Michael Humphrey

Assistant Professor



At Colorado State University, Michael Humphrey researches how life stories emerge on social media as well as teaching Digital Storytelling & Audience Engagement, Entrepreneurial Journalism and Analytics. At Forbes.com, he was one of the early journalists to feature YouTube celebrities as entrepreneurs and entertainment disruptors.

His reporting and commentary were featured in the Morgan Spurlock-produced “Vlogumentary.” He has also covered social television, social video marketing, virtual and augmented reality and participatory culture.

Before receiving his M.A. at New York University, Humphrey wrote feature stories for The Kansas City Star and founded 1000 Stories, a life story writing program sponsored by KC metro area libraries that reached more than 2,000 adult students.

His writing has also appeared in SalonNational Catholic Reporter, True/Slant, The New YorkerNew York and others. Michael lives in Fort Collins with his partner Lorie Humphrey, a career counselor at the CSU College of Business


Humphrey, M. (2018). Mass-Siblinghood: analyzing narrative discourse in intimate YouTube revelations. Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture. In press.

Humphrey, M. (2018). No greater than who I actually am: virtue ethics in digital life narratives. In P. Plaisance (Ed.) Ethics in Communication. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton. In press.

Humphrey, M. (2017). 'I Am In No Way This’: troll-hunters and pragmatic digital self-reference. Persona Studies, 3(2). https://ojs.deakin.edu.au/index.php/ps/article/view/673

First Generation Story

From the time I can remember considering it, I knew college would be part of my future. Looking back now, I realize that clarity derived from needing to be part of communities that elevated the individual while also becoming more than the sum of its parts. Learning communities have been my bedrock as a human being and it is an honor to belong to this community, in the state where was I born and reared, welcoming and serving the next first generation to college.


  • JTC 326: Digital Storytelling & Audience Engagement

    By enrolling for JTC 326, students become better researchers, writers and editors in an online world, no matter the discipline, be it public relations or news reporting. The course and its related assignments help participants create digital media clearly, concisely, conversationally and creatively.

    Students are introduced to both the tools and strategies of online content-creation as a means of developing the skills needed for multi-platform newsrooms and PR shops.

    By the end of the semester, students have a better understanding of the challenges facing both online and traditional journalism today. They will:

    • use writing, video and audio to create digital articles for an online magazine;
    • create an engaging and conversational social media strategy;
    • practice the basics of digital media creation, including video, audio and writing;
    • produce an original long-form digital story about a topic that the student is deeply passionate about;
    • discuss User Experience in online life and how journalism can and should fit into that.

    In short, students leave this course not only with the skills considered vital in today’s communication fields, but also a critical understanding of how communicators in digital media best serve society.

  • JTC 500: Communication Research and Evaluation Methods

    Communication research and evaluation methodologies for assessing and improving communication in technology environments. Mainly for entering M.S. students. Credit not allowed for both JTC 500 and JTC 471.