The SOJC welcomes journalism researcher Sue Robinson to this episode of the Demystifying podcast. Sue joined the faculty at UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication in January 2007 and now holds the Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor of Journalism research chair. As a scholar, she explores how journalists and news organizations adopt new information communication technologies to report on public affairs in new forms and formats as well as how audiences and individuals can use the technologies for civic engagement.
Her book, Networked News, Racial Divides: How Power & Privilege Shape Progressive Communities, researches how digital platforms enable and constrain citizens – especially those in marginalized communities – who produce and share information in the public sphere about racial achievement disparities in the K-12 education system. The book is meant to be a guide for journalists, politicians, activists and others on how to navigate information networks to improve public deliberation.
Want to hear more from Sue? Listen to her lecture on findings from her book HERE: https://soundcloud.com/demystifying-media/32-sue-robinson
Sue also sat down with us for a quick on-camera Q&A. You can catch that here: https://youtu.be/ZWb85fSuGbw
Find Sue online:
Academia research profile: https://wisc.academia.edu/SueRobinson
Networked News, Racial Divides: How Power & Privilege Shape Progressive Communities: https://www.amazon.com/Networked-News-Racial-Divides-Communication/dp/1108412327
Show notes from this episode:
0:50 - Describe the essence of your book
1:30 - Where did the idea for the book come from?
2:50 - What key things did you find in your research?
6:36 - Discussion about the research process for the book
12:22 - What newsrooms can learn from Sue's research methods
15:07 - How do journalists own - and not be hindered by - their implicit biases?
17:14 - Application of lessons from the book to Sue's teaching
18:47 - How this has impacted Sue's home life
19:50 - Sue's current + future research projects