I'm a professor and former journalist who's working to understand our new journalistic ecosystem as thoroughly as I can — not only the technical skills of engaging in it, but also the deeper concepts of what type of society it's helping to create.
I'm currently teaching and studying media sociology and networked journalism as an associate professor in Washington and Lee University's Department of Journalism and Mass Communications
. I received my Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of Texas School of Journalism
, where my dissertation focused on aggregation as a form of journalistic work. That work became a scholarly monograph, Aggregating the News: Secondhand Knowledge and the Erosion of Journalistic Authority
(2019, Columbia University Press). I've also worked on research on data journalism, Twitter, WikiLeaks, hyperlinks, journalists' perception of their audiences, and reciprocity as a journalistic value. I'm the co-author of RQ1
, a monthly email newsletter highlighting new research in news and journalism.
From 2010-2014, I wrote weekly media reviews and edited Encyclo
for the Nieman Journalism Lab
at Harvard University, and while at UT, I also served as the editor of Reporting Texas
, a student-powered news website at the School of Journalism covering news across Texas. Before entering graduate school, I covered government, education, crime, business, people, energy and just about every other aspect of news while reporting on 16 rural Nebraska counties for four years for The Grand Island Independent
, a small daily newspaper. Before that, I also copy edited at The Buffalo News
as a Dow Jones copy editing intern and throughout my time as an undergraduate at Wheaton College
You can find me on Twitter
, or email me at markcoddington (at) gmail (dot) com. If you're curious, here are links to my academic publications
, and my CV in HTML
— Mark Coddington