I am an assistant professor in the School of Communication at Virginia Tech.
Within a media effects tradition, I research how audiences are adapting to emerging forms of journalism. I’m particularly interested in ways to help the audience navigate partisan news and news about partisan issues. My research has been accepted at Computers in Human Behavior, Newspaper Research Journal, Journal of Information Technology and Politics, and Journalism Practice.
My professional background is print and multimedia journalism. I spent five years as a daily newspaper reporter, and additionally I worked on multiple multimedia journalism special projects. Find writing samples and more details here.
I bring that experience to the classroom. My teaching experience includes 10 semesters working with students on media writing and storytelling skills. I have experience of teaching my own course, as well. Additionally, I co-created a data journalism/ visualization class here, and co-authored the e-text now used by students here.
I’m very proud of my two years spent at the Center for Journalism Ethics, an organization that provides outreach to the public and journalists on contemporary ethical issues.