An Emerging Health Literacy Partnership

This summer, the University of Maryland and several high schools in neighboring Prince George’s County are partnering on a proposed project called ScienceBEAT, “an interdisciplinary writing initiative that supports core writing objectives for information texts as it enhances literacy in science, health and technology.” The proposed grant, to be submitted in August to the U.S….

Teaching at Towson

I’m excited to announce that I have accepted an offer to join Towson University’s Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies in August 2014 as a visiting assistant professor of journalism and new media. I will be teaching research methods this fall to undergraduates in the department.

Addressing Fellow 2014 UMD Graduates

As one of two graduating doctoral students, I was honored to address Philip Merrill College of Journalism graduates and their families at the 2014 Commencement ceremony on May 22. As I noted during my speech, I had the pleasure of teaching 22 undergraduates (including Nick Munson, pictured below) earning their degrees and working with many…

Dissertation Defended

On March 31, 2014, I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation, “How Students Access, Filter and Evaluate Digital News: Choices That Shape What They Consume and the Implications for News Literacy Education.” You can read the full dissertation here. From the dissertation Abstract: Being an informed citizen in the digital age requires the ability to sift…

Examining Press Coverage of Donald Sterling

As a reporter for The Los Angeles Times in the mid-2000s, I recalled reading in the paper’s sports pages about Donald Sterling’s miserable on-court product.  But the longtime Los Angeles Clipper owners’ off-court legal battles? Those seemed to attract less press attention. In the wake of this spring’s Sterling saga, I wrote a piece for…

The Dream of the ’90s is Alive in Research

Coming this fall, the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media is publishing my article, “Building Buzz and Episodes with Bite-Sized Content: Portlandia’s Formula for Turning a Video Project into a Television Series.” Using interviews and an analysis of the program’s structure and content, this case study explores how Portlandia was created and promoted in a…