Peter (Piotr) Bobkowski

School of Journalism and Mass Communications - Journalism
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Stauffer-Flint Hall
Room 209A
University of Kansas
1435 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7515


Piotr (Peter) Bobkowski researches the developmental role of media among adolescents and emerging adults. His areas of expertise include social media and scholastic (student) media. He teaches in the News & Information track.


Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

M.A., Mass Communication Studies, University of Houston

B.A., Religious Studies, University of Alberta


Teaching experience includes courses in information management (Infomania), writing and multimedia reporting, professional ethics, mass communication theory, and research methods.

Teaching Interests

  • Information literacy
  • Data literacy
  • Reporting
  • Research methods
  • Mass communication theory


Professor Bobkowski's research focuses on the developmental role of mediated information among adolescents and emerging adults. This includes data literacy, information literacy, and the relationship between student journalism and civic engagement. He also has conducted research on sharing information about politics and religion via social media.

Research Interests

  • Youth and media
  • Civic engagement
  • Information and data literacy
  • Social media
  • Media and religion
  • Scholastic media

Selected Publications

Erba, J. Ternes, B. Bobkowski, P. S., Liu, Y. & Logan, T. (in press). Sampling methods and sample populations in quantitative mass communication research studies: A 15-year census of six journals. Communication Research Reports. DOI:10.1080/08824096.2017.1362632

Bobkowski, P. S., Jiang, L. Peterlin, L. J., & Rodriguez, N. J. (2019). Who gets vocal about hyperlocal: Neighborhood involvement and socioeconomics in the sharing of hyperlocal news. Journalism Practice, 13, 159-177. DOI:10.1080/17512786.2017.1419827

Bobkowski, P. S., & Younger, K. L. (2018). Be Credible: Information Literacy for Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing Students, Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas Libraries. DOI:10.17161/1808.27350

LoMonte, F. Gordon, S. & Bobkowski, P. S. (2018). How communities can increase civic engagement by protecting their student journalists’ rights to express themselves. Re-Imagining a 21st-Century Democracy Journal, 1(1), 66-72.

Vu, H. T., Jang, L. Cuava, L. C., Riedl, M. Tran, V. D., & Bobkowski, P. S. (2018). What influences media effects on public perception? A cross-national study of comparative agenda setting. International Communication Gazette.

Peters, J. W., Belmas, G. I., & Bobkowski, P. S. (2017). A paper shield? Whether state privilege protections apply to student journalists . Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal, 27(4), 763-801.

Bobkowski, P. S., & Belmas, G. I. (2017). Mixed message media: Girls' voices and civic engagement in student journalism. Girlhood Studies, 10(1), 89-106. DOI:10.3167/ghs.2017.100107

Bobkowski, P. S., Cavanah, S. & Miller, P. R. (2017). Who are the “journalism kids?”: Academic predictors of journalism participation in secondary schools. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 72(1), 68-82. DOI:10.1177/1077695815622770

Bobkowski, P. S., & Miller, P. R. (2016). Civic implications of secondary school journalism: Associations with voting propensity and community volunteering. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 93(3), 530-550. DOI:10.1177/1077699016628821

Bobkowski, P. S., Shafer, A. & Ortiz, R. R. (2016). Sexual intensity of adolescents' online self-presentations: Joint contribution of identity, media consumption, and extraversion. Computers in Human Behavior, 58, 64-74. DOI:10.1016/j.chb.2015.12.009

Bobkowski, P. S., & Shafer, A. (2015). Sexual media and American youth. In S. M. Coupet & E. Marrus (Eds.), Children, sexuality, and the law (pp. 108-132). New York, NY: New York University Press.

Bobkowski, P. S. (2015). Sharing the news: Effects of informational utility and opinion leadership on online news sharing . Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 92(2), 320-345. DOI:10.1177/1077699015573194

Miller, P. R., Bobkowski, P. S., Maliniak, D. & Rapoport, R. B. (2015). Talking politics on Facebook: Network centrality and political discussion practices in social media. Political Research Quarterly, 68(2), 377-391. DOI:10.1177/1065912915580135

Bobkowski, P. S., & Shafer, A. (2014). The digital bridge to adulthood. In J. F. Nussbaum (Ed.), The handbook of lifespan communication (pp. 159-176). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Bobkowski, P. S., & Smith, J. E. (2013). Social media divide: Characteristics of emerging adults who do not use social network websites. Media Culture and Society, 35(6), 771-781. DOI:10.1177/0163443713491517

Bobkowski, P. S., Brown, J. D., & Neffa, D. R. (2012). "Hit me up and we can get down:" U.S. youths' risk behaviors and sexual self-disclosure in MySpace profiles. Journal of Children and Mass Media, 6, 119-134. DOI:10.1080/17482798.2011.633412

Bobkowski, P. (2012). Faith in the digital age: Emerging adults' faith mosaics and media practices. In C. Barry & M. Abo-Zena (Eds.), Emerging adults' religiousness and spirituality (pp. 93-108). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959181.003.0006

Shafer, A. Bobkowski, P. S., & Brown, J. D. (2012). Sexual media practice: How adolescents select, engage with, and are affected by sexual media. In K. E. Dill (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology (pp. 223–251). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. DOI:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398809.013.0013

Bobkowski, P. S., Goodman, M. & Bowen, C. P. (2012). Student media in U.S. secondary schools: Associations with school demographic characteristics. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 67, 252–266. DOI:10.1177/1077695812444699

Bobkowski, P. S., & Pearce, L. D. (2011). Baring their souls in online profiles or not: Religious self-disclosure in social media. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 50, 744-762. DOI:10.1111/j.1468-5906.2011.01597.x

Brown, J. D., & Bobkowski, P. S. (2011). Older and newer media: Patterns of use and effects on adolescents' health and well-being. Journal for Research on Adolescence , 21, 95-113. DOI:10.1111/j.1532-7795.2010.00717.x

Bobkowski, P. S., & Kalyanaraman, S. (2010). Effects of online Christian self-disclosure on impression formation. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 49, 456-476. DOI:10.1111/j.1468-5906.2010.01522.x

Bobkowski, P. S. (2009). Adolescent religiosity and selective exposure to television. Journal of Media and Religion, 8, 55-70. DOI:10.1080/15348420802670942

Selected Awards & Honors

Budig Professorship of Writing

Top Faculty Paper Award
Commission on the Status of Women, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)

Katich Creativity Award

Pioneer Award
National Scholastic Press Association

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