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Benjamin Burroughs

Assistant Professor, Journalism and Media Studies

Expertise: Emerging media, media industries, digital journalism, social media


Benjamin Burroughs is an assistant professor of emerging media. He researches streaming media and technology, media industries, digital media, sports media, social media, and digital journalism. His work has been published in journals such as New Media and SocietyJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic MediaInternational Journal of Sport Communication, and Games and Culture


  • Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • M.A., London School of Economics
  • M.A., University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism

Benjamin Burroughs In The News

Mar 9, 2018

President Trump on Thursday began the next leg of a listening tour he promised after last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla., eliciting heated opinions at the White House from critics of violent video games and from game makers who reject any connection to mass shootings, but offering no concrete views of his own.

Mar 7, 2018

In the wake of the Florida school shooting, President Donald Trump is reviving an old debate over whether violent video games can trigger violent behavior. There's just one problem: Roughly two decades of research has repeatedly failed to uncover any such link.

Feb 28, 2018

This article focuses on the emergence of a nascent streaming industry. The media industry studies conceptualization of “industry lore” can be read during times of transition for media industries. Streaming lore is a re-articulation of existing industry lore accompanying the advent of streaming technology and distribution. Contemporary streaming acts as a site of rupture, wherein industry discourses related to digital media are rendered visible. The article proposes three categories of emergent streaming lore and analyzes their relation to a growing streaming media industry. These categories include (a) Netflix as “quality” streams, (b) the algorithmic audience, and (c) cord-cutters and cord-nevers.

Feb 12, 2018

Local residents may need to invest in a subscription to an online streaming service — Iowa City’s last video-rental store, Family Video, officially closed last weekend.

Articles Featuring Benjamin Burroughs

child on a tablet device
Jul 18, 2017

Benjamin Burroughs studies how new media industries channel children’s attention.

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