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Dr. Robert Bergland



236 Wells Hall



Joined Northwest in 2019

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D. Purdue University
  • M.A. Purdue University
  • B.A. Millikin University

Courses Taught

  • Media Literacy
  • Professional Media Writing
  • Video Journalism
  • Advanced Reporting

Academic Interests

  • Convergent Journalism
  • Media Advising
  • Sports Journalism
  • Media Ethics
  • First Amendment

Scholarly Activity

  • “Make it a Double: Combining Research with Study Abroad” Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication Summer 2019, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 48-50.
  • “Newspapers vs. TV: Who is Taking the Most Advantage of the WWW?” (with Abby Bonwell, Sarika Gongalla, Sunny Medapati and Heather Heater) Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, April 2018
  • “Website Features of the Top 100 Circulation U.S. Newspapers” (with Heather Heater, Anita Ford, Brad Beckwith and Kris Miller) International Symposium on Online Journalism Journal Spring 2013, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 181-203.
  •  “Grading Students in the Journalism Workshop Course” (with Ken Rosenauer and Ann Thorne) Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication Winter 2013, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 13-23.
  • “Multimedia and Interactivity on Newspaper Websites: A Multi-Study Analysis of Six English-Speaking Countries,” (with David Hon, Lisa Crawford and Sarah Noe) International Online Journalism Symposium Journal Spring 2012, Vol 2, No. 1, pp. 26-46.
  • “Pacemaker Winners Circle: An Analysis of Award-Winning College Newspaper Websites,” (with Cliff Brockman and David Hon) College Media Review Winter 2011, Vol. 49, No.1
  • “Convergence and Ukrainian Newspaper Websites” (with Veronika Nagorna) Modern Pedagogical Technologies: Didactic and Journalistic Aspects Jan. 2010, Vol. 5, pp. 139-147.
  •  “Convergent Media Curricula in American Journalism Programs: An Analysis of Degrees and Courses at Accredited Universities” (with Teresa Bozarth & Jennifer Thompson) International Dimensions of Mass Media Research, pp. 543-558. Ed.  Yorgo Pasadeos ATINER, Athens, Greece, 2008.
  • AP Central, Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2007 Online supplement of copy editing exercises for News Reporting and Writing textbook
  •  “American Media Coverage of the Orange Revolution,” Ukrainian Journalism and Politics LLARU, Luts'k, Ukraine, 2006
  • “When Teaching is Advising: The Role of Publication Workshop Courses in Smaller Institutions’ Journalism and Mass Communications Programs” with Ann Thorne and Ken Rosenauer College Media Review, Fall 2005  
  • “The Journalism Workshop Course: What is the Nature of This Beast?” with Ann Thorne and Ken Rosenauer College Media Review, Summer/Fall 2004  
  • Crisis Coverage, with Jeanette Browning. Multimedia CD-ROM supplement to News Reporting and Writing, 7th ed. St. Martin's Press, 2002.
  • “Crisis Coverage: An Interactive Journalism CD-ROM simulation.”  Appendix  4,  pp. 521-528. News Reporting and Writing, 7th ed. St. Martin's Press, 2002
  • “A Tale of Two Standards: Journalism Ethics at the Small and Large University Levels” College Media Review Summer/Fall 1997
  • “Incorporating the Performance Review into the Business Writing Course” Business Communication Quarterly December 1997
  • “Training, Teaching and Technology: The Role of the Computer in Graduate Writing Education” Proceedings of the DePaul Conference on Reconceiving Graduate Writing Education. 1996
  • “Disappearing Boundaries and Walls: The Virtual Classroom in the Business Writing Course.” New Mexico English Journal, Fall 1995, Vol. 10, No. 2. pp. 7-15.

Other Professional Experiences

  • Fulbright Fellowship: Ukraine, Spring 2005
  • American Society of Newspaper Editors Fellowship: Summer 2006
  • Newspapers: Grand Forks Herald (daily), LaSalle News-Tribune (daily) Purdue Exponent (daily), Millikin University Decaturian (bi-weekly)
  • Magazine freelancing: Men’s Health, USA Triathlon, Men’s Journal, Muscle and Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Bicycling, Deer and Deer Hunting