Jack Brighton

Jack Brighton

Doctoral Student

PhD, Information Sciences, Illinois (in progress)

MS, Library and Information Science, Illinois

BA, Communications, Illinois

Research focus

I'm interested in information history, socio-technical design, and the origins and consequences of information systems. My research explores information systems and practices from a sociological perspective; the social, economic, and political context of their design, implementation, and governance; and the impact of historical and contemporary systems on human welfare and social justice.

Honors and Awards

  • Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award (CAPE), University of Illinois, 2011


"African American History in Local Television and Radio Collections," workshop at the 105th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, September 3, 2020

"The Future of News and How to Stop It: Reinventing News for the 21st Century – A Proposal," invited paper presentation at Bobcatss2020, Paris, January 22, 2020

"The Internet is Broken and It's Breaking Us," presentation and discussion with Safiya Noble at the University of Illinois WebCon, April 5, 2019

"Preserving News at a Local NPR Station," panel presentation at the Radio Preservation Task Force Conference, Library of Congress, Washington DC, November 3, 2017

"Preservation in the Production Environment," panel presentation at the annual conference of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, Pittsburgh, November 11, 2016

"Digital Strategies for Public Media," presentation at the Illinois Public Broadcasting Council annual retreat, Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago, August 14, 2015

Local Oral History Projects Showcase, panel presentation at the Midwest Archives Conference on Oral History, Archives, and Innovation, September 13, 2014

"As We May Link: Mapping the Untapped Potential of Multimedia in a Hyperlinked World," session presentation at the 15th Annual University of Illinois Web Conference, April 29, 2014

"Responsive Web Design: Make Your Website Work for Everyone," session chair and moderator, Integrated Media Association annual conference, Austin, TX, March 7, 2013

"Preserving Public Media: Create Once, Access Forever," session chair and moderator, Integrated Media Association annual conference, Austin, TX, March 7, 2013