I am a Ph.D. student in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. My core interest lies in connecting the dots between psychology, communications and other disciplines to understand why misinformation is believed and what we can do to address the misinformation problem. My research interests related to this include media credibility and media trust, news literacy, and social media.
Together with Amanda Warner, I am the creator of Post Facto, a game that teaches social media users how to fact-check news in their feeds.
Before I began my academic career, I spent 15 years as a journalist and consultant, mostly recently writing about the media and science communication. I was a frequent contributor to the Columbia Journalism Review and consulted regularly for the American Press Institute. Other outlets I’ve contributed to include Poynter.org, Newsweek, and Skeptical Inquirer.
I also have extensive experience writing about renewable energy, the environment, urban development, public policy, economic development and business. I’ve written hundreds of articles published in newspapers, trade magazines, general interest magazines, online and on interactive TV services. Outlets I’ve written for, in the U.S. and U.K., include sustainable business websites Environmental Leader, Energy Manager Today and Environment Energy Pro, the political and social issues magazine New Internationalist, satirical magazine Private Eye, satellite television company UKTV, and trade magazines Architectural Record, Windpower Monthly, Windpower Offshore, Regeneration & Renewal, Real Business and Real Finance.
I earned my B.A. in philosophy with honors from Wesleyan University and trained in magazine journalism at PMA Training, which is accredited by the U.K.’s Periodicals Training Council. In my spare time, I run and frequent the karaoke stage. I split my time between Austin and Dallas, and share my life with my husband Will and our grouchy orange cat, Ranji.
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