Faculty Profile for Dr. Amber Hinsley

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Dr. Amber Hinsley
Associate Professor — School of Jrnlism & Mass Comm
OM 206
phone: (512) 245-2656

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Amber Hinsley was a journalist in Los Angeles when she discovered she loved mentoring reporters as much as she loved being a reporter. After guest lecturing in several classes, she decided to go to graduate school to become a professor. She received her master's degree from Kansas State University, and her doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Hinsley loves learning new tools as the journalism industry evolves, and she is fortunate to have taught a range of practical skills courses (like Multimedia Journalism, Data Storytelling and Social Media as Professional Tools) as well as more critical analysis courses like Real News, Fake News & Media Literacy while at Texas State University or at her previous university.
Drawing on her experiences as a newsroom manager, Dr. Hinsley's research has looked at the public's experiences with fake news, how the public determines the credibility of online information, and journalists' use of social media as crisis reporting tools, to name a few. Recently, Dr. Hinsley joined with an interdisciplinary research team to study communication related to COVID-19 and they have several projects in progress. Her research has been published in multiple academic journals, including Journalism, Journalism Studies, International Journal of Communication, Newspaper Research Journal, #ISOJ, Journal of Radio and Audio Media, Health Communication, and Media Report to Women.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Ju, I., Ohs, J., Hinsley, A. W., & Park, T. (2023). Interpersonal Communication Influence on Health-Protective Behaviors Amid the COVID-19 Crisis. Health Communication, 38(3), 468–479. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2021.1956038
  • Ju, I., Rho, E., & Hinsley, A. W. (2023). Poly Social Media Use amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Roles of Informational Norms and Emotion Regulation. Journal of Health Communication, 27(11–12), 812–824. https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2022.2164387
  • Hinsley, A. W., Ju, I., Park, T., & Ohs, J. (2022). Credibility in the time of COVID-19: Cues that audiences look for when assessing information on social media and building confidence in identifying ‘fake news’ about the virus. Open Information Science, 6(1), 61–73. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1515/opis-2022-0132
  • Park, T., Ju, I., Ohs, J., & Hinsley, A. W. (2021). Optimistic bias and preventive behavioral engagement in the context of COVID-19. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 17(1), 1859–1866. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sapharm.2020.06.004
  • Hinsley, A. W., & Lee, H. (2020). Tweeting in the midst of disaster: A comparative case study of  journalists’ practices following four crises. Newspaper Research Journal, 41(3), 297–316.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Grand Prize Winner, Great Ideas for Teaching Competition, Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication. August 2020 - August 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Saint Louis University. March 2017 - March 2018

Selected Grants

  • Carter, Daniel Wayne (Co-Principal), Fox, Kymberly J (Co-Principal), Bertling, Teresa S (Supporting), Blasingame, Dale C (Supporting), Hinsley, Amber Willard (Supporting). Texas Community Health News, Translational Health Research Center, Texas State University, $210000. (Funded: January 2023 - Present). Grant.
  • Hinsley, Amber Willard. How to reach the skeptics: Finding the ‘right’ messaging and sources to produce credible information about COVID-19 vaccines on social media, Texas State University, $8000. (Submitted: October 2021). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Undergraduate Advisor
Kappa Tau Alpha
Curriculum Committee, SJMC
Personnel Committee, SJMC
Journalism Program Coordinator
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
August 2023-Present
Texas State University Bobcat Day