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Dr. Kyle Heim

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Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator, Cumberland Yearbook Adviser

Phone: (717) 477-1152

Office: Rowland Hall 123

"The fields of journalism and communication are experiencing a profound transformation brought about by digital technology. Today’s students will be the trailblazers in this new environment. They must be flexible and creative thinkers who are prepared to deal with rapid change. At the same time, basic information gathering and storytelling skills are as vital as ever. The need for communication professionals who can help citizens make sense of the world has never been greater."

Dr. Kyle Heim joined the Communication/Journalism Department in fall 2015 as an assistant professor specializing in print and online media. Previously, he was an assistant professor of journalism and communication at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Dr. Heim’s professional experience includes 15 years as a copy editor, reporter and assistant city editor at such newspapers as the Chicago Tribune, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Sioux Falls, S.D., Argus Leader. He also served for three years as the news adviser of the student-run newspaper at Penn State University. Dr. Heim’s research examines the influence of emerging social and participatory media platforms on the practice and content of journalism.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Journalism, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
  • Master of Science in Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota

Courses Taught

  • COM 111: Introduction to Mass Communication
  • COM 112: Media Writing
  • COM 285: News Writing and Reporting
  • COM 293: Editing
  • COM 345: Communication Law and Ethics
  • COM 520: Applied Mass Communication Research

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Heim, K. (2018). All the news that tweets: Newspapers’ use of Twitter posts as news sources from 2009 to 2016. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (Newspaper and Online News Division). Washington, DC.
  • Heim, K. (2015). Need for orientation predicts reporters’ reliance on blogs. Newspaper Research Journal, 36(4), 455-468.
  • Heim, K. (2015). Live tweeting a presidential primary debate: Comparing the content of Twitter posts and news coverage. #ISOJ Journal (Journal of the International Symposium on Online Journalism), 5(1), 208-228.
  • Heim, K. (2013). Framing the 2008 Iowa Democratic caucuses: Political blogs and second-level intermedia agenda setting. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 90(3), 500-519.
  • Craft, S., & Heim, K. (2009). Transparency in journalism: Meanings, merits and risks. In L. Wilkins and C. G. Christians (Eds.), The handbook of mass media ethics (pp. 217-228). New York: Routledge.

Grants and Awards

  • Top faculty research paper, Newspaper and Online News Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2018.
  • Shippensburg University Council of Trustees Presidential Faculty Development Grant, 2017-18.
  • AEJMC/Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professor in Social Media Grant, 2014.


  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
  • International Communication Association (ICA)