Assistant Professor of Journalism
PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill
MA, The Ohio State University
BA, The Ohio State University
After earning her B.A. in public affairs journalism at The Ohio State University, Seely worked for three years as a reporter at the Parkersburg News & Sentinel. She went on to earn her master’s degree at Ohio State and her Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill while working as a research assistant and teaching undergraduate newswriting and communication theory courses.
Seely researches news media processes and production, particularly journalistic norms and the sociology of news making. Her dissertation examined how journalists are psychologically affected by traumatic news coverage. Seely has also conducted studies on participatory news, user-generated content and the framing of gendered issues in the news. She uses multiple methods in her scholarly work, including content analysis, interviewing, experimental designs and surveys. Her research has been published in Electronic News, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Computers in Human Behavior, and Mass Communication & Society.