Jay L. Perkins

Associate Professor Emeritus



Jay Perkins specializes in investigative reporting, computer-assisted reporting and political consulting techniques. He was a reporter, editor and political analyst for The Associated Press for 15 years, covering Capitol Hill, the White House and political campaigns. He has served as a writing consultant to the Washington Times and a guest lecturer to journalists in Zambia, and has headed the academic advisory committee for Investigative Reporters and Editors for six years.


Selected Publications

Lessons from Ground Zero (editor, with Ralph Izard). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2011.

Covering Disaster (editor, with Ralph Izard). New Brunswick, NJ, Transaction Publishers, 2010.

“Using Form 990s to cover non-profits,” in forthcoming book. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2002.

Mogensen, Kirsten, Laura Lindsay, Xigen Li, Jay Perkins and Mike Beardsley. “How Television News Covered the Crises: The Content of CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX News on September 11,” in Bradley Greenberg, ed. Media Coverage of September 11. New York: Hampton Press, 2002 (in press).  

Perkins, Jay. “The Internet and Campaign 98,” in David D. Perlmutter, editor, The Manship School Guide to Political Communication. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press.   

Perkins, J. (1999).  “Keys to Successful Internet Campaigns: Lessons from the 1998 election cycle.” Book chapter in the Manship School Guide to Political Communication, Baton Rouge, La.: LSU Press.

Perkins, J. (January 1998).  “Television Covers the 1952 Chicago Conventions: An Interview with Sig Mickelson.” Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 18 (1). Carfax Publishing. Oxford, England.

Perkins, J. (April 23, 1997).  “South America: High Risk and High Rewards,” Multex Systems, New York, N.Y.

Perkins, J. (June 1996). “Will Term Limits Limit Leadership?” State Legislatures, the magazine of the National Conference of State Legislators, Denver, Co., and Washington, D.C.

Perkins, J. (Summer, 1987). “Serpent Man – Anatomy of a Media Hoax,” The IRE Journal, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Columbia, Mo.