Michael Humphrey Resume / CV

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Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523


Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colo.

Ph.D. in Public Communication and Technology, 2017

Chair: Dr. Patrick Plaisance

Dissertation: The Working Narrative: Analysis of Linguistic Structures and Styles In Life Storytelling on Social Media

Highlights: Top Paper Award at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication; Nominated to represent department for University Distinguished Professors Graduate Scholarship; Kappa Phi Kappa; 4.0 GPA.

New York University New York City

M.A. in Journalism, 2010

Thesis: “Todd Sacktor’s Search for the Memory Enzyme”

Chair: Meryl Gordon

Highlights: Arthur L. Carter Fellowship; Edwin Diamond Award (Student of the Year); Salon.com Fellowship; The New Yorker internship; 3.9 GPA.

William Jewell College Liberty, Mo.

B.A. in Communication and Philosophy, 1991

Advisor: Dr. Lois Anne Harris

Highlights: President’s Humanitarian Award; Commencement Speaker; Communication Department Full Scholarship, 3.7 GPA.



Teaching: Multimedia and transmedia storytelling, analytics, entrepreneurial journalism, brand digital identity, digital media literacy, social media optimization, search engine optimization, narrative leadership, mobile journalism, podcasting, news and feature writing, reporting, editing, and content marketing/native advertising.

Research: Digital Life Narrative and Persona Studies (self-performance and performativity, algorithmic storytelling, social network sites, user-generated content and digital self-mediatization), organizational narrative communication, digital research methods, content analysis.



United States Geological Survey, Fort Collins, Colo.

Co-lead Investigator, July 2016 – Present

Researching efficacy of basic science narratives in organizational communication, especially the flow of communication to decision makers at the Congressional level. Co-leading a team of three graduate research assistants.



Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colo.

Instructor, August 2011 – Present

Design coursework and teach Online Storytelling and Audience Engagement, Reporting, Analytics and Professional and Technical Communication. Developed and teach Entrepreneurial Journalism. Responsibilities include lectures for 18 to 120 students, supervision of TAs and GTAs and structuring lab sessions for a variety of skills, including video, audio, social media, writing, research and web design.

Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation Fort Collins, Colo.

Newsroom Adviser, 2011 – 2014

Advised the editors, reporters, bloggers and multimedia journalists at the Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation, training and critiquing the work of over 100 students. Advised staffs of a daily newspaper, a monthly magazine and all digital media brands.

Awards: National Residence Hall Honorary Faculty/Staff of the Month Award; Princeton Review Best College Newspaper, two Gold Awards for Digital Media by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

George Mason University Fairfax, Va.

Faculty Adviser, 2008 – 2011

Guided students through an intensive college-level training in journalism during a summer program. Led group discussions after presentations by prominent journalists such as Chuck Todd, Helen Thomas, Brian Lamb, Hoda Kotb and Michael Shear.

William Jewell College Liberty, Mo.

Communication Department Evaluator, 2000 – 2006

Assisted faculty in evaluating and grading capstone speeches, 20-minute persuasive speeches largely based on Monroe’s Motivated Sequence. Also provided students with substantive notes for improvement and professional application.




Humphrey, M. (2018). Confession narratives and mass kinship of YouTube celebrities: A narrative rationality analysis. Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture, 9(2), pp. 225-237.

Humphrey, M. (2017) ‘I Am In No Way This’: troll-hunters and pragmatic digital self-reference. Persona Studies, 3(2).

Humphrey, M. (2018). No greater than who I actually am: virtue ethics in digital life narratives. In P. Plaisance (Ed.) Ethics in Communication. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton. In press.

Conference Papers

Humphrey, M. (2017, October). The transmediated self as story: examining ‘working self’ narratives in social media. Accepted to present at the Transmedia Earth Conference in Medellin, Colombia.

* Humphrey, M. (2017, May). First person persuasion: linguistic properties of personal narratives in persuasive political discourse on medium.com. Accepted via blind review to present at International Communication Association Conference in San Diego.

* Humphrey, M., Champ, J., Russell, G. & Stone, L. (2017, May). Communicating science efficacy for governmental decision makers: a supply chain metaphor. Accepted via blind review to present at International Communication Association Conference in San Diego.

* Humphrey, M. (2015, October). ‘I could use some privilege’: digital rhetoric, white privilege and life narratives as terministic screens. Accepted via blind review to present at “Internet Research 16.0: Digital Imaginaries,” Accepted via blind review to present at Association of Internet Researchers in Phoenix.

* Keats, E. & Humphrey, M. (2015, September). From penning to pinning: performing personal ‘unfinished stories’ across multiple social media. Accepted via blind review to be presented at The Storytelling Project: 8th Global Meeting at Mansfield College, Oxford, UK.

* Humphrey, L. and Humphrey, M. (2015, August). Avoiding the “bad jump cut”: developing a senior year experience for journalism students. Accepted via blind review to be presented in the Internship and Careers Interest Group section of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in San Francisco.

Humphrey, M. (2015, June). Quantifying a life story in digital ecosystems: content analysis on cowbird.com. Presented at International Auto-Biography Association-Americas, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

* Humphrey, M. (2015, April). Homo narrans digitalis? Examining life storytelling affordances in digital spaces. Presented at Western Social Sciences Association in Portland.

Humphrey, M. (2015, March). The life you tell may be your own: social media and the algorithm of self narrative. Presented at “The Brain is Wider than the Sky” Conference, English Department, University of Wyoming in Laramie.

Humphrey, M. (2014, October). ‘Small’ and ‘big’ narratives: considering the role of narrative arc in digital life storytelling. Presented at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Riverside.

