I’m a doctoral student 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 working toward a Ph.D. at the University of Texas School of Journalism, where I’m studying media sociology and networked journalism, which includes work on hyperlinks, aggregation, Twitter, and WikiLeaks. I also write weekly media reviews and edit Encyclo for the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, where I’ve been a contributor since January 2010, and serve as the web editor and teaching assistant for Reporting Texas, a student-powered news website at UT covering news across Texas.
For four years, I wrote about government, education, crime, business, people, energy and just about every other aspect of news while covering 16 rural Nebraska counties for The Grand Island Independent, a small daily newspaper — a job that also included taking photos and beatblogging. 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.
Outside of work, I’ve blogged on a more personal level for seven years (and I also recorded a few podcasts in spring 2009). I’m also interested in changes in our media environment as they affect the spheres of sports and religion, and I co-authored with three friends Putting God in His Place, a book published in February 2011 on the subtly damaging effects 21st-century American culture is having on evangelical churches.
You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, or email me at markcoddington (at) gmail (dot) com. If you’re curious, here are links to some of my work as a newspaper reporter, and my CV in HTML or PDF.
— Mark Coddington