Professor Wall studies participatory communication, including a focus on citizen/participatory journalism. She is the author or editor of three books on citizen journalism, including Citizen Journalism: Practices, Propaganda, Pedagogy (Routledge) and dozens of articles and book chapters on this topic. Her other research stream focuses on refugees and their information practices which she has studied in Jordan, Armenia, Denmark and Canada. She is the co-creator of the concept of “information precarity,” in relation to this work.

She is the creator of Pop-Up Newsroom, a temporary, virtual newsroom for citizen and student journalists. Pop-Up Newsroom has collaborated with universities around the world to produce collective coverage. Some of her studies about the project can be found at the MIT Civic Media Project, the MILD Yearbook and Journalism Practice.

Professor Wall was an Open Society International Scholar to Ukraine where she worked with the Mohyla School of Journalism and interviewed Internally Displaced Persons. She has also taught journalism and conducted research in Lebanon, where she was a Fulbright scholar. She was a scholar in residence at Kulturni Centar Rex in Belgrade, where she co-created the Institute for Conspiracy Theory Analysis, a journalistic art project.

Her BA is from the University of Virginia and MA and PhD from the University of Washington.

  • Ph.D. 2001, University of Washington

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