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Jake Batsell

Jake Batsell

Jake Batsell

Assistant Professor, Faculty Adviser to

Jake Batsell worked for more than a decade as a print journalist before learning to shoot and edit video as The Dallas Morning News Metro Desk's "hybrid" reporter. He has covered everything from Latin American coffee farms to Texas toll roads to Michael Jordan's baseball career. He now teaches digital journalism at SMU and advises, the online version of The Daily Campus, which is based out of the Division of Journalism's Convergence Newsroom. From 2008-2011, he was the founding faculty adviser for the award-winning Daily Mustang.


M.A. in Government, University of Texas at Austin
B.A. in Journalism, Arizona State University


Audience engagement
Online news startups and nonprofits
Mobile devices as a news platform
Newsroom convergence
Social media as a newsgathering tool

Professional Experience

Staff writer and videographer, The Dallas Morning News
Staff writer, The Seattle Times
Adjunct professor of journalism, University of North Texas


CCJN 2380: Digital Journalism
CCJN 3325: Technology Reporting
CCJN 3365: Investigative Reporting


Batsell, Jake (forthcoming). “Intrigued, But Not Immersed: Millennial Students Analyze News Apps During the iPad’s First Year,” Electronic News, September 2012.

"Friday Night Bytes: In Texas, high school football is the killer app," Columbia Journalism Review, January/February 2012.

"Lone Star Trailblazer: Will the Texas Tribune transform Texas journalism?" Columbia Journalism Review, July/August 2010.

"Coffee and Two Americas," Three-part series in The Seattle Times examining the global coffee industry.

AIDS, Politics and Non-Government Organizations in Zimbabwe,” book chapter in edited volume The African State and the AIDS Crisis, Hants, England: Ashgate Publishing, 2005, pp. 59-77.


2012 Scripps Howard Entrepreneurial Journalism Institute fellowship at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University

2009 Knight Digital Media Center fellowship, University of California at Berkeley

2005 Award for Excellence in Economic Reporting, presented by The Institute on Political Journalism and The Fund for American Studies in Washington, D.C. The annual award is given to the “magazine or newspaper writer, or team of writers, whose work best expands the public's understanding of economic theory and reality.”

2005 Gerald Loeb Awards, finalist.

2004 Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards, finalist.

Pacific Northwest Society of Professional Journalists awards for comprehensive coverage, spot news and business features, 1999-2005.


Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Communication Studies

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts


Undergraduate Studies



Faculty and Staff


Division Projects

Advisory Board


Journalism in Dallas


Mission Statement