Dan Berkowitz joined the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1988, and has taught public relations, computer-assisted reporting, research methods, sociology of news and media & terrorism. Dan has worked with graduate students from more than 25 countries. He has taught in Thailand, Jamaica (on a Fulbright), and Israel. Dan is the 2017 recipient of the UI Graduate College Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in the Social Sciences.
Dan’s primary research interests focus on social and cultural approaches to the study of news, particularly news narratives, collective memory, professional boundary work and the media/terrorism interface. He has been the author or co-author of 42 journal articles, 9 book chapters and 2 edited books.
Dan’s professional career included working as an information representative for the Department of Environmental Quality, McKenzie-Willamette Hospital and Associated Oregon Loggers, all located in Oregon. His responsibilities with those organizations included media relations, publications and special events. He also spent time as a radio announcer and as a freelance writer for magazines such as Editor’s Workshop Newsletter, Ragan Report, Communication World, Guitar Player, and Premiere Guitar.