My top professional interests draw from both journalism and library and information science, focusing on how people seek, find and share information in an online world.
I’m particularly interested in the following topics:
Search. How people look for news; the use of keywords in text and headlines; Google rank and algorithmic results; web analytics and viral news.
Social media. How people share news; sharing news on Facebook; fact-checking to reduce misinformation on Facebook; using Twitter to cover live events (especially political debates); reaching communities of practice as both sources and audience.
Structured data. How content management systems shape news; categorizing the elements of a news story for more in-depth analysis; using databases for both news gathering and presentation; the creation of news taxonomies.
Most of my energy on these topics goes into the day-to-day running of PolitiFact, where I oversee strategy for our social channels, including Facebook and Twitter. We also launched a responsive redesign for PolitiFact in September 2014; you can read about that project here. In 2020 we resdesigned the site again to emphasize faster load times.
Last updated May 9, 2020