Pulling Back the Curtain on Personalization Algorithms

Algorithms are everywhere. They power social media sites like Facebook, search engines like Google and increasingly digital news outlets that want to show users more of what they like and less of what they don’t. Algorithms rarely get attention, except for when they are in the news for allegedly having a left-leaning bias or other…

Studying Student Civic Engagement in an Election Year

As the high-stakes 2018 U.S. midterm elections approach, the political conversation on social media will continue to intensify. But if recent research is any indication, many young people will stay on the sidelines rather than contribute to the political conversation. And that’s a problem for civic life given the importance of social media as a…

Teaching Analytics in the Classroom and Newsroom

Recently, I wrote about the rise of engagement editors at news outlets across the country. These hybrid positions (part editorial, part business) typically include social media and SEO strategy, examining analytics and strategizing with top editors about other ways to engage audiences. I spoke with engagement editors from The Washington Post, Fortune, The Hill, The Center…