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Nora Paul

Nora Paul

Nora Paul

Nora Paul

School of Journalism and Mass Communications 221 Murphy Hall 206 Church St SE


  • development and testing of digital story forms
  • digital game research
  • news informatics
  • online journalism and strategic communications


  • When Nerds and Words Collide: Essays on the Development of Computer-Assisted Reporting. Paul, Nora, 1999.
  • The changing role of the news librarian: use of the Internet worldwide: Paul, Nora, Information Sources for the Press and Broadcast Media, 1999.
  • Great Scouts: CyberGuides for Subject Searching on the Web. Paul, Nora, M Williams, 1999.
  • Computer Assisted Research: A guide to Tapping Online Information: Paul, Nora, IV , 1999.
  • Computer Assisted Reporting and Research: Paul, Nora, News Writing and Reporting for Today's Media, 1999.
  • Cases and Commentaries: The Big Issues: Liability, Quality Control, and Security: Paul, Nora, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 1998.
  • New Media Matter(s). Paul, Nora, Laura Ruel, INMS, 2002.
  • Survey of Newsroom Information Practices: Paul, Nora, Kathleen A Hansen, Betsy Neibergall, Newspaper Research Journal, 24 , 2003.
  • Behind the Message: Information Strategies for Communicators. Paul, Nora, Kathleen A. Hansen, Longman, 2003.

Research Activities

  • Research Methodologies for New Media: We are holding international conferences for research methodologists focused on examing new media issues, September 2003
  • Elements of Digital Storytelling: Creating and testing a digital storytelling taxonomy and researching audience effects of different combinations of storytelling elements, April 2002
  • Digital Game Research: Promoting the examination of the digital game environment through the lens of social science research, May 2003
  • Eyetracking the News: Using eyetracking equipment to test usability and use of news websites

Creative Activities

  • News Games: Recipient of a Knight Foundation News Challenge grant to create and test a news game, 2008 - 2010
  • Disaster at Harperville: Developed a journalism interviewing simulation using the Thinking Worlds platform, 2009

Professional Activities

  • Director: Institute for New Media Studies, School of Journalism, University of Minnesota , 2000 - 2010
  • Faculty member/library director: Poynter Institute for Media Studies , 1991 - 2000
  • Editor for information services: News Research Center, Miami Herald , 1979 - 1991
  • Online Journalism Contest Judging: Editor & Publisher, Online News Association, Society for News Design , 1997 -
  • Board Member: Online News Association and New Directions for News , 2000 -- 2004
  • Director, Minnesota Journalism Center: Runs the outreach center for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication , 2010

Outreach Activities

  • Invited Speaker: Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association: Workshop on Elements of Digital Storytelling, 2003 -
  • Invited Speaker: American Press Institute: Twice yearly presentations of the Digital Storytelling lecture to the Online News conference, 2002 -
  • Invited Speaker: University of Southern California New Media Conference: Annual presenter or moderator at the conference - this year on new media education, 2001 -


  • Minnesota Women of Achievement, 2003
  • Top Ten "Wired" Women -, 2002
  • Henebry Award - Roll of Honor - Special Libraries Association, News Division, 1995
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