Dr. Andrea Lorenz is an assistant professor of journalism in the School of Media and Journalism at Kent State University. Her research explores issues surrounding interactions between media and democracy, especially those related to local news, gender, technology, and political communication.
Dr. Lorenz approaches research through a critical and intersectional feminist perspective and uses a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. She is a supporter of engaged research and collaborates with a range of organizations to address issues of sustainability and equity in media and democratic systems.
She holds a Ph.D. in Media and Communication from the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC-Chapel Hill, with a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her dissertation focused on connecting a time of threat to local news with a call to address overdue changes in the field.
Dr. Lorenz currently serves as a faculty affiliate at The Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life and a senior research assistant with the The Irina Project. She has also worked with several journalism and local news foundations and centers.
Her previous work experiences as a journalist, campaign consultant and high school journalism adviser continue to shape and contribute to a variety of additional research and teaching passions, including scholastic journalism, narrative nonfiction, digital storytelling, investigative journalism and local political organizing.
Who Consumes Local News? Analysis from a Large National Survey, Center for Innovation & Sustainability in Local Media
CNN Can Kiss My As$: A Novel Description of Hyperpartisan U.S. News Consumers, The Journal of Quantitative Description: Digital Media
“Minimal” and “Biased”: An Intersectional Analysis of Female Candidates’ Perceptions of Their Local News Coverage, The International Journal of Press/Politics
Could Congress act to support local news? A flurry of activity creates optimism, Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication; National Communication Association; International Communication Association; The Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life; The Irina Project