Associate Professor, University of Iowa

Abbreviated Research CV

Associate Professor
School of Journalism & Mass Communication
University of Iowa


Ph.D. in Mass Communication, 2011, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A. in Communication Studies, 2005, Northern Illinois University
B.A. in Speech Communication and Computer Science/Mathematics, 2000, Augustana College


Ekdale, B. (2018). Global frictions and the production of locality in Kenya’s music video industry. Media, Culture & Society, 40(2), 211–227.

Carpenter, J. C., & Ekdale, B. (2017). Service at the intersection of journalism, language and the global imaginary: Indonesia’s English-language press. Journalism Studies. OnlineFirst.

Krajewski, J., & Ekdale, B. (2017). Constructing cholera: CNN iReport, the Haitian cholera epidemic, and the limits of citizen journalism. Journalism Practice, 11(2-3), 229-246.

Tully, M., Harmsen, S., Singer, J. B., & Ekdale, B. (2017). Case study shows disconnect on civic journalism’s role. Newspaper Research Journal. 38(4), 484-496.

Ekdale, B., & Tuwei, D. (2016). Ironic encounters: Posthumanitarian storytelling in slum tourist media. Communication, Culture & Critique, 9(1), 49-67.

Ekdale, B., Singer, J. B., Tully, M., & Harmsen, S. (2015). Making change: Diffusion of technological, relational, and cultural innovation in the newsroom. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 92(4), 938-958,

Ekdale, B., Tully, M., Harmsen, S., & Singer, J. (2015). Newswork within a culture of job insecurity: Producing news amidst organizational and industry uncertainty. Journalism Practice, 9(3), 383-398.

Tully, M., & Ekdale, B. (2014). Sites of playful engagement: Twitter hashtags as spaces of leisure and development in Kenya. Information Technologies & International Development, 10(3), 67–82. (Open Access)

Ekdale, B. (2014). Slum discourse, media representations and maisha mtaani in Kibera, Kenya. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, 35(1), 92–108.

Tully, M. & Ekdale, B. (2014). The Team online: Entertainment-education, social media, and cocreated narratives. Television & New Media, 15(2), 139-156.

Ekdale, B. (2014). “I wish they knew that we are doing this for them”: Participation and resistance in African community journalism. Journalism Practice, 8(2), 181-196.

Ekdale, B. & Tully, M. (2014). Makmende Amerudi: Kenya’s collective reimagining as a meme of aspiration. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 31(4), 283-298. (Open Access)

Thorson, K., Driscoll, K., Ekdale, B., Edgerly, S., Thompson, L. G., Schrock, A., Swartz, L., Vraga, E. K. & Wells, C. (2013). YouTube, Twitter and the Occupy movement: Connecting content and circulation practices. Information, Communication & Society, 16(3), 421-451.

Ekdale, B. (2013). Negotiating the researcher: Interstitial, appropriated, and digital identities in media production ethnography. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 9(3), 7-26.

Thorson, K., Vraga, E., & Ekdale, B. (2010). Credibility in context: How uncivil online commentary affects news credibility. Mass Communication and Society, 13(3), 289-313.

Thorson, K., Ekdale, B., Borah, P., Namkoong, K., & Shah, C. (2010). YouTube and Proposition 8: A case study in video activism. Information, Communication & Society, 13(3), 325-349.

Ekdale, B., Namkoong, K., Fung, T. K. F., & Perlmutter, D. D. (2010). Why blog? (then and now): Exploring the motivations for blogging by popular American political bloggers. New Media & Society, 12(2), 217-234.

Fair, J. E., Tully, M., Ekdale, B., & Asante, R. K. B. (2009). Crafting lifestyles in urban Africa: Young Ghanaians in the world of online friendship. Africa Today, 55(4), 29-49.


Ekdale, B. (2013). Telling whose stories? Reexamining author agency in participatory media in the slums of Nairobi. In J. Gray & D. Johnson (Eds.), A Companion to Media Authorship (pp. 158-180). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Ekdale, B. (2011). Media activism, youth culture and human rights campaigns for the MTV generation. In B. Musa & J. Domatob (Eds.), Communication, Culture, and Human Rights in Africa (pp. 133-152). Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Booth, P. & Ekdale, B. (2011). Translating the hyperreal (or how The Office came to America, made us laugh, and tricked us into accepting hegemonic bureaucracy). In C. Lavigne & H. Marcovitch (Eds.), American Remakes of British Television: Transformations and Mistranslations (pp. 193-210). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.