Patrick Walters Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications

Patrick Walters

Reid 304
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Walters worked in journalism for 15 years before entering academia in 2014, first at two local newspapers and then as a reporter and editor for The Associated Press in Philadelphia. At the AP, Walters spent more than a decade covering state, local and national government, as well as beats that included law enforcement, gambling, transportaton, and coverage of breaking news. As an editor, he helped plan multiplatform daily news coverage across Pennsylvania, coordinating with regional, national and international editing desks across the AP. After leaving the AP, Walters spent eight years teaching journalism and mass communicaton courses at Kutztown University in eastern Pennsylvania, where he also advised the student newspaper and chaired the Student Media Advisory Board. In May 2022, he earned his Ph.D. in Media & Communication from Temple University, where he completed a dissertation on how diverse kinds of journalistic collaborations are changing the field. He started at W&L in July 2022.        


Ph.D., Media & Communication, Temple University, 2022

M.F.A., Creative Nonfiction Writing, Goucher College, 2009

B.A., English/American Studies, University of Virginia, 1999


Media gatekeeping, news production, journalistic collaboration, online journalism and social media, literary journalism, First Amendment issues, journalism history


JOUR 101: Introduction to Mass Communications

JOUR 201: Introduction to News Writing

JOUR 202: Introduction to Digital Journalism

JOUR 236: Breaking News Reporting

Selected Publications

Walters, P. (in press). Social media & police shootings: Viewing the Ferguson protests as a ‘critical incident’ that transformed journalism. American Journalism.

Walters, P. (2023). New guests crashing the party: A typology of journalistic collaboration. Journalism Studies

Walters, P. (2023). Pushing for social change: How collaborations are recalibrating the journalistic mission. Journalism Practice.

Walters, P. (2022). A public good: Can government really save the press? Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 23(8), 1645-1662.

Walters, P. (2022). Beyond positive and negative: Developing a reflexive framework for first amendment theory. Journalism, 1-18.

Walters, P. (2021). Reclaiming control: How journalists embrace social media logics while defending journalistic values. Digital Journalism, 1-20.

Walters, P. (2021). Redemption vs.# MeToo: How Journalists Addressed Kobe Bryant’s Rape Case in Crafting His Memory. Journalism Practice, 1-18.

Walters, P. (2021). Boundaries and journalistic authority in newspaper coverage of the Hutchins Report. American Journalism, 38(4), 450-470.

Walters, P. (2018). Changing objective: Re-examining The Journalist and the Murderer. Newspaper Research Journal, 39(4), 443-452.

Walters, P. (2017). Ted Conover and the origins of immersion in literary journalism. Literary Journalism Studies, 9(1), 8-33.