PhD Candidate at Northwestern University

My Dissertation Gets a Boost from Tow Center for Digital Journalism

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I was very excited to hear that I was recently included in the new cohort of Knight News Innovation Fellows at the Tow Center. I've been a big fan of the work the center has been putting out ever since I started paying attention to it, and am thrilled that I've now got the opportunity to contribute to it myself. As a Tow Fellow, I'll get some financial support for my dissertation, and the chance to get some mentorship from some of the great people at Columbia.

Andrea Wenzel snapped this shot of me presenting during the PhD doctoral student colloquium at ICA 2017 in San Diego.

Andrea Wenzel snapped this shot of me presenting during the PhD doctoral student colloquium at ICA 2017 in San Diego.

One of those people is Andrea Wenzel, who has been publishing amazing work about solutions- and engagement-based journalism for years. Most recently, she has this fascinating report out about how WBEZ's Curious City team engages with its listeners. 

Wenzel also recently wrote up a summary of this year's ICA, and included my presentation in the recap:

"While engagement is as much of a buzzword as ever, conversations around what it means increasingly acknowledge its complexity — and the range of practices it can include, from collaborative reporting and offline community outreach, to simple invitations to click and share."

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