Chelsea J Reynolds

Chelsea Reynolds is a Ph.D. candidate in mass communication. Her research investigates the intersections of new media, gender, sexuality, and stigma. Reynolds's dissertation is a case study of news about Craigslist's Casual Encounters sex forums. She holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism from Iowa State University. Reynolds has worked as an editor and research assistant for the Association of Health Care Journalists and as an instructor of news writing at the Missouri School of Journalism. She has written for Men's Health, Better Homes and Gardens' health titles, and Midwest Living, among other magazines. Her research has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal of Communication Inquiry, the Journal of Magazine and New Media Research, Cosmopolitan magazine, and The Huffington Post.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Mass Communication, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Expected 2017.
  • M.A.: Journalism, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., 2012.
  • B.A.: Journalism, English minor, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 2008.

Specialties

  • qualitative approaches to mass communication
  • social media and culture
  • newspaper, magazine content
  • critical theory and cultural studies
  • health communication
Courses Taught
  • News Writing & Reporting - Instructor
  • New Media and Culture - Instructor & T.A.
  • Mass Media and Popular Culture - T.A.
  • Information for Mass Communication - T.A. with journalism lab section
  • Digital Games, Sims & Apps - T.A.
  • Introduction to Mass Communication - T.A.
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality: Professional Networking Committee, Technology Subcommittee Chair: 2014 - 2015
  • Minnesota Magazine and Publishing Association: 2014 Awards Judge
  • Journal of Communication Inquiry: Reviewer , 2014
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication: Member - GLBT Interest Group, Magazine Division, Commission on the Status of Women
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality: Member
  • Association of Health Care Journalists: Member

Research

  • Reynolds, C. (2016). Constructing Casual Encounters: News discourse about sex on Craigslist.org. Paper accepted for presentation at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign, IL.:
  • Reynolds, C. (2015). “You know what they say about a woman who can roll her Rs”: Female sexuality in American-owned Latina magazines. : Paper presented to the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Annual Conference, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Reynolds, C. (2015). Online ethnography as a method for sexual identity research.: Poster presented to the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Annual Conference, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Reynolds, C. (2015). “8 things Latin moms say about men and sex” vs. “The 19 most frustrating things about casual dating”: Sexuality and relationships in Cosmo for Latinas online and Cosmopolitan online. : Paper presented to the Magazine Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, San Francisco. *Top Student Paper, Magazine Division.*
  • Reynolds, C., Yzer, Y. & Landis, C. (2014). Information in media on antecedents of African American youth weight control: A case study of magazine content: Presented to the American Public Health Association annual meeting in New Orleans, La.
  • Reynolds, C. (2014). “I am super straight and I prefer you be too”: A textual analysis of Craigslist posts made by "straight" men seeking homosexual sexual encounters online: Presented to the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality annual conference, Omaha, Neb.
  • Reynolds, C. (2014). “Hey ladies, I'm 36 and married to a douche”: A case study of women seeking women personal ads posted by "straight" women on Craigslist: Presented to the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality annual conference, Omaha, Neb.
  • Reynolds, C. (2014). Craigslist Casual Encounters as an archive for sexual identity data: Presented to the CSCL Intellectual Properties Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Reynolds, C. & LoRusso, S. (2014). The women's magazine diet: A content analysis of nutrition and fitness articles in women's and women's health magazines: Presented to the Conference for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Montreal, Quebec. *Kriss Grant-supported research; Top Student Paper, Magazine Division.*
  • Reynolds, C. (2014). Moral panic in a pandemic: A historical analysis of HIV coverage and the America Responds to AIDS campaign in 1987: Presented to the Conference for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Montreal, Quebec
  • Reynolds, C. (2014). "Perfectly Preggers": Media representations of mommies and the social capital of the ideal pregnant body: Presented to the Conference for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Montreal, Quebec
  • Reynolds, C. (2014). Sex in media: Content analysis methods: Presented to the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, Feb. 6, 2014
  • Reynolds, C. (2013). Women’s sexual health, sexuality, and relationship messages in MTV's Girl Code: A content analysis: Presented to the Moving Image Studies TV Now! Conference, Minneapolis, MN, December. 14, 2013
  • Cavanah, S. & Reynolds, C. (2013). Millennials and mass media consumption: A secondary analysis of Pew data. Presented to the Conference of the Minnesota Broadcasters Association, Minneapolis, MN.: Commissioned by MBA President Jim Du Bois
  • Reynolds, C. (2013). "50 Ways to Seduce a Man" vs. "The Better Sex Diet": A content analysis of sex articles in health and lifestyle magazines. Presented to the Conference for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, D.C.:

Outreach

  • The Wake student magazine: Advisor, 2015 - present
  • SJMC Diversity Committee - Graduate Student Liaison: 2012 - Present
  • Magazine Club at the University of Minnesota - Founder and Advisor: 2013 - 2015
  • Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies - Officer: 2013 - 2015
  • Graduate Student Organization - President: 2014 - 2015
  • Graduate Student Organization - Vice President: 2013 - 2014
  • Graduate Student Organization - Co-Social Chair: 2012 - 2013
Publications
  • Reynolds, C. (2015). “I am super straight and I prefer you be too”: A textual analysis of Craigslist posts made by "straight" men seeking homosexual sexual encounters online. Journal of Communication Inquiry.
  • Reynolds, C. & LoRusso, S. (Forthcoming). The women's magazine diet: Frames and sources in nutrition and fitness content. Journal of Magazine and New Media Research.
Awards
  • Top Student Paper Award, Magazine Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2015
  • Top Student Paper Award, Magazine Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2014
  • Hubbard Graduate Fellowship, 2014 - 2015
  • Joel and Laurie Kramer Research Fellowship, 2013 - 2014
  • Kriss Research Support Grant, 2013
  • Kappa Tau Alpha, Missouri School of Journalism Graduate Program