UW Research

Center for Journalism, Media & Democracy (CJMD)



To advance understanding of the role journalism and media play in democratic societies. Through research, teaching, and public engagement, we explore connections between public institutions, the press, and digital platforms with the aim of identifying the threats and opportunities to quality information, robust engagement, government accountability, and core democratic values.  

Core Services Offered

  • Mentorship for undergraduates and graduate students
  • Weekly graduate research seminar
  •  Research on role journalism and media in democratic societies
  •  Academic workshops and speaker series

Funding Information

Various foundations and private donors, including: The Annenberg Foundation, The Spencer Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, The Microsoft Corporation, The National Science Foundation, and many engaged and supportive citizens. 

Reporting Structure

Christine Herold, Chair, Department of Communication