Meet Jeffrey Neely
Chair/Associate Professor, Journalism
Phone: (813) 257-3178
Address: 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33606
1999 University of Florida, B.A., B.S.
2006 University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, M.A.
2011 University of Florida, Ph.D.
Introduction to Journalism
News Reporting and Writing
Jeffrey Neely’s research interests include youth-generated media, community building and narrative analysis of literary journalism. As a working journalist, Neely wrote and served as editor for a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites, including TBO.com, the Tampa Bay Times
and various community news publications in the Tampa Bay area.
Neely has been published in a number of academic journals, including the Journal of Mass Media Ethics
, the Newspaper Research Journal
, the Journal of Youth Development
and Youth & Society
. His work has been presented at conferences for academic associations such as the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the International Communication Association and the Popular/American Culture Association in the South. Much of his work has examined the potential of youth-generated journalism websites to help build local communities. In both solo and co-authored work he has also researched memoir as a means of negotiating self and social identity, interactions between journalists and victims in the coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings, and the use of social media for a variety of purposes in journalism and civic engagement.