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John Broholm

Associate Professor
Primary office:
2068 Dole


I am starting my 29th year on the faculty of the School of Journalism. I came to KU from a career in television news producing, my most recent job being executive producer of the news department at KMGH-TV in Denver. But since then I’ve become a utility player rather than a broadcast specialist, and that mirrors what is happening in the news industry. I currently teach Media Writing, which is basic, straight-ahead factual storytelling for all media platforms, and Ethics and Professional Practice, which examines moral dilemmas and ethical shortcomings in all areas of media life. I have most recently taught Multimedia Editing and Multimedia Reporting. For several years I taught research courses and seminars for master’s students; I served as the Graduate Director of the School of Journalism for eight years.

My research interest centers on the development of moral reasoning in journalism students. Ethical thinking involves examining situations and problems through the lens of values – it’s not always as simple as doing “the right” ethical thing. I’m interested in how journalism education affects students’ reasoning abilities.

I also keep a close eye on new technologies and how they are coming together – or not coming together – in Web news publications.

I am serving the last year of a three-year term on the Faculty and University senates.

Academic Degrees

  • Communications -- Broadcast and Film, Stanford University, 1973
  • MA, journalism, University of Missouri, 1980
  • PhD, education, University of Kansas, 1991


  • H.O.P.E. Award finalist, 2000

  • School of Journalism awards for instructional innovation, 1991, 1990


  • Development of moral reasoning in journalism students
  • Use of video in Web news stories
  • Use of new technologies in newsgathering


  • “Former TV reporter goes online”
  • Entries in Historical Dictionary of American Radio.”
  • “Teachers and Electornic mail: Networking on the network.”
  • RTNDA Communicator, June 2006.
  • Greenwood Publishing, 1998.
  • Journal of Technology and Teacher Education. 1994.

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