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The battle between Hollywood and Silicon Valley

The legislative efforts in the U.S. Congress to fight online piracy abroad have caused unprecedented protests by new media companies and organizations this week. The one-day shutdown of Wikipedia and highly publicized protest of Google, Facebook, Twitter and other websites … Continue reading

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New course: Social Media and the iPad

In the spring semester I will offer a special topics class “Social Media Journalism” in VCU’s School of Mass Communications. In the class, we will do hands-on social media reporting and portfolio building on various platforms. The class will also … Continue reading

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Wikipedia vs. Encyclopedia Britannica

Wikipedia poses a great challenge to traditional encyclopedias, which for centuries have set the standards of society’s knowledge with their printed editions. My research partner Marcia W. DiStaso from Penn State and I, therefore, studied the impact of social media … Continue reading

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New study: Wikipedia’s use for news reports

Journalism Practice has published one of my studies that analyzes how national newspapers in the United States increasingly use Wikipedia as a source in their articles. The study “How US national newspapers frame and use the online encyclopedia in their … Continue reading

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“Check your wiki” among most read PR articles

The article “Wikipedia Presence of the Top Ten Fortune 500 Companies – ‘Greedy conglomerates’ and ‘slave labor’: You better check your Wiki!” was among this year’s top ten most read articles in The Measurement Standard, an influential public relations newsletter … Continue reading

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Corporate images in a turbulent economy

The International Conference of the Public Relations Society of America hosted a roundtable research presentation, which covered the most popular papers presented this March at the International Public Relations Research Conference in Miami. My research partner Marcia W. DiStaso and … Continue reading

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Newspapers legitimize Wikipedia

National newspapers in the United States increasingly use Wikipedia as a source in their articles. A new study, which will be published in a forthcoming issue of Journalism Practice, found that despite the perceived skepticism among journalists the online encyclopedia … Continue reading

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Watch your wiki!

Just admit it: You are using Wikipedia. We all are. Today, it’s the sixth most popular website in the world and its reliability has tremendously increased over the last few years. I have long ago stopped to tell my students … Continue reading

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