Welcome to my website! I am an associate professor at the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. My main research focus is on the use and influence of digital media formats. I am especially interested in the impact and the adoption of social media in journalism and public relations. My research also analyzes mobile and social media applications in health communication.
I am regularly interviewed by national and international media and interviews with me have appeared in stories by news organizations such as the Associated Press, Reuters, NPR, BBC, Bloomberg News, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and USA Today. I am also a regular speaker on social media issues at professional meetings and events. In 2015, I traveled to India to lecture about social media journalism for the International Center for Journalists.
I am teaching primarily in the journalism program at VCU. In recent semesters, I have developed and taught classes on mobile and social media journalism, social media campaigns and leadership, global communication, global health and social media and social media research. My signature teaching projects have been the iPadJournos Mobile Newsroom and the IYLEP Social Media Institute.
Before becoming a journalism professor, I worked as a journalist and covered politics and business. I earned my Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Miami in Florida and my B.A. from Angelo State University in Texas.
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