Recognized as an Innovative Journalism Educator

MediaShift published its EducationShift20 list, which honors innovative journalism educators. As the announcement states: After receiving numerous nominations from our audience and voting as a MediaShift staff, EducationShift is thrilled to honor the inaugural EducationShift20 with a list that includes journalism faculty at college and high school levels, as well as educators affiliated with various organizations. These…

Investigating the Impact of Journalism

How should journalists define, measure and discuss impact? It’s a question I’ve spent much of the past several years thinking about, reading about and — most recently — writing about. My first attempt to answer the question came in a journal article I co-authored, “What Can Nonprofit Journalists Actually do for Democracy?,” that examines how…

How to Fight Fake News and Misinformation

In the months since the fake news epidemic garnered national attention, much of the news coverage has been on how Facebook and other media/tech companies can change their algorithms or encourage crowdsourcing to help stop the spread of bogus information. That’s certainly a major component of combating fake news, defined here as wholly false news…

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 2020 U.S. presidential election approaches, 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…

Explaining the Role of Engagement Editors

What exactly is an engagement editor? I’ve wondered that for some time as I saw job ads with a title that sounded both vague and very of-the-moment. To find out the answer, I spoke with engagement editors from The Washington Post, Fortune, The Hill, The Center for Public Integrity and Engadget — and one former…