Nicole Dahmen, School of Journalism and Communication

Nicole Dahmen

Honors Program Coordinator
Practice Areas: Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Social Media, Photojournalism, Commemorative Journalism, News Design, Publication Design, Visual Ethics, Visual Identity, Iconic Photographs, Media Technology, Eye-tracking

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Nicole Dahmen is an academic expert in visual communication. Her research focuses on ethical and technological issues in visual communication with an emphasis on photojournalism in the digital age. Visual media coverage of political campaigns, military conflict, natural disasters and social issues are some examples of topics where her expertise would be valuable.

Recent Media: 
Should news outlets show graphic images of mass shooting victims? Researchers and other experts weigh in. (The Journalist's Resource, June 28, 2022)
Oregon paper loses entire newsroom, vows to rebuild (The Seattle Times, March 11, 2022)
How to teach your students the solutions journalism framework (Poynter, Aug. 11, 2021)
Videos Offer a ‘Smoking Gun’ on Impeachment. Will It Matter? (The New York Times, Feb. 10, 2021)
How Do You Do, Fellow Kids? What is The Washington Post doing on TikTok? Diversifying. (The Atlantic, Dec. 4, 2019)
How much power can one image actually have? (The Conversation, June 26, 2019)
Dozens of Oregon media outlets collaborated on suicide prevention coverage — here’s what they learned. (Poynter, June 18, 2019)
Denying mass killers 'sick, twisted fame': Public officials refuse to name them to avoid copycats (USA Today, June 4, 2019)
Here’s what it looks like when 30 media entities from one state work together (Poynter, April 8, 2019)
Of the trillion photos taken in 2018, which were the most memorable? (The Conversation, Dec. 21, 2018)
How journalists cover mass shootings: 5 recent studies to consider (Journalist's Resource, Dec. 2018)
In Yemen, many die, including this girl (The New York Times, Nov. 2, 2018)
Reporters shouldn’t profile mass shooters, say experts (Columbia Journalism Review, Aug. 31, 2018)
How podcasts are being used by journalists and how they are changing journalism (Los Angeles Times, Aug. 2, 2018)
The death of a baby in Gaza is a tragedy. But it’s unfair to make her a political symbol (Quartz, May 17, 2018)
When the media cover mass shootings, would depicting the carnage make a difference? (The Conversation, Feb. 22, 2018)
'We don't see the reality of what bullets do to bodies': Should images of school shootings be public? (CBC Radio Canada, Feb. 19, 2018)
Public Outrage Over Mass Shootings Is Running On Empty (The Huffington Post, Jan. 31, 2018)
Tip: How to take a visual approach to solutions journalism (, Nov. 28, 2017)
How to Do Better Visual Journalism for Solutions Stories (MediaShift, Nov. 22, 2017)
Rethinking news coverage of mass shootings in the age of gun violence (International Center for Journalists, Sept. 15, 2017)
Covering mass shootings (KUOW, July 24, 2017)
Study seeks 1,300 journalists' opinions on improving coverage of mass shootings (International Center for Journalists, July 3, 2017)
How much power can an image actually wield? (The Conversation, April 13, 2017)
In planned EPA cuts, US to lose vital connection to at-risk communities (The Conversation, April 12, 2017)
What Melania Trump's official portrait says about the new First Lady (BBC, April 4, 2017)
In Eugene, Oregon, the newspaper takes on an issue ‘in a way that couldn’t be told from the outside’ (Poynter, April 3, 2017)
Donald Trump’s absurd war on truth is forcing the media to act like real journalists again (Quartz, Feb. 23, 2017)
What Facebook Live means for journalism (The Conversation, Feb. 7, 2017)
Want to resist the post-truth age? Learn to analyze photos like an expert would (Quartz, Feb. 5, 2017)
Disseminator, Populist Mobilizer, or Contextualist: What type of journalist are you? (Columbia Journalism Review, Jan. 24, 2017)
The overwhelming whiteness of US environmentalism is hobbling the fight against climate change (Quartz, Jan. 4, 2017)
New research shows journalistic support for Restorative Narrative (ivoh, Jan. 3, 2017)
Facebook is censoring photos of burn survivors like me (Quartz, Nov. 15, 2016)
Facebook, News and Democracy (Oregon Public Broadcasting, Nov. 7, 2016)
The drawbacks of getting news from social media (Jefferson Public Radio, Oct. 19, 2016)
A year after Roseburg, journalists share lessons from covering a mass shooting (Poynter, Sept. 28, 2016)
Facebook has the disturbing power to rewrite our collective history (Quartz, Sept. 12, 2016)
A year after Aylan Kurdi’s tragic death, the world is still numb to the Syrian refugee crisis (Quartz, Sept. 2, 2016)
“We’re teaching an emerging practice in journalism” (Solutions Journalism Network, July 22, 2016)
Photographer Manuel Rivera-Ortiz moves beyond the shock of poverty to capture humanity (ivoh, July 2016)
For these journalists, veterans of Aurora, Boston and Newtown, the shooting in Orlando felt familiar (Poynter, June 17, 2016)
In Oregon, journalism educators want to prepare students to cover mass shootings (Poynter, April 13, 2016)
The mainstreaming of data reporting and what it means for journalism schools (, Dec. 18, 2015)
Sunday conversation: Journalism professor Nicole Dahmen on mass shootings and the media (Oregon Public Broadcasting, Dec. 6, 2015)
Data visualization as a sustaining value of journalism (Nov. 1, 2015)
The front-page photos that we can't forget from hurricane katrina (The Huffington Post, Aug. 31, 2015)
University of Oregon professor receives grant to study restorative narrative (Images & Voices of Hope, March 19, 2015)
Portrait of a Desi as an American wannabe (Times of India, Feb. 8, 2015)