Research Interests

  • Journalism

    The world of journalism is ever changing with the widespread use of “new” and social media. Traditional journalism outlets continue to evolve to keep pace with the needs of news users. Entrepreneurs are starting to publish journalism that competes with “professional” counterparts. The concept of “who is a journalist” is an important question for me....
  • Use of Non-Professional Journalism

    With the advent of digital technology, journalism has experienced a surge in reporting ability. Reporters can quickly turn events into stories and publish them for the world to see. However, journalists have also encountered problems that have not been seen before. Now, everyone can be a journalist as “news” can be distributed quickly, easily, inexpensively, Continue Reading...
  • New Media

    The term “new media” is difficult to define. Certainly, there are media forms that did not exist in any form ten years ago. But, what makes media new? How is it that “new” media forms (radio, television, etc.) do not fit the category of new media? I am interested in researching the new forms of Continue Reading...
  • Social Media

    Technology affects the way in which we communicate, but social networks have been around for ages. The mediated communicated forms known as social media blur the line between interpersonal and mass communication. They make people famous. They ruin reputations. They are the reason people get jobs. They are the reason people don’t. Social network companies Continue Reading...
  • Real-Time Computer Mediated Communication

    Videoconferencing is quickly becoming the easiest way to span geographic boundaries. It is being adopted in education as a way to provide “satellite campuses” to anywhere. Research has documented the pros and cons of this mode of communication. I am interested most specifically in researching issues related to loss of context and how these issues Continue Reading...
  • Robust Statistical Measures

    Quantitative data do not always fit the specifications of standard statistical approaches. Newer approaches to analysis work with the median of data as opposed to the mean. These approaches are gaining wider acceptance as more and more researchers understand their use and benefits in some situations, but many researchers do not understand how their research Continue Reading...