Jeremy Shermak

Ph.D. Student

Degrees: B.S. in Informatics (Journalism cognate) from Indiana University; M.A. in Writing (Pedagogy) from DePaul University; M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri

Bio: Jeremy Shermak is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Moody College of Communication Doctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He has nearly 20 years of professional experience as a college professor, media analyst, and journalist. He has taught at the collegiate level for 13 years, including his current assignment as a teaching assistant in the UT School of Journalism. He spent eight years as an assistant professor of communications at Moraine Valley Community College near Chicago, teaching journalism and written communications. He was the student facilitator for the honors program, founder and advisor for the student podcasting network, and lead consultant in the revision and creation of the journalism curriculum. Shermak was also an adjunct instructor at several Chicago-area colleges, teaching courses ranging from literary studies to fashion journalism and sports communication.

Shermak also has practical media experience. He began as a general assignment/sports reporter and photographer at the Harbor Country News in New Buffalo, Michigan, before moving on to the same role for the South Bend Tribune in South Bend, Indiana. He later worked as a media relations analyst at comScore Networks, an Internet analytics agency, and then managing editor at market research firm Mintel International. 

Shermak’s research interests include the use of social media during live coverage, including sports and weather events. For his thesis, he examined the use of Twitter by newspaper sports beat reporters during live-game events. His theoretical interests include spiral of silence, deliberative democracy, and uses and gratifications.