David H Tewksbury

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Professor Tewksbury conducts research examining the role of the news media in democratic systems. One strand of his research concerns how news media construct the meaning of issues in their reports and how audiences understand and respond to issue frames. Another line of research examines how news audiences select news content in the contemporary media environment. Both strands explore the normative implications of news creation and consumption for the functioning of democratic systems.


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1996
M.A., University of Southern California, 1992
B.A., Occidental College, 1985


CMN 277: Intro to Mediated Communication
CMN 529: News and Politics

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Department of Communication
3001 Lincoln Hall
702 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output

News on the Internet: Information and Citizenship in the 21st Century

Tewksbury, D. H. & Rittenberg, J., Mar 23 2012, New York: Oxford University Press. 208 p. (Oxford Series in Digital Politics)

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook

  • News Framing Theory and Research

    Tewksbury, D. H. & Scheufele, D. A., Jun 25 2019, Media Effects: Advances in Theory and Research. Oliver, M. B., Raney, A. A. & Bryant, J. (eds.). 4 ed. Routledge, p. 51-68 18 p. (Routledge Communication Series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Framing in an Interactive News Environment

    Tewksbury, D. H. & Riles, J. M., May 3 2018, Doing News Framing Analysis II: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives. D'Angelo, P. (ed.). Routledge, 26 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Media fragmentation in the context of bounded social networks: How far can it go?

    Riles, J. M., Pilny, A. & Tewksbury, D., Apr 1 2018, In : New Media and Society. 20, 4, p. 1415-1432 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Representations of Interpersonal Interaction and Race/Ethnicity: An Examination of Prime-Time Network Television Programs

    Riles, J. M., Varava, K., Pilny, A. & Tewksbury, D., Apr 3 2018, In : Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. 62, 2, p. 302-319 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle