Patrick Walters
Patrick Walters
Doctoral Student
Department: Media & Communication
Office: 856 981-3156
PhD Office room 18

Biography

Patrick Walters is a third-year doctoral student in the Media & Communication PhD program at Temple. His research interests include media ethics, newspaper ownership and the changing nature of media gatekeeping in journalism. His research has appeared in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Newspaper Research Journal, Literary Journalism Studies, Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication and other publications. He is an associate professor of English at Kutztown University in eastern Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses in journalism and mass communication. A former reporter for The Associated Press, Walters’ journalistic work has appeared in the USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and other publications.

Degrees:

M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction, Goucher College, 2009

B.A. in English, University of Virginia, 1999

Courses Taught:

Journalism, American Literary Journalism, Introduction to Mass Communications, Breaking News: Consuming, Reporting & Writing, Investigative Journalism, Professional Writing Senior Seminar, Professional Writing Internship, Research & Composition, and College Composition. 

Publications:

“A Public Good: Can Government Really Save the Press?”                                                 
Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. Forthcoming.

“Changing Objective: Re-examining The Journalist and the Murderer”                               
Newspaper Research Journal. Fall 2018.

“Beyond the Inverted Pyramid: Teaching Breaking News”                                                 
Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication. Fall 2017.

“Ted Conover and the Origins of Immersion in Literary Journalism”                    
Literary Journalism Studies. Spring 2017.

Recent Presentations:

“Boundaries and Journalistic Authority in Newspaper Coverage of the Hutchins Report”
Presented at the American Journalism Historians Association’s virtual annual conference on Oct. 2, 2020.

“A Public Good: Can Government Really Save the Press?”                                                        
Presented as part of the Law and Policy Division’s “Top Paper Panel” at the  Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s virtual annual conference on Aug. 7, 2020.

“The Kingdom and the Power: Gay Talese’s Inspiration of Newsroom Ethnography”             
Presented as part of the International Association for a Literary Journalism Studies’ panel at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s virtual annual conference on Aug. 7, 2020.

“Twitter and Ferguson: Challenging Gatekeeping”                                                  
Presented as part of an accepted panel titled “Social Media and Journalism: Opportunities and Challenges” at the 2019 Global Fusion conference, at the University of Texas at Austin on Oct. 26, 2019.

“Consider the Funny Bone: The Complex Humor of David Foster Wallace’s Nonfiction” 
Presented as part of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies’ panel “Humor in/and Literary Journalism” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference in Toronto on Aug. 10, 2019.

“Transparency and Truth in Literary Journalism                                                        
Presented as part of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies’ panel “Literary Journalism and Truth: Odd Bedfellows” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 9, 2018.

Recent Awards:

Awarded Honorable mention for Robert Lance Memorial Award for top graduate student paper at the American Journalism Historians Association conference in Fall 2020.                                                                                        

Awarded “Debut Faculty Paper Award” from the Law & Policy Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Summer 2020.