Jonathan Groves, Ph.D

Portrait of Jonathan Groves.

Office: Shewmaker 140
Phone: (417) 873-7347

Spring 2023 Office Hours

3 – 5 p.m.

10 – 11 a.m.

3 – 5 p.m.

10 – 11 a.m.

3 – 5 p.m.

Jonathan Groves, Ph.D

Professor of Communication
Department Chair of Communication

Prior to coming to Drury, Jonathan Groves worked for 14 years as a professional journalist at various newspapers as a reporter, online producer and editor. He spent two years at the University of Missouri-Columbia as the first Reynolds Journalism Institute doctoral fellow studying how online was changing the face of journalism. His research includes publications on online communities and organizational change, and he is co-author of Transforming Newsrooms: Connecting Organizational Culture, Strategy, and Innovation (Routledge/Focal Press: 2020), written with Dr. Carrie Brown. Their paper exploring change at the Christian Science Monitor won the Top Research Paper at the 2013 International Symposium on Online Journalism in Austin, Texas.

Groves has also received acknowledgements for his work with students, including Drury’s 2017 Faculty Award for Advising. In 2018, he became a Scripps Howard Entrepreneurship Institute fellow at Arizona State University to incorporate elements of entrepreneurship into Drury’s curriculum, and was a Disruptive Educator Fellow in 2017 and 2018 at the City University of New York to explore the development and growth of podcasting.

Since 2016, he has served as facilitator for the Community Focus Report for Springfield and Greene County and presents regularly to community groups about the report’s Red Flags and Blue Ribbons. His community work also includes public presentations about social media and misinformation.

He also led the effort to obtain a low power FM license from the FCC for KDRU, Drury’s community radio station that now operates at 98.1 FM in Springfield.

Groves also served as co-investigator for a $15,000 community grant from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks in 2019 to team Drury students and faculty with Grupo Latinoamericano to expand outreach to the Hispanic community in the Ozarks.

Drury University faculty member since 2008
Professor since 2021
Department chair since 2015


  • B.A., English, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1991
  • B.J., Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1991
  • M.B.A, Management Information Systems, Missouri State University, 2005
  • Ph.D, Media Management, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2009
  • Graduate certificate, organizational change, University of Missouri-Columbia

Membership & Boards

  • Adviser, KDRU 98.1 FM
  • Member, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Theme Year Director, 2012-13, “Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy”


  • National Press Foundation fellow, Graduate School of Banking, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Executive Leadership Program graduate, Asian-American Journalists Association
  • Western Knight Center for Journalism fellow, Covering the Census
  • Reynolds Journalism Institute Doctoral Fellow

Recent Research Publications

  • "New Media, Enduring Values: How Three News Organizations Managed Change in the Age of New Media," 2010, co-authored paper with Dr. Carrie Brown, University of Memphis, Electronic News.
  • "Stopping the Presses: A Longitudinal Case Study of the Christian Science Monitor’s Transition from Print Daily to Web Always," 2011, co-authored paper with Dr. Carrie Brown, University of Memphis, #ISOJ: The Official Research Journal of the International Symposium on Online Journalism, 1(2).
  • “ Breaking Down the Barriers Between Journalists and Community,” 2012, #ISOJ: The Official Research Journal of the International Symposium on Online Journalism, 1(2).