Stephanie Craft

Stephanie Craft
Department Head; Professor of Journalism
119 Gregory Hall
  • PhD in Communication, Stanford University
  • MA in Journalism, University of Missouri
  • BA in History, Washington University in St. Louis
Course Specialties
  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Journalism Ethics & Diversity
  • History of American Journalism
  • Women in Journalism

Stephanie Craft is Professor and Head of the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the Illinois faculty, she chaired the Journalism Studies faculty at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Her research, addressing journalism norms, ethics and practices and news literacy has appeared in a number of refereed journals and edited volumes. Recent projects include a rethinking of professional journalism ethics in light of challenges to journalists’ autonomy and control over news brought on by new entrants to the journalistic field, an examination of how journalists articulate “listening” as a norm of practice, and research demonstrating that greater news literacy is related to a lower likelihood of endorsing conspiracy theories. She is co-author of the textbook Principles of American Journalism (Routledge), now in its second edition. Before earning a doctorate in Communication from Stanford University, she worked as a newspaper journalist in California, Arkansas and Washington.

Research/Creative Endeavor

Craft’s recent work centers on news media literacy. With the support of a McCormick Foundation grant, she and her research team are developing a measure of news media literacy that can be used to explore relationships among news media use, literacy, skepticism, civic engagement and other variables, and as a tool for curriculum development and evaluation.