Ph.D. Communications, Columbia University, 2014
Dissertation Title: "Data-Driven Sourcing: How Journalists Use Digital Search Tools to Decide What's News"
Adviser: Michael Schudson
M.Phil. Communications, Columbia University, 2012
M.B.A., Duquesne University, 2009
B.A. (with distinction) Slavic Languages and Literatures (Russian Studies concentration), University of Virginia,1998
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Pace University, Department of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts, 2014-Present
Visiting Fellow, Yale University Law School Information Society Project, 2011-Present
Fellow, Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Columbia University, 2013-2014
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Fink, Katherine, and Anderson, C.W. (forthcoming). Data Journalism in the United States. Journalism Studies doi: 10.1080/1461670X.2014.939852
Fink, Katherine, and Schudson, Michael. (2014). The Rise of Contextual Journalism, 1950s-2000s. Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism 15(1), 3-20.
Fink, Katherine. (forthcoming). Book Review: Rosalind Coward, Speaking Personally: the Rise of Subjective and Confessional Journalism. Media Culture & Society.
Fink, Katherine. (2011). Journalism’s Future: "Collapse" Versus "Transformation." International Journal of Communication 5, 1861-1864.
Schudson, Michael and Fink, Katherine. (2012, November/December). Innovator's Lament. Columbia Journalism Review.
Schudson, Michael and Fink, Katherine. (2012. September/October). TMI. Columbia Journalism Review.
Schudson, Michael and Fink, Katherine. (2012, July/August). Sounds About Right. Columbia Journalism Review.
Schudson, Michael and Fink, Katherine. (2012, May/June). Guiding Starr. Columbia Journalism Review.
Schudson, Michael and Fink, Katherine. (2012, March/April). Link Think. Columbia Journalism Review.
Schudson, Michael and Fink, Katherine. (2012, January/February). The Algorithm Method. Columbia Journalism Review.
Schudson, Michael and Fink, Katherine. (2011, September/October). Happy Birthday, Wikipedia! Columbia Journalism Review.
GRANTS AND AWARDS
Teresan Scholarship, College of Saint Teresa Alumnae Association, 2012
Kerrigan Prize, Meggitt Ethics Award, and Cordova Prize, National Intercollegiate Business Ethics Competition, Loyola-Marymount University, 2007
Peer Reviewed Conference Talks
"Who (or What) is a Source?" American Sociological Association Media Sociology Pre-conference, August 2013.
"What Do They Know, and How Do They Know It? Identifying Experiential Knowledge in News Sources," International Communication Association Conference, June 2013.
"Bringing Journalistic Codes of Ethics Into the Digital Age." International Communication Association conference, May 2012.
“How ‘Public’ are U.S. Public Media? Examining the Role of Individual Donors in the Public Media Business Model.” Eastern Communication Association convention, April 2012.
Other Invited Talks
Guest Lecture, “The Business of News Media,” Barnard Pre-College Program, June 2014.
Guest Lecture, "Is News Commodity or Public Good? Is Foreign News Different?" Barnard Pre-College Program, June 2013.
Presentation, "Data-Driven Sourcing: the Public Insight Network," Yale University Law School Information Society Project, April 2012.
Presentation, "Source Considerations in the Virtual Space: Who Else is Helped by 'Help a Reporter Out'?" Media Sociology Forum III, Columbia University, March 2012.
Columbia University, New York, NY
"Fundamentals of Radio Journalism," Summer 2013
"Paying For News: Journalistic Business Models in the 21st Century," Summer 2012
Journalism Master's Thesis Adviser
to Emily Jones, "Preventing Future Teenage Drug Addicts," 2012-2013
to Steve Silva, "Is it Time to Compensate Kidney Donors?" 2012-2013
"Freedom of Speech and Press," Fall 2012
"Journalism Essentials: Ethics," Fall 2011
“Immigration Reporting,” Spring 2011
“Journalism Essentials: Business of Journalism,” Fall 2010
Research Assistant, to retired Louisiana State University Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Jack Hamilton, for study “Educating Journalists: A New Plea for the University Tradition,” January-March 2013.
Research Assistant, to Associate Dean for Communications Elizabeth Fishman and Events & Communications Manager Laurel Holland, for Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Centennial's "50 Great Stories," February-April 2013.
Research Assistant, to CUNY Assistant Professor C.W. Anderson, for data journalism study, August 2012-January 2013.
Research Assistant, to NYU Ph.D. candidate Sarah Stonbely, content analysis related to dissertation research on media bias, April-July 2012.
Research Assistant, to Columbia University Professor Michael Schudson, for forthcoming book on transparency, January-May 2012.
Research Assistant, to Associate Dean for Communications Elizabeth Fishman and Program Manager for Centennial Events Jesse Adams, for Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Centennial's "50 Great Stories," December 2011-March 2012.
Research Assistant, to Columbia Ph.D. candidates Lucas Graves and Tom Glaisyer, on "The Fact-Checking Universe in Spring 2012," New America Foundation, October-December 2011.
Research Assistant, to Columbia Ph.D. candidate Olivier Sylvain, on "Domesticating the Great, Throbbing, Common Pulse of America": A Study of the Ideological Origins of the Radio Act of 1927," dissertation, October-December 2009.
Lead Organizer, "Data Journalism: New Tools and New Challenges for Accessing Information," Yale Information Society Project conference, March 2012.
Co-organizer, Media Sociology Forum III, Columbia University, March 2012.
Co-organizer, Harvard-MIT-Yale-Columbia Cyberscholar Working Group, monthly, 2012-2013.
International Communication Association
Investigative Reporters & Editors
Researcher/Writer, Summers 2010 and 2011
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Office of Career Services, New York, NY
Researched and wrote online content on using social media for job searches, international internships, and documentary resources
All Things Considered Host/Reporter, 2001-2009
WDUQ-FM, Duquesne University,Pittsburgh, PA
Wrote and broadcast afternoon and evening newscasts; interviewed newsmakers in person and over the phone; reported and broadcast from the field; produced long-form features locally and for NPR
News Director, 2000-2001; Reporter, 1998-2000
WINA-AM, Eure Communications, Charlottesville, VA
Supervised staff of three full-time reporters and several student interns; researched, wrote and edited news stories for three radio stations; wrote and edited WINA’s online news content
Freelance Reporter, 1995-1996
Connection Newspapers,Fairfax, VA
Wrote feature stories for community newspaper chain
Webinar Instructor, "Twitter for Networking." University of Virginia Alumni Career Services, 2011
Judge, Society of Professional Journalists' Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism competition, Radio Feature News category, 2009
Panelist, Consumer Health Coalition media workshop, 2008
Media Trainer, Center for Progressive Leadership Pennsylvania, 2007
Panelist, Run Baby Run media workshop, 2004 and 2006
Participant, Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools MOOC, 2014
Participant, Power Reporting: Public Radio workshop, Poynter Institute, 2007
Graduate, Leadership Development Initiative, Leadership Pittsburgh, 2004
First-place Feature Award, Pennsylvania Associated Press, 2008
First-place Spot News Award, Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, 2007
First-place Public Affairs Award, Pennsylvania Associated Press, 2006
First-place Enterprise Award, Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, 2004
First-place Sports Feature Award, Pennsylvania Associated Press, 2002
First-place Enterprise Award, Virginia Association of Broadcasters, 2000
Member, New York Road Runners, 2010-2013
Co-founder and Organizer, Pittsburgh Urban Hike, 2002-2009
Member, Duquesne University Donahue Graduate School of Business Case Competition Team, 2007-2009
Board member, South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (Pittsburgh, PA) 2005-2007