A Plethora of Podcast Projects

I’ve been an avid podcast listener for years. Recently, I decided it was time to up my podcast game. I wanted in on the fun. So I attended the 2020 Transom Traveling workshop in Seattle. In the months since that training I’ve been involved in a range of podcast projects. Most notably, I host and…

A Face for Radio, a Voice for Print

The title of this post is intentionally blunt. Frankly, it’s cruel. But these types of digs — you’re not attractive enough to be on television; your voice isn’t good enough to be on radio — are all too common in journalism. Over the next year (or more), I’m setting out to write a book (with…

Teaching and Researching Audience Analytics

I’ve thought about audience analytics a lot over the last few years. I helped created a course at Towson University called Media Audiences & Analytics in which students learn basic concepts and principles of audience measurement in advertising, public relations, and journalism. The course reviews major analytics tools and platforms for website, search, and social…

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…

Studying Student Civic Engagement in Election Years

If the 2020 U.S. presidential election was like previous cycles, plenty of young people scanned political news on social media but didn’t contribute to the political conversation. And that’s a problem for civic life given the importance of social media as a place for political expression. Research I co-authored about the 2018 election cycle,  “Shouting…

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…