Social Media and the Press


Social Media and the Press

Regina Lawrence discusses the impact of Twitter on election coverage


Regina Lawrence, faculty fellow at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation and School of Journalism professor at The University of Texas at Austin, was recently interviewed about how Twitter has become essential to reporters in election coverage.

Twitter is a message-distribution system that allows users to post continual updates of up to 140 characters known as "tweets" that detail their activities for followers or provide links to other content.

Lawrence holds the Jesse H. Jones Centennial Chair in the School of Journalism and has written numerous articles analyzing media coverage of high-profile news events and policy issues including the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, shootings in public schools, the obesity epidemic, welfare reform, and television coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. She is currently chair of the political communication section of the American Political Science Association.

Lawrence was interviewed by James Henson, a lecturer in the Department of Government and director of the Texas Politics Project, which seeks to educate students and Texans about state government, politics and history.

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