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Jan Boehmer

Assistant Professor, Journalism

Biography

Jan Boehmer joined the Penn State faculty in 2016. He previously served as an assistant professor at the University of Miami.

An assistant professor of journalism, Boehmer also serves as a faculty affiliate of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism.

Boehmer investigates the impact of new and social media on the intersection of sport, media and society. More specifically, he focuses on how and why digital messages and the ensuing (online) relationships affect the audiences' perceptions, attitudes and behaviors. Recent projects have addressed the reduction of racial stereotypes in sports, the role of athletes in communicating health-related messages, sports journalists' adjustment to the realm of social media, the rise of non-profit news sites, and the developing relational dynamics between media personalities and their audiences.

Dr. Boehmer's work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Computers and Human Behavior, Behaviour & Information Technology, Communication & Sport and the International Journal of Sport Communication. He has also authored multiple book chapters and is currently engaged in developing sport media textbooks for the Spanish and German market.

In 2016, Boehmer was awarded the "Early Career Research Award" from the Sports Communication Interest Group at ICA. Before that, AEJMC named him one of four "Emerging Scholars" in the field of Journalism in 2014-15. Boehmer has also received "Best Paper" awards at both ICA and AEJMC conferences in recent years.  

At Penn State, he will teach courses related to social media, data journalism and evolving storytelling techniques (e.g., interactive data, virtual reality, drones) to help students succeed in the changing media landscape.

Boehmer received his Ph.D. in media and information studies from Michigan State in 2014 and holds a degree in online journalism from the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (Germany). Outside of academia, he continues to work as a sports writer, mostly covering the National Basketball Association for international media outlets. Over the past decade, he has worked for newspapers, radio and television stations, as well as online publications in Germany and the United States covering sports.

Expertise

  • Social Media & Health Behaviors
  • Attitude & Behavior Change Via Sport Media
  • New Media & Civic Engagement
  • Impact Of Big Data On Media & Society
  • Media-Audience Relations