Kelsey Whipple

Ph.D. Student

Kelsey Whipple holds the School of Journalism's first Dallas Morning News Graduate Fellowship for Journalism Innovation. She is also the project manager for the school's new Computational Media Lab.

Her research focuses on race, gender and class in the media and the influence of technology on mass communication. Whipple received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Missouri. She graduated from MU as a member of the Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society in 2011.

Before moving to Austin, Whipple worked for alt-weekly newspaper company Voice Media Group, most recently as its Editorial Digital Director in Los Angeles. During her time at VMG, she oversaw audience development, social media, online publishing and other digital best practices for 11 alt-weeklies across the country. She has also worked for Westword in Denver, where she wrote monthly longform cover stories before taking on a lead role in the paper’s digital strategy as web editor. Whipple has also worked for People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals, where she was a social media editor for the non-profit’s audience of more than 5 million followers.

At the University of Missouri, Whipple was the Editor in Chief of Vox, Columbia's weekly magazine,  and managed its student-led staff of approximately 80 people. As a teaching assistant, she taught professional writing and publishing skills to magazine editing and reporting students. At UT, she is a teaching assistant for Digital Storytelling Basics, helping students navigate the digital-focused, innovation-propelled world of online journalism.

Degrees: Bachelor of Journalism and Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri

Has lived in: San Antonio, Denver, St. Louis, Los Angeles and Austin