalism
(517) 884-4487
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Brendan Watson comes to Michigan State University from the University of Minnesota, where he was an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication since 2012.

A Ph.D. graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Brendan also previously was a multimedia journalist for the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) newspaper.

Brendan’s research explores community information needs; the role of local journalistic and non-journalistic institutions in fulfilling those needs in an evolving communication environment; and non-experimental quantitative research methods, primarily content analysis.

His research has been published in Communication Research, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and Mass Media & Society, among others. He has won several top-paper awards, including the 2013 AEJMC Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award.

Research and Teaching

  • Community information needs
  • Civic engagement
  • Community structure
  • Participatory media
  • Content analysis
Contact Information

Twitter: @brendanwatson
404 Wilson Rd., Room 302
Communication Arts and Sciences Building
Michigan State University