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Is Social Media News?
Sunday, February 28 at 7 p.m.
W&L journalism professor Mark Coddington will discuss the dramatic rise and impact of social media as a source of public information. Joining him for this discussion will be Kathy Lu '97, digital and social media editor for America Amplified, and Tricia Coughlin Escobedo '95, senior producer at CNN. Coddington will survey the immense variety of social media platforms, helping us appreciate how social media has transformed the information buffet that Americans consume daily. As a practitioner of social media, Lu will offer insights on the generation and dissemination of social media content, while Escobedo will review how more traditional news media mine and evaluate information produced by a veritable nation of reporters and opinion-makers on social media.
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Mark Coddington
Professor Coddington is a former newspaper journalist who studies and teaches the sociology of digital journalism. He is the author of Aggregating the News: Secondhand Knowledge and the Erosion of Journalistic Authority (2019, Columbia University Press), a study of aggregation as a journalistic practice. He has also published research on data journalism, WikiLeaks, how journalists use Twitter, and harassment of journalists on social media. At W&L, he teaches courses on digital journalism, social media, data-driven storytelling, news writing, and communication theory and research.
He is a contributor to the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University and the co-author of RQ1, a monthly email newsletter on news research. He received his Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. Before entering academia, he was a reporter at a daily newspaper in Nebraska, his home state.
Kathy Lu ’97
Kathy Lu has spent the past year as the digital and social media editor for America Amplified, a public media community engagement journalism initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Kathy has more than two decades working in print media (The Kansas City Star and The Roanoke Times), mostly as an award-winning features editor who loves a good story — whether in writing, social, audio or video. She is a past president of the Society for Features Journalism and an alum of leadership courses through AAJA and Maynard Institute. Fun fact: She once got a personal video message from basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal, thanks to the power of Twitter.
Tricia Coughlin Escobedo ’95
Tricia Escobedo is a supervising producer with CNN Digital, focusing on planning and execution of the network's digital editorial strategy for upcoming news events and business priorities. She began her career at CNN TV shortly after graduating from W&L and since then, she's held a myriad of positions including producer of CNN World Report and news editor for the CNN Wires service. For the past 11 years, she has worked on the digital side, which has seen enormous growth across its online and social platforms. Last year, CNN Digital reached an average of 215 million unique visitors each month. She has been a part of the network's award-winning breaking news coverage, including the 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the 2008 US presidential primary campaigns and debates coverage and the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
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