Elia Powers

Assistant Professor

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Contact Information

Stephens Annex, 131


Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park, 2014
M.A., Washington University in St. Louis
B.S., Northwestern University

Areas of Expertise

Multimedia journalism
Sports journalism
Journalism ethics
News/media literacy
Journalism pedagogy
Nonprofit media and new business models
Mass communication research


Dr. Powers teaches mass communication research, media literacy, news editing, sports writing and the multimedia reporting capstone at Towson. As a journalist for more than 15 years, he has covered higher education, health, business, sports, media and the arts for publications such as The Los Angeles Times, Inside Higher Ed and American Journalism Review. He is a regular contributor to MediaShift, where he writes about audience engagement and impact.  

His research interests are audience engagement and the impact of journalism; youth civic engagement and news/media literacy; and media and disability. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journalism Studies, the Newspaper Research Journal, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media and the Journal of Media Business Studies.

He graduated with a Ph.D. in journalism studies in May 2014 from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where he was named the top graduate student in 2013-2014.  He earned a master's degree in American Culture Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. 


  • Konieczna, Madga & Powers, Elia. (2016). What Can Nonprofit Journalists Actually Do for Democracy? Journalism Studies 17(3): 1-17.

  • Powers, Elia & Incollingo, Jackie. (2016). Multimedia Journalism Professors on an Island: Resources, Support Lacking at Small Programs. Teaching Journalism & Mass Communication 6(1): 1-17.

  • Powers, Elia & Koliska, Michael. (2016). Placing Trust in Others: How College Students Find News, Determine Credibility and Develop Their Views of Journalism in the Digital Age. Journalism Education 5(1): 105-122.

  • Powers, Elia, Moeller, Susan, & Yuan, Yacong (2016). Political Engagement During a Presidential Election Year: A Case Study of Media Literacy Students. Journal of Media Literacy Education 8(1): 1-13.

  • Yaros, Ronald A., Roberts, Jessica, Powers, Elia & Steiner, Linda. (2015). Serving the Needs of the Latina Community For Health Information. Health, Culture and Society 8(1): 20-33.

  • Powers, Elia, Moeller, Susan, & Yuan, Yacong. (2014). The Push and Pull of Politics: How Media Literacy Students Sign Up For, Stumble Upon and Seek Out News at Election Time. Journal of Digital and Media Literacy 2(2).

  • Powers, Elia. (2014). Building Buzz and Episodes with Bite-Sized Content: Portlandia’s Formula for Turning a Video Project into a Television Series. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 58(3): 342-364.

  • Yaros, Ronald A., Powers, Elia & Oh, Soo-Kwang. (2014). Incorrect Terms Used to Portray Possible Cell Phone Risk. Newspaper Research Journal 35(1): 96-107.

  • Powers, Elia & Yaros, Ronald A. (2013). Cultivating Support for Nonprofit News Organizations: Commitment, Trust and Donating Audiences. Journal of Communication Management 17(2): 157-170.

  • Powers, Elia & Yaros, Ronald A. (2012). Supporting Online Nonprofit News Organizations: Do Financial Contributions Influence Stakeholder Expectations and Engagement? Journal of Media Business Studies 9(3): 41-62.

    Moeller, Susan, Powers, Elia & Roberts, Jessica. (2012). The World Unplugged and 24 Hours Without Media: Media Literacy to Develop Self-Awareness Regarding Media Use. Comunicar: Scientific Journal of Media Education 39: 45-52.


  • Audience engagement and the impact of journalism
  • Youth civic engagement and news/media literacy
  • Media and disability

Service to the Profession

  • midwinter committee, AEJMC's Mass Communication & Society
  • co-website editor, Towson MCCS

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)