Emerson is a writer and film critic whose film experience includes: screenwriting, producing, editing, exhibiting, marketing, publishing, journalism, criticism, video essays, and academic study. He is the founding editor-in-chief of, and a contributor to, RogerEbert.com, where he has a blog called Scanners: blogs.suntimes.com/scanners. He also tweets at @jeeemerson.
Emerson was the editor of Microsoft Cinemania, a multimedia movie encyclopedia on CD-ROM and the web. He has contributed to old media and new, including the Orange County Register (as the film critic), Knight-Ridder, The Seattle Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, Film Comment, Premiere, Reel.com, Amazon.com, CinePad.com, the Seattle NPR affiliate KUOW, Alt.screen, Indiewire's Press Play, and others.