Carrie Brown is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Memphis.
Her research focuses primarily on how newsrooms can adapt to the rapidly evolving digital, mobile and economic climate, and has included extensive periods of observation and interviewing at news organizations such as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WMC-TV Channel 5 in Memphis, and the Christian Science Monitor. In 2013 she won the Top Paper Award at the ISOJ conference in Austin, Texas with co-author and friend Jonathan Groves.
In 2014, Brown won the national Educator of the Year award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Newspaper and Online Division. She was recently invited to be part of a “select group of thought leaders” on American Press Institute’s Research Advisory Board, whose members meet and collaborate with top newsroom leaders from The Washington Post, The New York Times, NBC News, and other leading journalism organizations to shape practical research agendas. She was a research fellow at the Tow-Knight Center at the City University of New York in spring 2013.
Her work has been published in Harvard’s Nieman Lab, PBS Media Shift, the Convergence Newsletter, Electronic News, and the ISOJ journal, and she is regularly sought as a speaker at conferences and events such as The Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University and the Society of Professional Journalists regional conference.
In Memphis Brown developed and taught new courses in cutting-edge areas such as social media and entrepreneurial journalism, winning the campus Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013. She served as director of the city-wide high school journalism program The Teen Appeal for four years and is currently an adviser to the program. She also recently launched a new graduate certificate in entrepreneurial journalism in partnership with local accelerator Start.Co. Her interest in design thinking led her to complete the Memphis Innovation Bootcamp in 2013 and serve as a invited facilitator for the Online News Association’s dCamp Mobile. She does extensive university service, including bi-annual individual advising for more than 50 undergraduate students, and serving on or chairing more than 30 Master’s committees. She is a co-founder and executive committee member of SafeZone, a volunteer network of faculty, students and staff across campus that supports the LGBT community.
Brown also has professional journalism experience, having worked as a reporter and/or editor for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, CD Publications, and the Columbia Missourian. In addition, she traveled to more than 50 newspapers large and small across the United States as the manager of the Traveling Curriculum Program of the Committee of Concerned Journalists, helping newsroom leaders and staff find ways to preserve core values while adjusting to industry changes. The workshops were based on the principles articulated in the book Elements of Journalism by CCJ Chairmen Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel.
Brown received her PhD from the University of Missouri, where she studied with the director of the Center for the Study of Organizational Change, learning about theory and research from outside the field relevant to challenges facing journalism today. She received her MA in communication from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in journalism and biological aspects of conservation from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, in the state where she was born and raised.
When Brown is not writing about, researching or teaching journalism, she is running, reading, traveling, hiking, playing with her lovable but unruly labradors Sam and Pippi, doing yoga, watching Packer football as a proud team owner, or enjoying a fine craft beer or a domestic macrobrew. She lives in Midtown Memphis with her husband, Grant Smith, who is a data journalist and investigative reporter at the Commercial Appeal and a homebrewer.
You can email her at carrielisabrown AT gmail or follow her on Twitter@brizzyc