The Minnesota Journalism Center has a research arm, aimed at promoting and creating valuable research opportunities and producing white papers. For more information about any of the programs below, contact Minnesota Journalism Director Valerie Belair-Gagnon at

Journalist-in-Residence Program

The Minnesota Journalism Center invites proposals from professional journalists at any level of their career to collaborate on innovative projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. We encourage scholarly research that leads to new understandings about the practice of journalism, and we welcome ideas and projects that could strengthen democracy through better journalism.

The Journalist in Residence will be given a salary and stipend for research expenses and will be asked to produce a short three to five page white paper summarizing major findings, which will be published on the Minnesota Journalism Center website and promoted through our social channels.

The Journalist in Residence program is designed for individuals working in the media industry in Minnesota who want to collaborate with the Minnesota Journalism Center. We are interested in receiving proposals from journalism practitioners working in print, broadcast, digital or social media.

To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, visit the Journalist-in-Residence webpage.

MJC Journalism Studies Research Group

Hosted by the Minnesota Journalism Center, the journalism studies research group is concerned with journalism theory, journalism research, and professional education in journalism. The group examines a wide array of theoretical, empirical, and methodological approaches grounded in the study of journalism across temporal and geographical contexts.  Contacts: Professors Valerie Belair-Gagnon, Matt Carlson, and Matthew Weber.

Faculty Experts

MJC Faculty Experts bring insight from various disciplines across campus and participate in events and research in collaboration with the MJC.

Graduate Student Fellows

MJC Graduate Student Fellows volunteer on a research project, commit to take part in the MJC’s Innovation in Journalism and Communication Research Group, present at meetings, publish, and have opportunities to pursue research grants for research conducted with a faculty expert or fellow graduate students that can be published on the MJC website.