David Tewksbury

Head, Professor of Communication
Professor of Political Science

  • Address: 3001 Lincoln Hall 702 S. Wright St., MC-456 Urbana, IL 61801
  • Telephone: (217) 333-2683


Research Description

  • Professor Tewksbury conducts research examining the role of the news media in democratic systems. One strand of his research concerns how news media construct the meaning of issues in their reports and how audiences understand and respond to issue frames. Another line of research examines how news audiences select news content in the contemporary media environment. Both strands explore the normative implications of news creation and consumption for the functioning of democratic systems.


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1996
  • M.A., University of Southern California, 1992
  • B.A., Occidental College, 1985


  • CMN 277: Intro to Mediated Communication
  • CMN 529: News and Politics



  • Tewksbury, David, and Jason Rittenberg. News on the internet: Information and citizenship in the 21st century. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2012.

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Book Contributions

  • Tewksbury, David, and Julius M. Riles. "Framing in an interactive news environment." Doing news framing analysis 2: Empirical and theoretical perspectives. New York: Routledge, 2017.

  • Althaus, Scott L., and David Tewksbury. "Do we still need media use measures at all?." Improving public opinion surveys: Interdisciplinary innovation and the American national election studies. Ed. John L. Aldrich and Kathleen M. McGraw. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012. 158-174.

Journal Articles

  • Hurley, Ryan J., Julius M. Riles, Angeline Sangalang, and David Tewksbury. "Framing cancer for online news: Implications for popular perceptions of cancer." Journal of Communication 65 (2015): 1018-1040.
  • Tewksbury, David, and Julius M. Riles. "Polarization as a function of citizen predispositions and exposure to news on the internet." Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 59.3 (2015): 381-398.
  • Hurley, Ryan, and David Tewksbury. "News aggregation and content differences in online cancer news." Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media 56.1 (2012): 132-149.
  • Tewksbury, David, Scott L. Althaus, and Matthew Hibbing. "Estimating self-reported news exposure across and within typical days: Should surveys use more refined measures? ." Communication Methods and Measures 5.4 (2011): 311-328.