Writing / research

Among my recent work:

Guest columnist: Let’s rename military bases honoring Confederate officers | Virginia Mercury

Now that Virginia’s governor has announced plans to remove the 12-ton statue of Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, it’s time for government officials to train their sights on an even more imposing symbol honoring the Confederate commander: the U.S. Army base that bears his name about 30 miles south of the state capital.

Use the SMELL test to sniff out ‘fake news’ | Virginia Capital Connections Quarterly Magazine | PDF

The outbreak of the new coronavirus has spawned an “infodemic” of misinformation and disinformation. Just as we all have a responsibility to help prevent the virus from spreading, it’s incumbent on all of us to help prevent false information from propagating.

Guest columnist: Rename bases honoring Confederates | The Virginian-Pilot

At least 12 U.S. military bases, including four in Virginia, are named for Confederate officials who fought to maintain slavery. It’s time to rename those facilities — and to stop honoring figures who turned against the United States of America and defended a system that treated black people as chattel.

More than 1,000 U.S. news sites are still unavailable in Europe, two months after GDPR took effect | NiemanLab

Websites had two years to get ready for the GDPR. But rather than comply, about a third of the 100 largest U.S. newspapers have instead chosen to block European visitors to their sites.

Slow Journalism and the Out of Eden Walk | Co-authored with Don Belt | Published in the academic journal Digital Journalism and in the book Slow Journalism

Journalism does not get much slower than National Geographic’s Out of Eden Walk, a seven-year, around-the-world journey being undertaken by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Salopek. This article explains how Salopek’s Walk is a particularly useful and beautiful example of slow journalism that renders the oldest story in human history using innovative digital tools of the twenty-first century. It also offers university educators ideas on using the Out of Eden Walk as a teaching tool, by exposing classrooms to the literary and visual delights of the project while having students design and implement a narrative walk of their own.

People’s Republic of Taboos | The Chronicle of Higher Education

Reflections on my Fulbright teaching data journalism and social media at a university in China, and what happened when I changed my avatar on Weibo and WeChat to the Tiananmen Square “Tank Man.”



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