Asma Khanom

Doctoral Student

Asma Khanom is a third-year doctoral student, Graduate Instructor (on record), and research assistant at the School of Journalism, University of Missouri. 

Asma’s research agenda focuses on disruption and innovation in the ever-changing news and information landscape. Within this overall agenda, her studies intersect journalism, technology, ethics, and democracy. She studies local news dynamics, innovative approaches to meeting community information needs and organizational and managerial decision-making. Given her extensive background as a broadcast journalist, she often focusses on television news. Nevertheless, Asma’s research transcends specific platforms and methodologies, embodying a versatile and adaptable perspective. Through a sociological lens she investigates the multifaceted challenges that the industry faces and the solutions that emerge. Asma aims to impact existing journalism practices through her research and make a bridge between the industry and academia.

Asma’s research informs her teaching. Her experience in the classroom includes teaching both practical journalism skills and teaching about the media’s place in society. She teaches undergraduate students multimedia journalism specifically, a basic introduction to storytelling using audio, photos, video, and graphic design. Additionally, she teaches students how to communicate clearly and effectively on a range of platforms for specific audiences and understand the differences in journalism and strategic communication and deal with ethical arguments. Asma Also teaches journalism project class where students build on the basic principles and skills learned in the fundamental courses through hands-on projects.

Asma is from Bangladesh. She has an experience of over a decade in several national televisions, has covered a wide spectrum of issues including politics more specifically has covered intensely four national elections and many local level elections. Asma also has experience working in the USA and Germany. She covered the German national election in 2017 while she was working as a multimedia reporter for DW.  She’s also a Fulbright Scholar of the US. Department of State. Before joining to MU, she earned her second master’s in journalism from the University of Oklahoma.

At Mizzou she is currently representing the School of Journalism to the Graduate Professional Council (GPC). She is also a member of the biggest Communication and Journalism forum The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). 


Khanom, A., Kiesow, D., Zdun, M., & Shyu, C. R. (2023). The News Crawler: A Big Data Approach to Local Information Ecosystems. Media and Communication11(3).


Conference papers

Khanom, A. “We Trust Them, So We Do Not Verify”: Professional Norm Practices of the Local Television Stations in Cross Organizational Content Collaboration. This study has been presented to the Media Management Division at the AEJMC Midwinter conference, Norman, Oklahoma 2023.

Khanom, A. The News Crawler: A Big Data Approach to Local Information Ecosystems. This research has been presented at the Local Journalism Researchers Workshop- organized by University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the DeWitt Wallace Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 2023.

Khanom, A. Uncertainty in Journalism: A Concept Explication. This concept explication has been presented to the Media Management Division at the AEJMC annual conference, Detroit, Michigan 2022.

Macneil, W. C., Hinnant, L. A., & Khanom, A. The Flag Lapel Pin Ban: A 20-Year Retrospective on the Discourses About Journalistic Ethics, Objectivity, and Patriotism. This study has been presented to the Media Ethics at the AEJMC annual conference, Detroit, Michigan 2022.

Johnson, B. G., Khanom, A., Woodfolk, G. & Blake, J. (2022). A Decade in Comparative Communication Law Research: Observations, Trends, and Suggestions for Future Trajectories. This study has been presented to the Law and Policy Division at the International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Meeting, Paris 2022.

Khanom, A., & Gade, P. (2021). Nothing routine: Television news management’s response to COVID-19, organizational uncertainty, and changes in news work. Paper presented to the Media Management Division at the AEJMC National Conference (virtual) 2021.

Khanom, A. (2021). A new reality for broadcast newsroom management: Is COVID-19 another era of transformation? Paper presented as the top paper of the Media Management Division, AEJMC Midwinter Conference (virtual), 2021.

Updated: October 6, 2023