Doctoral Student, Ph.D., Public Communication and Technology at Colorado State University, 2017-
Mass media/communication: research, theory development, real-world benefits/implications, particularly digital technologies. Complete program description.
Professional, Published Writer: 2006-Present. Publications: > 2,000.
College Instructor: professional writing/journalism, 2017-
Co-Founder: Guiding Type. Digital Content Development / Online Marketing Company.
Digital Media Publisher & Former Newspaper Reporter.
Former Content/Marketing Director at Conundrum Press.
M.S., New York University, Writing. B.S., Radford University, English.
Select Writing, Published & Unpublished:
Additional Selected Journalism… (2007-2013)
Selected essays on the art and craft of writing… (2015-2016).
Addition Selected Op-Eds… (2014-2016)
Full-Length Feature Film Screenplay. The Vanquished. (2015/2018). Like the British and Russians, we’ll bury them…
Novel 1, Complete. In Search of Earth. (2015/2017). I still remember the change, how it felt in my bones, the moment when the warm midsummer night air lost its romance, transforming from friend to foe …
To be published.
A Review and Evaluation of Master’s Level Professional Writing Programs in the U.S. Today’s relevant program is tomorrow’s relic…(2015).
Twitter and The 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign: A Rhetorical Analysis Of Tweets And Media Coverage. The media needs only to peel back the surface and look at the marrow of the statement — the basic rhetorical characteristics of the tweet to determine whether it has the potential to contain truth or not… (2015).
News Flood or Trickle: Information Choice and Selectivity in New Media. Pilot Study. Are we indeed transforming into simple machines who blindly accept what the invisible machine hands us? (2018).
How to Win Readers and Influence People: Bringing Social Science Research into the Mainstream. Pilot Study. We produce treasure, yet it remains buried. Buried by whom? The irony is us. Every year, we churn out millions of words and thousands of ideas that can transform minds… (2018).
Social Constructionism: Theory Review and Media Applications. For the first time in history, we can all “live” in a global village. Marshal McLuhan’s speculations have become the present moment. But with its sheer size and rapidly evolving conditions, as new technologies modify the flows of information, culture, and knowledge, how do mass media researchers grapple with its complexity? (2017).
Lock Her Up and the Circuit of Culture: Evaluating Effectiveness of a Critical Cultural Paradigm in New Media. Pilot Study. The chant that haunted Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid began as a low cacophonous rumble at the 2016 Republican National Convention, the few rumbles coalescing into a wall of sound captured by the media and instantly disseminated to a global audience — Lock Her Up. (2018).
Blurring the Gap: A Comparative Textual Analysis of U.S. and Chinese Media Coverage. Pilot Study. While Chinese journalists may not have been as aggressive as their American peers, they certainly did not propagate whitewash; they did not, the discourses indicated, coverup arrests, government failures, or downplay the severity of the fire… (2018).
Additional Selected Academic Writing… (2004-2015).
Book-Length Manuscript. In Search of You. Creative Writing: Journey, Style, Method. The greatest barrier to writing is often ourselves… (2016).
White Paper. Rocky Mountain Forests at Risk: Confronting Climate-driven Impacts from Insects, Wildfires, Heat, and Drought. Contributing Writer-Editor. (2014).
Marketing Proposal. Tips 4 Tuesdays. Oseola McCarty was born broke, but died rich because she gave the gift of life. During her nearly 86 years washing and ironing clothes in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Ms. McCarthy put aside what many of us would say amounted to insignificant deposits – placing a few extra dollars from time to time into her savings account… (2014).
Author Media Press Kit. Benjamin Dancer: Patriarch Run. Benjamin Dancer is the author of the literary thriller Patriarch Run, the first book in a series that will include Fidelity and The Story of the Boy… (2016).
Press Release. Rock the Earth: Environmental Settlement Agreement, Colorado-Roan Plateau. A landmark settlement following years of litigation will restrict natural gas development and protect a wealth of natural resources on the Roan Plateau, a rugged and remote backcountry located in northwestern Colorado… (2014).
Press Release. University of Scranton: Study Reveals Pervasive Wage and Related Poverty Issues in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. Nearly half of the households in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties do not earn enough income to provide for all their basic needs and they will also likely fall short of securing a modest and dignified life for their children… (2016).
Press Release. Book Publication: A Journey Into the Wilds of Peru. Join Eugene Buchanan, author of Brothers on the Bashkaus, in his latest tale of travel and adventure. This time he is in South America with a team of Polish explorers on a first descent down the Cruz del Condor section of Peru’s Colca Canyon, the deepest gorge in the world… (2016).
University Brand Projection Profile. Scranton Professor/Alumnus Awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant. University of Scranton professor Michael J. Jenkins, Ph.D., is headed to London where he will go on the beat with the city’s Metropolitan Police Service to study how they police their communities and maintain order… (2016).
Website Design/Copy Writing. Servant Partners Press. (2015).
Additional Selected Marketing/Professional Writing. (2013-2016).
Work-in-progress. Machine/algorithmic influence on human information gathering/processing, including reality perception. Internet+Big Data+Society+Individual. (2018-Present).
Public Speaking/Research Presentations:
2019, (May), International Communication Association Conference, Washington D.C.: Journalistic Practices in China.
2019 (April), Western Social Science Association Conference, San Diego, California: Political Rhetoric on Twitter.
2018, Communication University of China and National Communication Association International Conference, Beijing, China: Political Expression-Communication, New Media.
2018, China Radio International: On Visiting Beijing
2018, Western Social Science Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas: Political Expression-Communication, New Media.
2018, New York University, Virtual Forum-Presentation: Entrepreneurs and the Digital Economy.
2016, Writing the Rockies Conference at Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, Colorado: Author/Book Marketing.
2016, Lighthouse Writers Workshop Lit Fest, Denver, Colorado: Poetry Reading.
Stephen J. McConnell is an award-winning writer, former investigative news reporter, founder of Denver, Colorado-based content development/online marketing company Guiding Type, and former director of marketing and content for Golden, Colorado-based Conundrum Press. Stephen’s career in writing, marketing, content development, and online marketing has run the gamut from tweets to white papers to novels to poetry to screenplays and everything in between. His more than 2,000 articles, stories, blogs and other writings have appeared in numerous publications throughout the U.S. and internationally.
He was the publisher of an environmental news website that reached an international audience. He earned a master’s degree from New York University in writing in 2016 and a bachelor’s degree from Radford University in English in 2005. In 2016, he published an eBook on creative writing, In Search of You. Creative Writing: Journey, Style, Method. He has ghostwritten columns for organizations that were published in outlets with a national reach. He has also developed social marketing, digital marketing and content strategies for businesses to increase their revenue and project their brands to a wider audience.
Following these careers in journalism, marketing, and public relations, Stephen joined Colorado State University in 2017 to study Public Communication and Technology as part of his Ph.D. pursuit. His research interests include exploring how new communicative technologies are reshaping our culture, knowledge, perceptions, and information systems; propaganda (examining elite mainstream media propaganda and fake news); and algorithms, particularly personalization of news/information, and their effect on individual and collective cognition. He is also an instructor at the university’s Department of Journalism and Media Communication, teaching newswriting and professional writing.