Jane Singer teaches conceptual and hands-on classes in digital journalism, as well as undergraduate courses in editing, journalism ethics and political coverage, and graduate courses in communication technology and theory. Singer's professional experience includes 10 years in the editorial department of what evolved into the Prodigy interactive service. She was Prodigy's first news manager, in charge of one of the first around-the-clock news products ever to be delivered to people's homes through a computer. She also has five years experience as a reporter and editor at three East Coast newspapers. Singer recently returned to Iowa after three years as the Johnston Press Chair in Digital Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire in England, where she remains a Visiting Professor. She worked closely with Johnston Press, one of the largest publishers of regional newspapers in Britain, to help their journalists make the transition from a print world to a digital one. She also continued her research into other aspects of digital journalism. She is especially interested in media ethics and in the sociology of online news work, or the people and processes behind the creation of news in a network, and has recently been looking at journalists’ reactions to "user-generated content." Singer holds a Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an M.A. in liberal studies from New York University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Georgia. Born in New York and raised in Atlanta, she came to Iowa in 1999 after several years on the journalism faculty at Colorado State University. She is co-author of Online Journalism Ethics: Traditions and Transitions, published in 2007, and of Participatory Journalism in Online Newspapers: Guarding the Internet’s Open Gates, due for publication in late 2010 or early 2011. She also has published widely in scholarly journals and is the 2007 recipient of the Clifford G. Christians Ethics Research Award.
Exploring the Political-Economic Factors Of Participatory Journalism (with Marina Vujnovic and Steve Paulussen), Journalism Practice (2010)
This comparative study of user-generated content (UGC) in 10 Western democracies examines the political economic...
Quality Control, Journalism Practice (2010)
This study of local British newspaper journalists focuses on three aspects of entrenched newsroom culture—news...
Separate Spaces Discourse About the 2007 Scottish Elections on a National Newspaper Web Site, International Journal of Press/Politics (2009)
In May 2007, Scots voted into office a party and a political leader publicly committed...
Ethnography, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly (2009)
Many qualitative studies in journalism and mass communication research draw on ethnographic methods that originated...
Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers (with David Domingo, Ari Heinonen, and Alfred Hermida) (2011)
Online journalism ethics : traditions and transitions (with Cecilia Friend) (2007)
Online Journalism Ethics: Traditions and Transitions (with Cecilia Friend) (2007)
Contributions to Books
Exploring the Political-Economic Factors of Participatory Journalism Views of Online Journalists in Ten Countries (with Vujnovic, Paulussen, Heinonen, Reich, Quant, Hermida, and Domingo), Future of Journalism (2011)
Journalism and digital technologies, Changing the news : the forces shaping journalism in uncertain times (2011)
Journalism Ethics in a Digital Network, Handbook of Global Communication and Media Ethics (2011)
The socially responsible existentialist : a normative emphasis for journalists in a new media environment, Cultural meanings of news : a text-reader (2011)
Norms and the network : journalistic ethics in a shared media space, Journalism ethics : a philosophical approach (2010)
Separation within a Shared Space: Exploring the Political-Economic Factors of Participatory Journalism, Future of Journalism Symposium, University of Central Lancashire (2009)
Exploring the Political-Economic Factors of Participatory Journalism: A First Look into Self-Reports by Online Journalists and Editors in Ten Countries (with Vujnovic and Paulussen), Future of Journalism conference (2009)
Separation within a Shared Space: Perceived Effects of User-Generated Content on Newsroom Norms, Values and Routines, Future of Journalism conference (2009)
Interactive Ethics: Overlapping Norms of Practitioners and the Public in a Shared Media Space, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2009)