Facebook + Journalism 101

Academia could be more social. So recently, I setup a Facebook Group for “Social Journalism Educators” to be able to connect and share resources around how they are teaching social media as part of their journalism curricula. As an adjunct professor teaching social media skills for journalists at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, I […]


New to Twitter? Here Are 12 Tips From the Community

For someone just starting out on Twitter, the social information network can be intimidating. It has its own language, limitations, and features that are very unique to the platform. On Saturday, just before the start of my Social Media Skill for Journalists class began, I tweeted asking my followers what advice they would give to […]


Excerpt: Investigative Journalism in the Age of the Social Web

This is an excerpt of my most recent feature on Mashable.com. Read it in full here. In a society that is more connected than ever, investigative journalists that were once shrouded in mystery are now taking advantage of their online community relationships to help scour documents and uncover potential wrongs. The tools and information now […]


Social Media Skills for Journalists Course and Community Engagement

After its first year of inception, I am excited to be teaching “Social Media Skills for Journalists” course at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. It is a five-week course aimed at helping “journalists use social media (including such social sites as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Buzz, Foursquare, YouTube, among others).” The course was […]


Top 20 Sites to Improve Your Twitter Experience

This is an excerpt that originally appeared on Mashable.com. Read the full post on Mashable. “140-character status updates to a network of followers.” That makes Twitter sound simple. But in fact, the social information platform has grown to be much more complex than its 140 character-limit suggests. The site not only connects people, but has […]


The missing link in journalism curricula: Community engagement

Next Tuesday, I will graduate with a master’s of science degree in digital media from the prestigious Columbia University Journalism School. As I graduate, I have gained skills in reporting, video production, audio, editing, Flash, Web development (including five different websites), design and almost every other fundamental and new skill journalists need today. But one […]