* Humphrey, M. (2014, August). Uses & Grats 2.1: Considering ecosystem in User-Generated Content gratifications. Accepted via blind review and presented at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Montreal.



Humphrey, M. (2015 & 2017, August). The Power of Story in Leadership. Presented as a module in the Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Arts and the Public, a Master’s-level program, at Colorado State University.

Humphrey, M. (2015, August). I Was A Start-Up Intern. A “lightning-round” presentation for the AEJMC Pre-Conference Workshop on Media Entrepreneurship, San Francisco.

Frank, R., Humphrey, M. and Manning, J. (2013, May). Developing digital-first student journalists. Presented at the Western Association of University Publication Managers, Denver.

Humphrey, M. (2013, February). Why UX matters for journalism. Presented at the Journalism/interactive Conference, Gainesville.



Forbes.com New York City

Contributor, January 2010 to Present

Write a regular online column for Forbes.com about the user’s experience in a digital age. My specialty coverage areas include YouTube, Social TV, Smart TV, Big Data Analytics as well as User Experience and User Interface issues. Also regularly appeared on ForbesVIDEO as a guest commentator about YouTube viral videos. Plan, shot, rough edited and prepped for final edits in New York City. (Originally wrote for True/Slant, which Forbes acquired.)

The History Project Oakland, Calif.

Consultant, January 2016 to Present

Consult with the co-founders on integrating life storytelling research and first-person essays into a content marketing strategy to build brand credibility. Consulted on the use of long-form social media sites (particularly Medium, but also THP site), popularizing research in responsible ways and building an authentic and authoritative voice by networking with leading researchers multiple disciplines studying life story communication.

Bulb Fort Collins, Colo.

Consultant, May, 2015 to December, 2015

Working with a team of employees to conceptualize a content strategy for this User-Generated Content site focused on both formal and grassroots education. After interviewing founders and key stakeholders, analyzing usage data and consulting with founders on viral growth demands, implemented and advised a strategy.

Jigsaw Media Westport, Conn.

Contracted Writer, June, 2012 to Present

Execute content marketing strategies for multiple companies, including the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Saracens Rugby Club and Bigelow Tea.

National Catholic Reporter Kansas City, Mo.

Contributor, August 2007 to December 2010

Wrote political and cultural articles for the web and print version of National Catholic Reporter, including news analysis about climate change and nuclear disarmament before Obama’s visit to the UN. Covered the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

Award: 2009 National Catholic Press Association, Best Feature Writing.

The Kansas City Star Kansas City, Mo.

Contributor, September 1998 to January 2009

Wrote regular profile and feature cover stories for The Kansas City Star Magazine. Also wrote for the FYI Preview Section and reviews for the Books page.

Award: 2005 KC National Association of Black Journalists, Best Feature Writing.

America Online – Digital Cities Chicago, Ill.

Contributor, December, 2000 to May, 2004

Wrote sports and entertainment event previews for Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis, Nashville and Milwaukee.

Kansas City Public Library System Kansas City, Mo.

Publications Editor, September 1996 to December, 1998

Wrote and designed all collateral and editorial materials for the entire library system.

Award: 1997 American Library Association John Cotton Dana Award.

District 1 News St. Paul, Minn.

Editor, January 1993 to September, 1996

Supervised the newsroom of a monthly community newspaper funded by the City of St. Paul Community Council initiative.

Award: 1995 Twin Cities Neighborhood Press Association, Best Newspaper.

Marion Daily Republican Marion, Ill.

Editor-in-Chief, 1992

Supervised the newsroom of a six-day daily newspaper and helped digitize production of the newspaper pages.

Award: 1992 Illinois Press Association, Best Editorial.

Lake Sun-Leader Osage Beach, Mo.

Reporter, 1991 (Promoted to EIC of Marion Daily Republican by company)

Covered all beats, including cops, courts, city halls, county government, within Miller County, Mo.

Notable work in other publications:

NewYorker.com (2010)

Salon.com (2010 and 2011)

New York Magazine (2010)

Native American Times (2008)




The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Online News Association

Association for Education and Journalism and Mass Communication

Colorado Press Association

Society of Professional Journalists

NoCO News Hackers (co-founder)



Department Scholarship Committee Journalism and Media Communication (Present)

Faculty mentor Office of Academic Advising (2016-Present)

Journalism Advising Day News-Editorial Presenter (2015 & 2017)

Perspectives: Essays and Guides About Diversity for Media Makers Consultant/Editor (2016)

JMC Capstone Presentations Analytics Workshop (2016)

Vice President for Research Virtual and Augmented Reality Committee Member (2016)

Coloradoan Hack Fort Collins Events Committee Member (2015)

Colorado J-Day Presenter on Digital Media (2014 & 2015)

Public Relations Society of America Presenter on LinkedIn strategies (2014 & 2015)

CSU-Wales Journalism Training Summer Program Lab Coordinator (2011-2013)

CSU Freshman Mentor Program Journalism/Media Facilitator (2012-13)

Texas Regions Emmys Judge for Interactive Projects (2012)


Media Appearances:

New Kings: The Power of Online Influencers Interviewed for documentary about influencer marketing.

The Vlogumentary Interviewed for Morgan Spurlock-produced documentary on YouTube.

The New York Times Interviewed about Conde Nast’s decision to cease internships.

Southern California Public Radio Interviewed about NFL head injury coverage.

RT America Guest appearance to speak about Twitter and the role of the user.

PBS Channel 12 Guest appearance to discuss social media in 2012 elections.

KUSA Channel 9 Guest appearance to discuss the news user interface of Facebook.

Public Radio International “The Story” Interviewed about a Salon.com article I wrote.

Al Jazeera America Interviewed about sex abuse scandal in Catholic Church.