November 4, 2021

How Chris Russell Turned His Soccer Obsession Into an Online Following

Video editor Chris Russell's online following illustrates a growing soccer fandom in the United States.

A protest sign that reads "Dies ist (K)ein Bot" with an arrow pointing down

October 13, 2021

The Brief, Wondrous Life of Congressedits, Bot and Journalist

...it may be time to expand our thoughts about journalists to include those lifeless lines of code we love and loathe: bots.

November 11, 2020

Video Commentary: When Journalists Becoming Unwitting Tools of Russian Interference

The Internet Research Agency (IRA) has infiltrated American social media in order to sow mistrust, widen divisions, and interfere in the 2016 presidential elections. Lilian Manansala discusses the ethical dilemma of journalists not checking sources only to find out later they utilized posts tweeted by Russian bots. 

October 14, 2020

Podcast: ‘Countervail’ on Reporters and Personal Social Media Accounts

Do public figures lose all rights of privacy to scrutiny by the public? In this episode of Countervail, Dawn Heinbach and Lilian Manansala discuss the suspension of Felicia Sonmez when she re-tweeted a story about the sexual allegation against Kobe Bryant. Because she re-tweeted the piece shortly after Bryant's death, the reporter was not only harassed and threatened online but suspended by the Washington Post. Where is the line between a reporter's personal rights on their social media accounts vs the publisher's right to control how their news staff represents the company?

December 19, 2019

Social Media: A Double-Edged Source

While a tweet or a post can cast a pretty light across a project, rarely can it construct a solid story on its own.