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Amy Schmitz Weiss, Ph.D.

Amy Schmitz Weiss, Ph.D. HeadshotAmy Schmitz Weiss is an associate professor in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. In 2011, she was named a Dart Academic Fellow.

She is the 2014-2015 recipient of the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education by the Online News Association. Her project entailed investigating air quality in San Diego, called “Investigating Air Quality in San Diego: A Live News Experiment in the Power of Sensor Journalism in Covering the Environment.” Learn more about this project...

She is also the 2011-2012 Recipient of the AEJMC Bridge Grant with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that led to the creation of a mobile news app, AzteCast for the San Diego State University campus population in spring 2012.

Dr. Schmitz Weiss is the founder and director of the Virtual Journalism Learning Center in Second Life, which is used to train journalism students and journalists on how to cover natural disasters and crisis situations. She also is a former journalist who has been involved in new media for more than a decade. She has worked in business development, marketing analysis and account management for several Chicago Internet media firms.

Dr. Schmitz Weiss has presented her research at several national and international conferences. Her research interests include online journalism, media sociology, news production, multimedia journalism and international communication. Her research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, as book chapters and in a book she co-edited. You can find out more about her on her personal website: