Dr. Jill Hopke Interview

Jill Hopke
Dr. Jill Hopke is researcher and professor.  She has taught classes on social media, radio and digital video production, composition and public speaking, and communication theory. Dr. Hopke has a passion for environmental communication, social movements, and mobile media. 

Tell me about yourself.
I am an Assistant Professor of Journalism in the College of Communication at DePaul University in Chicago. I focus my research on participatory and networked uses of emerging digital and mobile media platforms, with an emphasis on the ways in which environmental activists use these tools. Methodologically, I am interested in how social network analysis and related digital methods can enrich traditional communication research methods. I have a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While in graduate school I worked as a consultant in the UW-Madison DesignLab, a digital media lab and design consultancy service with the mission of improving students’ digital communication skills.

How did you first get involved with Discovertext?
I first used DiscoverText in the fall of 2013 when I was collecting Twitter data for my dissertation project.

What was your first impression of Discovertext?
My first impression of the DiscoverText platform was that it is a robust software for collecting and analyzing a range of social media data.

How do you use Discovertext?
I have used DiscoverText in several projects to both collect and code Twitter data.

What are your two favorite things about DiscoverText?
I appreciate that the software is relatively accessible for a data analytic software, in terms of the prizes you award for academic researchers. I also appreciate that the program has the capacity for both quantitative and qualitative data analysis.

Projects using DiscoverText:

Hopke, J. E. (2015). Hashtagging politics: Transnational anti-fracking movement Twitter practices. Social Media + Society, 1(2), 1-12. DOI: 10.1177/2056305115605521

Hopke, J. E. & Simis, M. (2015). Discourse over a contested technology on Twitter: A case study of hydraulic fracturing. Public Understanding of Science, 0(0), 1-16. DOI: 10.1177/0963662515607725

To learn more about Jill Hopke please visit:
Professional website
Twitter: @jillhopke
Departmental webpage



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *