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I'm an assistant professor at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, where I teach and research how news sites can better reach their audiences. I received my Ph.D. from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri where I was one of the founding editors of MyMissourian.com, a citizen journalism site for Columbia, Mo. Before graduate school, I worked as a community newspaper editor in Southern Utah and Southern California.

Attending #ONA11 to learn social media from Facebook, Twitter pros

Attending #ONA11 to learn social media from Facebook, Twitter pros

It has been a while since my last update, but I’ve been inspired recently. Here’s why:

  • I’m teaching J314/514: Online Journalism Fundamentals again. I force my students to blog twice a week. I guess I should practice what I preach.
  • 1,000 Awesome Things had this nostalgic post a few days ago that helped me remember why I got started in journalism. There’s something ultimately satisfying about seeing your words in print. Online I don’t have to wait quite as long.
  • I’ve returned to editing the videos from Skype conversations from the previously mentioned online journalism fundamentals class, and I have this clip of Tom Merritt, of the TWiT┬ánetwork, talking about the relationship of podcasts and traditional news. More clips to come …
  • Finally, I decided at the last minute to pay the late registration fee, brave the overpriced Boston hotel rooms and panicking Red Sox fans to attend the Online News Association Conference this weekend. Where else can you learn how to use social media in journalism directly from the social media network representatives themselves. I’ve followed Vadim Lavrusik for a while, and I use many of his Mashable articles in my classes. I cheered when Facebook hired him as its journalist program manager. Already, he has reached out to journalism educators online. I’d like to hear his tips in person.
  • I’m also attending ONA to examine the possibility of starting a student chapter of the organization at Ohio University. Raquel Harrah┬áis spearheading the effort on the student end, so contact her if you are interested.

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