Phone: (970) 491-5975
Office: Clark C-237
Office Hours: T/TH 12:30-1:30; F 12:00-1:00
Position: Assistant Professor
- media sociology
- political communication
- public discourse
- new media
- media law and policy
- qualitative research methods
Professor Wolfgang teaches Communication Law and Media in Society. His research focuses public discourse and media sociology. In particular, he studies the relationship between journalists and online commenters. Wolfgang is also interested in journalism role conceptions, representations of minority groups in media, political communication, and new media. He uses textual analysis, ethnography, interviews, and survey methods for his research. His research has appeared in publications such as Journalism, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, Digital Journalism, and the Journal of Public Deliberation.
Wolfgang holds three degrees from the University of Missouri (Ph.D., Journalism, 2016; J.D., 2012; M.A., Journalism, 2011) and received his BA from the University of South Dakota in 2008.
Wolfgang, J.D., & Jenkins, J. (Forthcoming). Crafting a Community: Staff members’ conceptions of audience at a city magazine. Community Journalism.
Vos, T.P., & Wolfgang, J.D. (2016). Journalists’ Normative Constructions of Political Viewpoint Diversity. Journalism Studies.
Jenkins, J., & Wolfgang, J.D. (2016). A Place to Protest: Assessing alternative newsweeklies’ ideal roles and creation of alternative publics. Journalism Practice.
Wolfgang, J.D. (2016). Pursuing the Ideal: How news website commenting policies structure public discourse. Digital Journalism 4(6), 764-783.
Ferrucci, P., Tandoc, E., Painter, C., & Wolfgang, J.D. (2016). Foul Ball: Audience-held stereotypes of baseball players. The Howard Journal of Communications 27(1), 68-84.
Wolfgang, J.D. (2015). Opening the Marketplace: A case for the protection of anonymous online comments. In B. Vanacker & D. Heider (Eds.) Ethics for a Digital Age. New York: Peter Lang.
Wolfgang, J.D., & Jenkins, J. (2015). Diverse Discourse: Analyzing the potential of public affairs magazine online forums to reflect qualities of the public sphere. Journal of Public Deliberation, 11(1), Article 5, 1-26.
Craft, S., Vos, T.P., & Wolfgang, J.D. (2015). Reader Comments as Press Criticism: Implications for the journalistic field. Journalism: Theory, Practice, & Criticism 17(6), 677-693.