Danielle Kilgo

Assistant Professor

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  • Research and Creative Interests

    Race, Gender, Journalism, Digital Media, Social Media, Framing, Visual Communication, Social Movements, Media Images, Disability,


    Danielle Kilgo (Ph.D., University of Texas) is an assistant professor of journalism at The Media School. Her research focuses on race, gender and disability issues in visual and digital communication. Currently, she concentrates on the international media coverage of social movements, particularly recent protests against violence and racism in the United States. Kilgo has studied the influence of framing on audience interpretation, the affective responses to photographs, and the news redistribution practices of social media users.  Her work appears in academic journals such as the Journal of CommunicationJournalismJournalism Studies, Health Communication, and the International Journal of Communication. She currently teaches Visual Communication and Graphic Design.  Kilgo has previously instructed courses related to photography, entrepreneurial journalism, and international reporting. She earned her Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. Previously, Kilgo worked as a photojournalist and public relations professional. 

    Recent Selected Publications

    Kilgo, D.K., Yoo, J., & Johnson, T. (2018) Spreading Ebola Hype: Newspaper and Social Media Coverage of the 2014 Ebola Health Crisis. Health Communication. 

    Kilgo, D.K., Lough, K., & Riedl, M. (2017) Emotional appeals and news values as factors of shareworthiness in Ice Bucket Challenge news coverage. Digital Journalism

    Harlow, S., Salaverría, R., Kilgo, D.K., and García Perdomo, V. (2017). Protest Paradigm in Multimedia: Social Media Sharing of Coverage about the Crime of Ayotzinapa, Mexico. Journal of Communication.

    García Perdomo, V., Salaverría, R., Kilgo, D.K. & Harlow, S. (2017). To share or not to share: Influence of news values and topics on social media. Journalism Studies.

    Kilgo, D.K.,  Harlow, S., Garcia-Perdomo, V., Salaverria, R. (2016). A New Sensation: An international exploration of sensationalism and social media recommendations in online news publications. Journalism

    Kilgo, D.K. (2015). Media Landscape on Tumblr:  News organization convergence attributes in youth-oriented social media networks. Digital Journalism.