Carrie Brown-Smith (or just Brown, either one works) is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Memphis.
Her work has been published in Harvard’s Nieman Lab, PBS Media Shift, the Convergence Newsletter, Electronic News, and ISOJ, among others, and she is regularly sought as a speaker at conferences and events such as The Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University and the Society of Professional Journalists. For the past seven years, her research has focused on how newsrooms can adapt to the rapidly evolving digital and economic climate, including extensive periods of observation and interviewing at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WMC-TV Channel 5 in Memphis, and the Christian Science Monitor. In 2013 she won the Top Paper Award at the ISOJ conference in Austin, TX with co-author and friend Jonathan Groves. Brown was also invited to be part of a “select group of thought leaders,” American Press International’s Research Advisory Board, whose members meet and collaborate with top newsroom leaders from The Washington Post, The New York Times, NBC News, and other leading journalism organizations to shape practical research agendas. She was a research fellow at the Tow-Knight Center at the City University of New York for spring 2013.
In Memphis Brown has developed and taught new courses in cutting-edge areas such as social media and entrepreneurial journalism, winning the campus Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013. She served as director of the city-wide high school journalism program The Teen Appeal for four years and is currently an adviser to the program. She also recently launched a new graduate certificate in entrepreneurial journalism in partnership with our local accelerator Start.Co.
Brown also has professional journalism experience, having worked as a reporter and editor for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, CD Publications, and the Columbia Missourian. In addition, she traveled to more than 50 newspapers large and small across the United States as the manager for the Traveling Curriculum Program of the Committee of Concerned Journalists, helping newsroom leaders and staff find ways to preserve core values while adjusting to myriad industry changes. The workshops were based on the principles articulated in the book Elements of Journalism by CCJ Chairmen Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel.
Brown received her PhD from the University of Missouri, where she studied with the director of the Center for the Study of Organizational Change, learning about theory and research from outside the field relevant to challenges facing journalism today. She received her MA in communication from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in journalism and biological aspects of conservation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the state where she was born and raised.
When Brown is not writing about, researching or teaching journalism, she is often running, reading, traveling, hiking, playing with her lovable but unruly labradors Sam and Pippi, doing yoga, watching Packer football as a proud team owner, or enjoying a fine craft beer or a domestic macrobrew brewed in her hometown of Milwaukee. She lives in Midtown Memphis with her husband, Grant Smith, who is a data journalist and investigative reporter at the Commercial Appeal and a homebrewer. She gets by only with a lot of help from family and friends.
You can email her at email@example.com or follow me on Twitter @brizzyc