Kathleen A Hansen

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: English, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1979.
  • M.L.S.: Library and Information Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1977.

Curriculum Vitae


  • preservation of digital and print news archives
  • serious games in news
  • information access and communication
  • sociology of news
  • uses and effects of digital information technologies
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Director of Undergraduate Studies: September 2010 - December 2015
  • Supervisor, Digital Information Resource Center:


  • Reinventing Newspapers: Grant to provide education and training for newspaper editorial and sales staff and managers at major metropolitan newspapers in MN; supported by a grant from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership program; grant total from all sources is $700,000, March 2009 - June 2010
  • Playing the News: Designing, building and testing news games; funded by a $230,000 grant from the Knight News Challenge program, 2007 - 2009


  • MinnPost: Board of Directors, 2008 - ongoing
  • Educating Journalism Students About News Archives: A Global Comparison With Special Focus on Spain and the United States: Hansen, Kathleen, Ruben Dominguez-Delgado, Nora Paul, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Online first , 2017. Link
  • Future-Proofing the News: Preserving the First Draft of History. Hansen, Kathleen, Nora Paul, Rowman & Littlefield, Author, 2017. Link
  • Losing the News: Hansen, Kathleen, Nora Paul, Online Searcher, Vo. 41, No. 5 , Sept/Oct 2017. Link
  • Information Strategies for Communicators. Hansen, Kathleen, Nora Paul, Author, 2015 and updated con. Link
  • Archiving and Preserving News in the Digital Age, Special Issue: Hansen, Kathleen, Nora Paul, Newspaper Research Journal, 36 3, Summer 2015.
  • Social media's influence on sports journalists' perception of gatekeeping: Hansen, Kathleen, Sada Reed, International Journal of Sport Communication, 6 373-383, December 2013.
  • Challenges for Human Information-Seeking Research in the Emerging Communication Environment: Hansen, Kathleen, Nora Paul, Web Journal of Mass Communication Research, 44 , June 2013. Link
  • Communication managers in the dominant coalition: Power attributes and communication practices: Hansen, Kathleen, Stacey Frank Kanihan, Sara Blair, Marta Shore, Jun Myers, Journal of Communication Management, 17(2) 140-156, 2013.
  • Newspaper Training Program Shows Gains in Social Media: Hansen, Kathleen, Nora Paul, Ruth DeFoster, Jennifer E. Moore, Newspaper Research Journal, 32(3) 40-51, Summer 2011.
  • Curation Questions and the Start of Some Answers: Hansen, Kathleen, Nora Paul, Yoshi Suzuki, OJR: The Online Journalism Review, February 6, 2011. Link
  • News-Focused Game Playing: Is It a Good Way to Engage People in an Issue?: Hansen, Kathleen, Nora Paul, Nieman Reports, 64(2) 54-57, Summer 2010. Link
  • Computer-Assisted Research: Information Strategies and Tools for Journalists. Hansen, Kathleen, Nora Paul, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Author, 2007.
  • Newspapers of Record in a Digital Age. Hansen, Kathleen, Shannon Martin, Praeger, Author, 1998.
  • Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 1976 Graduate - 2017
  • John Tate Advising Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, University of Minnesota, 2014
  • Pioneer Award for Outstanding Contributions to High Shool Journalism Programs and Publications; National Scholastic Press Association, 2008
  • Special Libraries Association David Rhydwen Award for Outstanding Contributions to News Librarianship, Inaugural recipient - 2005
  • Society of Professional Journalists President's Award, 2003